Champions Trophy 2013 May 2, 2013

Welegedara returns for Champions Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara has earned an ODI recall, picked in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy. Welegedara has not played international limited-overs cricket since mid-2010, and had to return home mid-way through Sri Lanka's Test series in Australia last December with a hamstring injury.

Expectedly Mahela Jayawardene and Rangana Herath, the two senior players who had missed Sri Lanka's previous one-day assignment, return; Jayawardene had missed the home ODIs against Bangladesh in March due to a finger injury, while Herath had been rested.

Batsman Upul Tharanga, who had a woeful series against Australia - 13 runs in three innings - and did not make the XI in the games against Bangladesh, does not feature in the squad.

Spinner Ajantha Mendis, who was not picked for the Bangladesh one-dayers, has not made this squad either.

Welegedara had an injury-plagued 2012, straining his groin in March during the home series against England and then, on recovering from that, tearing a shoulder muscle as Sri Lanka prepared to play Pakistan in June. While one of Sri Lanka's preferred options in Test cricket, he has not been part of the limited-overs set-up of late. After pulling up during the Boxing Day Test, he was out of competitive cricket for a month, before returning to first-class cricket in February. Since then he took 23 wickets in seven matches for Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club.

Batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage and Angelo Perera, and allrounder Sachith Pathirana, who earned maiden call-ups for the Bangladesh series, miss out.

Sri Lanka had tied the series against Australia (2-2) and Bangladesh (1-1).

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  • Mohammed on May 7, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    A Nice team with experienced players. Guess they can bring it home

  • zaf on May 5, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Good luck SL team for UK tour.

    A message from PAKISTANi

  • Nimmie on May 4, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    allotted for each tournament, for the year have also been reduced since 2011, because they don't want to see youngsters performing and doing well, rather don't want to pay them extra money (give incentives to youngsters), thus they can carry on with these over-hyped inconsistent seniors till the next WC. It is so pathetic that the local media doesn't highlight these perilous situations.

  • Nimmie on May 4, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Though promising youngsters are held in high esteem by all other countries the SLan Jokers of last 20 years have thought differently and felt reckless risky inconsistent batting is the most wanted at International level. The using of these aging risky stroke makers, as front-liners has aggravated situation still further. The Country badly needs more classy young players of quick reflex (Kholi, Pujara, deViliers). Though we have enough of such quality players coming out of schools at regular basis as in the past, the Jokers of last 2 decades have considered such players as useless and always given preference to inconsistent batters for few exiting strokes they possess. The hitting ability with no proper control has no effect on lively pitches in England or any other turf for that matter. By the way Chathura Peiris the leading wicket-taker (Skipper) in the Youth WC 2010 is far far better bowler than Welagedara for the future. The No of T'ments held and No of matches being (2B CNTD)

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    this is the best team...Dilshan , Kusal..Sanga , CHandimal at 4..Thirimanne at 5, Mahela ( @ 6) , Mathews at 7..Then Tissara..and bowlers to follow

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Weldone Sana..You selected the best team...Though Tharanga scored avarage 70 in previous matches in England all over the world knows his present weakness with seaming conditions..Ajantha Mendis drop can be fairly justified.. when consider the current form Sachithra Senanayake is a better and he is a better batsman than Ajantha as well...No doubt we need the experience of Hearth..He can not be replaced with any other spinner in ODIs and Tests..Be definitely need him with Pakistanis...Better to select Chanaka Welgedara to maintain the variety in the fast bowling unit...He is the best left arm fast bowler we are having and he justified his form during last few matches for Tamil union......I have big question mark... why we are not utilizing Jeewan Mendis,s leg spin ability in bowling?

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Tharanga has promise but can't accommodate him just as a specialist batsman. Too many of the are already there.

  • Prashan on May 4, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    @Htc-Android, yes Chandimal and KP are the best for bouncy pitches. I doubt if Dilshan can do much now. May be Thirimanne must open with KP for ODIs. Dilshan is now past his used by date IMO.

  • trev on May 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    I completely agree with a few people in saying that instead of going for experience in Welegedara; go for the likes of fast bowler Dilhara Fernando or a somewhat reliable allrounder in Farveez Maharoof. Welegedara cannot bat and is an average left arm fast medium bowler. Whereas Maharoof is also a fast medium bowler that can bowl some testing line and length which is economical and he is also handy with the bat. Dilhara can hit the deck hard with some express pace and his economy in ODI cricket is not too bad. These 2 are much better choices than the likes of Welegedera...

  • Chandima on May 3, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Welagedara is typical test player and was not given a chance at last test series against Bangaladesh.S Lakmal was called instead but then he failed.Now for ODI series Welagedara was selected after 3 years for ODI.This selection is to compensate the error done in previous Test series.No problem with selecting Sachitra and Herath.

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