Sri Lanka in England 2011

Injured Fernando out of one-day series

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 22, 2011

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Dilhara Fernando, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, has been ruled out of the limited-overs series against England due to an injury he sustained during the third Test at the Rose Bowl. Fernando, who played two Tests on the tour and will be returning to Sri Lanka, has been replaced by seamer Dhammika Prasad.

Prasad, 28, last played an international game in November last year and hasn't played an ODI since August 2009. He's been on the fringes of the national side since he made his debut in February 2006, but will now be part of a pace attack that also includes Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Matthews and Thissara Perera. The limited-overs' games include a Twenty20 international, starting on June 25, followed by five ODIs.

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Posted by royramesh on (June 25, 2011, 6:14 GMT)

APPARENTLY HE TOLD THE COMMENTATORS THAT HE INJURED HIS KNEE BY WALKING INTO HIS BEDROOM DOOR. IF TRUE THEN HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO GET A SUBSTITUTE FIELDER DURING THE TEST. HOW CAN AN ADULT WALK INTO A DOOR? WAS HE SLEEPING? OR WAS THIS AN EXCUSE BY HIM OR THE TEAM MANAGEMENT TO COVER UP FOR AN INJURY SUSTAINED/AGGRAVATED DURING THE RECENT IPL? LAST QUERY- HE CAN'T CONTROL HIS FRONT FOOT FOR NO BALLS WHEN BOWLING - WAS IT THE SAME FRONT FOOT HE INJURED ON THE DOOR.

Posted by area1985 on (June 24, 2011, 3:44 GMT)

Thilan thushara should take part of this squad, he have the ability to move the bowl with decent pace,he should have played on test matches too, Prasad is very expensive bowler have no differ from dihara

Posted by   on (June 24, 2011, 2:49 GMT)

In modern day cricket, bowlers are expected to contribute with the bat, at least do not throw away their wickets with reckless shots, do not get intimidated by fast short pitched bowling. However, bowler should not be selected in the playing XI giving weightage to his batting. Look at what happened to Thisara Perera who was promoted to bat at No. 7 in the third test. He gave a horrible performance which made him a laughing stock in front of the capacity crowd and TV viewers. Dilhara bowls with a low arm action therefore in spite of his height and in spite of being the fastest in terms of speed among all bowlers seen in action in test series he could not quite make an imact. Further he gets no movement either in the air or off the pitch. It is time to overlook him and look at alternatives. But I have my doubts on Prasad.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

Dilhara is complete waste of talent. he is got immense talent. but with his problems in action meant his talent went in vain... I always felt he is a wicket taker with his pace.. he has always produced wicket taking deliveries. But lankan athourities cannot get his service effectively enough , even in the world cup.. bad luck dilly..

Posted by Lakpj on (June 23, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

Chandimal has been a disappointment in this tour. He was ahead of Thiraimanne,but based on the performances of the 2 in the tour, Thiramanne won the race for the test debut. seems that Chandimal needs more experience batting in foreign conditions. He would get his chance in the T20 and in ODI series. hope he will come good. And the A team tour of UK which immediately follows this senior tour, will give both of them and the other batters a chance of playing in English conditions.

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (June 23, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

I can't wait to see how the so called world best team is getting humiliated.

Posted by SLsupport on (June 23, 2011, 2:41 GMT)

Dilhara has to do his job.that's bowling.without doing his job in a single match,scoring 39 in a match won't help.he should be thrown out of squad.

Posted by stormy16 on (June 22, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

The time has come to get past Dilhara. He has been tested and failed in one way or another and this has gone too long. He is either not fit, injured or bowling inconsistently. I would rather invest in a youngster for the future rather than keep going back to someone who has been tested and failed. He was supposed to be the leader of the pack - he didnt make the team in Cardiff and when he did he did little to prove himself and its time to move forward. I am not sure if Prasad is the solution but worth a shot.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (June 22, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

Dont forget his face saving 39 not out that prevented total embarrasment for the Sri lankans in the first innings in the last test. Bon voyage! you salvaged some of your pride!

Posted by   on (June 22, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

Dilhara redeemed himself with his batting at the Rose Bowl. Thanks from Lankans. He may want to improve his batting further to become a genuine allrounder and also work on his bowling accuracy.

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