Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12 November 29, 2011

Thilan Samaraweera added to Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Thilan Samaraweera, the Sri Lanka middle-order batsman, has been added to the Test squad for the tour of South Africa after being initially overlooked. Mahela Jayawardene missed the last ODI and Twenty20 against Pakistan in the UAE because of a knee injury, and although he is in no danger of missing the South Africa tour, Sri Lanka's selectors wanted Samaraweera as cover.

"I had a meeting with the national selectors today and they made a request to add Thilan as an additional player and I have approved that request," Sri Lanka's sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told the Island.

Samaraweera had been dropped for the third Test of the home series against Australia, after which he was left out of the series against Pakistan in the UAE. Duleep Mendis, Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, had said Samaraweera would not figure in the long-term plans of the selectors who intended to give more opportunities to youngsters.

Sri Lanka play three Tests in South Africa, where they have never won a Test, followed by a five-ODI series. The first Test starts in Centurion on December 15.

Sri Lanka squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Kaushal Silva (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Chanaka Welegedara, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Thilan Samaraweera.

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  • WaldermaltCricketer on December 2, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    Dilshan's captaincy is driving SL cricket to the hell. This is going to be another losing series for SL. Dilshan has become a Big FAILURE after being named as the Captain. So, the captaincy must be taken over by a guy who is capable of doing this job. Then at least Dilshan will get his form back as a batting allrounder. Politicians, Administrators, Selection committee, captain & some selfish players all have got together & trying their level best to DESTROY SL cricket. Now it's already too late.. SA will win win test series 3-0, ODI 5-0, T20 1-0.

  • dummy4fb on December 2, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    It is not necesary to wait until a senior player retires to bring in a young player to slot in at the identical position. All seniors in the present set-up made debut batting higher up in the order and later gradually movedc up the order. Mahela at 6, Sanga at 5 or 6, Thilan at 8, Dilshan at 5 or 6. On this basis Chandimal can make his debut in SA series batting at No. 7 as wicket keeper. It is just an initial exposure to tests. If that happens by the time he walks in most likely he will not be exposed to full fire power of SA seamers. Although he may have to bat with the tail he could get away with flasing at the balls outside the off stump and gain some confidence behind him. The only genuine batting allrounder we had was Sanath. Most of us have forgotten long spells he used to bowl with Muarli from the other end. Once he left the game we always struggled with the choice of 5th bowler. Why did Thilan gave up bowling? He was the best off-spinner we had next to Murali. Look at stats

  • dummy4fb on December 1, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    @ azmeer YOSHITHA rajapaksha ? he is a rugger player its BHANUKA rajapaksha

  • Street_Hawk on November 30, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    I have been talking about this Senanayake guy for a long time...he has done well in first class matches both home and away...when are these people gonna select him - when he loses his form? Herath is an okay point sticking with him...he is aged too...Randiv was horrible in tests...Prasanna has not done a lot but needs more experience like Senanayake...may be these guys should play as a second spinner along side herath or mendis who have more experience...

  • dummy4fb on November 30, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    tharanga paranavithana my foot!

  • WPDDESILVA on November 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    SL are going to get hammered. I just wish this tour gets cancelled or something. If any South African are looking to build your cricket career now is the time. We are pretty good at it!!

  • dummy4fb on November 30, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    why dont you include Chamara Silva, Thilina Kandamby and Yositha Rajapaksha to the squad Mr. Minister????? atleast leave the sport from corruption, thats why Sanga didnt want to take charge, he is the best leader till next world cup !!!

  • chandau on November 30, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Seriously wonder why so many guys are getting injured once in the squad. They are falling like flies and dont think even a rugby team during the strenuous RWC had so many injured players. Are they unfit? not playing properly? working too hard in the nets? or any other factor affecting the physical?

    Nice to see Dilhara bowling with some rhythem again. Hopefully he can improve and do something on the fast tracks of SA. Welagedara and Kulasekara are pedestrian and will be hammered unless they get the line n length right all the time.

    Why Upul Tharanga is not considered for tests is a mystery. After all he plays domestic 3/4 day cricket for NCC. Now that even Australia have got Dave Warner to open may be our selectors need to give Upul a look in at test level.

    What happened to Malinga Bandara? he was a good leggie and did well in the English county scene a few years ago. Prasanna does not seem to be that effective in the ODIs, while Rangana is more or less a test spinner.

  • dummy4fb on November 30, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    good move even we will see in sa tour

  • dummy4fb on November 30, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    has everyone forgot about upul tharanga

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