Russel Arnold

Arnold hit Warne for four
Russel Arnold

Sri Lanka are a team who have done a lot of introspection in the recent past. Their policy of looking to the future rather than the past has forced many changes in the composition of the side. Many of the changes have been controversial and have attracted widespread debate. One change that cannot be questioned is the inclusion of Russel Arnold.

Russel Arnold caught the fancy of selectors and fans alike when he stroked his way to a magnificent double hundred against Somerset. Even the British press could not ignore this young man. An opening batsmen who knows his limitations well, the talented youngster has made an immediate mark in Test cricket.

Arnold is a tall strapping lad and is far more atheletic than a lot of Sri Lankans we have seen in the past. He understands exactly what is required from him at the top of the innings and is versatile enough to adapt to batting lower down in the order in the shorter version of the game. Added to his batting talent, Arnold can bowl very useful off spinners. At an age when teams are packed with utility players, Russel Arnold is a perfect find for Sri Lanka.

With a mature head firmly in place on his broad shoulders, this young man is going to play for Sri Lanka for a long time to come.

Date-stamped : 31 Dec1999 - 10:50