Sri Lanka in England 2011 May 25, 2011

Nuwan Pradeep set to fly home

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Sri Lanka's preparations for the first Test in Cardiff have taken a blow with the news that Nuwan Pradeep, their match-winning seamer against the England Lions on Sunday, is set to fly home after picking up a knee injury.

Pradeep claimed figures of 4 for 29 in ten hostile overs as Sri Lanka overcame the follow-on to bowl the Lions out for 183 in Derby and win a thrilling contest by 38 runs. However, he sustained damage to his anterior cruciate ligament after treading on the ball in the course of that spell, and is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks.

"It's bad news for the young man," said Stuart Law, Sri Lanka's interim coach. "The warmer you are the better with these injuries, but as he stopped he was dragging his leg around yesterday. It's a shame."

In the absence of their limited-overs spearhead, Lasith Malinga, Pradeep had looked likely to slot straight into the Test team with his extra pace through the air and unorthodox slingy action. "He was definitely in the mix after his performance in Derby," said Law. "He's one of our cards up our sleeve, so it's a shame if he has to go home. I'm heart-broken for him."

Sri Lanka's problems could be compounded by the potential loss of their veteran seamer Dilhara Fernando, who was limping during training after bowling through the pain of a less serious knee problem during that same match in Derby, in which he took six wickets. He was named in their 12-man squad for Thursday, but remains in doubt.

Farveez Maharoof, who has been playing county cricket for Lancashire, has been drafted into the squad as cover, having already featured during their opening warm-up match against Middlesex in Uxbridge, when several members of the original 16-man squad were still in India playing the IPL.

Given his form for Lancashire and his all-round abilities, Maharoof could well end up playing his first Test since 2007. He started the season with a century on Lancashire debut and followed the tour game against Middlesex, in which he took two wickets, with a four-wicket first-innings haul for Lancashire against Yorkshire.

Sri Lanka's other seam-bowling options are Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera and Chanaka Welegedara. Perera took four wickets at Derby, while Lakmal and Welegedara took three and five wickets respectively in the game against Middlesex.

Maharoof played 20 Tests between 2004 and 2007, and was a regular in Sri Lanka's one-day side till early 2009 after which a combination of injuries and the emergence of Angelo Mathews as Sri Lanka's premier allrounder kept him out of the national team. He made a comeback during the 2010 Asia Cup but has not played any international cricket since.

"We've drafted Maharoof in as injury cover, and it's the perfect opportunity to get him involved because he's been here a long time," said Law. "He's been playing well for Lancashire, we've got good reports from the Lanky boys saying he's fitted in well - bowling well, batting well, he's a good man around the dressing room - so it was natural, rather than have someone who's been sitting at home doing nothing. It was a common-sense decision."

Maharoof's inclusion in the Sri Lanka squad means he is unlikely to be available for Lancashire until the end of the tour in mid-July.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 26, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    The 3 match series is going to be a 1-1 draw, england is over rated, they beat a out of form and depleted australia in ashes. ( katich, harris both key player and both injured) ponting, clarke, hughes, smith, doherty, beer, hilfenhaus were in abysmal form so australia basically fell over aside from watson, haddin , hussey and siddle(in 1 game)

  • crickstats on May 26, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Nuwan Kulasekera would have been a better option than Maharoof, unless the selectors think both won't play in any case

  • RohanMarkJay on May 26, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Best of Luck to Sri Lanka tomorrow. Looking forward to a competitive test series!

  • zamith on May 25, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    kulasekara heading the sri lankan attack...wowweee

  • McArthur on May 25, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I am torn about this series. England is my favourite "other-team" with plenty of match winning talent (Strauss, Cook, Trott, Peterson, Anderson, Swann and even Bell). However, Sri Lanka have proven high class players such as Jayawardene and Sangakara. Negotiating English conditions in May will challenge the other members of their squad I believe. And England have so many big guns. Money is on England but still rooting for Dilshan, Mahela, Kumar and the boys. Good luck all. By the way I am a West Indian.

  • on May 25, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Tharanga Lakshitha would have been selected.

  • on May 25, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    hmmmm finger crossed...i think we need the experience of nagging kulsekra..he z capable of swinging the bwl both ways....he must head da attack......

  • on May 25, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    sl batsman will struggle need their bowlers to step up

  • sanath007 on May 25, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    big loss for lanka...he was gonna be our main wicket taker...

  • skdev on May 25, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    wat about kulasekara. afterall u need some experience with guys like lakmal and chanaka.

  • on May 26, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    The 3 match series is going to be a 1-1 draw, england is over rated, they beat a out of form and depleted australia in ashes. ( katich, harris both key player and both injured) ponting, clarke, hughes, smith, doherty, beer, hilfenhaus were in abysmal form so australia basically fell over aside from watson, haddin , hussey and siddle(in 1 game)

  • crickstats on May 26, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Nuwan Kulasekera would have been a better option than Maharoof, unless the selectors think both won't play in any case

  • RohanMarkJay on May 26, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Best of Luck to Sri Lanka tomorrow. Looking forward to a competitive test series!

  • zamith on May 25, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    kulasekara heading the sri lankan attack...wowweee

  • McArthur on May 25, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I am torn about this series. England is my favourite "other-team" with plenty of match winning talent (Strauss, Cook, Trott, Peterson, Anderson, Swann and even Bell). However, Sri Lanka have proven high class players such as Jayawardene and Sangakara. Negotiating English conditions in May will challenge the other members of their squad I believe. And England have so many big guns. Money is on England but still rooting for Dilshan, Mahela, Kumar and the boys. Good luck all. By the way I am a West Indian.

  • on May 25, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Tharanga Lakshitha would have been selected.

  • on May 25, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    hmmmm finger crossed...i think we need the experience of nagging kulsekra..he z capable of swinging the bwl both ways....he must head da attack......

  • on May 25, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    sl batsman will struggle need their bowlers to step up

  • sanath007 on May 25, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    big loss for lanka...he was gonna be our main wicket taker...

  • skdev on May 25, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    wat about kulasekara. afterall u need some experience with guys like lakmal and chanaka.

  • zamith on May 25, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    i dont understand SLs obsession with going for inconsistent players....Chamara Silva, Kapuedera, Kulasekera, Maharoof... kula and maharoof have performed but not consistently especially outside sri lanka. On their day they can be devastating, but they cost the match on the days they dont turn up. players can have the odd day off, but by and large they should have average and above average performances with little below average cus it costs the team the match. Maharoof the asia cup final after performing strongly the match before...how can you pick a team not knowing if its the bad version or good version of the player showing up? chuck all of these inconsistent players out (much like aussies in their heyday) even if they are talented and give a go to younger players...

  • venkatesh018 on May 25, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    What is Nuwan Kulasekara doing in the IPL? why he is not in England?

  • on May 25, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    wht ARJUNA said about nuwan pradeep becomes truth , 20 balls every time in practise matches , 14 ipl matches for rcb , now he is injured when matter is about country , hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Waterboy_sixs on May 25, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Where to complain, may be the bowling coach, may be ICC, just look at these slinger like Shaun Tait, Malinga and now Nuwan, they always need very extra energy to bowl with such kind of action and not able to produce when it matters. I guess there must be special rules to include these kind of actions in the cricket arena.

  • sl_cricket on May 25, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    for all vaasi fans , he ;s officially retired from test cricket, he played his last test against pakistan in 2009 at sri lanka. They even had a presentation ceremony for his retirement, but he is still available for ODI and T20

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Maharoof is a good player. He has taken 24 wickets in 24 tests. So I do not think he fits the bill as a test player. Having him in the team must be just a comfort factor.

  • Charindra on May 25, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    What on earth is going on?!?!?! I was looking forward to this guy bowling and now he's going home! So annoying. Just when I was looking forward to a tight contest between bat and ball and 3 SL victories. Oh wel...

  • schathuranga on May 25, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    When we can c his bowling...

  • on May 25, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka have a stellar batting line up against England's solid but uninspiring one (KP has never really moved on to be the world great he should be by now) but I think the bowlers are going to pip this one for us. Sri Lanka have nothing special while we have a host of excellent seamers as well as Swann. I think in Sri Lanka it might be different but I'm backing England to take this series, and in fact to take the India series too for the same reasons.

  • on May 25, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Suraj batted well in both innings while recognized players like Dinesh & Prasanna failed on a grassy pitch. It's the fact. Therefore, Prasanna can be dropped (basing on the age, also). Fully fit players must be included. Otherwise they won't be able play the whole test match and the series. With these set backs, SL must play cautiously without playing rash strokes like in the IPL. SL have to survive 5 days and not 20 overs. Must avoid playing the bouncers, as it is not possible to control the hook, always and avoid throwing away the wicket. A draw for SL, will be good as the result of the first test. It is easier to win the second test than the first test. Easiest to win is the third as the players get more accustomed to the English conditions, by then. Hopefully, all the players will be fully fit for the last 2 tests and win the last test to win the series. Thereby, SL can consolidated in the ICC test rankings to get qualified for the test championship next year and meet India.

  • Roshini on May 25, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    With one after the other so called fast bowlers of Sri Lanka breaking down in what has now become very customary, lets hope and pray that this much awaited test matches go the full distance. The cricket loving public must be deprived of a one sided contest. Come on Sri Lanka bring on the toughies pleeeeeeeeeeeze!!!

  • KANCHANA623 on May 25, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    vaasy should be included in the squad.

  • on May 25, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    Thisara is a genuine wicket taking bowler specially in this kind of conditions..also if someone's not sure about his 4 day batting ability look @ his stats..he has an average of 40 with 5 fifties & 1 century..My bowling attack for da 1st test is Thisara, welagedara & Dilhara depending on his fitness!!!spinner i wud like to put Herath,,as england have 4 right handers in their middle order & we all know KP is left arm spinners bunny.Fast bowlers should look after strauss & cook as they r da openers.No meaning of thinking about vaas, murali & mali and wasting time..we should face da reality with wat we have @ da moment..cheers looking forward to a close battle between two teams!!!

  • sl_cricket on May 25, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    i agree with goldeneye075, dilshan have to be careful with seamers, and dilshan should give them short spell like 4-8 overs, unless they're troubling the batsmen. He shouldn't be aggressive with his bowlers ( i have nothing against his aggressive style of , he should continue his style of play), he should be smart by giving the right bowler and he should also reconsider his available options. I hope sanga and mahela help him out and dilli shoukd also take advice from senior players when he's in the field.. I hope it goes well for lions and hopefullly win the test series

  • sanzo5 on May 24, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    pradeep.. expected great things from him in this series... what a shame

  • Kavum on May 24, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    What's with these modern cricketers - Lee, Broad, Tait & Malinga included? Treading on a ball? Statham, Trueman and co. would have laughed themselves silly. The batsmen were always the "precious" ones and the bowlers (especially fast bowlers) the tough nuts. That's the way its always been. Now a split fingernail is enough to send these corps de ballet wannabes screaming for mummy and a medic. What price these fancy schmancy physios, trainers and sundry fitness hangers on? The whole ethos of high performance sport is built around humans getting tougher, more resilient and excelling at what they do. By way of analogy would you buy a car that gave you incredible horsepower, torque and high performance during a test run but broke down when you need it the most? These delicate creatures should be sent to the convent not to the cricket pitch. Bring back the dedicated never say die cricketer who plays through discomfort and pain. Bring back Vaas - ability,dedication and toughness personified.

  • cricket_for_all on May 24, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Don't SLC notice what Vass is doing in the county matches?. I am not against Maharoof He is doing good at county level but I want Vass also to pace attack.

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Some very short sighted comments. Randiv did score 76 no. in the last match. But that is just one-off performance. Every bowler who can bat a bit has scored good runs at some stage. That does not merit automatic selection. We shuld play the two best spinning options. If Randiv deserves selection on that basis he should play. Thisara might have done well in recent ODIs with the ball. But that is a totally different game where batsmen are always on the look out for runs. Test cricket is entirely different. You can have defensive fields as in ODIs. You need to attcak with close-in fielders to get wickets. I am not saying Thisara should not play but it all depends on the assessment of tour selectors of his wicket taking ability.

  • dilla99 on May 24, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    ENG will win whole series....what a shame..

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Injuries are due always,it's important that we have a good allround side that could yet win a test match.

    All the very best to Dilshan and the boys,lets keep the Sri Lankan flag flying high.

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    I disagree with goldeneye075. Without proper match practice a bowler will look very rusty going into a test match. The interesting thing to find out is what Dilhara and Pradeep were doing in IPL without playing a single game? No matter what they were doing that is not the ideal preparation in terms of physical conditioning for a test series to be played in a cold weather country. I again state that this IPL is a trap set up by Indians to destabilize established international cricket in other countries. See what happened to Bollinger in last Australian tour of India and how crucuial that was to the outcome of that series.

  • achi82000 on May 24, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    I think we should bring Tharanga Lakshitha.He is tall will get bounce in English conditions.

  • on May 24, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    bring Tharanga Lakshitha the highest wicket taker in the recently concluded premier tournament.he has got raw pace and over looked time and time again..

  • goldeneye075 on May 24, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    This was wat I was afraid of , when Dilshan was going to win the practice matches which is an unnecessary attempt. He was using the fast bowlers to the limit, during those practice matches.. Now Dilhara is also suffering the consequence, of this bad captaincy policies.. When Sanga and Mahela was incharge they looked after the fast men, so they can play a longer period of time... Dilshan as always wanted quick glory as always ,, which eventually will be his undoing... I hope sri lanka will gain a better captain than dilshan... god bless sri lanka

  • on May 24, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    all because of rcb. sources say they chose him just to bowl in the nets and he was bowling in the nets for hours!!!!

  • Lord.emsworth on May 24, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    With Pradeep gone SL will field a 3rd string quickie attack. Unlike England who have an array of really good quickies in Broad,Onions,Finn,Sidebottom,Mahmood,Bresnan,Andersson,Hoggard,Jones,Harmison etc, etc and now the Lions success Dernbach to pick from SL has never had any successful quickies except for the evergreen chaminda Vaas.( Malinga was never tested fully in test cricket) If the SL selectors can bury their pride and persuade Vaas to make a comeback he could fill in the voids. Fernando has been around a while without catching fire but perhaps now with 'greatness thrust upon him' he may turn out trumps...? Prove old Shakespeare right?

  • on May 24, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    It is very unfortunate and a very big blow when the two fastest men in the squad are not going to be playing. Still we need to face the reality. Lets hope that Cardiff wicket which is not likely to be seamer friendly will allow our batsmen to flourish and spinners to do well in latter stages. Hopefully Dilhara will recover in time to play in second test. Regarding Kulasekara, please be reminded that he was in the last England tour but looked very ordinary in the 2 tests he played with 0 for 134 bowling a total of 38 overs. Even Chaminda Vaas with all his experience has struggled to pick up wickets in tests in Engalnd. There are plenty of Kulasekara type bowlers in county circuit and English batsmen will have no problems with him. Those who say we are missing Angelo as a bowler please note that he has taken only 6 wickets in tests at a very expensive average of over 70 per wicket.

  • on May 24, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Oh no! Not another injury. SL needs a raw paceman in their ranks.

  • on May 24, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    @ AnishViswa : Dilhara F'do took almost 6 wickets including the wickets of Taylor,Bopara,Morgan and Patel, who were among the bet batsmen of the side in that game. So what would be the reason of dropping him from the side?? Dilhara is the most experienced fast baller that we have at the moment after the retirement of Vass....Therefore for a tour like this, you are asking SLCB to send an unexperienced attack???

  • SoqedHozi on May 24, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    When did Vaas stop playing tests?

  • Shakzzz on May 24, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Certainly with out a doubt Nuwan Kulasekara should be included in the initial 16 player list who fly to END. I really dont see any rational of picking Thisara Perera. He dosent have either temperament or technique to play as a test batsman & speed or swing a test baller needs.

  • yorkslanka on May 24, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    real shame for Pradeep, i was looking forward to watching this young guy bowl as i heard he is something special...Good move having Maharoof but he should have been in this squad anyway...We could also do with Kulasekara coming into the squad as his swing will be useful in the lords test...

  • CricketChat on May 24, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Bad for Pradeep. I expect Maharoof is a certainty for the first test, otherwise, I see no point in calling him up disrupting his county schedule.

  • Stark62 on May 24, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Kulasekera is good swing bowler and in Test matches will be even more deadly.

    In England you get a lot of swing and you don't have to be express to take wkts, heck even medium pacers can take 10 wkts in these conditions.

    Go for it SL!

  • zamith on May 24, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    @jonesy2 - Kula not in the team cus he performed poorly in the WC final and he is not effective outside of sri lanka (strange given that he bowls those induckers)....angelo is injured

  • Deepfreezed on May 24, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Do not bring in useless Kulasekra or Dammika Prasad. Kulasekra cost us the world cup and will only get hammered in England.

  • on May 24, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Angi is still recovering from his injury..Kula is overlooked by the selectors considering him as an one day specialist which in my opinion a stupid decision.He could swing the ball in these conditions.

  • cricketman123 on May 24, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    This is it. Bring is Nuwan Kulasekara. No other should be the choice right now. He can swing the ball and trouble the batsmen. I sincerely request from the SLC board the bring Kulasekara back

  • jonesy2 on May 24, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    hey sri lankans is there a reason that angelo mathews and kulasekara arent in the test team?

  • on May 24, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    i agree prasann a should get kicked out but mendis should play has most wickets as a spiineer murali reetire

  • achi82000 on May 24, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Dlhara is very important player for us.without him we have slim chance.I would prefer Kulasekara or Thushara over Maharoof.If selectors expect Maharoof to win matches for us that is a big mistake.He may take one or two wickets but he is not a match winner.

  • King_Anish on May 24, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    SL Board should've picked Kulaseka or Dammika Prasad ahead of Dilhara Fernando and Mahroof.

  • on May 24, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Dil,Para,Sanga,Mahela,Thilan,Chandimal(wk),Randiv,Herath,Dilahara/Maharoof,Nuwan,Welagedara We can use 2 spinners in Cardiff

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Dear Philip_Gnana. I just wanted to say what you said plus my 1st choice spinner is Herath.

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    I dnt knw y people dnt include Thisara in the team???he was our 2010 highest wicket taker in one day cricket..also he can do a good job in these conditions..can u remember his bowling aganst aussies in Australia??still i can remember dt memorable ball to take cameroon whites wicket!!!also he took another 5 wickt haul against india in dambulla to put us in dt tri nation fina,wherel eventually we went on to win without much troble..also can anyone remember his batting??how he took us to victory in against india with thilan in a high pressure match scoring 31 off14 balls..also can any1 remember his 22runs in 9 ballls in high pressure world cup final???even he scored 47 & 19 runs in tough batting conditions in the pratice match to put our team out of trouble..also it shows he can put his head down & bat..i dnt think farveez maharoof can match his raw talent..he is our second best all rounder!!!as mathews is getting injured alot in his career we should groom someone to be always there.

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Why Randiv must play and Maharoof must not play ? Because Randiv batted well against BL and became the top scorer in the 1st innings by scoring 76 n.o. when Dinesh & Prasanna failed. If not for that 76, SL would have got lost. Therefore, he must be selected instead of Prasanna, solely as a recognized batsman. Maharoof could not take more than 1 wicket each (innings ) against Middlesex when they did not have the full side. They could found only 10 players, @ the beginning of the match. Even Lakmal bowled better than him. Therefore, if Dilhara is not fit, Thisara should be selected when there is a need of three seamers after Welegedera and Nuwan. NOT Maharoof.

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    my 11 dilshan,paranavithana,sanga,mahela,chandimal(wk),samaraveeera,perera,randiv,nuwan pradeep,maroof,mendis

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    sri lankan team for cardif test should be Dilshan,Paranawithana,Sanga,Mahela,Chandimal(Wk)Maharoof,Nuwan Pradeep,Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath,Welagedara,Suranga Lakmal

  • Danushkew on May 24, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    what a poor guy dilhara....i think still chainda vaas is beeter than maharoof..he is a experience guy and he played better cricket last 1 year....should include leg spinner into the team..like jeewan mendis / kaushalya lokuarachchi....

  • sanath007 on May 24, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Maharoof is a gud player, but i think we'll need dilhara in top form in this series. let's hope he's fit. anyway Maha has been in good form so he can cover up for Dilhara

  • on May 24, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Nuwan Pradeep must be included in the final 11. He can be dangerous to the Englishmen. Nuwan can be supported by Welagedara and Maharoof,

  • WPDDESILVA on May 24, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Randiv shouldn't play. He looks like he needs a break. He wasn't effective in IPL, Practice matches etc. Mendis should play or Herath. I back Herath!

  • DeenNimash on May 24, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Mahroof is good a alrounder considering current form i would rate Thisara Perera ahead of Mahroof,and also we need to make perera as regular player in the team as he is one of our further alrounder for all format of the game.

  • nishardfazna on May 24, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    my 11 for the 1st test Dilshan,Paranawithana, Sangakkara, Mahela, Samaraweera, Chandimal,Maharoof,Presanna,Randive,Welagedara,Nuwan Pradeep.

    Maharoof's Recent Form Is Very Good. He scored a century & Took 4 Wickets against Yorkshire Early This Week.He Is a Useful Player

  • Philip_Gnana on May 24, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Maharoof is not paceman but a genuine swing bowler. Seeing the squad, he is best of the bowlers we have. Maharoof should have been an automatic choice for the England tour as Mathews was not fit. I cannot see why Welegedera is in the squad at all. Has not impressed many a people over the past two years as his figures tell you the story. Being a left arm bowler does not mean he has to be in the team. Kulasekera another good swing bowler would have done well in English conditions. I cannot understand the logic of the selectors. Then again we never did, did we? I hope Maharoof gets in the team even if Dilhara is fit. Pradeep, Dilhara & Maharoof (as the all rounder). If Dilhara cannot make it Lakmal could be a good option. Do we still require Prasanna as Sanga is no more the captain? Tissara could be in the team. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on May 24, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Mahroof is a good all rounder he can fill the place of angelo mathiws good movement from SL selection committee...good luck to Mahroof

  • kevinpp on May 24, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    My XI would be :: Dilsan, Parana, Sanga, Mahela, Thilan, Chandimal (wk), Randiv/Herath, Perera, Nuwan, Dilhara, Wele. Since Randiv, Herath, Perera are bowling all-rounders I'll go with this combination. If I'm the Skipper I'll be tempted to go with Herath as lone spinner since most of the middle order in England were Right-handers. I'll certainly leave out Prasanna, he's a walking wicket in these conditions.

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    my 11 for 1 st test : dilshan,paranawitth,sanga,mahe,tilan,chandimal,prasana,suraj,perera,dilhara,nuwan.wish u all the best

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    In fact, Thisara Perera is better than Maharoof, considering the bowling performances of the last tow games of SL. Let Maharoof to play county cricket as he was not in the original squad.

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    mahroof should use this opatunity to proof his talent

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I dont understand why Maharoof together with Kulasekera and Fernando werent in the test squad in the first place. I think these 3 guys wouldve done a lot better than the attack we have atm.

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    There should be a way to include Maharoof, Perera and Angelo Mathews in the side. What a side that will be...

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    I hope that Maharoof will be included in the team if Dilhara is not fit or needs a third seamer, on a grassy pitch. That is after Nuwan and Welegedara. Suraj must be in for his batting. If not for his batting contribution of 76 n. o. in the first innings, SL would have got lost. He was the top scorer when all the others failed.

  • on May 24, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    This is unfortunate..When ever Dilhara gets in to a rhythm poor guy gets injured.

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  • on May 24, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    This is unfortunate..When ever Dilhara gets in to a rhythm poor guy gets injured.

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    I hope that Maharoof will be included in the team if Dilhara is not fit or needs a third seamer, on a grassy pitch. That is after Nuwan and Welegedara. Suraj must be in for his batting. If not for his batting contribution of 76 n. o. in the first innings, SL would have got lost. He was the top scorer when all the others failed.

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    There should be a way to include Maharoof, Perera and Angelo Mathews in the side. What a side that will be...

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I dont understand why Maharoof together with Kulasekera and Fernando werent in the test squad in the first place. I think these 3 guys wouldve done a lot better than the attack we have atm.

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    mahroof should use this opatunity to proof his talent

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    In fact, Thisara Perera is better than Maharoof, considering the bowling performances of the last tow games of SL. Let Maharoof to play county cricket as he was not in the original squad.

  • on May 24, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    my 11 for 1 st test : dilshan,paranawitth,sanga,mahe,tilan,chandimal,prasana,suraj,perera,dilhara,nuwan.wish u all the best

  • kevinpp on May 24, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    My XI would be :: Dilsan, Parana, Sanga, Mahela, Thilan, Chandimal (wk), Randiv/Herath, Perera, Nuwan, Dilhara, Wele. Since Randiv, Herath, Perera are bowling all-rounders I'll go with this combination. If I'm the Skipper I'll be tempted to go with Herath as lone spinner since most of the middle order in England were Right-handers. I'll certainly leave out Prasanna, he's a walking wicket in these conditions.

  • on May 24, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Mahroof is a good all rounder he can fill the place of angelo mathiws good movement from SL selection committee...good luck to Mahroof

  • Philip_Gnana on May 24, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Maharoof is not paceman but a genuine swing bowler. Seeing the squad, he is best of the bowlers we have. Maharoof should have been an automatic choice for the England tour as Mathews was not fit. I cannot see why Welegedera is in the squad at all. Has not impressed many a people over the past two years as his figures tell you the story. Being a left arm bowler does not mean he has to be in the team. Kulasekera another good swing bowler would have done well in English conditions. I cannot understand the logic of the selectors. Then again we never did, did we? I hope Maharoof gets in the team even if Dilhara is fit. Pradeep, Dilhara & Maharoof (as the all rounder). If Dilhara cannot make it Lakmal could be a good option. Do we still require Prasanna as Sanga is no more the captain? Tissara could be in the team. Philip Gnana, Surrey