Sri Lanka in England 2014

Sri Lanka's big names return for England ODIs

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May 13, 2014

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Chaturanga de Silva powers a throw, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup final, Mirpur, March 8, 2014
Chaturanga de Silva has had a moderately successful introduction to international cricket so far © Associated Press
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Middle-order batsman Ashan Priyanjan and slow-bowling allrounder Chaturanga de Silva have been retained in Sri Lanka's squad for the five-match ODI series against England. Both players, 24, have had a moderately successful introduction to international cricket so far, with Priyanjan earning a place ahead of Kithuruwan Vithanage, and de Silva's left-arm spin allowing the selectors to rest Rangana Herath ahead of the Test series.

The series also sees the return of four senior players in Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga and Kumar Sangakkara. Jayawardene and Dilshan are already with the squad, as Sri Lanka play their first warm-up match, against Essex, on Tuesday. Sangakkara and Malinga will join the team ahead of their second practice game on Friday - Sangakkara arriving from a brief county stint with Durham, and Malinga from the IPL. Allrounder Thisara Perera also joins the team, after having failed to receive his Ireland visa in time to play that leg of the tour.

Fast bowler Shaminda Eranga, who was part of the ODI side in Ireland, was left out, as were batsmen Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella and Kithuruwan Vithanage. The core of Sri Lanka's pace attack for the series will be formed by Malinga, Thisara, Nuwan Kulasekara and Suranga Lakmal, with the captain Angelo Mathews providing support. The selectors later added Dhammika Prasad as an additional squad member, after an emergency Executive Committee meeting.

The tour is Lahiru Thirimanne's first as vice-captain since replacing Dinesh Chandimal in that capacity. Perhaps the most significant decision to be made on match-day is where Thirimanne should bat. He has so far been impressive both as an opener as well as at No. 3, but is less-suited to positions down the order, where he routinely played in 2013.

The team will play two 50-over warm up matches, before taking on Sussex in a T20 practice match on May 18. The ODI series begins on May 22, in London. Sri Lanka have won each of the nine ODIs they have played this year, including the Asia Cup, in March.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashan Priyanjan, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Chathuranga De Silva, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad.

* May 13, 5.00pm GMT: This story has been updated with news of Dhammika Prasad's inclusion

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Posted by VikumHerath on (May 16, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

@Isuru Perera, @cric1965 @ Jury @Jayanath Senewirathne :

Please Keep pumping Kusal Perera's Hype Baloon ! I feel really sorry about the guy, who is doing his best to keep afloat, so don't blame him saying he is careless! Can't you see that you can expect him to do only things possible for him to do, within his limitations? He can whack the ball really hard across the line, uppishly to the leg side to score sixes on a slow flat decks, where hardly prevailing any substantial seaming conditions! Still, this could be productive only in T20 Scenario, ODIs need more than that. You should be able to build a long inning as an opener, facing pace & spin equally well! Unfortunately, "Kusalfriendly" wickets found only in subcontinent. Therefore, try to understand the simple logic, how can a batsmen with an extremely narrow margin of batting skills, survive in these seaming bouncy conditions on fast wickets? He has a very long way to go, even to come close to the caliber of Tharanga..!

Posted by cric1965 on (May 16, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

Kusal Janith shoud learn how to bat out side the sub continent pitches.Unless his place should give to Thirimanna to open the innings and fill the middle order with Tharanga.

Posted by android_user on (May 16, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

tharanga is walking wicket in these conditions. if Kusal fails thirimanne should be the one who open with dilshan.

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 16, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

I completely agree with @Andrew_Silva, this is what I have been saying throughout. The SL squad missing the services of a stable, experienced opener who can stem the side and play a long inning until the middle order is exposed (minimum 25 overs), while Dilshan is making the initial impact from the other end. Otherwise, its going to be a real burden on other front-order batsmen. It could trigger a middle order collapse very easily under pressure. The only SL opener who can do this is Tharanga. His track record proves it.

Tharanga is holding the WORLD Record for the MOST number of 200+ PARTNERSHIPS in ODIs. He has involved SEVEN times in 200+ partnerships for SL!. The only other player in the world, who has equaled this World Record is Aussie player Ricky Ponting! I feel that SL is going to muddle-up the whole series due to this poor selection, which cannot be explained! Anyhow, I wonder why they didn't wait until the preliminary games are over, to announce the FINAL SQUAD.???

Posted by VikumHerath on (May 16, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

Poor Sanga..... he had to do the opener's role consistently! This is the 10th CONSECUTIVE TIME the GATE was opened by Kusal Perera within the initial overs! Amazing to see this happening in EVERY occasion that SL played in seaming conditions or on fast bouncy tracks, since June 2013! All the fans who really love SL cricket, badly miss you Tharanga!

Posted by Samuel-Rathnasiri on (May 16, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

MD Kusal J Perera c Blake b Joseph 1 (4minutes - 3balls)..!!! Oh...boy adding another one to the marvelous record, within first 2 Overs!!! Keep going.... there will be more to come. Three Cheers for SL and some of the wise fans who are posting so many constructive ideas.!!!! :))

Posted by SamLivera on (May 16, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Why a player like Upul Tharanga was dropped from the squad is questionable. After all he has the best track record in England and so much experience handling conditions outside Sri Lanka. We don't have an experienced player like him to carry forward to the future, specially when the big three guys retire next year. I think this is a big mistake. He is only 29 and he can contribute at least another 8yrs and even suitable to lead the side. We have younger players, but considering them over Upul is not going to do any good for SL. We saw what happened to the players like Mubarak and Kandampy. Pushing them to the deep waters too early, may break them altogether.

Posted by cric1965 on (May 16, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

Tharanga is unable to handle out side the off stump deliveries. Unless he correct that weakness he has no place as a opener but as a middle order batsman stll suitable in Sri Lanka team.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

@Crompton-Effect and @Ted-Dexter we all know tharanga scored most of his runs against weak attacks like BD, ZIM. while kusal played some good knocks against quality attacks like pakistan, SA and briefly AUS. tharanaga lots of opportunities in last decade. But he still cant play decent Fast bowling. Tharanga's most of runs came in Flat tracks or slow low wickets. Even he scored couple of 100s against weak attack of england that missed flintoff. Now tharanga is old and he doesnt deserved to be part of this sri lankan team. its just sad you using different usernames to make comments. you can say whatever you want. but tharanga isnt gonna play for sri lanka again.upul tharanga is a inconsistant and pathatic player nowdays.

Posted by VikumHerath on (May 15, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

@Jayanath Senewirathne:

Do't tell lies man! Tharanga was the youngest and fastest SL player to score, first 1000 runs in ODIs and 8th highest all-time run maker for SL. If he is not consistent, how come he has a 34.03 batting average (7th Highest, even more than Mahela & Jayasuriya) ?

Posted by cric1965 on (May 15, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

Considering Sangakkara,s performance in test cricket out side the subcontinent as a wicket keeper batsman in his early days his average was around 42.7. After 2006 as a specialist batsman he scored 1128 runs @average of 49.04. Overall out side the sub continent he scored 2538 runs at average of 45.32

Sachins average also near 50 for out side the sub continent matches. In that sense there is not much difference between these two batsman. OPEN FOR DEBATE.

Posted by Lucky_Serasinghe on (May 15, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

@jayantha, @jury I have read some interesting postings in this forum with solid facts & stats. Shameful to see how some guys like you are trying to defy those stats, with baseless, pointless postings. If you guys want to prove a point, or justify an absurd selection, please back it up with some hard facts and stats, rather than trying to conceal the facts with some rubbish statements, with no basis to backup. It is an insult to the cricket loving readers.!

Posted by android_user on (May 15, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

tharanga had more opportunities than enyone else in last decade. and he is still inconsistant and pathatic player like he was decade ago. there is no chance for him in the team anymore. so stop whinning guys

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

strange how most of SL's openers started off as middle order batsmen. Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Kusal, Kaushal Silva etc.

Posted by Jury on (May 15, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Come on guys! We must give more chances to Kusal Perera. If you check Sanath's records in early stage of his career even after he was promoted as an opener, in the beginning he was not consistence as his later part of his career. Remember, he can win a match in single hand as what Jayasuriya did for Sri Lanka for a long time. We don't get players like this every time.

Posted by VikumHerath on (May 15, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

Dhammika Prasad is a good bowler with some high-octane batting skills. As we have seen in the past, all the tail-enders (bowlers) like Kulasekera, Sachithra now even Ajantha Mendis will contribute more runs consistently, than Kusal Janith in any conditions. Cannot think why Upul Tharanga is not even selected to the Squad? I'm sure if Tharanga is in the squad, Mathews would prefered to play him in the playing eleven, too bad.... he has no choice now!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

Kusal has a good future as an opener, he can face fast bowlers better than he can face others, and He should improve against spinners. I can remember how he struggle with PK. Even he has to learn lot on ENG fast pitches bonus and swing.

Posted by android_user on (May 15, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

thank God they dropped upul tharanga. ordinary players like upul, maharoof, or Mubarak have not deserve to be part of this team.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

Jehan Mubarak, Chamara Kapugedara, Chamara Silva... Kusal would do well from here on out to avoid ending up like they did...

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

Whatever happened to Upul Tharanga who was the chief architect in our 5-0 ODI victory in 2007 in the UK? Can the selectors explain?

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 14, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

@SriLankanYoungBlood: We are talking about ODIs and don't mix it. T20 is a different ball game! It seems you don't understand the basis to measure consistency. Career Stats based on CONSISTENCY, such as batting averages, accumulated runs, number of 100s, 50s are the significant things reflecting ABILITY! Remember this, Tharanga was dropped from the squad just 3 weeks after making an unbeaten 174 on a fast, bouncy deck in WI and becoming man of the match! You will not imagine the number of times he achieved that. Useless to talk about this any more.. patiently wait and see, what will happen in the near future :-)

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 14, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Why only Friday.? Don't worry pal.. Kusal will be there as long as the other guys can shoulder the burden and turn hopeless matches to a winning streak... Until the day, reality sinks into the heads of the people who are bloating the hype bauble and floating on it. Until then, keep blowing & floating and face the reality in practical terms in near future. We have seen all this before, my friend!

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (May 14, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

@Kepili_Buster You told "Yes SL played in the semifinal, because Dil, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews & tailenders pulled the weight turning numerous matches from a loosing path to a winning streak during the past year! (even tailenders like Kula, Sachitra were consistently much better than Kusal). " But didn't u see how much Kusal became man of the match in last 6 months or so. These is matches Kusal became man of the Match NZ-SL T20 match Nov Pak-SL 2ND T20 match @UAE Pak-SL 1st ODI match @ UAE BD-3rd ODI against BD tour SA T20 in last WC and please check his performance last 6 months or so.and you could understand how he is consistent. Dilshan and Mahela no man of the match last 6 months(ODI and T20) Sanga 2 times. please refer statics before insulting young SL batsmen. mind you Dishan totally struggling in last 6 months if he he played to another team he is surely axed

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 14, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

@Former_Player, I think you are too harsh on Kusal Perera. Dont forget the number of times he has won man of the match awards. He is an amazing talent. His average has recently been improving. I respect your view. Give him a chance on Friday and lets hope for the best! He is our only real power hitter as the rest are less consistent. I hope Seekuge Prasanna can open with him and can score well often.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Why don't they let thirimane open and let kusal come in it 6 or 7. Kusal is perfect lower middle order player.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

@Shaluka Samaraseena, you make a good point, however, your point becomes invalid when looking at Maharoof's recent stats. He has been in suberb batting form, especially considering that he bats in the late middle order. And he has been fairly decent with the ball as well. In his last list A game, he picked up 3-29 in 10 overs and also hit a useful cameo of about 25-30 or so down the order. The guy can be a matchwinner for SL if given the chance...

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 14, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Kusal didn't open, he came at number 4 and escaped twice due to dropped catches to score 22 runs , when chasing a small target like 75. Is this anything significant to brag about? Even Malinga had scored more than 50 runs, coming at number 11 to win a match against Aus in Australia. His average from 2 N/O innings in Aus scoring 20 odd runs in each is similar to any tailender and nothing significant! If you are quoting it to cover-up the long history of disgusting failures, its hilarious. To be an OPENER, he should show some potential, in his technique under any condition with some decent track record to confirm it! Unfortunately, both are missing! Trying him persistently, at the expense of a young experienced asset like Tharanga (with an incomparable track record to prove his consistency in recent times and whole career) is insanity!

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 14, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Kusal didn't open, he came at number 4 and escaped twice due to dropped catches to score 22 runs , when chasing a small target like 75. Is this anything significant to brag about? Even Malinga had scored more than 50 runs, coming at number 11 to win a match against Aus in Australia. His average from 2 N/O innings in Aus scoring 20 odd runs in each is similar to any tailender and nothing significant! If you are quoting it to cover-up the long history of disgusting failures, its hilarious. To be an OPENER, he should show some potential, in his technique under any condition with some decent track record to confirm it! Unfortunately, both are missing! Trying him persistently, at the expense of a young experienced asset like Tharanga (with an incomparable track record to prove his consistency in recent times and whole career) is insanity!

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 14, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

@Kepili_Buster, batting on fast track differs from batting on seaming tracks. Kusal will be successful in Australia. When he played 3 ODIs for us last year in Australia, he averaged 50.00. He did well in UAE and Bangladesh too no doubt.

He needs to improve his technique against the seeming delivery and the best is to send him low down. Give him another chance in the next game on Friday before taking any further action.

Posted by android_user on (May 14, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

@kepili buster you're just stating one tournament. did you forget the Asia cup final. Kusal gives us quick 50 and after that things got easy for thirimanne and mahela. and we eventually won the Asia cup. but I think at the moment Kusal and tharanga have equal ability. but Kusal can improve because he is just 23. tharanga have that opportunity for decade and he is still that inconsistent player. dilshan is the one who sl should drop because he is out of nick and old.

Posted by android_user on (May 14, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

I don't think priyanjan will get a place in stating 11. at the moment there isn't a different between his batting and chandimal's. but chandimal have experience. that will gave him the edge. but if one of openers fail in the start of the series thirimanne will promote to open and priyanjan will have a chance

Posted by Samuel-Rathnasiri on (May 14, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

@Isuru Perera: Yes SL played in the semifinal, because Dil, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews & tailenders pulled the weight turning numerous matches from a loosing path to a winning streak during the past year! (even tailenders like Kula, Sachitra were consistently much better than Kusal).

For your information, THIS IS HOW Kusal OPENED the GATE in ICC Champions Trophy, which could have won... if the other guys didn't have to carry Kusal's BURDEN! Is this lying? All my postings are based on Facts & Stats pal!

KUSAL PERERA's Batting in ICC Champions Trophy-2013 in England: He didn't survive more than 10 balls in all - his batting Average 3.5. Sanga had to do the opener's role! 0 Runs -1 Balls v NZ -Cardiff -9/06/13 6 R -10 B -v Eng- The Oval-13/06/13- 4 R-2 B -v Aus-The Oval -17/06/13- 4 R-10 B -v India -Cardiff -20/06/13-

Posted by android_user on (May 14, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

i think sri lanka will start the series with their normal team. Kuala, dilshan, sanga, mahela, chandimal, thirimanne, anji, thisara, kulasekara, senanayake, and Malinga.

Posted by android_user on (May 14, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

@sarath weerasekara it doesn't matter. sri lanka already have anji, thisara and kulasekara. you can't keep 4 medium fast bowling all-rounders in the squad. if you are going to bring back maharoof you have to drop one of those 3. I don't think that gonna happen near future.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

@Shaluka Samarasena: Then you are wrong mate. Look at his recent performances

In his last 10 matches, he has scored 1 century and 4 fifties. He has 2 forties as well. Further he has taken 8 wickets. This is not a bad performance for a all-rounder I guess.

Posted by android_user on (May 14, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

kepili buster please don't lie. sri lanka played semi final that year

Posted by Rawanaa on (May 14, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

In Ireland & recently with Essex It has been showed some signs that who was capable in live pitches. In first three matches It must be played Upul tharanga behalf of Kusal Perera & all the matches it needs Chandimal Behalf of Thirimanne & its not going to happen because he is vice captain ... It is really questionable Thisara's position...fabrace knows about mendis & without fabrace they really played well to mendis in last effectiveness of mendis is in doubt... Dilshan played brilliantly in south africa & find his feet with Essex as well so dilshan is not a burden.

Team would be (for ODIs) Dilshan, Upul/Kusal, Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Thiri/Ashan/Chathuranga,Mathews,Kulasekara, Lakmal, Malinga,Mendis/sachithra.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

@Qaaid Mowlana: I see you laying out so many stats about Maharoof's international career here and asking the question of why he was dropped. So let me tell you this man, it's about the current form of a player and the selectors + the coaching staff surely know better than the fans who is in better nick. You can talk about bowling and batting averages all you want, but it's the current form of a player that is the basis for selection.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

dilshan,thirimanna,sanga,chandi,mahela,mathews,chathuranga,kula,sena,lakmal,malinga should be our ODI team..! For T20's dilshan,kusal,thiri,chandi,ashan,mathews,thisara,kula,sena,lakmal,malinga

Posted by Kadmin on (May 14, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

Kusal has the talent but massively inconsistent. Not sure what's going through his mind as you can't attack every delivery from start. What I see the issues is temperament and shot selection. Expose him into more tough situation, obviously with some mentoring. Upul Tharanga has to do more convincing in regards to his weaknesses for the deliveries across the body. Not a fan of him. I can see Kusal's potential, he is yet to uncover them and use his ability wisely.

Posted by Samuel-Rathnasiri on (May 13, 2014, 23:53 GMT)

Oh dear.... Another "Mubarak-era" (that we saw from 2002 to 2009) is in the making with the continuous inclusion of Kusal, despite total failure outside Bangladesh (Av 14.2 from 21 ODIs)! Muba has been tried..tried...tried... tried & tried.. causing numerous defeats to SL including super-six round stage elimination at 2003 WC in SA! He was tried as a front-order batsmen despite similar sequence of failures, sidelining a highly productive batsmen like Dilshan! To include Mubarak, established Dilshan was dropped from the 2003 WC squad by SLC power-house! This ended-up causing an upsetting defeat vs India & elimination of SL, at the super-six stage! Ultimately Jayasuriya's handed-over his resignation as the skipper at the airport! Mubarak was tried numerous times (wasting 48 ODIs) in every position in the batting order and failed, miserably. History seems to be repeating in SL with Kusal.. unfortunately, Jayasuriya & Athapaththu who were a part of that past history, cannot stop it!

Posted by VikumHerath on (May 13, 2014, 22:15 GMT)

Opened the Gate yet again..!!! 4 runs- 4 balls (MD Kusal J Perera, 0.4 ov) in the first over! He achieved this by adding another one to his sequence of pathetic display of, unskilled batting record on lively-decks (21 Runs from 8 ODI Innings, Average 2.6).!!! For the 8th consecutive time on lively Fast-decks, he OPENED the GATE within the first 3 overs & pushed SL to a loosing path! This time, the rest of the players couldn't pull the weight. No matter what, he will continue until the complete DEMISE of SL side at the WC in Australia, with the internal courtesy of SLC's Almighty & blessings of some blindfolded fans... who are vigorously backing for college-ties & favorites, rather than SL! This is just a glimpse of things that we can expect in the series. Chandimal showed the value of skilled players in these conditions.Unless, Dil, Sanga, Mahela, Chandi, Thiri & Mathews do some heavy-weight class-acts, the bowlers & tailenders will have no base to pull out anything from their skills!

Posted by landl47 on (May 13, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

It's a good side, although Sri Lankans must be wishing that it wasn't quite so dependent on players in the twilight of their careers. With England not yet a settled side and missing Broad and Stokes, SL must go into the ODIs as favourites.

Posted by rajcan on (May 13, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

SL team selection is unfortunately not always based on talent. Upul Tharanga is the only proven batsman against moving, seaming balls and have scored centuries in England.

Mahela has had good start in any series played outside of sub- continent. K Perera has never showed that he has a quality to be an opening batsman against seaming balls.

It is very ironic that K Perera is playing and Tharanaga is warming bench. Let K Perera proves himself against seam balls in sub-continent first before taking away a proven batsman's spot.

Another talent is getting wasted in SL.

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 13, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

No backup opener in the squad. Is this to make sure Kusal Perera to play all ODI's despite highly likely sequence of utter FAILURES (as in ICC Champions Trophy in England last year)? He struggled to survive and open the "Gate" within 3 overs in all 4 ODIs, with a pathetic failure record: 0R-01B, 6R-10B, 4R- 2B, 4R-10B Accumulating just 14 Runs, Averaging 3.5! This kind of start will definitely effect the team heavily, as seen in ICC trophy! There was no other alternative opener that time too, because Tharanga was eliminated from the squad to make Kusal play!

Posted by Lion83 on (May 13, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Dhammika prasad must be in the test squad he is the 3rd fast bowler so he should be retained in the one day squad.

Posted by priya65 on (May 13, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Dilshan iis a must. He is a versatile player who will come good anytime. dilsan is an impact player, when he scores match is half won. Also in 50 overs scenario it is important to have back up bowlers like dilshan, He can mke a difference when some other member is carted down. Dilshan in a way has SJs problem, They have set too high a standard and we are judging them by their own lofty standards. Sanath Jaysuriya could have played asa spinner all the time if Murali wasn't around, Dilshan how ever isa step lower than the great SJ. Dilshan is a street smart playere who would give you 100 % all the time. Teams don't drop such players for temporary loss of form.

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 13, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

Only four players in SL cricket history, had managed to score more than 300 Runs Vs Eng in England in ODIs.

Jayawardene: 698 Runs/15 ODIs, Sangakkara: 619 Runs/15 ODIs, Jayasuriya: 538 Runs/13 ODIs, Upul Tharanga: 347 Runs/05 ODIs.

Tharanga has the Highest Batting Average: 69.40 with Two Centuries made at Lord's and Leeds. He contributed massively to the famous 5-0 whitewash achieved by SL.

Tharanga has the Highest Batting Average: 69.40 with Two Centuries made at Lord's and Leeds. He had contributed massively to the famous 5-0 whitewash achieved by SL. Unfortunately, this 29 yr lad has no place in SL cricket, despite scoring 5242 Runs for SL, (Batting Average of 34.03) with 13 Centuries against Every Test Playing nation. In my view, SL will never live up to potential outside subcontinent, as long as the funny system of squad selections, based on a clueless politician's final approval (and personal wishes), overriding the selection panel decisions.. :-)

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (May 13, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

I agree all other 14 members but not Dilshan. He is becoming hugh burden to SL team now. He is hardly pass 10 runs,if lucky he pass 10 runs barrier we will be in lost side. Now he is similar to SJ playing 2009,2010. Now he hardly bowl a over but it will end with 20+. So if there no youngsters to replace Dil give chance to Tharanga he is 160+ ODI's and best runs scorers in last Eng ODI's

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Upul Tharanga has shown in so many times that can not play the moving ball out side the off side in international cricket.It will be very difficulty him to play specially under England conditions

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Why is Dammika Prasad playing against Essex today if he is not in the ODI squad? Is he included in the T20I squad? I don't think so! Even though Malinga has not arrived yet, SL still have Nuwan Kulasekara there. Can't find a proper explanation behind this.

Oh hold on, perhaps Sanath & co. might want to consider him as the 3rd fast bowling option for Tests!!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Why Upul l Tharanga is left out. He is such a talented Batsman . opportunitties must given to show his talent.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

dilshan,mahela sanga all 3 should not play in every game! only 2 of these players should play and thiri and chandi should get chances

Posted by android_user on (May 13, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

SL will be more balanced team than Eng.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

UpulTharanga should have been included in the team. He is a talented batsman.

Posted by android_user on (May 13, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

Is Dilshan's star on the wane? hope he can justify his inclusion by having a good tour.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (May 13, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

My Team for 5 OIs are: Kushal, Lahiru, Angel, Dinesh and Suranga to play all games. 2 of Big 3 batters: Dilscoop, Mahela, and Kumar, 2 of big 3 Bowlers: Ajantha, Lasith and Nuwan, 2 of rest. I like to see every player gets at least 2 ODI's and not any passengers in the team. It is unfortunate to see both Dhammika and Shaminda out. One of them should have been retained.

Posted by CricketPissek on (May 13, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

@InternationalCricketFollower - Kaushal will be back for the Tests. He needs to solidify his place in that XI before getting called up for ODIs I'd imagine. Most likely after the World Cup and the big three retire, we'd look towards him for solidity.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (May 13, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

People are arguing why that was dropped why this is in. We only can accommodate 15 in the team not 25. So I think this is better team selection. I prefer to rotate big 3 so only 2 of big 3 play in a game so that Chandi can play every game. I also like to see Suranga gets slected to play every game with big 3, Nuwan, Lasith and Ajantha rotating.

Posted by CricketMaan on (May 13, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

SL are favourites and a good way to test some probables on hard fast pitches ahead of WC. Good luck from India

Posted by Blade-Runner on (May 13, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

Vithanage should have never been a part of ODI squad in the first place. Even his List A record is pretty mediocre, averaging 15 or 16.

Posted by Yousufahmedl on (May 13, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

Good Lankan team indeed. Great mix of youth and experience. I guess Vithanage should be playing in the tests. Sri Lanka are no doubt favorites for the T20 and ODIs. Kusal Perera should come down the order and Thirimanne better open.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

why no Maharoof!? Just what did he do to get dropped anyway? Strange, especially considering his stats. Better economy than Malinga, Thisara, Laskmal, Eranga, and Prasad. Better bowling average than Kulasekara, Mathews, Thisara, Malinga, Lakmal, Prasad and Eranga. Better batting average than Kulasekara and Thisara (didn't Jayasuriya say SL needs fast bowling allrounders), and the fourth highest SR by an SL batsman. Not to mention matchwinning 6-14 in champions trophy against WI, bowling them out for 80, as well as an Asia Cup HATRICK against India, yet another matchwinning performance, AND he has a decent record in England! So, again. Just why exactly was this guy dropped!?

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

finally dropped vithanage,unlucky dhammika,what happened to rangana?

Posted by InternationalCricketFollower on (May 13, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Where is Kaushal Silva?! He has so much talent!

Posted by applethief on (May 13, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

Shame about Prasad, the guy bowls quick and can also bat a bit

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