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

Dilshan ruled out of Rose Bowl Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Irfan 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.

  • Ramesh on June 15, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Chandimal is far better than Thirimanne...

  • Naveen 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.

  • Mevan 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 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • chandana 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 :)

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Nilantha 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....

  • Syed 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.

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