Two new faces in Sri Lankan one-day squad
Dilhara Fernando has been included in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the IndianOil triangular one-day tournament which also involves West Indies and India. The squad also includes two uncapped players - Upul Tharanga, a left-handed opening batsman, and Dilhara Lokuhettige, an allrounder whose medium pace has fetched him 137 first-class wickets.
Fernando has shown excellent promise as a fast bowler, but his career has been plagued by injury, especially a stress fracture of the back which kept him out of the side for long periods. However, he has shown signs of regaining full fitness, and performed superbly for the A in the one-day series against their West Indian counterparts, taking nine wickets in five games at 17.33.
The tournament gets underway on July 30, with Sri Lanka taking on India under lights. This will be Tom Moody's first one-day series as the Sri Lankan coach. Incidentally, his counterparts Greg Chappell, India's coach, and Bennett King, the West Indian coach, are also from Australia. The first four matches will be played at Dambulla before the action moves to the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for the last two games and the final on August 9.
Marvan Atapattu (capt), Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Upul Chandana, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga.