Sri Lanka in the UAE 2011 November 7, 2011

Thisara Perera replaces Dhammika Prasad in ODI side

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Dhammika Prasad, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, has been ruled out of the limited-overs series against Pakistan in the UAE due to an injury he sustained during the third Test in Sharjah. Prasad pulled his quad muscle and bowled just four overs in the game. He's been replaced by the allrounder Thisara Perera, who played in the World Cup final, and toured England earlier this year.

The Sri Lankan team was criticised for its fitness standards by its chief selector Duleep Mendis, since there have been several players who've missed out on matches due to injuries. "See the number of players who are injured? Dammika Prasad is unable to play in two consecutive Test matches without breaking down. Yesterday (third day) he did not bowl and we were down to four bowlers," Mendis had said. "Thankfully we played five bowlers in the Test. Apart from Prasad there is Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Ajantha Mendis and Prasanna Jayawardene all on the injury list. I don't know what our physios and masseurs are doing with the players for them to get constantly injured."

The teams play five ODIs and one Twenty20 game after the Test series.

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  • Shehan on November 8, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    gone are the days when Chaminda Vass used to play test matches consecutively..i think the 1st time he missed a game was his 40th o something..sad..

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    well its a suprise to me that he was not in orginal squad as an indian i have not followed what led to his ouster from odi and t20 team understandble for test cricket he has couple of 5 wic hauls and has a gr8 finishing adaptiblity he is the perfect guy at no 7 see what he did in the losing cause of WC final

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    we need good physio and trainer.i think we have young talented cricketers.need to give them more oppotunities.

  • Dru on November 8, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    @mark00 - interesting point on fast bowlers and use of equipment. It seems in modern times wtih the advancement of everything, fast bowlers fitness is onething going backwards the world over! Tissera is on the edge of sinking or swimming. The guy has talent no doubt but doesnt seem to be able to use it properly. The good thing is he is still young and SL can still nuture him to a quality alrounder. His batting is still wild and immature but we know he is capable while his bowling is good enough and I thought he was unlucky to be dropped in the first place. He has something SL has been looking for a long time - a big hitting alrounder - they just need to get the best out of this guy.

  • Johnathon on November 8, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    If Perera can get an extra 6-7 MPH on the ball, he would be a devastating bowler and a very very promising all rounder. He is a hard worker and a hard hitter and with a little work, he could be a great cricketer. Get Chandimal in the Test Arena soon and would really like to see Bhanuka Rajapaksa in action (have heard so much about him). Sadly, what Lanka really need is a fast bowler

  • Johnathon on November 8, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Prasad showed talent in the Test series and he always tries to put in effort to bowl fast and hard. Perera on the other hand is a defensive bowler, but he puts his heart into his bowling and is a very hard worker. Perera is also a huge plus since he is a very very capable hitter of the ball and can get 10X the runs Kapu or Silva or Kandamby can get at 5X the Strike Rate (joke, but you know what I mean). What would be extremely aggressive by Dilshan (but risky) is put 2 all rounders and a 2 seamer, 2 spinner attack. This would work especially since Perera and Kulasekara can bat decently. Herath and Malinga aren't too far behind too in terms of batting. Would be super aggressive if a 4 bowler/2 all rounder team would be formed. If Sri Lanka has 4-5 wickets left by the 40th over, the result would be devastating. Would like to see the following team: Dilshan, Tharanga, Chandimal, Sanga, Mahela, Matthews, Perera, Kulasekera, Malinga, Randiv, Herath

  • Namith on November 8, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    I think Mahela should open the batting with Dilshan or Tharanga.He has been performed brilliantly at no 1&2 spot. it is necessary for the goodness of the SL team as well as for Mahela. In ODIs we have always to take a positive start and make the first blood rather than defending initially.because attacking is the best form of SL did it best with Sanath and Kalu and won the world cup.... My batting order is 1.Mahela 2.Dilshan 3.Tharanga 4.Sanga 5.Chandimal 6.mathews 7.Thisara 8.J.Mendis 9.K.Kulasekara 10.Randiv 11.Malinga.

  • Mark on November 8, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    It's not just Sri Lankan players who break down regularly. Regular use of fitness equipment has destroyed the capacity of many modern bowlers to actually bowl quickly. This is because fitness equipment trains your muscles with very simple and unnatural movements that are based on the joints of the fitness equipment, not on your own joints. What's more, something like fastbowling isn't really about muscularity but rather about elasticity and flexibility. Alan Donald and countless Pakistani fasbowlers, and many West Indian fast bowlers of the past are proof of that. The only time fitness equipment should be used is to rehabilitate a specific joint, tendon, or muscle after injury. The best, fastest, and most durable fast bowlers in cricket history never went to the gym. If you want to be a fast bowler and you want a long career, eat well, run, and, most importantly, bowl as fast as you can in the nets for as long as possible, and do it every single day

  • Shehan on November 8, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @ Deepfreezed- agree that he's not a solid batsman but thats his job in ODI's, as a slogger. Disagree with your comment on his ODI bowling though. In this last 10-11 games, he's gone under 6Runs an over twice and picked up 20+wickets at a pretty good average and strike rate.

    He's played less than 20games, this lad deserves a few chances and an extended run.

    Disappointing that Prasad is out though, good steady bowler who bowls with purpose

  • Deep on November 8, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    There is no future with Thisara Perera. He is not a solid bowler and not a solid batsmen. People who says C Kapugedera needs more chances, please go look at his record. That guy along with C Silva was given enough chances.

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