Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 January 6, 2014

Kusal Perera to replace injured Thirimanne


An ankle injury has ruled Lahiru Thirimanne out of the remainder of the three-Test series against Pakistan. Thirimanne, who twisted his right ankle, joined seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who suffered an injured hamstring, on the flight back to Sri Lanka. Neither Thirimanne nor Kulasekara had played the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

"The decision to send Thirimanne home was taken yesterday as his injured ankle is not responding to treatment," said Sri Lanka team manager Michael de Zoysa.

Kusal Perera will replace Thirimanne in the squad. The 23-year-old Perera has played 19 ODIs but is yet to make his Test debut. "We don't have a back-up if another batsman gets injured so we requested for Kusal," said de Zoysa.

Sri Lanka, who have four other fast bowlers in their squad, have not called for a player to replace Kulasekara. The second Test starts in Dubai on Wednesday.

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  • Suresh on January 8, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Good move. KJP has the technique and the desire to score runs. As he is in form he should be given a chance. However KJP should be on his own. Hope he will not try to follow STJ. All the best KJP.

  • Android on January 7, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    @kcmathews...u are bord completly wested upul thranga's talent.he is the one who can hit a long one after sanga and mathews and he should bring as middle order bats men..then sl middle order is look soild...mathews,chandimal,upul tharanga,kithruwan vithanage...(wow)

  • mano on January 7, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Mahela should be replaced with Kusal. He has proved himself. Give the younster a chance!

  • Kumara on January 7, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    I can't see KJP playing as an opener in this series at least (Dimuth should be given a long run). He won't even get a chance unless another batsman get injured, or they make a bold decision to drop Mahela and play KJP in the lower-middle order. But the good news for me is that the selectors has recognized his potential for the longer version.

  • Ajith on January 7, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    It would have been more prudent to include Vithanage or Priyanjan in the test squad to strengthen the middle order in the event others failed instead of Kusal perera as the test openers dimuth and Kaushal have impressed in the first outing together and should be persisted with in the longer term.

  • Amila on January 7, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Kausal has much better technique compared to most of SL batsman. No one has seen him batting in tests so give him a chance. He has 7 tons and 8 50 in 30 odd matches with massive 336 second best in SL domestic. It will be a bonus for the team who can score run a ball and in no time he will be a headache for the opposite captain. Once upon a time we were happy to see Sanath playing no matter what the format is and I think that time will be coming soon.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Any genuine cricketer would love to wear the Test cap and Kasal too would love this. You can discriminate upon his aggression or the style of play. He showed lot of temperament during his comeback in the ODI series. All the very best Kusal. This will mold you as a good cricketer.

  • Steve on January 6, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Probably a blessing in disguise! Injury asude, Thirimanne has been nothing but a perennial disappointment for SL fans thus far. Always talked as high potential, but his performances do not indicate anything substantial. Hope his replacements take their chances and keep him out of the team for good.

  • Josh on January 6, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Kusal Janith Perera will become better than Sanath J - and has the technique, talent and flair to be one of the great batsman of the next decade.

  • Nilantha on January 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Barring injury, I can't see a place in the team for him, dimuth and silva should not be changed as an opening partnership and the only other who failed was Mahela, but I wouldn't drop him as I know he will come good. If satchi is dropped( which I don't think he should be ) we need a batting all rounder to come in instead or will be one bowler down..

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