Sri Lanka in Australia 2012-13 January 2, 2013

Ajantha Mendis returns for limited-overs series

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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 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    The Sri Lankan team has been criticized for there lack of play and commitment towards this test series. Especially the senior players not stepping up and leading the team. Don't blame them, this is a good team when they want to be. I am very happy with the ODI team they have picked. Never count out Sri Lanka because They can be a really dangerous team when it comes down to ODI's. I am happy they Picked Akila because he is a great player and he is only getting better. Sri Lanka will be fine, just give them time. Other teams fear us when it comes to limited overs

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | January 2, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Combination looks good on paper.Hopefully,injury prone mendis & kulasekera are fully fit to last the series instead of been passengers half way through the series.Good luck SL for a successful series.

  • POSTED BY Return-of-Sinhaya on | January 2, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Have been waiting for this since the tour began, we will win the one day series for sure with our spin quartet, young aussie batsmen will find it tough to handle herath and company, humiliation on their own backyard awaits

  • 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.

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    The Sri Lankan team has been criticized for there lack of play and commitment towards this test series. Especially the senior players not stepping up and leading the team. Don't blame them, this is a good team when they want to be. I am very happy with the ODI team they have picked. Never count out Sri Lanka because They can be a really dangerous team when it comes down to ODI's. I am happy they Picked Akila because he is a great player and he is only getting better. Sri Lanka will be fine, just give them time. Other teams fear us when it comes to limited overs

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | January 2, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Combination looks good on paper.Hopefully,injury prone mendis & kulasekera are fully fit to last the series instead of been passengers half way through the series.Good luck SL for a successful series.

  • POSTED BY Return-of-Sinhaya on | January 2, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Have been waiting for this since the tour began, we will win the one day series for sure with our spin quartet, young aussie batsmen will find it tough to handle herath and company, humiliation on their own backyard awaits

  • 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.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | January 3, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    What's the use.Is he the one who will take all wickets and bat for everyone?

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Good to see the mystery duo back, might pose Aussie batsman a huge threat with Malinga. but first our batsman have to score runs

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Come on kusal janith show your stuff.. we believe in you..you were class act then and you are now..it's amazing to see the outstation kid who comes to our alma mater by cricketing merit and going so up in the ladder to represent the national cricket team. you are every budding cricketer's role model..

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | January 3, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I am really happy to see the two mystery guys Mendis who has re-recovered his old glory and Akila in the team. If these two play in the ODI matches with Malinga, I guarantee it will be 5-0 in favor of Sri Lanka. Actually Mendis and Akila should have been playing in Sydney now. Anyway, better late than never. Please do your SWOT for each match and work your SPIN for each situation, the first 10 overs, the next 5 and so on. Strategic planning coupled with building one pointed concentration is a must

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    kapugedera should be here...

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | January 3, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    @cricket12namal most of these players who represent national squad are school team captains. and I think by southern province you mentioned Ruhuna. He only captained that side for one season. He captained NCC for sometime but they haven't accomplish any thing under his captaincy. The only plus point is he captained SL XI against Victoria. That probably could be an experiment. one last thing when is the last time Upul played an responsible inning under pressure and succeed?

  • POSTED BY Mathu. on | January 3, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    SL team always face problems with swing & bounce conditions. They need to get use to it. It is a county within the country they have all kind of climates. Make pitches in SL with those condition and get use to that. Why not authorities think about it?

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    I really appreciate the logical comments of majority of our srilankans fans rather than being emotional of this tough period of sri lanka cricket . long live sri lanka cricket !!!

  • POSTED BY cricket12namal on | January 3, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @dilum pls check upuls captaincy record,,captained for his school,club,southern province,srilanka xi in ausi,srilanka A,,last 4 matches for NCC AND all won...

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | January 3, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @cricket12namal He should be there in the test and ODI squad. but t20 i think there are more better choices than Upul. Only reason that i'm saying that he should be dropped is we need to give youngsters a chance and there are no other options. But Upul for vice captaincy that's a joke. He is not a leader. when is the last time he took a responsibility in batting.

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    upul tharanga is the most senior batsman after mahela,dilshan,sanga,thilan.pls include for all 3 format odis,test,20-20,give the vice captaincy for him..

  • POSTED BY cricket12namal on | January 3, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    @ dilum,,rest for upul,,its not a gud decision,,upul should play ALL FORmat,bcs dilshan,sanga,mahela,thilan, all are aging over 35,upul is only 27,selectors should give a rest for them,i'm saying they dnt want to play all games,more chances for younger players,All r talking about that thesedays.but they all forget upul tharanga is a younger player only 27...my players for the future..test team 1.Upul 2.dimuth 3.chandimal 4.thirimanna 5.mathews 6.one of sanga or mahela 7.thisara 8.kulasekara 9.mendis 10.lakmal 11.prasad 12.herath 13.maharoof 14.kausal silva 15.senanayaka oneday team dilshan,sanga,mahela(2 of them for 11,and one rest) upul,thirimanna,dinesh,mathews,thisara,jeewan,kula,lasith,mendis,senanayaka,maharoof,shaminda, 20.20 3 seniors should giveup..for them chamara kapu,munaweera,anjelo perera.

  • POSTED BY fan2011 on | January 3, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    even i used to think Bhanuka Rajapaksha was good looking at his School accomplishments..

    My god the fellow was terrible in one match i saw him play couldn't get the bat on ball and so is Dinesh Munaweera anyone who watched him play the t20 WC will know what i am talking about.

    These fellows can't play fast bowlers on Sri Lankan Pitches how are they going to play in SA, England, Aussi, New Zealand?

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    people talk over n over again about this kapugedara n maharoof hmm yeah we dnt like Asantha de mel n hez the head of selection bt just check maharoof's profile maha hvnt bwl in the domestic limited over tournament he have just batted so may be he have a injury so its hard to call him to the team abt kapu he have just 3 50's in the tournament so is it enough to call him back ?? i dnt think so, so its really good to give a chance to kusal n hez there as the back up wicket keeper only thing that im upset is about sachithra senanayaka hez really a damn good bwlr he would surely play in any team in the world but our people have gone with young akila hmmm

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    About time Mendis was selected. Aussie batsmen will be uncomfortable.

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | January 3, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    scored 2 brilliant 50s in the same match (one unbeaten) against the strong bowling attack of touring Englishmen in their last tour to SL, from playing. It is very clear to many, that the Jokers want to carry on with the 3 reckless hitting seniors till the 2015 WC, thus jeopardizing the Game's future as a whole in the Country. If these brilliant proven young players were not picked at the right times they will definetly loose both interest as well as confidence gained over the years and will be a great loss to the Cricketing World as it happened to many a number of brilliant Cricketers produced by SL of the last 25 years, during the period where JOKERS, have been in office. (Stats Courtsey Cric Info)

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    kapugedera should be there..played briliantly in slpl and ongoing limited over primier league with the average of 50..better batsman in fast tracks..and also niroshan dickwalla is a better than kaushal silva..

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | January 3, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    over their stroke play, that can be direct threat to 3 seniors pros in the Team, e.g. AngeloPerera, the Best Schoolboy batter of 2009 carries a 1st Cl Ba Av 43+ leads Ba Avs of the on-going LO T'ment; Bhanuka Rajapaksha, the Best Schoolboy batter of 2010 & 2011, a leading run getter in the youth WC of 2010, carries a 1st Cl Ba Av 45+ & proving his class since his age of 15, being among the top 10 schoolboy bats since 2007 (courtesy Sunday Observer of SL) are yet to find their places in the National Team. The early careers of the 3 seniors are nothing compared to that of these young promising players. Interestingly these 2 young prodigies have been sent to bat very low down in the batting order (until recently) by their respective clubs, deliberately to prevent them from scoring heavily. If these two were in any other Country they will definitely be the main batters of the of the respective 1st XI teams. It is a villain like attitude of the Jokers to prevent a batter that (2 b CNTD)

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | January 2, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    @cricket12namal of course he is. there is no argue about Upul's place in the team. but what i am saying is that he is not in good form so it's better to give him a rest. play some local cricket and find his confidence. same goes to Lahiru.

  • POSTED BY cricket12namal on | January 2, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    dilumsl upul tharanga is one of the best opener srilanka ever produced...

  • POSTED BY stumpedlloyd on | January 2, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @Rise-of-Sinhaya: You mean like the humiliation of losing recent tests to Australia, England and New Zealand - yes, New Zealand! - in Sri Lanka, and losing the Boxing Day Test in 2 1/2 days? Sri Lanka should consider itself lucky if they are invited back for a MCG Boxing Day Test this century! Maybe once the government stops interfering in cricket in Sri Lanka, things will turn around. Of course, they could always recall Sanath Jayasuriya. I am sure the government believes he wasn't given a proper send-off in Australia years ago.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | January 2, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    When did Kapugedara become Allrounder, i know he is the worst batsmen SL ever had, about bowling???

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | January 2, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    not a bad selection but instead of Upul or Thirimanne we should try Angelo Perera and Niroshan Dikwella. Angelo is a good batting all rounder and he is in good form. Check the stats in ongoing premier league. This guy is in almost everywhere. Niroshan is from our under 19 team who doing so well in the premier league. and he can be substitute wicket keeper if chandimal fails. Note that both Upul and Lahiru are not in good form and that's the only reason i'm saying that they should drop. I'm completely agreeing with including 3 spinners. coz that's our strength. these pitcher may not support them but still rather than having poor fast bowlers it's better to use good spinners. Again I really hope seniors will rest for two or three games and give youngsters a chance. But it might not happen. coz it never happened before

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | January 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Sri Lanka r totally exhausted .. Last year right from d tri series, eng home series b4 IPL they've been playing continuous cricket... they need a 2 month break now or else i fear for fitness of dilshan and mahela

  • POSTED BY lukecannon on | January 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    1-Mahela 2-Dilshan 3-Tharanga 4-Chandimal 5-Mathews 6-Thirimanne 7-J. Mendis 8-Perera 9-Kulasekara 10- Malinga 11- A. Mendis Sri lanka choose this 11 Aussies won't know what hit em.. Honestly the only Aussie playing well right now is Clarke. And one can't expect him to win matches on his own. AUS bowling unit looks very weak (SHorter format of the game) SL batsmen has every chance of dominating them unless they play silly cricket and throw it away. Im predicting 4-1 in favour of SL especially because of A. Mendis' inclusion in the squad... He never should have been omitted from the test squad in the first place.

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | January 2, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Have to really laugh at the selection of lankan team especially the bowlers. Including ajantha mendis could turn out to the humiliating part of this year for lankans. Mendis is already exposed. Everyone can read him. Where has your alrounder maharoof gone? Lankan fans should be ready for the worst phases ahead.

  • POSTED BY aj_123 on | January 2, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    It's quite funny to see lankan fans thinking that their spinners would win them the odi series . They should remember that they are not playing in Pallekele or colombo . The Aussies won the odi series even there . So i dont see the spinners troubling them . Teams are getting used to malinga these days so i dont think lanka stand a chance against the aussies . If lankans want to win then they should bring back murali who is playing for the renegades . This guy is bowling great as ever else 4-1 is on the cards . With the departure of punter n Mr.cricket the australians would opt for younsters like finch , hughes , henriques . Beware lankans these guys are in red hot form .

  • POSTED BY ShehanJ on | January 2, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Ha ha...the team might look good on paper, but that's where it ends. Australia are still playing in their own back yard and they will probably win the ODI series either 4-1 or 3-2.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | January 2, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Maharoof and Anjelo perera missing, Maharoof was a big factor last toure

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Last week you guys promoted Praveen Kumar as an all rounder, and now its the turn of Kapugedera, who has 2 international wickets. Please proof read before you post.

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | January 2, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Let's not count our chickens, guys. We may be stronger in ODI's and T20's but the Aussies will be more confident after the Test series, and out batting is still very fragile. The problem with Ajantha is that, though a very good bowler, he tends to play one or two matches and then get injured for the next 3 months!

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | January 2, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Just six pure batsmen in the squad....Baffling !

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Good news that Kapugedara is not in the side. He shouldn't even be in the A side. As for the team, it looks good on paper but its upto how they perform on the day. Definitely Malinga, Thisara, Ajantha Mendis and Dhananjaya will pose a bigger threat than the fruitless attack we dished out for the test matches. Probably one of the worst attacks to land on OZ shores. I hope we show our true one day potential and really demolish the aussies at home. We need to show the world why we were finalists of the ODI and T20 world cups. Hope the boys do us proud. We Sri Lankan's have been waiting too long for the boys to achieve something that they truly deserve.

  • POSTED BY cricket12namal on | January 2, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    upul tharanga is the most senior batsman after mahela,dilshan,sanga,thilan.pls include for all 3 format odis,test,20-20,give the odi captaincy for him..

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | January 2, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    No Kapugedara, and Thirimanne and Tharanga in, well well well

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    it will be great if sri lanka add someone like tharindu kaushal instead of akila dananjaya

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    it will be great if sri lanka add someone like tharindu kaushal instead of akila dananjaya

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | January 2, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    No Kapugedara, and Thirimanne and Tharanga in, well well well

  • POSTED BY cricket12namal on | January 2, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    upul tharanga is the most senior batsman after mahela,dilshan,sanga,thilan.pls include for all 3 format odis,test,20-20,give the odi captaincy for him..

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Good news that Kapugedara is not in the side. He shouldn't even be in the A side. As for the team, it looks good on paper but its upto how they perform on the day. Definitely Malinga, Thisara, Ajantha Mendis and Dhananjaya will pose a bigger threat than the fruitless attack we dished out for the test matches. Probably one of the worst attacks to land on OZ shores. I hope we show our true one day potential and really demolish the aussies at home. We need to show the world why we were finalists of the ODI and T20 world cups. Hope the boys do us proud. We Sri Lankan's have been waiting too long for the boys to achieve something that they truly deserve.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | January 2, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Just six pure batsmen in the squad....Baffling !

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | January 2, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Let's not count our chickens, guys. We may be stronger in ODI's and T20's but the Aussies will be more confident after the Test series, and out batting is still very fragile. The problem with Ajantha is that, though a very good bowler, he tends to play one or two matches and then get injured for the next 3 months!

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Last week you guys promoted Praveen Kumar as an all rounder, and now its the turn of Kapugedera, who has 2 international wickets. Please proof read before you post.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | January 2, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Maharoof and Anjelo perera missing, Maharoof was a big factor last toure

  • POSTED BY ShehanJ on | January 2, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Ha ha...the team might look good on paper, but that's where it ends. Australia are still playing in their own back yard and they will probably win the ODI series either 4-1 or 3-2.

  • POSTED BY aj_123 on | January 2, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    It's quite funny to see lankan fans thinking that their spinners would win them the odi series . They should remember that they are not playing in Pallekele or colombo . The Aussies won the odi series even there . So i dont see the spinners troubling them . Teams are getting used to malinga these days so i dont think lanka stand a chance against the aussies . If lankans want to win then they should bring back murali who is playing for the renegades . This guy is bowling great as ever else 4-1 is on the cards . With the departure of punter n Mr.cricket the australians would opt for younsters like finch , hughes , henriques . Beware lankans these guys are in red hot form .