England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Rose Bowl June 14, 2011

Dilshan ruled out of Rose Bowl Test

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Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, has been ruled out of the third Test at the Rose Bowl because of his fractured right thumb.

Dilshan sustained the injury during the Lord's Test, where he made 193 in the first innings but was unable to take the field during England's innings and didn't bat a second time for Sri Lanka.

Kumar Sangakkara, who resigned from the captaincy after the World Cup, led the side in his absence and could do so again at the Rose Bowl but batsman Thilan Samaraweera is also a candidate after captaining the side in the recent tour game against Essex.

Sri Lanka's manager Anura Tennekoon said: "The main reason we've kept him [Dilshan] out of this Test match is that, had he played and got another blow while fielding on that thumb, he might have been out for the rest of the tour. So as a precautionary measure, we have kept him out."

James Anderson, who is set to return from injury for England, knows how key Dilshan was to Sri Lanka. "It's going to be a huge blow for them because he is a key player, their captain, but whoever comes in is going to be a quality player and we've got to prepare for that."

Lahiru Thirimanne, the 21-year-old left-hand opener, is expected to replace Dilshan after impressing with a century against Essex.

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  • MIZDXB on June 15, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Chandimal is far better than Thirimanne - Opps ok, if this is so, what has Chandimal done in England so far? didn't he bat in 5 innings and how much did he score? Let Chandimal develop, he has the potential and time. A team's trip to England will help him further. Thirimanne should play the 3rd test.

  • ranilranathunga on June 15, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Chandimal is far better than Thirimanne...

  • couchpundit on June 14, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Switch Hit Jokers are at it again...craving for India to regret for Turning Down UDRS. Lots of Wishful thinking...There will always be regrets with or without UDRS.

    I guess these guys are more worried about Swann's effectiveness or lack of it with and without UDRS than Indians.

    Indians have made it clear right after their first taste of UDRS that they are not for it. One of the Key Concern for Indians is How reliable is Hawk Eye's Prediction on how high the ball bounce's? There is so much variations a bowler can do to make the ball bounce higher or skid... How does Hawk Eye factor it? Is the software hardwired to Bowlers and varying temperature/humidity factor which will affect turn and bounce. Since this is not possible Hawkeye can never be accurate but only "FAIRLY ACCURATE" which is to say NOT ACCURATE, to make the matters worse you have 2.5m rule which is to confirm Hawkeye is NO ACCURATE AT ALL.

    Now why should they take leap of faith instead of LEAP of SCIENCE.

  • RecordHunter on June 14, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Drop Samarawera, Mahroof to bring Chandimal and Randiv or Thissara.My Team 1. Para 2. Thirimanne 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal 6. Prasanna 7. Randiv/ Thisara 8. Herath 9. Welagedara 10. Dilhara11. Lakmal.

    Mahela is the best option to take up the captancy..

  • Chaminda-Peiris on June 14, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Agreed Chandimal is promising batsman. However, Chandimal played all 3 practise games in England and failed to score even 50 runs in the 6 innigs he battered. Whereas Thrimanne scored elegant centure against Essex and SL Middle order collapsed like in Cardif after he retired to give opportunity to Chandimal and other to bat. It is now proved that Thirimanne has right technique and temprament to bat long inngns in seeming and bouncy wickets in England. So selectors decided to go with him rather than opening with Chandimal who is strugling for runs in Englnd conditions so far.

  • on June 14, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    @ Cricket-O-Cricket. I think most genuine cricket followers realize that SL's 58 all out was an abberation, as was India's 42 all out. If the opposition is on a roll in helpful conditions, it can happen.

  • chandau on June 14, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    hmmm Samaraweera is going through this tour by history. For someone in the top 10 batters list with an average over 50 he has done nothing to justify a place in the XI. Young Chandimal is another disappointment dont think he made a decent score yet. Dilhara has not found any rhythm and Mahroof has been blowing hot and cold. One wonders why Kaushal Silva was not given a game considering the continuous failures of both Samaraweera and Chandimal. It seems we are suddenly lacking experienced replacements in the middle - just wonder what happened to Vandort, Warnapura, Kandamby, Chamara et al. Youth policy is good but it can turn back and bite. Just look at Auzzy cricket after dropping Katich :)

  • on June 14, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Well said Ellis. To those who are short of memory I wish to remind them that Thilan Samaraweera has captained Sri Lanka A team with great distinction both as a leader, batsman and as a bowler too. Please check archives in cricinfo.

  • yorkslanka on June 14, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    i agree with charindra..we have nothing to lose adn everything to gain by changing our team line up for the final test...what is the point of playing it safe and getting a draw, better to risk losing if there is any potential of winning the match and saving the series....

  • Afta on June 14, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    All teams go through a rebuilding process. So its nothing new. The problem with Sri lanka cricket is that, there's nobody who could walk into the team and perform as if we've not missied any key senior players. We can see the bowling department less potent and the batting with a few sparks. This is why we need a second string of players who could challenge the seniors. Anyway, who it may be we don't have many choices. Give the opportunity to the younger guys like Thirimanne or Chandimal and the rest will follow. It looks like many Indians who comment in this or previous articles seem to right off Srilanka..! That is surprising for a team (India) who got the lowest total in England 42...all out...! The days of Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath and the rest.

  • MIZDXB on June 15, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Chandimal is far better than Thirimanne - Opps ok, if this is so, what has Chandimal done in England so far? didn't he bat in 5 innings and how much did he score? Let Chandimal develop, he has the potential and time. A team's trip to England will help him further. Thirimanne should play the 3rd test.

  • ranilranathunga on June 15, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Chandimal is far better than Thirimanne...

  • couchpundit on June 14, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Switch Hit Jokers are at it again...craving for India to regret for Turning Down UDRS. Lots of Wishful thinking...There will always be regrets with or without UDRS.

    I guess these guys are more worried about Swann's effectiveness or lack of it with and without UDRS than Indians.

    Indians have made it clear right after their first taste of UDRS that they are not for it. One of the Key Concern for Indians is How reliable is Hawk Eye's Prediction on how high the ball bounce's? There is so much variations a bowler can do to make the ball bounce higher or skid... How does Hawk Eye factor it? Is the software hardwired to Bowlers and varying temperature/humidity factor which will affect turn and bounce. Since this is not possible Hawkeye can never be accurate but only "FAIRLY ACCURATE" which is to say NOT ACCURATE, to make the matters worse you have 2.5m rule which is to confirm Hawkeye is NO ACCURATE AT ALL.

    Now why should they take leap of faith instead of LEAP of SCIENCE.

  • RecordHunter on June 14, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Drop Samarawera, Mahroof to bring Chandimal and Randiv or Thissara.My Team 1. Para 2. Thirimanne 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal 6. Prasanna 7. Randiv/ Thisara 8. Herath 9. Welagedara 10. Dilhara11. Lakmal.

    Mahela is the best option to take up the captancy..

  • Chaminda-Peiris on June 14, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Agreed Chandimal is promising batsman. However, Chandimal played all 3 practise games in England and failed to score even 50 runs in the 6 innigs he battered. Whereas Thrimanne scored elegant centure against Essex and SL Middle order collapsed like in Cardif after he retired to give opportunity to Chandimal and other to bat. It is now proved that Thirimanne has right technique and temprament to bat long inngns in seeming and bouncy wickets in England. So selectors decided to go with him rather than opening with Chandimal who is strugling for runs in Englnd conditions so far.

  • on June 14, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    @ Cricket-O-Cricket. I think most genuine cricket followers realize that SL's 58 all out was an abberation, as was India's 42 all out. If the opposition is on a roll in helpful conditions, it can happen.

  • chandau on June 14, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    hmmm Samaraweera is going through this tour by history. For someone in the top 10 batters list with an average over 50 he has done nothing to justify a place in the XI. Young Chandimal is another disappointment dont think he made a decent score yet. Dilhara has not found any rhythm and Mahroof has been blowing hot and cold. One wonders why Kaushal Silva was not given a game considering the continuous failures of both Samaraweera and Chandimal. It seems we are suddenly lacking experienced replacements in the middle - just wonder what happened to Vandort, Warnapura, Kandamby, Chamara et al. Youth policy is good but it can turn back and bite. Just look at Auzzy cricket after dropping Katich :)

  • on June 14, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Well said Ellis. To those who are short of memory I wish to remind them that Thilan Samaraweera has captained Sri Lanka A team with great distinction both as a leader, batsman and as a bowler too. Please check archives in cricinfo.

  • yorkslanka on June 14, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    i agree with charindra..we have nothing to lose adn everything to gain by changing our team line up for the final test...what is the point of playing it safe and getting a draw, better to risk losing if there is any potential of winning the match and saving the series....

  • Afta on June 14, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    All teams go through a rebuilding process. So its nothing new. The problem with Sri lanka cricket is that, there's nobody who could walk into the team and perform as if we've not missied any key senior players. We can see the bowling department less potent and the batting with a few sparks. This is why we need a second string of players who could challenge the seniors. Anyway, who it may be we don't have many choices. Give the opportunity to the younger guys like Thirimanne or Chandimal and the rest will follow. It looks like many Indians who comment in this or previous articles seem to right off Srilanka..! That is surprising for a team (India) who got the lowest total in England 42...all out...! The days of Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath and the rest.

  • bumsonseats on June 14, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    not sure what sri lanka are looking for. do they want to draw the test series or win the one day sries. if the captain is touch and go to play in the test and the only reason is they are affraid to play him because he might do futher harm to the thumb. get real sri lanka a draw in the test series is far more worthy than a win in a meaningless one day series. dpk

  • on June 14, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    7 batsmen+ 4 bowlers is the right combination. Maharoof should be dropped.

  • Ellis on June 14, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    When are the Chandimal boosters from SL going to recognize that at this moment in time, he cannot walk into the team? Scoring runs in domestic competitions in SL is one thing, doing it consistently elsewhere is another. Some of the Chandimal boosters wanted Mahela and Sangakkara dropped after the First Test, and replaced by Chandimal and Thirimanne. Using the same " logic", what has Chandimal done on the tour to warrant selection? Chandimal is very promising but is nowhere near the finished article. He still has dues to pay. Dilshan's loss is immense. Sangakkara should captain. Maharoof needs to be dropped and replaced by Thisara Perera. Drop one of the quickies and play Mendis who asks more questions than Randiv. SL is in tough at the Rose Bowl and must fight hard every step of the way. Lower order batting is weak, and the bowling is even weaker. Hang tough, SL!

  • yorkslanka on June 14, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Samaraweera should be dropped as he has struggled on this tour...Sanga to captain..thissara perera to come in for maharoof and randhiv to come in...my XI would be:

    1. thirimanne,2. para 3.sanga 4. sanga . 5 prassana 6. chandimal 7. thissara 8. randhiv 9. herath 10. lakmal 11. fernando

    imho this team is ideal because it has batting to 8, three pace bowlers, a left arm spinner for kp and and extra spinner in randhiv...what do you think??

  • TeamSelector on June 14, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Didn't CricInfo get the memo from the Sri Lankan board ??? Jayasuriya is on his way to replace Dilshan & captain the team ...

  • ranilranathunga on June 14, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Chandimal is the better option than Thirimanne, just cant understand why Chandimal is ignored, may be star players are scared of his talent...

  • on June 14, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal in spite of his potential and very high average in first class cricket struggled in this tour. First class cricket in Sri Lanka is not that challenging as county cricket in England with several overseas players and several England hopefuls providing stiff competition. Chandimal might grow up to be a prolific batsman at highest international level but that is not going to happen overnight.

  • Charindra on June 14, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    My XI - Thirimanne, Paranavithana, Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Prasanna, Thisara, Herath, Randiv, Lakmal, Welagedera. Samaraweera hasn't done anything to justify inclusion and I don't know how much of captaincy experience he has anyway. Chandimal has also failed but maybe he just needs the big stage to show his colours. We've got nothing to lose by trying!

  • on June 14, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    It is a wise move to keep him out of the test although it is going to be a huge loss. Other top order batsmen should step in to nullify the void cretaed by Dishan's absence. It is heartning to note Sangakakkara's return to form in the Essex game as he is ideally equipped with talent and experience to provide that big hundred in spite of his barren run with the bat in England. It will be a very tough debut for Lahiru Thirimanne. No matter how he performs he could find himself out of the team when sri Lanka play next test match. However, that could happen to any newcomer and he should try make most out of this opportunity.

  • MENDIS_Forever on June 14, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Play SURAJ RANDIV for the next match...

  • jrben on June 14, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    In Dilshan's absence Sangakkara should lead the team. Whether he is willing to do that or not remains to be seen. Sangakkara appears to have found some form with the bat in the last game against Essex but Thilan is struggling against the swinging ball and, with no leadership experience, it would be a huge burden on him to lead the team. My eleven for the third test - Paranavitana, Thirimanne, Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene,Samaraweera,PrasannaJayawardene,NLTC Perera, Randiv, Herath, Lakmal & Welegedara. Dilhara Fernando should not be allowed anywhere near a test cricket ground after his atrocious performance at Lords.

  • sanath007 on June 14, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    HUGE MASSIVE LOSSS for Lions

  • on June 14, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket looks like its times is nearly over.

  • CricketChat on June 14, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Dilshan's absence is a big blow for SL trying to draw the series. On the other hand, Sangakkara's captaincy might compensate his loss somewhat.

  • MENDIS_Forever on June 14, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Giving Lahiru Thrirmanne a chance is a good decision.We need to make a very good younger generation.

  • on June 14, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimul is a better player then Thirimanne, in the last 2 tour games Chandimul has batted very poorly but before then he was going great, also instead of one sitting out they should play an extra batsman instead of maharoof, seeing as he can't bat or bowl...

  • on June 14, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    what about chandimal?i think he is better option than thirimanne.

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  • on June 14, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    what about chandimal?i think he is better option than thirimanne.

  • on June 14, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimul is a better player then Thirimanne, in the last 2 tour games Chandimul has batted very poorly but before then he was going great, also instead of one sitting out they should play an extra batsman instead of maharoof, seeing as he can't bat or bowl...

  • MENDIS_Forever on June 14, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Giving Lahiru Thrirmanne a chance is a good decision.We need to make a very good younger generation.

  • CricketChat on June 14, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Dilshan's absence is a big blow for SL trying to draw the series. On the other hand, Sangakkara's captaincy might compensate his loss somewhat.

  • on June 14, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket looks like its times is nearly over.

  • sanath007 on June 14, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    HUGE MASSIVE LOSSS for Lions

  • jrben on June 14, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    In Dilshan's absence Sangakkara should lead the team. Whether he is willing to do that or not remains to be seen. Sangakkara appears to have found some form with the bat in the last game against Essex but Thilan is struggling against the swinging ball and, with no leadership experience, it would be a huge burden on him to lead the team. My eleven for the third test - Paranavitana, Thirimanne, Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene,Samaraweera,PrasannaJayawardene,NLTC Perera, Randiv, Herath, Lakmal & Welegedara. Dilhara Fernando should not be allowed anywhere near a test cricket ground after his atrocious performance at Lords.

  • MENDIS_Forever on June 14, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Play SURAJ RANDIV for the next match...

  • on June 14, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    It is a wise move to keep him out of the test although it is going to be a huge loss. Other top order batsmen should step in to nullify the void cretaed by Dishan's absence. It is heartning to note Sangakakkara's return to form in the Essex game as he is ideally equipped with talent and experience to provide that big hundred in spite of his barren run with the bat in England. It will be a very tough debut for Lahiru Thirimanne. No matter how he performs he could find himself out of the team when sri Lanka play next test match. However, that could happen to any newcomer and he should try make most out of this opportunity.

  • Charindra on June 14, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    My XI - Thirimanne, Paranavithana, Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Prasanna, Thisara, Herath, Randiv, Lakmal, Welagedera. Samaraweera hasn't done anything to justify inclusion and I don't know how much of captaincy experience he has anyway. Chandimal has also failed but maybe he just needs the big stage to show his colours. We've got nothing to lose by trying!