Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2011-12 October 13, 2011

Kosala Kulasekara replaces injured Eranga

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shaminda Eranga has been ruled out of Sri Lanka's Test series against Pakistan in the UAE with a shoulder injury to his right arm, and will be replaced in the squad by uncapped seamer Kosala Kulasekara. Eranga had looked dangerous on Test debut, picking up four first-innings wickets against Australia in Colombo and his absence is a blow to Sri Lanka.

Kulasekara, a tall 26-year-old, has been a regular member of the Sri Lanka A squad over the summer, and impressed with a five-wicket haul in Leicester. He was also part of the Sri Lanka Board XI that played Australia during their recent tour, and took two wickets. He plays for Nondescripts Cricket Club in Sri Lanka's domestic competitions and has 148 wickets in 72 first-class matches.

"I have developed and matured quite a lot as a fast bowler," Kulasekara said. "Former national fast bowling coach Anusha Samaranayake has helped me to improve on my technique, pace and ball release." He also said he had worked hard on his batting. "I love playing the lofted on-drives and off-drives and I have made a lot of runs by just hitting straight. I have learnt to be more patient and to wait for the bad balls to hit."

Sri Lankan team physio Steve Mount said that Eranga had damaged his cartilege on his right shoulder while fielding (throwing) during the one-day international series against Australia and is presently under treatment. "He will be fit in a few weeks. We are trying to get him ready for the South African tour later this year," Mount said.

Sri Lanka do have cover in the fast-bowling department with Chanaka Welegedara, Dhammika Prasad, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep all in the squad.

The first Test of the series starts on October 18 in Abu Dhabi.

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  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Awesome news to hear Kosala getting into the SL squad for the first time. I played club cricket with him here in England and he has bags of talents and is a great guy. Wish him all the best. Leg-end.

  • Dwight on October 14, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    wonder if mathews will be back to regular bowling this test? i hope so, if he does we can use mathews, pradeep n lakmal as our pace attack, have herath n randiv as the spinners n have an extra batsmen to the lineup.

  • Michael on October 14, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    I think that if there were no injuries plauging the sl team, this would be the best side- 1.thirimanne 2.paranavitana 3.(wk)chandimal 4.sangakkara 5.jayawardena 6.dilshan 7.mathews 8.prasanna/herath 9.Sachithra Senanayake 10.eranga 11.pradeep. This would give sl a strong batting lineup, as well as some good bowlers. Also, if you havent heard of s senanyake, just search his stats and give me a reason he should not be in the team :) this would mean a well rounded team with 3 spinners and 3 pace bowlers and 7 very good batsmen. if this team was picked before i would have been almost certain of better results than we have had recently.

  • Michael on October 14, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Unfortunate to see this happen, eranga was bowling well. However, it is nice to see nuwan pradeep and k kulasekara given chances to make a impact. good luck sl

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    @ Ramesh darshana Perera,, please dont think that everything is a conspiracy,,, I too dont like duleep Mendis as the chief selector,,, but shaminda picking up an injury is not something planned by mendis,,,, & calling our seniors as "greedy" is a very ungrateful thing to say,,, they have brought so much of fame for our country,, and furthermore they help a lot of young cricketers to develop their game,,, for you to call them greedy is just not right!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    kosala kulasekara is a very average medium pacer who can bat a bit..dont get too exited..lets see how Pradeep,Chandi & thirimanne fare..but i dont think our greedy seniors will let them play...dont be surprised if they recall 30+ useless silva,kandumbi & co again...

  • Randika on October 13, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Lakmal bowled with a lot of heart in England and yielded some good results. Welagedara and Prasad had moments of glory but were far too inconsistent to be effective. I hope Nuwan Pradeep comes good and gets a steady run. Wish Kosala Kulasekara all the best. Now if Mathews can bowl a few medium pacers too, SL have a half decent attack with Herath and mendis as backup.

  • Samapth on October 13, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    sad story.previously Nuwan Pradeep.Now shamindra Eranga.I just wanterd to see Nuwan-Eranga combination.However Kosala Kulasekara is a one day cricket material than tests.Since we do not have enough power on rest of past bowlers,Eranga should have been replaced by Sekkuge Prasanna.Remember great spinners like muli and warne had given over 125 runs without a wicket in their first test .So do not keep seekuge out just because of 0 for 84.My test team is 1.para 2.Chandimal 3.sanga 4.mahela 5.dily 6.Angi 7.prasanna J 8.hearth 9.lakmal 10.Nuwan pradeep 11. Randiv/welagedara

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Will Nuwan Pradeep be the shadow of Slinga-Malinga??????

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    waiting to see nuwan pradeep on action

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