Sri Lanka in New Zealand 2015-16 December 18, 2015

Kulasekara replaces Prasad in ODI squad

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Nuwan Kulasekara has replaced Dhammika Prasad in Sri Lanka's ODI squad © Getty Images

Nuwan Kulasekara has replaced the injured Dhammika Prasad in Sri Lanka's squad for the ODI series in New Zealand, which begins on December 26. Prasad had been ruled out of the entire tour when he sustained a back injury during the tour game against New Zealand's Board President's XI in Queenstown. The uncapped Vishwa Fernando had replaced Prasad in the Test squad, but for the ODIs the selectors chose to go with the experienced Kulasekara, who has 182 wickets from 168 ODIs.

Kithuruwan Vithanage, currently in the Test squad, will remain in New Zealand for the ODIs as well, as a replacement for Kusal Perera, who was suspended following a positive test for a banned substance.

Sri Lanka are also keeping a close eye on the fitness of their ODI pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, who is recovering from a knee injury picked up during the recent home series against West Indies. If Malinga fails to clear a fitness test ahead of the ODI series, the allrounder Thisara Perera will take his place in the squad.

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  • chandra on December 24, 2015, 18:06 GMT

    @THEBEAST7 , have you ever played cricket? Just shut up if you don't know what you are talking about. Kithuruwan has scored the highest runs (350+) an inning in the Sri Lankan premier cricket league last year. He scored most of his runs when he bats at number 3 including Sri Lankan A tour in New Zealand recently. He comes to bat at number 7 or 8 in the Test side. Unless you score fast then you won't be able to get big runs batting at number 7 or 8. This is where coaches could help him...

  • vimukthi on December 23, 2015, 12:24 GMT

    This would be the XI whom gonna play for first ODI, Dilashan,Gunethilake,Thiri,Chandi,Mathews,Siri,Kapu,Sena,Chameera,Kule,Lakmal

  • Sugesh on December 23, 2015, 8:10 GMT

    Sri Lanka should go with 7 batsmen(Including Mathews and Siriwardena). 1. Dilshan 2. Thirimanne 3. Chandimal 4. Dhanushka / Kithuruwan 5. Kapugedara 6. Mathews 7. Siriwardena 8. Kulasekara 9. Jefrey/Senanayake 10.Lakmal / Chameera 11.Malinga/ Thisara

  • Sachitra on December 23, 2015, 4:22 GMT

    Kithuruwan Vithanage, Danushka Gunathilaka if either one of them manages to score big as an opening batsmen. Kusal Perera's position in the team will be compromised. Kusal must be praying these two wouldn't score runs cuz 50+, 100+ overseas scores are always good in a batsmen's résumé (especially against NZ in NZ).

  • Mohamed Afulal on December 22, 2015, 3:05 GMT

    After seeing the harakiri at Hamilton, selection errors were amply exposed. Now an opportunity is ripe to salvage our pride in ODI and T20. But, team selection should not be on favoured lines but on experience in overseas conditions and statistics in local competitions. Someone commented Maharoof. If he has done good work in domestic competitions he should be considered. I also would add Tissara Perera who can win matches and an allrounder. Kithuruwan Vithanage has potential to be good contributor but bringing him to test side exposed his weeknesses to Kiwis. Therefore lot depends on Angelo Mathews. If Malinga is still nursing, you should groom Dinesh Chandimal as captain for next T20 world cup.

  • sanjeewa on December 21, 2015, 23:22 GMT

    1. Thirimanne (vc) 2.Dilshan 3. Chandimal 4. Milinda 5.Mathews (c) 6. Kapugedera 7. Kulasekera 8 .Ajantha mendis 9. Malinga 10.Chameera 11 Lakmal

  • chethana on December 21, 2015, 18:33 GMT

    Hope Kusal Perera will be able to come into the team as soon as possible. May be it was happened for betterment of SL cricket. Dilshan is just close to his retirement & we need to find a another opener. Hope Kithruwan or Dhanushka will be grabbed that opportunity. considering left hand & right hand combination Kusal Mendis or Dhanajaya de Silva will be good option. But Dhananjaya not among the runs. Also we can try Kapugedera top of the order.

  • Surath on December 21, 2015, 6:00 GMT

    Kithruwan is just a slogger. He may be good in T20s but not in ODIs and Tests. he needs to improve his game 1000 times if he is to play ODIs and Tests. Slogging will not work in Tests.

  • chethana on December 20, 2015, 13:10 GMT

    1.Kithruwan 2.Dilshan 3.Thirimanne 4.Chandimal 5.Mathews 6.Milinda 7.Kapugedera 8.Sachithra 9.Kulasekera 10.Chameera 11.Lakmal

  • Kepili on December 19, 2015, 16:03 GMT

    @shockValue: We all know how the selectors base their selections. If Vithanage is exceptional in his skills & range of strokes, can you tell me why Vithanage's overall odi av is 15? Even domestic List-A Average is just 20? We are talking abourt the natinal team here, and we cannot compromise spots on wasteful failures in test & odi XIs. After all he is not a starter as you say. he has been around for more than 2 years now & got repeatedly selected despite numerous failures in too many series in both formats. We don't need another Mubarak over many years to come, to pull the side down.

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