Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 January 6, 2014

Kusal Perera to replace injured Thirimanne

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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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  • SuchaSL 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.

  • on January 7, 2014, 11:35 GMT

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

  • ms2000 on January 7, 2014, 7:22 GMT

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

  • RuwanFer 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.

  • ajithabey 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.

  • AS7777 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.

  • 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.

  • CricketChat 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.

  • TheKeeper 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.

  • yorkslanka 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..

  • SuchaSL 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.

  • on January 7, 2014, 11:35 GMT

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

  • ms2000 on January 7, 2014, 7:22 GMT

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

  • RuwanFer 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.

  • ajithabey 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.

  • AS7777 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.

  • 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.

  • CricketChat 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.

  • TheKeeper 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.

  • yorkslanka 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..

  • jerryman on January 6, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    believe for the 2nd test , 2 changes needed - dimuth to be replaced by kusal perera and senayake to be replaced with dilruwan perera and maybe mahela should drop to middle order maybe 5 down .. good luck and keep fighting ... bowling needs to improve and fielding as well to put Pakistan under pressure

  • KCMathews on January 6, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    i think its not a good move now..kusal's talent as a test palyer is okay...but the problem is whom should he replace in the long run??..we have already got good young batsmen for the test arena like dimuth,kaushal,chandimal & thirimanne....we are already making use of kusal's great talent in limited overs...but if he's going to play in the test team either one of those mentioned players has to sit out...and we'll be wasting good test players...when sanga and mahela retires it ok if kusal plays..but until that he should play limited overs...for example upul tharangas talent is completely wasted...and also thirimanne should not play limited overs at least till sanga retires..we should try ashan priyanjan in that place who is more agressive and more suitable option in odis since he can bowl as well...

  • on January 6, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    The best thing happend to Sri Lanka Cricket in the year 2013 was Thirimanne got injured. Because of that we finally got to see Priyanjan and Kaushal Silva coming through the ranks. Otherwise Thirimanne would have anchored those places with little dividance. But I still believe Thirimanne can be a useful test player and have what it takes to be a good test batsman. In the same time I believe it is only just to give other good players such as Kusal, Dimuth, Kaushal, Kithruwan and Anjelo Perera a long run. The kind of run chandimal and Thirimanne having to establish in the international circuit. Also if you only go by promise and talent not by stats one could only wonder why Banuka Rajapakshe is not given a chance instead of Thirimanne atleast in the ODIs or T20s , that kid is one hell of strokemaker and a fearsome striker of the cricket ball. If Sri Lanka Cricket to move forward we need to stop looking for a same to same replacements to Sanga and Mahela because that will never happen.

  • on January 6, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Kausal is a very good selection. HS of 334 in first class cricket speaks volumes. To me it is a "cricketer sanath in the making" .

    Track record of : 36 matches 56 innings 2 Not outs 2524 runs 336 highest score 46.74 average.

    Besides 5 Keepers in a test "sounds a world record".

    I still believe Mahela to be in the team. But KP need a run at Test Level.

  • yohandf on January 6, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Well . i feel Kusal is not ready for test . better to use Kithruwan Vithanage instead who played two test s . SO why not giving him a longer run .

  • VKohlitheGreat on January 6, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    @ DJyash : Yes, I am talking about the same Kusal Janith Perera whose average is 23, who could not keep his place in RajRoyals and as Messa1 rightly mentioned that he gets tired after scoring just scoring 40 runs thereby lacking the stamina required for tests.

  • DJyash on January 6, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    @Messa1,VKohlitheGreat,ColomboAndroid Are you talking about the same Kusal perera who got 336 runs in a first class match?Messa1 do you know there is a huge difference in the pace the runs are scored in t20 odi and test?I will not comment more about this ,guys who have played real cricket at least for the school know what i mean,They know the answers to your questions,Recently concluded ODI series will give an idea about his technique ,But if he get a chance it should be a regular one just like dimuth karunarathna got .....

  • Blade-Runner on January 6, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Dimuthu's problem is that he often gets carried away with his stroke making. A bit more patience will do a lot of good for him. As an opener, he needs to learn how to convert those 30s n 40s into substantial scores. Otherwise he is a solid bat.

  • kanagsrat on January 6, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    with all due respect, thirimanne is the least talented batsman on the circuit, and im a sri lankan supporter, he is a hack taking up the space of the likes of kusal, angelo perera, bhanuka rajapakse and so forth

  • on January 6, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Kusal Perera Kaushal Silva Kumar Sangakkara Dinesh Chandimal Prasanna Jayawardene

    5 Wicketkeepers in 1 Test Match...

  • Sinhaya on January 6, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    @CRLShamalka, you mean replacing Mahela with KP for the 2nd test is what will never happen? Sad if that is the case. If Karunarathne fails in the Dubai test, KP must open with Kaushal in Sharjah as Mahela or Karunarathne must get axed should they fail this week.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 6, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    It's a gamble. Will it be the stabilization of a fast run maker to a great batsman with good technique, or will it be an opening of "flood gates" with careless batting? My personal opinion is that it's a good decision.

  • Garretjacks on January 6, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @Messa1: Actually it is a very good decision. Kusals First class record is much better than thirimannes and goes to show we are actually using him in the wrong format. He could be a very attacking test opener in the mold of David Warner who has scored prolifically in the recently concluded ashes series.

  • MelbourneMiracle on January 6, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    @ Sinhaya: Can't agree with you anymore buddy. But it won't happen.

  • on January 6, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    @ColomboAndroid, you think Sana had a good technique?

  • Messa1 on January 6, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    this is a stupid selection. Kusal Perera is a T20/ODI player NOT a test player. I have seen him tired after scoring just 40 runs in one of the ODI matches, how do u expect him to survive a whole day in the field and also he doesnt have the proper techniques to play tests. The place should've been given to Ashan Priyanjan who is much more suited as a test player

  • Tal_Botvinnik on January 6, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @VKohlitheGreat: What is the proof that he doesn't belong to international arena? Just a couple of failures in England and WI but Didn't India fail miserably there #4-0.

  • on January 6, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    It is time to give him a chance to play the test match rather than sitting on the bench then it will be a good prospector for SL cricket.

  • cricket_jaya on January 6, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @VKohlitheGreat Kusals' average First-class matches-36 innings-56 No-2 Runs-2524 Hs-336 Ave-46.74 Srate-84.66 100s- 7 50s-8 if he'll be in playing 11 there are 5 Wicket keepers ..interesting

  • on January 6, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Wow, a Squad of 15 has 5 Wicket keepers in Sanga, Chandimal, Kaushal, Prasanna and now Kusal...NEVER seen that before in a TEST squad... And I am sure at least 4 of them will play the remainder of the games.. I wonder if this is a WORLD RECORD?

  • RuwanFer on January 6, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @ColomboAndroid Did Jayasuriya or Dilshan have a so called great technique? I think Kusal can be an ideal lower-middle order batsman. His 1st class record is far superior than his list-A record. Even when u look at someone like Sehwag his test record is better than his ODI record.

    @VKohlitheGreat Cricket is a fantastic game (actually more than a game) to be followed and I don't like to say someone is wasting their time even when they over do it. But when you write comments on each and every cricinfo article that relates to your rivalry teams you surely having some "extra" time :p

  • Sinhaya on January 6, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Very good choice indeed. Kusal Perera perfectly suits tests. He has the highest score of 336 in the longer format in the Sri Lanka domestic circuit. He should replace Mahela for the 2nd test indeed. He is no doubt a very exciting prospect. He needs to balance aggression with defence like Warner and improve his fielding.

  • NextSana on January 6, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    This is a great move he is the next big thing in the cricket world. It would be a huge booster for him playing test cricket. He can provide quick runs at the top order and also he can improve his technique against spinners and will be a complete package in cricket.

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 6, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    This is a gamble.kushal has not great technic to survive in test.he may b good in other format but not at all good in tests.selectors should find new players.

  • VKohlitheGreat on January 6, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    As long as they are keeping him in the 15 man squad it is nice but getting selected to the playing XI would take some doing since I am not sure if he even belongs to the International arena let alone test squad.

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  • VKohlitheGreat on January 6, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    As long as they are keeping him in the 15 man squad it is nice but getting selected to the playing XI would take some doing since I am not sure if he even belongs to the International arena let alone test squad.

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 6, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    This is a gamble.kushal has not great technic to survive in test.he may b good in other format but not at all good in tests.selectors should find new players.

  • NextSana on January 6, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    This is a great move he is the next big thing in the cricket world. It would be a huge booster for him playing test cricket. He can provide quick runs at the top order and also he can improve his technique against spinners and will be a complete package in cricket.

  • Sinhaya on January 6, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Very good choice indeed. Kusal Perera perfectly suits tests. He has the highest score of 336 in the longer format in the Sri Lanka domestic circuit. He should replace Mahela for the 2nd test indeed. He is no doubt a very exciting prospect. He needs to balance aggression with defence like Warner and improve his fielding.

  • RuwanFer on January 6, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @ColomboAndroid Did Jayasuriya or Dilshan have a so called great technique? I think Kusal can be an ideal lower-middle order batsman. His 1st class record is far superior than his list-A record. Even when u look at someone like Sehwag his test record is better than his ODI record.

    @VKohlitheGreat Cricket is a fantastic game (actually more than a game) to be followed and I don't like to say someone is wasting their time even when they over do it. But when you write comments on each and every cricinfo article that relates to your rivalry teams you surely having some "extra" time :p

  • on January 6, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Wow, a Squad of 15 has 5 Wicket keepers in Sanga, Chandimal, Kaushal, Prasanna and now Kusal...NEVER seen that before in a TEST squad... And I am sure at least 4 of them will play the remainder of the games.. I wonder if this is a WORLD RECORD?

  • cricket_jaya on January 6, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @VKohlitheGreat Kusals' average First-class matches-36 innings-56 No-2 Runs-2524 Hs-336 Ave-46.74 Srate-84.66 100s- 7 50s-8 if he'll be in playing 11 there are 5 Wicket keepers ..interesting

  • on January 6, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    It is time to give him a chance to play the test match rather than sitting on the bench then it will be a good prospector for SL cricket.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on January 6, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @VKohlitheGreat: What is the proof that he doesn't belong to international arena? Just a couple of failures in England and WI but Didn't India fail miserably there #4-0.

  • Messa1 on January 6, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    this is a stupid selection. Kusal Perera is a T20/ODI player NOT a test player. I have seen him tired after scoring just 40 runs in one of the ODI matches, how do u expect him to survive a whole day in the field and also he doesnt have the proper techniques to play tests. The place should've been given to Ashan Priyanjan who is much more suited as a test player