Sri Lanka in Australia 2012-13

Karunaratne, Pradeep in SL Test squad to Australia

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November 20, 2012

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Dimuth Karunaratne takes off a stump after taking Sri Lanka to victory, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day, November 19, 2012
Dimuth Karunaratne made a first-innings duck on Test debut against New Zealand, but bounced back to score 60 not out in the second innings © Associated Press
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by typical_late_cut 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by Extraz on (November 21, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

A Pak fan here...Fine squad But i think perera should also be included in the squad otherwise the squad is fine this sri lankan can definitely beat Aus in Australia Best of luck guys.

Posted by Ramansilva on (November 21, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Dimuth managed to get a fifty after his golden duck in the only match he played and he is already in the squad. Thisara Perera who proved his worth in both home and away is standing by. The better performer Thirimanna is on stand-by while the mediocre Paranawithana in the squad. We really do not understand these selections. Hope Chandimal will not be a bench warmer there.

Posted by kevepere on (November 21, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Some say all the mature seniors should retire just because they fail in say one or two matches. It would be better with the rotation policy where only 2 or3 seniors play rather than four. 1. D.karunarathna 2. Chandimal 3. Sanga/Dilshan/Mahela/Thilan 4. Mathews 5. Sanga/Dilshan/Mahela/Thilan 6. Sanga/Dilshan/Mahela/Thilan 7. Kule 8. J.mendis 9. Herath 10. Eranga 11. Dhammika prasad

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (November 21, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

@Sampath_KCS: you mean to say that SLC should drop Anji from the team...what a joke men! I'm sure you haven't watched matches for the last 2 year or so...very poor analzis

Posted by PadMarley on (November 21, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Someone is proposing for Sanga to retire lol .... he just became the player of the year with multiple awards, and still the ICC no1 ranked batsman... annddd.... you want him to retire? dude!!

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 21, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

While i have been rooting for Nuwan all the tours, Australia is one place where i wouldn't love him to play. Australia is a place for tall fast bowlers with good pace. england did a excellent game plan by bringing in a Tremlett, Broad, Bresnan combo here and succeeded in great propositions. I would have a bowling lineup as Nuwan Pradeep(Yes inspite of him being luckless yet bowls fast and decent), Eranga as primary pace bowlers. Third pace will be a toss up between Dhammika and Thissera where i would go with Dhammika for his pace. Herath will be the sole spinner.

Posted by Sampath_KCS on (November 21, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

SL selectors should take a bold decision & take decide on how they are going to manage Chandimal, Thilan & Mathews !!Otherwise a top heavy unbalanced team will loose all three tests !

Posted by Zerotollerance101 on (November 21, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Dinesh chandimal has to open with dimuth..sanga is just occupying a place in the team now..nothing much special now..get tirimanne into no 3..,dilshan and sanga needs to retire now..

Posted by Chris_P on (November 21, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

I'll hold my opinion of the bowlers until after I see them. I know very little about them, but am wiling to give anyone a chance. They need to bend their backs, trundlers are cannon fodder, they need to have stamina & heart. They also need to know the right length to bowl here, so good luck to them, here's hoping it is a high quality series.

Posted by shanepe2003 on (November 21, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

what happend to dilhara? if he's playing for S/L this is one tour he must be in. same with A. Mendis its simple we need wicket taking bowlers to win a test match & I hardly belive randiv will do any damage to clarke or M. huss. in current form.

Posted by Prem2248 on (November 21, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

the Side. Instead of 3 seniors & Prasanna, should pick four among: KhausalS, AngeloP, RoshenS, Bhanuka, AshenS, and Manishan. Losing one or two matches with youngsters on foreign soil won't do much harm in the long run, since the youngsters will definitely get much required experience and confidence. Our recent successes are mainly due to our skilful bowlers Ajantha,Malinga& batting of youngsters. But not for the reckless batting of seniors.Though Ajantha is an exceptional bowler with a high arm action of his extra loosed limbs (shoulder joint) can produce an unplayable bowl at any unexpected time has been always ignored to make way for a very ordinary bowler that can't spin nor extract any bounce off the pitch. He may take wickets on surfaces (deteriorating) tailor made for spinners but not otherwise. Ajantha, Malintha & Sachithra are the ideal spin combination for us at the moment. We have to use tall spinners more, than tiny pace bowlers with no-pace on these Australian pitches.

Posted by Prem2248 on (November 21, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

of quality players in SL. It won't do any good for the future of SLan Cricket having too many aging players with proven poor history of performing under pressure. W'gedara, R'deev & Herath will be a burden on Australian pitches. Any person interested can verify their domestic Cricket performances at Cric info or Cricket Archives web-sites and compare it with that of consistent performers such as Sachithra Senanayaake, Malinda Pushpakumara, Dulanjana Mendis, Rohan Jayatissa and Ajantha Mendis. What Herath did in Galle, can be achieved through any genuine young Left-Arm leggie (as in the case of Pragyan Ojha of India against England) maintains consistency at Domestic level. If Akila Dhananjaya & Dilruwan Perera of Panadura can find places at National Level doing nothing at School or domestic Level, why can't the above 4 quality bowlers be allowed to perform at the highest level? What is ideal for the Country at this juncture is to get S'weera to lead (to be CNTD)

Posted by Prem2248 on (November 21, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

The 3 seniors should have been dropped soon after their tours to Z'bwe in Nov 2008 & to B'desh in Janu 2009. They are a complete flop outside the Country. They may do well on flat pitches at times but their (aging fleet-footed) reckless batting has no effect on lively pitches. The 3 with their selfish interest together with J&Ps will ruin the Future of Country's Cricket which will take a long time to heal provided that knowledgeable Cricketers were appointed as administrators. We need 3-4 solid batters of Alistaire Cook's rather Samaraweera's, Roy Dias's, Tennakoone's, A'pattu's class, (risk free batting with controlled strokes) at the top. We've such batters in abundance that come out, end of each school season with flying colours that are continuously ignored by the J&Ps of last 25 years. Mahela, S'kara, D'lshan. Prasanna, W'gedara, R'deev & Herath aren't needed in this Team. When an outsider sees this above squad, it gives an impression of dearth (to be CNTD)

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Dhammika prasad's batting is better than his bowling. And Thisara perera's batting is defenitely better than Prasad's batting. So, Prasad should be replaced by Perera. Common sense!

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 21, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Normally in Australian spinners get some bounce. Randiv is Someone who naturally gets extra bounce off the pitch due to his height. This will suit him alot in Australian pitches. That is why selectors included him in the squad. since herath is our main spinner, i doubt if sri lanka will play randiv as a second spinner where the conditions suit seamers alot.

Posted by wazza85 on (November 21, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

why is Thisara Perera in stand-by? he should be included to the side. and he should be pushed up the ladder in T20. i would suggest open. we all know he has power to clear the boundary.. plus he should be promoted in the ODI as well. the problem is SL does not play tactic and play around with their strategies enough. like what Australia and other teams do. if the selectors can't by now understand that SL needs power hitters they are not doing their jobs right. Jevana Mendis is a good player but surely not a T20 player.

Posted by Biggus on (November 21, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

It's a bonanza summer for we Aussies, with both SA and SL as our guests. SL were impressive down here last year in the ODIs and showed a lot more fight than the other tourists who mostly looked like they didn't want to be here, so I know you guys will give it everything. How it will pan out in the tests is a little hard to predict and much will depend on how the SL bowlers can adapt to the conditions and maintain pressure on our batting line-up, which still shows signs of being a little fragile. It will be hard for SL to win in the tests but we do expect a fight, which is what the public wants to see, not like the one sided series versus India before the ODIs, since there's very little satisfaction in a win unless the opposition has made it as hard for you as possible. Give it your best shot SL, and win or lose you will have our respect and gratitude.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 20, 2012, 23:11 GMT)

@Karnain Two spinners can play at the SCG as historically it is a good turner. It will be interesting to see how good Herath is. I think he may do quite well if the Aussies underestimate him.

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (November 20, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

The Srilankan Squad named for this tour seem to be much similar to what I anticpated after victory over NZ few days ago. However the inclusion of Nuwan Pradeep , Randiv and Paranavitha could be debateful as they havent given any good contribution to the team recently. This squad lacks bowlers who can produce bounce in Aussie pitches. Kulasekara,Eranga,Welagedara rely on swinging the ball while Prasad and Pradeep rely on the pace. I think Suranga Lakmal or Kanishka Alvitigala could have been considered in place of Nuwan Pradeep who could get full use of it.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

Paranavithana is just dead weight. Though I don't think he'll get selected. When Dilshan comes back, there's a good chance that Dimuth will open with him. However knowing how the selectors and not to mention the sports minister works they will pla Paranavithana ahead of Dimuth purely on the fact that he has experience.

PS Message to Dimuth: Get some runs in the 2nd test with NZ and you'll probably give a solid case for the opening slot in Hobart.

I have a hunch (small hunch) that Chandi might get the gloves down under. Just a hunch though.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

Note to Sri Lankan selectors: Australian cricketers are really hoping that Ajantha Mendis is not in the Test or ODI side. He is their most feared cricketer. They are aware that no-one else can humiliate them like Mendis. No one has taken 6 for 16 against them. They have no idea how to read him or play him. He could be sensational in Australia. Let's hope Sri Lankan selectors are not imbecilic. Australia is relying on his non-selection.

Posted by Peternarendra on (November 20, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

I don't know whether selectors read these comments.But I say these suggestions. 1) give youngsters more chances with less old guys in the team 2)keep poor performing players away from playing though they have better averages. Srilanka had a poor history of doing such things in 2009, 2010 T20 world cups.When they were in the winning form they didn't change their batting order. Ultimately they lost in the final and in the semi final respectively. In those situations, best batsmans were kept in the bench 3) Try to build a striking openning pair like sanath+kalu (96 WC), gilchrist+hayden (2003, 2007 WC), sehwag (2011), gayle (2012 T20) win world cups. 4) Don't add more and more sluggish players in the team. Waisting number of bowls costs for ODI and T20 matches. selectors should understand that consolidating batsmans should have the ability to clear the boundary when need. Srilanka needs another batsman like aravinda, andrew symonds, marlon samuelst for that purpose with mathews

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

If we keep going to have a specialist keeper in the test squad, SL should look to find a new young talent in keeping and score. Yes, Prasanna is one of the top 3 keepers in the world, but when was the last time he scored a 100? What's the point of having a body just for keeping? In 49 matches and 67 innings he only has four 100's and four 50's. Chandimal in 4 matches and 8 innings have three 50's and he can play for another 10 years. I would give him the gloves and bring in Thirimanne who I think will be the next "Dilshan" for SL (in fielding).

Posted by Peternarendra on (November 20, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Inclusion of karunarathne in the test squad can be accepted. But don't be hurry to include him in the ODI squad. In the past, Srilankan selectors have done such things. For example, thilan samaraweera was included in the world cup squad in 2011. upul tharanga was included in the T20 squad against NZ in this tour. Don't do such things. Please identify that some players cannot adjust to all 3 formats. And also, try to understand that some players can do well in fast tracks. So, please give chances to chandimal in the ODI and T20 squads in austrailia and consider munaweera and kapugedera for the T20 squad.please give youngsters more chances to practice that tour. Because next world cup will be held in austrailia. We cannot go there with 3 old players (dilshan, mahela and sanga). At least one of them should retire before 2015 world cup. Plese try to give more chances to youngsters. sanath jayasuriya was built by giving chances. I can remember mahela was given chances in 2003 world cup.

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 20, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Amazed that thisara left out again..would have thought that on those wickets, he would be a good choice. Pradeep is quick but from the little I have seen of him ( due to him always being injured) he is unlikely to be a safe bet..personally I would have liked to have seen thirimanne in , as well as tharanga...I agree with others who say mendis should have been picked if he is fit...

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

My 16 member squad for Aussie tour Mahela Jayawardene (c), Angelo Matthews (vc), Kumar Sangakkara, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Rangana Herath, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Thilan Samaraweera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Ajantha Mendis, Shaminda Eranga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dhammika Prasad, Suraj Randiv.

Please drop Nuwan Pradeep, Akila Dananjaya, Chanaka Welegedera and Dimuth Karunaratne. I personally think they need to play more domestic cricket and get experience on a county level as well. I'm not saying that they are bad players, but it's too early for International arena. I forgot to add also drop Tharanga Paranavitana.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

I still don't understand why Upul Tharanga is not given a chance at Test. His ODI record is fantastic.

Posted by Perera32 on (November 20, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

How on earth is Thisara Perera not in the 1st Squad?, I think Jeewan Mendis also deserves to be in the test squad. I don't think Nuwan Pradeep will cause any problems for the Australian batsmen. Even though he can bowl at 150 kph, he cant swing the ball at all ,proven by his 300 bowling test average. What is the point of picking Paranavitana if Karunaratne is playing, Para should be on stand by. Pathetic selection again by the selectors.

Posted by pamudita on (November 20, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Pick Thisara Perera instead of Dammika Prasad ... Perera is bowling very well in Australian Pitches... And also a Good Allrounder....

Posted by Nmiduna on (November 20, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

@priyantha: ok it may be too harsh but what is the rationale behind including prasad ahead of thisara?..most of all, thisara bowled well in Australia, plus he has a knack of braking partnerships and taking crucial wickets plus he is a better swinger of the ball plus he strengthens the batting plus he has decent pace(not as much as prasad but not far behind) plus he's an ever improving cricketer and a great fielder in comparison with repeatedly under-performed prasad. i don't say prasad should be forgotten forever but at the moment thisara is an obvious selection and the right one if you are selecting a team on merit!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 20, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Why are they still persisting with Nuwan Pradeep? Yes he has pace, but his accuracy is not good at all. Perera has that knack to get wickets and would like to see Eranga starting off with Kula. Herath is a great bowler, but his short stature may actually hinder him on the bouncy Australian Pitches.

Posted by Karnain on (November 20, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

What is the role Dinesh Chandimal has been assigned in this squad. The selectors are not willing to let him open the innings even after his impressive knock against Pakistan. He seems to be picked in only as an extra wicket keeping option. What should Paranawithana do to convince selectors that there are better openers in the country than him? How could Suraj Randiv selected ahead of Mendis & Akila. It would have been great if we could use a mystery spinner along side Herath. But I doubt whether they play 2 spinners in Australian pitches. Tisara Perera is certainly a better bowler than Nuwan Pradeep & Dammika Prasad

Posted by sonu77 on (November 20, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

I'd like too see Dinesh chandimal instead of para or PJ in the playing xi.his record in fast & bouncy pitches is picks for hobart test : Dilshan, Karunaratne/Chandimal, Sanga, Mahela, Thilan, Angelo, Chandimal/PJ, Kulasekara, Herath, Eranga, Welagedara.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 20, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

@Heisenburg, dont count the chickens before they hatch. We know it is tough but we are determined to do well.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 20, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

My main worry is about our bowling attack. There will be no help at all for Herath except in the Sydney test but it is not a turner like before. Eranga and Dhammika Prasad are a good choice but not sure if they can run through a side twice. Well with all the negative hype before we toured SA last year, we managed a test win there, so in Australia we have the most support outside of Sri Lanka and that is an advantage. But this is no doubt a tough tour. I am sure we will do well in the ODIs considering that we have beaten Australia in 7 out of the last 11 ODIs we have played against Aussies in Australia.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

i don't think Tharanga Paranavithana should be in the squad because he'll be a sitting duck against moving ball, pace and bounce. I'd have liked to see Thirimanne instead of Paras merely because it'll be a good investment for the future. if Angelo to play, he should play as a all rounder and should be able to bowl 15+ overs per day.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

It is not fair to mention this as a selection of bunch of jokers just because we do not agree with the omission of one player, Thisara Perera. I believe we all agree with most of the selections as they are included on merit. I doubt very much that we will play two spinners in any of the test matches. That means Herath will need lot of support from seam bowlers. Unfortunately none of our seamers are world class and are lacking in test match experience in conditions similar to that prevail in Australia. Still as once Welagedara did in South Africa if one of our seamers can come up with an outstanding performance Herath should be able to capitalize on that. In the absence of a strong bowling line up our batsmen have to perform very well to ensure that we will be competitive in this series.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Thisara and Mendis would have easily made in to my X1 against Australia as both of them performed really well against Aus in limited versions of the game.I don't think orthodox second spinners will get any chance in Australia.If a second spinner ever needed it would 've been Mendis.Thisara has pace and batting skills and easily better than Prasad in all three dept.But still i think this squad has the potential to win.But might miss the spice that Mendis and Thisara proved to bring to the table.

Posted by K.A.K on (November 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

It is amazing how SriLanka produces so many good cricketers. SriLanka should play more away cricket and get their players more and more exposure to cricket in Australia, England, SA, USA, Canada.

Posted by lananad on (November 20, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Please drop useless Paranawithana. He will be a walking wicket in Australia.Waste of time... You need Ajantha Mendis or Akila for sure. SL strength is spin not pace. Please selectors reconsider..

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 20, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Considering that SL dont often tour Aus, could this be last hurrah for Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan? Sanga scored a wonderful 200 last time, but pitches have changed since then would be intresting to see how they fare. Batting looks okay, but can thier bowling hold against a decent Aus line up! SA recently and India last season failed to contain Aus batters, SL wil have to work hard given that pitches may not suit Herath and co all the way. But then for SL fans its a series to look for and for thier haters will be waiting to pounce on SL team for any small blip. Good Luck to SL from India.

Posted by Greecedevil on (November 20, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Why in the world Paranavithana and Randiv is still in the squad? Perera and Mendis/Dhananjaya might be handsome picks. Come on selectors wake up?

Posted by 6pack on (November 20, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

I wonder what Ajantha Mendis has done to put off the selectors? Injury aside he can be a handful against most teams. Suraj Randiv has not done enough to my mind to warrant a place in the test side.

Posted by sameeratharanga on (November 20, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Thisara Must be in the test squad.i cant see any bowling all rounders in this squad except Mathives. dont forget Thisara performed well in Aus conditions in past.. He deserve a place in the test team. this is really disappointing..

Posted by muh189 on (November 20, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

just do not understand the logic behind dhammika prasad getting the nod over thisara perera....perera has had outstanding performances on australian pitches and has been an improving cricketer in test cricket, but why is he missing out

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Why would they keep Suraj Randiv in the squad and keep Mendis on standby?? If he is fit he should play

Posted by Nuwan_R on (November 20, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

dissapointing to see Akila Dananjaya missing out. rangana herath and randiv won't be strong enough on Australian Pitches.

Posted by Heisenburg on (November 20, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

No surprises here, fine squad. Still going to get bulldozed by Australia.

Posted by Thomas_Ratnam on (November 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Nice to see Sri Lanka play the prestigous and traditional boxing day test. It has been a long journey of Test match recognition for the Lankans and one must admit that the Aussies have given them plenty of opportunities. This is as close as you can get to a full tour, 5 Test series being a rarity nowadays. We remember Sri Lanka palyiing a two match series in Cairns and Darwin not so long ago. This is good for cricket. Wish Bangladesh too get more opportunities before we criticize them too much.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Surprise..surprise...Thisara perera has been removed after scoring 75 runs and taken 4 wickets...What else selectors are expecting from a fast bowler...Instead they they included always wayward Nuwan Pradeep and ever failing Dhammika Prasad....

Posted by Nmiduna on (November 20, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

thisara who performed wonderfully both in aus and SA and can be a handful in seamer-friendly conditions is sorely missing folks! yep, i agree marvan, this is quite close to being a selection of a bunch of jokers, if not exactly that!

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