Sri Lanka in Australia 2012-13

Ajantha Mendis returns for limited-overs series

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January 2, 2013

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Ajantha Mendis is thrilled at dismissing Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012
Ajantha Mendis has been picked after recovering from a side strain © Associated Press
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Sri Lanka have picked Kushal Perera, the wicketkeeper-batsman, for the limited-overs series in Australia, and spinner Ajantha Mendis makes a comeback after suffering a side strain during the World Twenty20 late last year. Mendis hasn't played ODI cricket since January last year.

Perera replaces Kumar Sangakkara, who was ruled out of the tour last month due to a hand injury. Perera has had a good run in the Premier Limited Over Tournament, the List A competition in Sri Lanka; he's the leading run-scorer, with 365 runs in eight games at 73, including a century and two fifties.

Two names missing from the limited-overs squad that played New Zealand in November are allrounder Chamara Kapugedera and offspinner Tharindu Kaushal. Suranga Lakmal, who has been called in as replacement for Chanaka Welegedera in the squad for the third Test in Sydney, has been selected for the limited-overs series. Sri Lanka play five ODIs and two T20 internationals; the first ODI starts on January 11 in Melbourne.

Squad: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Kushal Perera, Shaminda Eranga.

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Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

Where's Dilashan Munaweera??? isn't that better send him to open with dil??? he is a handy off spinner as well.and also a gun fielder.put him in to the deep end in australia and give him some experience.he'll be dilshan's replacement in near future.he's an all rounder.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

I think they should have given dimuth karunaratne a chace in the ODI series as well .......At least they should have kept him in the squad ....I think it would have been interesting 2 see him bat in limited overs cricket .

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

It is high time to see the youngsters who'll carry Sri Lanka in the future, in action:

Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Thirimanne, and Kushal Perera.

Keep your heads together, please, and, good luck!

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

My Team 1.L Thirimanne 2.T Dilshan 3.M Jayawardena 4.D Chandimal 5.A Mathews 6.KJ Perera 7.T Perera 8.S Eranga 9.A Dananjaya 10.A Mendis 11.L malinga

Posted by kc69 on (January 4, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

Well its nice to see optimism in fans regarding the ODI's but stats speak otherwise.SL has 34.56% win ratio against Aus in ODI(Total-84,Aus-53,SL-28)

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

Well balanced team included with 03 all rounders such as Angelo, Jeevan and Thisara but since our middle order batsmen failing to score runs it is essential to concentrate to place the correct middle order, effectively to acquire the possitive result in the match, my suggestion is to include Dinesh chandimal to strengthen the m/order

Posted by NZLankan on (January 3, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Wish some of my fellow SL supporters would be a bit more restrained (see "featured comments") in their predictions for the shorter version games. No way that series will be a done deal given that we are playing a team that includes Warner, Watson, Hussey, etc and their proven seam bowlers - playing in their home conditions. In the meantime, lest we forget, there is still the small matter of a test match to win to salvage a modicum of pride after that last effort. Lose that, and the psychological damage from a 0-3 result will be difficult to overcome.

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