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

Thilan Samaraweera added to Test squad

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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.

  • 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

  • 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 spinner...no 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...

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • on November 30, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    good move even we will see in sa tour

  • on November 30, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    has everyone forgot about upul tharanga

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 spinner...no 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...

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • on November 30, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    good move even we will see in sa tour

  • on November 30, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    has everyone forgot about upul tharanga

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    my Test sqd- 1)dilshan 2)paranavithana 3)sangakkara 4)mahela 5)samaraweera (cpt)6)mathew 7)thisara 8)rangana 9)senanayake 10)dilhara 11)welegedara My ODI sqd-1)dishan 2)paranavithana 3)chandimal 4)sangakkara 5)mahela (cpt) 6)A.r.s silva 7)mathew 8)jeewan 9)thisara 10)suraj/nuwan kula 11)malinga My T20 sqd-1)dilshan 2)mahela udawatte 3)chandimal 4)banuka rajapaksha 5)mathew (cpt) 6)angelo perera 7)ss pathirana 8)thisara 9)ajantha 10)eranga 11)malinga

    this is my team.u can select bttr youth who succes T20 matches to ODI and Test sqd.this system utilize all youth and vetrns..

  • zerotollerance on November 30, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Getting Thilan is another back step for sl cricket. He will get out by giving catches in the slip cordon. Sl shoul have rested mahela and sanga in the pak series and included btsmn like dimuth and lahiru timanne in bth tests and on days. Both mahela and sanga played and still lost all the series. What's th use in this. Come on sl drop mahela and sang its Time for the young ones to come forward. Old guys look for other jobs now.

  • DwightR on November 29, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    Thilan should NEVER have been dropped, he is as important to out test side as Malinga is to our one day side. Samareweera, Sangakkarra, Mahela, Dilshan..these are the veterans our team depends on for test matches. My test XI- 1 T. Dilshan 2 D. Chandimal (wk) 3 K. Sangakarra 4 M. Jayawardene 5 T. Samareweera 6 A. Mathews 7 T. Perera 8 R. Herath 9 A. Mendis 10 S. Lakmal 11 N. Pradeep

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Firstly I warmly welcome Thilan Samaraweera back in the test squad. But hope he will not be sitting on the bench whole tour like what happened to Marvan in 2007 world cup. But lets correct the statistics also. Samarweera must have had a poor record overseas in the past. But he has improved a lot in foreign soils of late. He averaged over 50 in last England tour and scored a rapid 87 not out in last innings and was all set to reach three figures when rains intervened, After his return to tests having been overlooked for some time he scored a hundred in a fast bouncy track in second innings of second test in WI when Sri Lanka were heading for a heavy defeat. Had he not got run out he would have helped to set a match winning target. His ability to score fast and bat intelligently with the tail was shown in the last India test at home in which he made 137 and 83. He has enough cricketing brains and experience to battle it out fighting against whatever incapabilities he may possess.

  • on November 29, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    With all due respect i dont think Samaraweera is going to perform in south africa , he struggled in england and i think we'l see the same happening in the up coming tour. he piled up most of his runs on flat batting wickets in asia and never really performed abroad, a better choice would have been to play him against pakistan on the relatively friendlier batting tracks we saw in the middle east.if anything this could be a career ending tour for Samaraweera.

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Finally... Some body opened his eyes... Thanks god..

  • Mandernew on November 29, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Oh at last!!!!!! if you want to give youngsters the chance play chandimal for god sake.Sri lanka should drop Dilshan and should open with chandimal and dimuth ( youngsters) . then the experienced trio,Mathews and K.Silva . Where is eranga and Senanayake?. Guess they Both are unavailable at the moment.Mendis or rangana should play after considering the perfomences at the practice match. Thisara and Welegedara should be played atfer promise they showed at the dessert. and at last nuwan pradeep. we hope he will be a good attaking bowler at those live pitches. Hope senanayake and eranga to return quickly. when they are ready worst bowler from the fast bowling trio should be left out for Eranga and at last senanayake should replace mendis if he doesn't do anything promising. prasanna jayawardene and dilshan should wait if it is in case some batsman from those youngsters get out of form. yup that's how to play the youngsters lol!!!

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Sri Lankan team for South African tests should be 1. T. Paranavitana 2. T.M. Dilshan 3. K. Sangakkara 4. M. Jayawardena 5. T. Samaraweera 6. D. Chandimal 7. A. Mathews 8. R. Herath 9. C. Welagadera 10. A. Mendis 11. N. Pradeep

  • on November 29, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    all thez coz of politics...y should da selectors take approval from da minister 2 select a player 2 da squad....nd dulip mendis says:"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." then y da hell dilshan is in da team....dilshan is also 35 nd samaraweera is a much better test batsmen compared 2 dilshan.... If SLC goes on like; with politic involvd BANGLADESH or ZIMBABAE might beat us in near future

  • on November 29, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    I have a hunch that he could end up captaining the SL test team in test matches in the future as well.

  • on November 29, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Thilan Samaraweera Current age 35 years 68 days Tests :68 RUNS: 4683 AVERAGE : 52.61

    Tillakaratne Dilshan Current age 35 years 46 days Tests :74 RUNS:4516 AVERAGE : 41.81

    WHO SHOULD BE IN THE TEAM ?(FACTS CAN BE VERIFIED FROM CRICINFO) LAHORE PAKISTAN

  • on November 29, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    THE TRUTH IS SL BOARD IS JUST NOTHING THEY DROPPED THILAN AGAINST PAK WHO HAD 80+ AVERAGE AGAINST PAKISTAN WHAT A SHAME ? LAHORE PAKISTAN

  • Sinhaya on November 29, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Seems someone has the brains to add an experienced player like Thilan. But I wonder if that is enough still to prevent a 3-0 whitewash? Well, losing is still ok as long as political meddling is over

  • HLANGL on November 29, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    @ "Posted by Chandima Chandrasekara on (November 29 2011, 10:40 AM GMT) ": Why should we always target Dilhara ?. To me, though he may not be the same wiry pacer 8-9 years back who could generate 140+ kmph on a consistent basis, he's still a better bowler than the likes of non-entities like Lakmal, Welagdara, etc. ?. True, Dilhara is still a wildcard bowler who can win or loose a match inside a single spell. But what other options do we have ?. Why the selectors immediately sidelined Nuwan Pradeep during the last tour without giving him a sufficiently longer run ?. Also for the people blaming Chamara Silva, we should keep in mind that the likes of Chamara Kapugedara, Jehan Mubarak were given many more chances & longer runs despite not having done anything except few cameos. At least Chamara Silva is a more composed batsmen having more flair, whether he converts his substantial tallent into runs in the middle is another matter. But giving him a longer run, would have been useful.

  • Deepfreezed on November 29, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    egg faced selectors are clueless what to do.

  • bddhika_harindat on November 29, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    This is welcome inclusion as I mentioned last week when Sanath Jayasuriya wrote his comment about younsters in the side. Even though this is badly needed the way in which it was handled is NOT the way where country's most popular & respected game is being governed. Why the Sports Minister had to approve it? Dulip Mendis should no longer be in this position as the chairman of selectors and any kid who has some knowledge about cricket would know that we needed Thilan in the side since he was dropped out as he provides much needed strenght to under performing middle order by protecting one enf of the wicket. Also, we should understand Thilan cannot do his part alone if others do not support him build partnerships in the middle. So please wait and see how he performs as he did in the past, he'll prove that it is most needed solution for the current batting failiure of SL.

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Thilan Samaraweera should selected in initial team, Politics in team selection guide SL cricket to Zero................. Droping him in ODI is ok but not in Test , he is specialized batsman for test...

  • hashabjp on November 29, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    No matter who you add.... 3-0 whitewash is on the card... my team for south africa... Graham Smith, Jacques Rudolf, Hashim Amla, Jacques Henry Kallis, Abraham Benjamin Devillier, Jean paul Duminy, Quniton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir. Now thats a world class dominant unit.

  • siriherath on November 29, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    What ever happened to Milinda Warnapura? For sometime now, he to me is the best bet as an opener in all 3 formats. He is an attacking stylish batsman and he won't fail 3 times on the trot for sure. Tharanga has had far too many opportunities wasted. Thushara for Welegedara too is a better bet.

  • siriherath on November 29, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    It's plain sickening to read the politician having the last say in cricket and everything else down to domestic disputes in this country. Why oh why has the Govt. got its fingers feeling in every hook and corner? England and Australia for example have their politicians firmly in place as spectators or viewers. Remember Mr. Major? Pompous we can be, until we visit a foreign country, when we won't have a place to hide our heads, seeing how transparent and honest they are than us. As for Thilan; I like many others, feel that he is treated with scant respect after all what he has done and achieved. Imagine your employer being hell-bent on firing you in spite of your excellent work record & loyalty because he's taken a fancy to young blood. Having been a damn good cricketer doesn't automatically entitle anyone to be called a good Manager or strategist. This applies to Duleep Mendis in particular and people like Sanath in general. I feel so sad for the long suffering supporters.

  • CricketPissek on November 29, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    as much as i want Thilan in the middle order, what worries me most is that it was done with (what i consider) political interference. "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. That is scary.

  • on November 29, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    That's what Politics able to do with SL Cricket..

  • on November 29, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    some call it a good move but i call it going backwards.

  • on November 29, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    How could they have overlooked the best middle order batsmen we've got CHAMARA Silva? his record speaks volumes ...GUTTERED

  • desm on November 29, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Dear SL Cricketers, pls dont spoil the game of cricket ,pls pls play good gentalmen game in SA. SL cricket lovers love to watch good cricket from our country.

  • INDIKAOPC on November 29, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    I wish Thilan was here in Dubai for the test series. His absense was a huge lost to SLC and it will not be easy for them to move forward after what they went through in the past serieses. But SL can bounce back and will bounce back for sure.To do this the authorities should give the maximum support. Actually its a wonder how the players performed so well even with such a screwd up Cricket board. Hats off to them for that. SLC....its time to pay the salaries of the Cricketers and move forward. There your employees and when you dont treat your employees properly, you will certainly get these types of results. Its the same with any other company. Hon. Minister of sports..hats off to you for the decision to take Thilan back. But at the same time you beeter see that a person who loves cricket (and Not Money) control the cricket boad. They should not have any personal agendas and their main forcus should be to put SLC where it was.

  • Rosh1 on November 29, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Well..it is a simple theory. The selectors felt they made a mistake in dropping Thilan for the Paks series. They wanted to still prove that their decision was correct hence dropped him again. Knowing that the team really needs him they have somehow made it look that the Minister intervened and got him back. Eventhough they say he is a cover up just wait and see.. Thilan will play all the tests. Basically they have no other players to replace him. All the statements about age is crap. It is purely perosnal in dropping Thilan.

  • Beertjie on November 29, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    More power to Marvin and his spot-on reference to "muppets"!

  • on November 29, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Why Dilhara Fernando selected?

    SA batmen will put away nicely.

    It hardly seen that he touched seem upright during last series.

    what happen to Chilaw boy Shaminda Eranda? injured? or no chance to see him again?

  • on November 29, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Thilan Samaraweera is a great modest general nice guy who get treated with little respect. He has been one of our most reliable and accomplished players over the past few years. He needs to be given the same respect that VVS Laxman gets in India. He is automatic selection even if he is in a batting slump. He has earned it and so has Thilan.

  • on November 29, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Even that selection made, Can SL prevent from 3-0 whitewash??

  • buncers on November 29, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Good idea to brind Samo in, but Sri Lanka need a good opening parnership. Para is not performing. Whatever happened to Malinda Warnapura?

  • LoveLanka on November 29, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    A Very Very good move. .. it is clear that they should have retained him for the PAK series as well, but now it is gone... only thing which impress here is that they have learnt from PAK series that when it comes to TEST CRICKET you cannot make a imbalance team just because you want to groom youngsters. What happened with PAK series is they sent a bunch of youngsters with Sanga & Mahela been only the experienced batters given Dilshan & Prasanna unpredictable and if S&M fall leaving only mathews to fight a lonely battle. Also, as we have seen in past Thilana has performed well against PAK. credit should goes to where it due.. congrates to PAK, for the incredible bowlling where even Thilan might not have done much to the results we see now but we know when he clicks, he click big and win matches. looks like he is also going through a bad patch, but i believe now this team should do a different in SA. won't be easy though. GOOD LUCK! SRI LANKA!

  • on November 29, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    only an absolute buffoon would drop a guy with a test average of 50 +

  • on November 29, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    upul tharanga should be in the test team

  • on November 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    where is upul tharanga, he is a test player and good one

  • INDIKAOPC on November 29, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Finally someone with proper sense and a backbone has taken a vice decision after two heat breaking tours. Whether Dulip Mendis says or not, thilan should be their along with Mahela And Sanga till they find proper replacements. The Youngsters that they tried are some what raw and they will need some time to really perform well at the highest level. It will be much easier for the youngsters to be in the company of Sanga, Mahela and Thilan where they can learn a lot about the present game and use their experience to improve each individuals game. No doubt Dilshan is a fantastic Cricketer (All round and one of the most talented in the recent past) but he is not the ideal role model for the youngsters to follow at this present moment.

  • on November 29, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Damn, from where they got Chamara Silva for last ODI? Thilan should have been called. Finally a better thing happened. Say good bye to useless two Chamaras.

  • satish619chandar on November 29, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Finally one good move.. Rather we can out it as one bad move averted!!

  • yorkslanka on November 29, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    a good move as we need someone in the middle order who can hold onto their wicket against the strong bowling line up of the proteas..going to be a very hard tour for us and cant see us winnign anything but then again cricket can sometimes be a funny game..we are currently at our lowest point in terms of our cricket and the only way is up from here...

  • Joji_ on November 29, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    It took a long time coming. Pak-SL series would have been much closer if this chap was around then.

  • on November 29, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Thisara Perera not been selected to UAE oneday scode.Once he came as a replacement he played all matches and the Kosala Kula,Lakmal ,wela who selected for original scode played one,one,nil respectivly.They selected Dimuth Karunarathne ,the opener without having any alternative for middle order.Once Mahela get injured only they realied they do not have any alternative for middle order and sent ever failling chamara silva to fail in two more games while Dimuth finish the tour as always waterboy.Kusal janith been added to 20-20 team and played with Chamara silva.So Now only they realised they need Tilan.That means selectors themself accepted their mistake again.We do not need a selectors who are doing continuous mistakes.They seems to be like jorkers.Dear Minister of Sports please ask Mr Aravinda De Silva and/or Arjuna Ranatunga to come back again to re build the sri lankan team.

  • Cooljay_Sri on November 29, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    My XI: 1. Dilshan, 2. Lahiru, 3. Kumar, 4. Mahela, 5. Angelo (Capt) , 6. Thilan, 7. Chandimal, 8. Thisara, 9. Rangana, 10. Pradeep, 11. Ajantha ............. which includes 4 front line bowlers ( 2 pace + 2 spin ) + 2 part time bowlers & 7 front line batsman + 2 all rounders......... Please don't give any chance for Paranavithana & Dilhara........ send them back to home

  • anver777 on November 29, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    At least Sl selectors realized now before its too late.....a dependable player with a solid test average will surely boost the SL middle order...... may you score big in SA & silence the critics !!!!! my best wishes !!!!!!

  • nzcricket174 on November 29, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Sri Lankan selectors are terrible. Never should have dropped him in the first place. Its great to know that you average 50+ consistently for 68 matches of your career and yet you still don't have position security. Sri Lanka need improvement in their administration or they will continue to get nowhere.

  • sudhir_hayavadana on November 29, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    I don't think so srilanka even cannot manage to draw the test. Since, so called Captain & Vice Captain are not all in form to inspire their team mates. Sanga & Mahela are the only players to rescue Srilanka. Give a chance to Chandimal to play in the test squad. All the best to both the teams.

  • on November 29, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    at last, they got a good decision.if samarawera were there in pakistan tour, sri lanka may be in winning side

  • EJ36 on November 29, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    I wouldn't praise the selectors too much. He's only in the squad "as cover". Deserves to be in the XI

  • KP_84 on November 29, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Samaraweera's Test average is over 50. Impressive though this may seem, his average away from home is in the 20s (he averages in the 70s in home Tests). His average outside the subcontinent is even lower. He will be useless in South Africa. Sangakkara aside, all Sri Lankan batsmen struggle on the bouncy surfaces in Australia and South Africa. I suspect this really won't make much difference to the final result.

  • on November 29, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    where is Kandamby ??? he has been solid in ODIs and can be a good middle order player in Tests too...!!!

  • crickstats on November 29, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Thilan generally struggles against quality pace, I think the selectors have made an error adding him to the squad, they should have identified a different player who plays pace well.

  • stormy16 on November 29, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    I think we are missing the point. Granted Thilan should be in the team and has been a great performer over the last few years. He was dropped becuase of his recent failures AND the fact SL wants to rebuild AND his age. None of these have changed so I dont understand this move. Sure the middle order is a problem but this is not rebuilding, its bringing in a guy based on past performance depsite recent failures. I think it highlihgts the chaos and muddled thinking in SLC than anything else.

  • Meety on November 29, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Duh!!!!!! He should never have been dropped in the first place. I think the Pakistan series just completed could of had a different outcome had he played. He is now set up for failure because he is unlikely do very well in Saffaland, but I think he could of plundered Pakistan in UAE.

  • on November 29, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    very right dession he is very good bestsman

  • on November 29, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Should have done before the series against Pakistan. Then, it would have been a different result. He would have save the test match where Sri Lanka lost. I doubt whether he will be able to put on the same performance in the fast, bouncing tracks in SA, against a quality pace attack. But if he does, it will be quite marvelous. I'll be not surprise if Chandimal sit in the bench for all these three matches and Thirimanna / Paranawithana in has place. SL silectors were blind as well as deaf in the last few years. I wish him all the best.

  • ashlatchem on November 29, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Common sense move...Still the best news I have heard all day and the best news Sri Lanka cricket has heard for a while!!!

  • Rickz69 on November 29, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Sri Lankan selectors are hopeless, ther so mindless to see that samaraweera had the highest average against pakistanis in the team (80runs). honestly welegedara is absolute useless, thushara had more pace and was ale to swing the ball like vaasy, welegedara only makes the ball swing a couple of overs, lakmal is to young, pradeep was not bad, CAN SOMEONE CALL MURALI OUT OF RETIREMENT! cuz we cant win a single game without him! and weres randiv for the test series he makes the ball ounce in south-africa? no sense in selections...

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Srilanka has not yet been able to score at a healthy run rate in tests. That is the only reason they have not been able to win a test match. Even when Murali and Vaas was there in the team, it was easy to take 10 wickets in a short period. But now they are struggling to take wickets and end up loosing match or Drawing it. If they play a more attacking cricket they should be able to get back in to the groove. the main factor that has been hindering this process the opening pair. Tharanga Paranavithana is not aggressive enough, or he is taking too much time to settle in. I think he should be changed. Hope the team will revive in the tour ahead.

  • Sinaha on November 29, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Explain Mr. Minister why even after pathetic performances under Dilshan, heads haven't rolled in Sri Lanka cricket? There ought be an inquiry as to what went wrong to find out of if the captaincy and coaches are inadequate to retain the level we had early this yr. Now Thilan is brought back to fix the holes after he was shunned by the same people.

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    a good move...because our middle over is pathetic....3:)

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Finally someone with brains has stepped in

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Srikanka found out during Pakistan serier that they don't have any long term prospect in batting! So called Thilan back. At least a good move. They are always using Chamara, kapugendara and inviting collapse. Should learn from mistake. Thilan is there long term test player just like Jaya and Sanga. Dilshan is very poor in test formats though and need to improve a lot.

  • orangtan on November 29, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Whatever the reason for the change of mind, thank God they realised their mistake and included Thilan in the Test team.

  • ROLAYH on November 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Finally... the right decision has been made..

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Finally............!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    positive thinking from srilankan selectors appreciate it

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  • on November 29, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    positive thinking from srilankan selectors appreciate it

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Finally............!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ROLAYH on November 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Finally... the right decision has been made..

  • orangtan on November 29, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Whatever the reason for the change of mind, thank God they realised their mistake and included Thilan in the Test team.

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Srikanka found out during Pakistan serier that they don't have any long term prospect in batting! So called Thilan back. At least a good move. They are always using Chamara, kapugendara and inviting collapse. Should learn from mistake. Thilan is there long term test player just like Jaya and Sanga. Dilshan is very poor in test formats though and need to improve a lot.

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Finally someone with brains has stepped in

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    a good move...because our middle over is pathetic....3:)

  • Sinaha on November 29, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Explain Mr. Minister why even after pathetic performances under Dilshan, heads haven't rolled in Sri Lanka cricket? There ought be an inquiry as to what went wrong to find out of if the captaincy and coaches are inadequate to retain the level we had early this yr. Now Thilan is brought back to fix the holes after he was shunned by the same people.

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Srilanka has not yet been able to score at a healthy run rate in tests. That is the only reason they have not been able to win a test match. Even when Murali and Vaas was there in the team, it was easy to take 10 wickets in a short period. But now they are struggling to take wickets and end up loosing match or Drawing it. If they play a more attacking cricket they should be able to get back in to the groove. the main factor that has been hindering this process the opening pair. Tharanga Paranavithana is not aggressive enough, or he is taking too much time to settle in. I think he should be changed. Hope the team will revive in the tour ahead.

  • Rickz69 on November 29, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Sri Lankan selectors are hopeless, ther so mindless to see that samaraweera had the highest average against pakistanis in the team (80runs). honestly welegedara is absolute useless, thushara had more pace and was ale to swing the ball like vaasy, welegedara only makes the ball swing a couple of overs, lakmal is to young, pradeep was not bad, CAN SOMEONE CALL MURALI OUT OF RETIREMENT! cuz we cant win a single game without him! and weres randiv for the test series he makes the ball ounce in south-africa? no sense in selections...