Sri Lanka in Australia 2012-13 November 20, 2012

Karunaratne, Pradeep in SL Test squad to Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been named in Sri Lanka's squad to Australia for three Tests, the first of which begins in Hobart on December 14. Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep also finds a place in the squad, but 19-year-old offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, who is with the team for the ongoing home series against New Zealand, has not been named. Pradeep is the only addition to the squad for the New Zealand Tests, and is one of five quick bowlers in the 16-man party to Australia.

Left-handed Karunaratne, 24, made a first-innings duck on debut in the Galle Test against New Zealand, but bounced back to score a run-a-ball 60 not out in the second innings to complete Sri Lanka's 10-wicket victory. He had earned his Test debut after an impressive tour of South Africa with the Sri Lanka A team, in which he was the leading run-scorer, having made 270 runs in two unofficial Tests, at an average of 90. He opens the batting for Sinhalese Sports Club in first-class cricket, alongside Tharanga Paranavitana, who was also named in the squad to Australia.

Pradeep has played three Tests for Sri Lanka, two of which were in July against Pakistan. Shaminda Eranga, who came back from an injury layoff in Galle to take three wickets in the New Zealand first innings, has retained his place, as has Nuwan Kulasekara. Chanaka Welegedara and Dhammika Prasad are the other seam bowlers, while Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv will provide the spin options.

Fast-bowling allrounder Thisara Perera has not been named. He took four wickets and made 75 in the last Test he played in July. He had also bowled well in Australia in an ODI tri-series earlier in the year. Lahiru Thirimanne, who bats in the middle order in limited-overs cricket, also misses out. Both men are on standby, alongside allrounder Jeevan Mendis, and spinners Akila Dananjaya and Ajantha Mendis.

After Hobart, Sri Lanka play at the MCG in the Boxing Day Test, before moving to Sydney for the New Year Test. Their tour begins with a warm-up match in Canberra on the 6th of December.

Sri Lanka Test squad: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Tharanga Paranavitana, Thilan Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Suraj Randiv, Dinesh Chandimal, Chanaka Welagedara, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad, Dimuth Karunaratne

On stand-by: Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Ajantha Mendis

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  • cricket12namal on November 23, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    hi guys where is upul tharanga..upul should be in the test squad..look at his records upuls odi records...1)..9th most runs for srilanka. 2),.5th most hundreds,.3)..6 double hundreds partner ships, 4)..286 upul and sanath,282 upul and dilshan 237 marvan and sanath 231 upul and dilshan(these are best partnerships for odi) ..the important thing is upul tharanga is still 27 years only,after sanga,mahela and dilshan upul is the most expirience batsman.therefore plz include upul all three formats,thanks..upul should play another ten years ..good luck upul.

  • dummy4fb on November 22, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Chandimal is the future of Sri Lanka's batting and he must play in the test series, as should Eranga who is good up and coming bowler and will learn alot from a test series in Australia. I dont expect SL to win a match in the series but I do expect them to be competitive, for some reason they always play their worst cricket in test matches against Australia. Hobart, Melbourne & Sydney aren't overly fast pitches like Brisbane & Perth, Hobart may be more seam movement and swing. If Mathews is fit and can bowl then My line up would be 1. Dilshan 2. Karunarante 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal 6. Thilan 7. Mathews 8. Prasana 9. Kula 10. Hearth 11. Eranga. I know its batsmen heavy but SL will likely need to score 400+ to have any chance against Australia.

  • justshmad on November 22, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Plz never underestimate Sanga and samaraweera, they r enough to destroy Aus hopes. The series most probably be a drawn series although there would b a narrow edge to home side. Dont consider Clarke recent form for that series And believe that aussies r not at their best. Law of averages has to come in play some day for Clarke as well:-) From Pak

  • schathuranga on November 22, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Looks like very very powerfull.Dil open powerfully,sanga anchored,mahela build,mathews dragging, need liitle support from others. but our bowling department not enough to compare with ausie, i hope eranga will do his best for us

  • Happy_Hooker on November 22, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    i think Paranavithana should left out from the team.he hasn't had any form in last few tournaments .chandimal is a good option for him.He made 2 half tons in his debut at a difficult SA pitch. and also we should give more chances now for Dimuth. he is a good prospect for sri lanka. If Dilshan get fail Dimuth should get his place in the Test team. I also think that Randiv mature as a good off spinner now.But we didn't see much frm even now.If he do it again and again he would lost his position in test team near future.

  • Test-is-the-best on November 22, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Though SL has got some big names in this squad the inconsistency in batting remains same which cost several test matches recently. SL collapsed for less than 100 in the second inning of the first Test against England and lost the series. SL could go pass 400 ONLY in 4 times out of 21 completed innings since 2011. ( 2 inings out of 10 inings in overseas). Less than 400 runs in an ining would not be helpful to avoid defeats in Australian Pitches. Huge responsibility remains over Sangakkara, Dilshan, Mahela and Thilan to make a big score in their last Test tour to Australia.

  • Zerotollerance101 on November 21, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Kevpere spot on.. Sanga is a very good batsmen but not anymore..he just waste balls and puts presuur on the incoming batsmen. He may have won many awards but contributed only to few wins..all matches he gets 100 sl looses. Chandimal, dimuth and tiramanne are h future and should play all matches. Also batting positions should not be jdt for sanga and mahela to get runs but for the youngsters.

  • Sinhaya on November 21, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    @Chris_P, I am afraid as a Lankan fan, I better lower my expectations for the tests in Australia. We will do well in the ODIs for sure. I doubt if we can get Aussies all out twice. We may suddenly get the Aussies all out for 300 say if Aussies bat first but I doubt if we can do it again in the 2nd innings. Eranga wont have much support from the other bowlers. Sydney wont spin these days like it did once upon a time. Our batting is good enough to prevent a whitewash, so I would say tests will be 2-0 Australia. I am sure we will give a fight but Aussies are too good in tests. I know we won a test match in SA last year, but we wont get a Durban style turner in Australia. We may win the ODIs 4-1 if you see how well we played in the CB series against the Aussies. We lost 3 times in the ODIs but they were narrow.

  • shark77 on November 21, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    good selection ,dimuth and para shows they can do with pressure dimuth can bat well with his club mate and senior ,,we know para is one of the better techniqe batsman in test cricket,,,some guys even dont know how to grip the bat but comment like experts,,,,,all the best sri lanka...

  • ca2ca on November 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Last Test match against NZ, we saw only 3 ( plus debut Dimuth K) players out of 11 contributed to win the match. When we see the score card of 1st innning, its worse than B'desh today. I see a new pattern in selection, always a new debut, couple of matches then let to warm up benches. Dinesh & Akila are good examples. Sanga is leading ICC batsman but when was his big contribution. What about Paranawithana on the top ? Another Kapu crap. Yes SLC should rotate players. Good mix of young and old.

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