Sri Lanka in Australia 2012-13

Thirimanne and Lakmal added to SL Test squad

Andrew Fernando

December 29, 2012

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Lahiru Thirimanne heads for a net session, World Twenty20, Hambantota, September 21, 2012
Lahiru Thirimanne had already secured visa clearance to enter Australia, and will arrive on January 1 © AFP
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Batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and right-arm fast bowler Suranga Lakmal have been called up to Sri Lanka's squad for the third Test in Sydney, after two players suffered series-ending injuries and two more remain in doubt after the Boxing Day Test. Kumar Sangakkara's fractured hand and Chanaka Welegedara's torn hamstring have ruled them out for the remainder of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia, while Prasanna Jayawardene and Nuwan Kulasekara's fitness will be reassessed in the lead-up to the third Test, though it is unlikely that Kulasekara will play.

Thirimanne had been on Sri Lanka's stand-by list for the tour, and as such had already secured visa clearance to enter Australia, and will arrive on January 1, two days before the match. Lakmal, though, had not been on standby, and will have to wait for his visa to be approved on December 31. He will likely arrive in Australia on the eve of the Test.

Thisara Perera is the only fast bowler who was named on the standby list, and is already in Australia competing in the Big Bash League, but he was not considered as his bowling form was deemed inadequate for Test selection. Perera had suffered a side strain during the Sri Lanka Premier League in August, and though he has been bowling in limited-overs cricket, the captain Mahela Jayawardene said he was yet to build up the number of overs required to come into Test contention in the lead up to the Melbourne Test.

Lakmal is also coming back into the international team after an injury layoff, having undergone surgery on his ankle. His last Test appearance was against England in April, but he has been in good form in Sri Lanka's domestic one-day tournament in December, having taken 13 wickets at 20.46 in six matches. He is unlikely to play in Sydney however, as the fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been with the team throughout the tour and is next in line for a game. Sri Lanka may also decide to field two spinners, depending on the surface, in which case Suraj Randiv will play.

Thirimanne meanwhile, will only play if Prasanna Jayawardene is deemed unfit. Sri Lanka next train on December 31, and a decision will be made on his participation after that session. Dinesh Chandimal will take the gloves in his place.

Kulasekara is not expected to be fit to play in Sydney, but will stay with the team for the ODI series, which begins on January 11.

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Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

@ Suranga..In 2011 wORLD CUP Dilshan was the leading runs scorer with 500 runs and Upul Tharanga took the 5th place for his 395 and Mahela coldnt be among the top TEN at least.

In 2009 Twenty 20 world cup also again Dilshan became the leading runs scorer for his 317 runs and even playing last world cup Jayasuriya could take the 7th place and Mahela was far behind Jaya also that world cup..Mahela took the 10th place...

Posted by Heshan3500 on (January 1, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

No one can blame sanga or Mahela for their performance in last few matches. These 2 guys have served srilanka for last 10 to 12 years with great performance. Form may be temporary, but their quality is well permanent. But they cant play for another 10 years. Dats why ve need to give more chances to the players such as Chandimal , Thirimanne & Dimuth. Because If they get their experience with the guidance of legends like Sanga & Mahela, one fine day they will change the history in the same way Sanga & mahela did after the retirements of great Arjuna. Aravinda, Roshan & Hashan. Cheers to our youngsters.......

Posted by hotcric01 on (January 1, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

No doubt.Mahela is a great player.But his batting outside the subcontinent is ordinary.He is always struggled in pacy,bouncy and swinging conditions,and also against high quality fast bowling in any condition,but a smart player of spin.Most of among his 31 test centuries,are in sub continent,10 0f these centuries are in the SSC ground.Even in ODI format his average 33.36 is far from great.That shows his inconsistency,even though he has played some vital innings in shorter format.But his shot range is wide and delightful.But his consistency is not enough to be great

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

@romesh perera, Mate Jayasoriya opend the innng for SL more than 400 games where as MAHELA batted at 4-5 most of the time. So don't expect to score 20-30 hundreds batting at 4 or 5. Can you tell me when Mahela open the inning what is his avg in ODI's ?? avg over 50.... Can you rem 2007 WC, 2011 WC, 2009 T20 WC ?? Who scored most runs for SL ??

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

My team for the 3rd test match

TM Dilshan (i guess its his last test) D Karunarathne (better than paranavithana) L Tirimanne (must give him a chance) TT Samaraweera (last test) M Jayawardane (c) (last test as captain) D Chandimal (wk) (he's the only replacement after sanga and prasanna) A Mathews S Randiv (must give him a go) D Prasad S Eranga N Pradeep (He has pace and has been in the squad)

no Herath because an injury to another star tagged player wont do it for the ODI series.Lakmal to arive on the eve of the test so he is not prepared but pradeep has pace and he has been there for the whole series.Thirimanne must take sangas palce and Chandimal must take the gloves for its a risk to play Prasanna and it would give Chandimal some experience.

Posted by Sanga2014 on (December 31, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Guys dont blame to MJ. We all know he is such a class act. He has 31 test centuries. It tells the story who Mahela Jayawadena is. He is totaly out form. Also he has some problems with SLC. He is the best captain Sri Lanka ever produced. So Plece dont tell to drop him

Posted by RajiRG on (December 31, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

I feel lot of people mentioning about Ajantha Mendis as an option but what they forget is in Australian conditions he is not the type of bolwer who can help you to take 20 wickets. Dont get me wrong, he is a phenomenal talent! Got 7 for the other day with his domestic club SL Army but it is a different kettle of fish. Although I am not a big fan of Lahiru Thirimanne, he could be the dark horse srilankan cricket needs. I mean honestly, anybody who follows Australian domestic cricket will tell you Ed Cowan is not a stand out performer but here he is been considered for captaincy. It's the x-factor I like to call it, just what Stuart Clark had and I hope its what Suranga Lakmal can bring in.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Mahela could do something in past.But his time is up now..we shouldnt include him to the team because of his past performance. iF so Aravinda, Arjuna and Sanath is a better option..

Mahela's ODI batting records,

386 matches 15 centuries 15 Man of the Matches...

Sanath Jayasuriya's ODI batting records, 445 matches 28 centuries 48 Man of the Matches.

We should find that kind of SINGLE HANDLE MATCH WINNER to the side..

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

We have seen in few matches Sri Lanka could win Matches because of Thisara Perera's batting and sometimes because of unexpected nuwan Kulasekara's batting performance. So no any diffence to the Mahela's innings at the world cup..

To become a great batsman he should maintain that rhythem for more innings.But He never continued that rhythem for a period or atleast for few matches.

Unfortunate thing is Mahela is an inconsistent batsman.If he makes a 100 today he fill fail next 20 to 30 innings for sure. pls check his last TEN to 20 iinings or more.

So no point of depending on him.young people should brought to the side.Mahela is blocking their opertunaties to GROOM.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 31, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Some Lankan fans show they don have any cricketing brain by abusing and questioning the two 10000+ league members' place in the squad. Had they not been there in the team sl could have further passed to the core of hall of shame without any doubt.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (December 31, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

For the people who says Mahela should be dropped, I should ask only one simple question. "Do you remember how he recovered Sri Lanka during last world cup?" He has a lot more cricket left in his career. Don't try to kill somebody before they die naturally. You must be ashamed of what you say. I'm a Sri Lankan, too.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

I disagree with you hotcric01. Mendis has only played 16 tests and has not been given the patience (unlike Randiv) that he deserves to evolve. Mendis is a proven match-winner who has taken 6 for 13 and 4 for 12 in international finals and he's back in form. For some reason he's out of vogue with the selectors. It appears that Sri Lanka's power brokers are more impressed with orthodox approaches to spin than Sri Lanka's true strength - mystery bowling. Do you really think Randiv with his many failures on spinning wickets like Galle deserves more opportunities?

Posted by trav696 on (December 31, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Sri Lanka's batting line up for the 3rd test should be: 1. Karunaratne, 2. Dilshan, 3. Chandimal, 4. Mahela, 5. Samaraweera, 6. Mathews, 7. Thirimanne, 8. Randiv/A. Mendis, 9. Herath, 10. Pradeep, 11. Eranga. I would pick Pradeep over Prasad because he is taller and much faster that Prasad, hitting the deck harder and getting good bounce. He may be a bit expensive, but will definitely trouble Australia.

@Mel-waas, bringing Malinga in for the 3rd test is not a bad idea and in short spells because he won't aggravate any injuries.

Posted by hotcric01 on (December 31, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

@dean frenkel,Ajantha is not that good as a test bowler.Take a look at his stats in test cricket.He took 26 wickets in his first series,because most of batsmen were not familiar with his bowling.But after his magics were revealed , he was an ordinary test bowler.After the first series,he has taken just only 36 wickets in 13 matches.His averge in test cricket is 32.48 and econ is 3.02,so those are very ordinary.In addition he is a big injury prone,since his unusual action.Herath and Randiv are way better than him in test cricket.But he is still very effective in the short format of the game.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

I am surprised to find ruthless Sri Lankans blaming the great Mahela & Kumar The whole world respect them and fellows who had not played even School Cricket are finding fault with them. This is the attitude of guys who do not know the game.

Posted by Mel-waas on (December 30, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

Malinga should comeback in for sydney test. I think Mahela can use him in short spells. He will provide sri lanka with a much needed spearhead. Also Chandimal should be the wicket keeping allrounder like in Durban.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

Forgotten star Ajantha Mendis, the man who could help win Sri Lanka's first Test match in Australia has just taken 7 for 23 in the Premier Limited Over competition. Who would Australia rather face is Sydney, Randiv or Mendis? They fear Mendis more than anyone.

Posted by shark77 on (December 30, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

i think lahiru is not a good option as he needs time to addhere aus conditions,,even he is not performing in current premire league,,chandi and para are there in the team,chandimal can replace prasanna or sanga and para can also replace sanga,,,thats the best option..

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Mahela should be dropped first...!

Posted by Ruban_Varathan on (December 30, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

My playing XI for 3rd test is:-1.Karunaratne2.Dilshan3.Chandimal4.Mathews5.samaraweera6.thirimanne7.mahela8.Randiv9.Herath10.Prasad11.Eranga....Hope this list matches with the idea of selectors...

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Thirimanne must play and Chandimal should take the gloves

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

I have heard few people are talking about what will happen to Sri Lanken cricket after Mahela and Sanga's retiremant..I would like to ask them what has happened to Srilanken cricket with Sanga and Mahela now ...

Actually mahela is not a consistant player at all. He is in the team because of captaincy.I think Sri Lanken cricket board should now consider about their retiremant .Their performance has reduced very clearyly this year..Young Chandimal and Thirimanna should be given more opertunaties now..Upul Tharanga should also be included..Pls dont give places to both Mahela and sanga to play together. On rotating basis one of them can be included to the team..Now Sri Lanka should be concentrating on YOUNG TALENTS..

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

My XI D Karunarathne TM Dilshan L Thirimanne M Jayawardane (c) TT Samaraweera D Chandimal (c) A Mathews S Randiv D Prasad S Eranga N Pradeep / S lakmal

Leave Herath out for we dont need another star tagged player out with injury before the ODI series.Give Thirimanne a go at sanga's place for he is the only player who could stand in his place.Chandimal to take the gloves and if you want swing play Lakmal who would arive on the eve of the new year test or play Pradeep if you want pace. Remember sri lanka has nothing to lose and the sad note is that its only Welagedara who is the only capable left arm seam bowler in sri lanka who could compete in an international test.As Marvan Atapattu said back in 2007 SLBC is seriously lead by a muppet and is followed by a group of puppets! team selection? RIP our hopes!

Posted by SSJG on (December 30, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

SL should plan for test matches similar to 50 overs and T20. Should look for annual test encounter like ashes or like a Ind vs Pakistan match! Should consider NZ or WI so that you can explore their conditions as well. S.A., AUS, ENG will be a bigger ask at this status! IPL or anything should not be bigger than that for the administration or for the players and there should be proper schedule playing!

Posted by SSJG on (December 30, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

I do not see any difference in any changes or who gets the chance as it will not make an impact! History shows that SL is not capable of giving a fight back when they are tamed like this! SL should start thinking about the future at least now!

Posted by gotheaussies on (December 30, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

@landl47, please mendis has only played one test outside the sub continent and has only bowled in just one inning. It was a very green english pitch. you cant judge his perfomance outside sub continent with just one inning. Selectors should give him more opportunities.

Posted by Heshan3500 on (December 30, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Its a good decision taken by selectors to add thirimanne. It doesnt mean that he must play for the 3rd match. Depending on the situation & the team combination it will be good if he can play. Coz they must be given chances to get experiences as they are the future of SL criket..

Posted by GlodenLionKing on (December 30, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

I am not sure why the Sri Lankan selectors aren't considering Upul Tharanga, he is only 27 years old and better and experienced opener than most recent additions. My suggestion is to bring him in with one of the new players (I am sure which of the new is better than the other - they all play like backyard cricket). IMHO it was a huge mistake to drop him from the test cricket few years back. We should have kept him and groomed him to the leading opener. I guess I am not on the selection board.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

The line for the 3rd test should be...

Dilshan Chandimal (if p.jayawardne is fit) Thiramarne Jaywardne Karatune Mathews P.Jayawrdne(wkt) Herath Eranga Prasad Randiv( as the Australian batting line up have a lot of left handers)

Posted by kothumalli11 on (December 30, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

My team for the Sydney test, 1)Punchi Malli 2)Kaluwa 3)Sanjay 4)Lokuge 5)Bandara 6)Soyza 7)Kota 8)Rahula 9)Asela 10)Selladure 11)Pambaya, all very good players (in our backyard). We can give a rest to current SL test team(by this prevent them from bodily injury) and I am sure my team will take the test to day 4.Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Buckers410 on (December 29, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

1.Kuranuratne 2.Dilshan 3.Chandimal 4.Mahela 5.Matthews (c) 6.Thirrimane 7.P Jayawardena (wk) 8.Prasad 9.Randiv 10.Herath 11.Eranga. Give the youngsters a go. SL been thrashed 2-0 by an innings in Melbourne. Bring in young talent for future series. Dilshan I believe gets in because it will be his last test anyway. Mahela plays to assist Matthews in captaincy. SL play there 2 spinners and Matthews still needs to bowl himself 30 overs in Sydney test. He can do a little bit

Posted by Buckers410 on (December 29, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

agree with @tanstell87. But SL have lost series, been smashed 2-0 and inside 3 days @ Melbourne. Why not give youngsters a go? 1.Kuranaratne 2.Dilahan 3.Chandimal 4.M Jayawardena 5.Matthews (c) 6.Thirrimane 7.P Jayawardena (wk) 8.Prasad 9.Randiv 10.Herath 11.Eranga. Dilshan gets to play because it will be his last test anyway so hopefully he goes out on a good note. Mahela plays because he assists Matthews with captaincy. SL need to play the way they know how to play. 2 spinners and not many overs from quicks so they dont get injured, Mathews still needs to bowl himself 30 overs in next test, he will get test best fiqures

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (December 29, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Thirimanne over Chandimal? Whats going on here?

Posted by kothumalli11 on (December 29, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

This pathetic SL team could not take a test match beyond 3 days, what's the point including 2/3 spinners and so called pedestrian batsman friendly gentle medium pacers?This team needs to get the basic right, i.e. their batsmen are not good at facing good quality pace bowlers and the team and the country do not possess good quality international test level fast bowlers.Also most of them fail to understand if a player performs well in domestic level doesn't mean he is going to be good in international levels, even the so called senior players were exposed in overseas conditions continuously and they failed miserably most of the time.The point to remember is lack of skills,talent and facilities in domestic level and having blind faith in a weak team without considering the opponents strengths in overseas conditions.

Posted by TYJAY on (December 29, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

Come on , Sydney will turn and need a good spinner to support Herath. Randiv is yet to prove his test capabilities. Mendis would have been a good option.

Posted by KingOwl on (December 29, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

People are talking about spending spinners to Australia. Guys, please think before writing. Spinners have very limited help in Aussie wickets. We already have two spinners in the team and only one gets selected to play. What's the point of sending more spinners? The bowling attack is weak. SL and India are basically on the same boat. We do have some very good limited over bowlers. But the test team is as bare as the Indian one when it comes to fast bowling. They should play both Thirimanna and Chandimal. They are the future. Also, may be Mahela should drop himself from the final test - unless the wicket is not helpful to seamers.

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 29, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

Sri lanka should play with 2 spinners in sydney. atleast they can slow down Aussie scoring rate. Australia dint try to attack herath in any of those test matches. Also sydney wickets help spinners. Thats why aussies dropped watson and picked maxwell in the team. Herath, Randiv,Prasad, Eranga should be our bowling line up for sydney test.

Posted by DilumSL on (December 29, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

good to see Thirimanne in test squad but is it the right time??? i'm not sure he is struggling for his form these days. and Lakmal he is not a strike bowler. Why can't we try some one fresh. Aussie's succeed with Bird. Sl really need to find a wicket taking fast bowler Herath can not do it all by him self. and he is also 34 years. for batting there few who can try out A Perera, Kusal Janith, N Dikwella are few of them. even though we lost the last game due to our poor batting i think we should really think about our bowling department.

Posted by Jay.Raj on (December 29, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

I think the best spinner that can back up Herath or even replace Herath is Senanayake. He has proved his ability against Australia in ODIs and also in first class matches and LIST A matches. Please give him a chance.

Posted by landl47 on (December 29, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

To all those calling for Ajantha Mendis, do you know how many test wickets he has taken outside the subcontinent? ONE! He got 1-66 against England in 2011. He simply doesn't turn the ball on hard wickets. The Aussies will just treat him as a straight slow bowler and carve him up. Herath is all the spin you need, with Dilshan to back him up. It will be good to see Chandimal get a chance, SL needs young players badly. Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela and Samara haven't got that many tests left in them. Replacements need to be found urgently.

Posted by vallavarayar on (December 29, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Looks like another innings defeat for SL.

Posted by tanstell87 on (December 29, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

@cricket12namal - Indian fan here....thats what rattles me...Upul Tharanga not in test team why i dont know....Thirimanne & Chandimal should both play the new year test...Sri Lanka should avoid mistakes that India did last summer by denying chances to Rohit & Rahane !

Posted by galle61 on (December 29, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

things need to change in sl cricket batting coach needed only for 17 and under and 19 and under.we have the best school cricket system.foreign bowling coaches are also needed for under 19 level only need fitness people for the national team.what about guys like munaweera ,mendis.the youngercrowd needs to be encouraged.we keep our best young players on the sidelines for years and then expect to perform.when the older guys fail the younger guys cannot perform.atapattu,arvinda.duleep mendis were brave and started young/also like greg chappel put the indians in commando training the SL cricket guys need to go for commando training and make them tougher

Posted by Perera32 on (December 29, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

@ Nipuna Koralage: Mate, BBL T20 format is completley different to Test cricket. I saw some of the BBL matches where he got hit for runs but Thisara is a wicket taker and he has looked threatening enough to take wickets, whereas Suranga Lakmal, will waste the new ball by bowling wide filth. Both Lakmal and Perera have the same bowling average (pretty bad though) but Thisara can bat better than him too.

Posted by lukecannon on (December 29, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Thirimanne is too young. Upul Tharanga should have been selected instead of Paranavitana. Also Mahela should be dropped. His average has gone below 50 now. He made 34 runs in 4 innings at an average of 8.5. That is just pathetic. Captain or not you must perform if you want to keep your place (just take a look at Punter).Dilshan should lead the team. Who knows some Durban magic might work. I have a strong feeling Lakmal won't make any difference to this bowling attack. And i must ask WHERE IS AJANTHA MENDIS? This guy can run through this batting line-up. SLC is playing a dangerous game. Why are they wasting these people? A. Mendis , U. Tharanga , T perera. Politics ..politics everywhere.

Posted by lukecannon on (December 29, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

This is stupid. Really stupid. Poor mangement from SLC. Perera is already there in AUS playing in the big bash. He's in very good batting form and he is a decent pacer as well as a brilliant fielder especially off his own bowling. What does Lakmal has to offer to this battered SL team? He can't even bat. Not a great fielder.Perera is a match winner. He destroyed Pakistan last time they toured SL. This guy scored a brilliant knock of 75 hanging around with tail-enders against a formidable bowling attack. And bagged 4 wickets in the last test he played against Pakistan on a green-top Pallekele pitch. There was never a reason to omit him from the squad in the first place. SLC could have so easilly sent him along instead of the worthless Paranavitana. If they wanted a specialist batsman i'd prefer Upul Tharanga over Paranavitana anyday.

Posted by shameelqwe on (December 29, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

what srilanka doing with ajantha mendis?he is the next murali for srilanka.when he play's a match he always being a hero.please slcb put mendis on all tour squad

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

sl doing the same mistakes what indians did !! going with underperforming seniors who are in pathetic form ahead of very very gud new players !! chandimal,jeevan mendis,lahiru thirimanne all are test players by the way they play but not even 1 got a chance !! dhammika prasad,welegedara and fernando etc are really uselss for tests !! any day i would pic randiv on an aussie pitch rather than herath becoz randiv has more flight in his balls and can get 5 for's like he used to get under sanga somehow jaya wardene doesnt utilise guys like randiv and chandimal who prospered under sangas captaincy !! when robin peterson can rock on an aussie pitch then same can be done by jeevan mendis !! lakmal,ernga and pradeep and perera as allrounder would any day pick more wickets than welegedara,prasad etc !! atleast loose with youngsters so tht they will gain experience instead of playing the non performing seniors and dhananjaya could have been an surprise package !!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Sri Lankan selectors have to sweep the country for fast bowlers who can deliver 140/Kmh+

Posted by cricket12namal on (December 29, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

where is upul tharanga ?? 12 odi hundreds 1 test hundred,only 27 years ,where is upul ?? Plz tell any oNE?

Posted by Sugath on (December 29, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Well they are sending another ordinary paceman to Australia when it should have been Mendis and Dhananjaya. What a shame and if Lanka go to this test without those two, chances are that Lanka may lose that as well, because in both tests the current attack looked very ordinary.

Posted by DiamondSoul on (December 29, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Mahela is going to quit captaincy after this series.So why can;t we give a chance for Mathews to lead.Dilly and Dimuth to open and Chandimal,Mathirimanne,Samaraweera to follow in.Prasanna thereafter if he is fit. then if it goes 3Paceman and 1 spinner i'll choose Nuwan pradeep Dhammmika prasad and Shaminda eranga.if it's 2 spinners ,Randiv will be in for pradeep.

Just give it a try man.we have nothing to loose :(

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

@ Perere 32 check BBL stats of thisara then you can find the answer

Posted by Rukhshan786 on (December 29, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Sri Lanka should rest P.Jayawardane & give Chandimal that spot. And Tirimanne included for Sangakkara at no.3 spot. Welagedara's spot should be filled in with either N.Pradeep or S.Lakmal. Both of them are capable of bowling above 140kmph.

Posted by ozziefan08 on (December 29, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Sad to see Sri Lankan cricket has fallen so far. Just watching Mahela struggle has been a lowlight for me I love watching him bat well. Keen to see Chandimal get an extended run he looks like a good young player

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

most encouraging emerging player thirimanna is that boundary at the last moment in T20 vs new zealand really showed his character.. wonderful!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

I really want to see Thirramanne get a go, as he is a young prospect who will probably replace Dilshan at the top of the order after this tour. He should play at the expense of one of Sri Lanka's more experienced players for this match, as it is a dead rubber. I don't know why Lakmal has been flown in, Pradeep will replace Welegedara and if Prasad is unfit then surely Randiv will get a game anyway as Sydney should turn.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 29, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

I think it's fairly safe to predict that the Sydney result will be an improvement on their previous match.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

The world is flat, the sky is green and the Sri Lankan selectors know what they're doing. How is it that Ajantha Mendis will not be the second spinner for the Sydney Test? Mendis would be a wildcard that could help win Sri Lanka's first Test in Australia. Where Mendis has been denied opportunities, Randiv has failed to grasp his. Perhaps the thinking is that more conventional spinners are preferable to mystery spinners - yet it is mystery that characterises and elevates Sri Lankans. How can Sri Lanka compete when its selectors consistently fail to pick its best 11? Are the selectors drunk?

Posted by Perera32 on (December 29, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Oh dear not Lakmal !!! Why are the selectors not picking Thisara Perera, his bowling form was brilliant vs Pakistan at Pallekele, he got 75 in the same match. I still think Sri lanka could've saved the Hobart match if Thisara played instead of Kula or Eranga.

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