South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Centurion, 3rd day December 17, 2011

Kulasekara, Prasad added to SL squad

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Sri Lanka have called up fast bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara and Dhammika Prasad to their Test squad for the remaining two matches against South Africa. Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan confirmed that the the pair will fly in to South Africa in "a couple of days" after competing in the knockout stages of the domestic tournament at home.

After being beaten by an innings and 81 runs in Centurion, Sri Lanka are searching for ways to come back into the series and beefing up the bowling department is one of them. Before the tour of South Africa, four seamers, including Prasad and Kulasekara were ruled out with injury and Sri Lanka lost another quick when Nuwan Pradeep broke down during the tour match against the South African Invitation XI. At the time, the selectors did not name a replacement because they were hopeful that some of the injured lot would recover in time for the series.

Prasad was injured last month in a Test match against Pakistan in Sharjah. He pulled a quad muscle after bowling four overs in the first innings and was ruled out of the one-day series which followed. He made his comeback in Sri Lanka's domestic Premier Limited Over tournament on Wednesday, where he took 3 for 30 for Sinhalese Cricket Club. He also played in Saturday's final, although he had little success and finished with figures of 10-1-59-0.

Kulasekara had not played any cricket since October but returned to action this week. He played in the semi-final of the fifty-over domestic tournament and made an impressive return with 2 for 37 in seven overs for Colts Cricket Club against Nondescripts. Colts were knocked out of the competition, meaning Kulasekara did not have any other match practice.

Meanwhile, Angelo Mathews is expected to recover from a groin strain which kept him off the field during the Test match. Matthews left the field midway through the second day and went for an MRI scan, which revealed that the injury was not serious. He returned to field and batted on the third day and will have eight days to recover before the second Test, which starts on December 26, in Durban.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on December 20, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Highest Test averages against Australia since 1990 Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s Sachin Tendulkar 29 2748 56.08 10/ 11 VVS Laxman 24 2204 55.10 6/ 10 Virender Sehwag 15 1483 51.13 3/ 7 Brian Lara 31 2856 51.00 9/ 11 Kevin Pietersen 12 1116 50.72 2/ 7 Richie Richardson 14 1084 49.27 4/ 4 Graham Thorpe 16 1235 45.74 3/ 8 Shivnarine Chanderpaul 17 1303 44.93 4/

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    srilanka flat track bullies one amazing stat highest average against austalia in australia since 1990 sehwag 59.50,sachin58.53 laxman 54 rahul 48.60 kaliis 49 kallis 45 lara 41thats why these are great not sanga and jaya

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    prasanna babu indian cricketers have given us many good moments in autralia india won in durban this year series drawn might have won lasttest in 2008 india in australia won in perth baby and same series one day tournament india aus smashed lanka in 2007 won series in england in 2003 draw series in aus and in 2006 won test in durban durban and perth fastest pitch in next50 years srilanka will neva achieve this buddy

  • on December 20, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    mr dasun we neva complained for fast pitches india won in durban and perth m just saying india is far superior side ouside home than lanka and its true

  • Mino on December 19, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Well there is noting much to be said right now but I really do feel so sorry for our team for what there going through right now. It's not easy to go out there and be the best you can when you are going through so much (FYI- NO SALARIES!!!!) But there is just one thing I still don't understand.. Why is Chandimal not in the test team??? I mean Kushal Silva always gets picked ahead of him!!!! for how many more tours is Chandimal going to be the water boy?

  • Srini_Indian on December 19, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @stormy16: Going by your logic, why WI had so much great players since they don't have even 1 tenth of your population. How a country like NZ win the rugby world cup? How Switzerland can produce the greatest tennis player of all time? Size of the country doesn't matter, the passion for the game matters. We suffered a lot of criticism from SL fans when India were in England although SL haven't won anything outside home.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 19, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    @ Praveen Shavindra Muthuthanthri . For your Info- India won test matches in their last tour to SA (1-1) Australia (1-2 including infamous 2nd test!). And if you are talking about series, yes we are ye to win. But I just wonder how many of them SL won in SA, Aus? It is hard to believe that SL yet to win a test series in India, right???lol

  • Joby_George on December 19, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Can anyone tell me, has SL ever won a test match outside SL other than ZIM and NL? Not to hurt anyone, just to know the statics.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 19, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    @stormy16 . India do not have players of that age! LOL. 50 yrs of cricket doesn't make anything special.Your current players will decide the future of ur game. Look at WI, they were the Kings at one time and lost it due to current team. And do not talk about population as benchmark! In that case, China would have been no:1 in all sports...cricket, football, hockey. So you do not have any valid points. Population or number of years played is not an excuse for your pathetic performances. You can say you do not have the reserve bench strength, thats fair!

  • on December 19, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Looks like some Indian fans here always love to criticize Sri Lanka. Apoorv Pandey, dont think stats show everything clearly and dont forget how India lost all four tests against England even though you say you have fast pitches. If you say any bowler can bowl world class batsmen here in Sri Lankan pitches all the teams should lose to Sri Lanka. But good teams like Australia win here without any complaining.Next thing you will say India lost to England because those pitches were too fast. So dont start a conflict between two good friends for useless reasons. We as Sri Lankans enjoy the game no matter we lose or win, so let be it and let Sri Lanka and India be good friends as they are.

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Highest Test averages against Australia since 1990 Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s Sachin Tendulkar 29 2748 56.08 10/ 11 VVS Laxman 24 2204 55.10 6/ 10 Virender Sehwag 15 1483 51.13 3/ 7 Brian Lara 31 2856 51.00 9/ 11 Kevin Pietersen 12 1116 50.72 2/ 7 Richie Richardson 14 1084 49.27 4/ 4 Graham Thorpe 16 1235 45.74 3/ 8 Shivnarine Chanderpaul 17 1303 44.93 4/

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    srilanka flat track bullies one amazing stat highest average against austalia in australia since 1990 sehwag 59.50,sachin58.53 laxman 54 rahul 48.60 kaliis 49 kallis 45 lara 41thats why these are great not sanga and jaya

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    prasanna babu indian cricketers have given us many good moments in autralia india won in durban this year series drawn might have won lasttest in 2008 india in australia won in perth baby and same series one day tournament india aus smashed lanka in 2007 won series in england in 2003 draw series in aus and in 2006 won test in durban durban and perth fastest pitch in next50 years srilanka will neva achieve this buddy

  • on December 20, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    mr dasun we neva complained for fast pitches india won in durban and perth m just saying india is far superior side ouside home than lanka and its true

  • Mino on December 19, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Well there is noting much to be said right now but I really do feel so sorry for our team for what there going through right now. It's not easy to go out there and be the best you can when you are going through so much (FYI- NO SALARIES!!!!) But there is just one thing I still don't understand.. Why is Chandimal not in the test team??? I mean Kushal Silva always gets picked ahead of him!!!! for how many more tours is Chandimal going to be the water boy?

  • Srini_Indian on December 19, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @stormy16: Going by your logic, why WI had so much great players since they don't have even 1 tenth of your population. How a country like NZ win the rugby world cup? How Switzerland can produce the greatest tennis player of all time? Size of the country doesn't matter, the passion for the game matters. We suffered a lot of criticism from SL fans when India were in England although SL haven't won anything outside home.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 19, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    @ Praveen Shavindra Muthuthanthri . For your Info- India won test matches in their last tour to SA (1-1) Australia (1-2 including infamous 2nd test!). And if you are talking about series, yes we are ye to win. But I just wonder how many of them SL won in SA, Aus? It is hard to believe that SL yet to win a test series in India, right???lol

  • Joby_George on December 19, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Can anyone tell me, has SL ever won a test match outside SL other than ZIM and NL? Not to hurt anyone, just to know the statics.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 19, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    @stormy16 . India do not have players of that age! LOL. 50 yrs of cricket doesn't make anything special.Your current players will decide the future of ur game. Look at WI, they were the Kings at one time and lost it due to current team. And do not talk about population as benchmark! In that case, China would have been no:1 in all sports...cricket, football, hockey. So you do not have any valid points. Population or number of years played is not an excuse for your pathetic performances. You can say you do not have the reserve bench strength, thats fair!

  • on December 19, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Looks like some Indian fans here always love to criticize Sri Lanka. Apoorv Pandey, dont think stats show everything clearly and dont forget how India lost all four tests against England even though you say you have fast pitches. If you say any bowler can bowl world class batsmen here in Sri Lankan pitches all the teams should lose to Sri Lanka. But good teams like Australia win here without any complaining.Next thing you will say India lost to England because those pitches were too fast. So dont start a conflict between two good friends for useless reasons. We as Sri Lankans enjoy the game no matter we lose or win, so let be it and let Sri Lanka and India be good friends as they are.

  • on December 19, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey...lets see how the mighty Indians would go against the Aussies..fingers cross they'd get spanked!!

  • stormy16 on December 19, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    @ Indian supporters who are going out of the way to prove SL is not good and the Indian batting order is the best. India have over 1 billion people to chose from (SL has 25M!!!) and have been playing test cricket for over 50 years when SL go test status. It's also financially better off than SL - the law of averages suggests India should be miles ahead and there would be no need for these debates. Presume you guys are going out of your way to discredit the SL team is because you are not!! I see all sorts of stats on SL being flat track bullies - I think its a reasonably fair call but how many tests has Sanga or Mahela played in Aus or SA? How many SL's play country cricket- dont be obsessed with stats alone - its not the full picture and can we focus on the game and article.

  • KelvinLTR on December 19, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    maharoof should play as a batsman?? say that to Chandimal!!

  • nishardfazna on December 19, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Both Kulasekara and presad are bowlers its good that kulasekara is back but he cannot make a big differnce in the team becose sl are currently struggling with their batting. sl need to change the batting order. i think dilshan should come at no.6 maharoof will b a good replacement foe mathews. aharoof performe well in the rason domestick atches. maharoof should play as a batsman. and kaushal silva should replace chandimal

  • Rave1 on December 19, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    In my view Prasad will stand a greater chance than Kulasekara on South African wickets..hes quite nippy and hurries the batsmen whereas Kulasekara bowls at a very mild pace with descent swing which is not going to be enough to take wickets for us..badly need to improve our batting game..think the top order should learn from their mistakes done in the last game and get adjusted to playing in the seaming/bouncy tracks..think they would be better off playing a patient game by leaving good deliveries outside the off stump rather than playing the so called 'our brand of cricket' which sounds all too vague and ineffective..

  • on December 19, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    If Kulasekara is at his lifetime best SA will have a Philander bowling at them ha ha.

  • satish619chandar on December 19, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Kula deserves to be in the squad as a default choice itself.. He swung the ball superbly against Aussies in the ODI and unless he was injured, he could well have been a default choice as per me.. Good controlled swing bowler he is.. I wtill dont know what happened to Thilan Tushara.. They both(Kula akd Thilan) were forming a awesome combo bowling together in tests.. Suddenly they were out of test squad.. Pathetic really..

  • on December 19, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @manjulad , spot on Brother you are absolutely corrcet,

  • IndiaNeedsBowlers on December 19, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Well my take: 1. SL does have a young less experienced bowling attack. So difficult to expect too much from them. 2. However they do have world class batsmen like Sangakarra and Jaywardena. If they can't bat 90 overs in 2 innnings, why blame bowlers. 3. I remember Sanga (and I respect his views a lot) making a statement that SL don't get chances to play outside sub continent a lot. Now here's a great chance. Two tours outside subcontinent in the same year. 4. I must also add that the SL team did show a lot of fight in the England tour. Hopefully they'll learn quickly and show some fight in SA as well. They are not expected to win, but at least they can show a strong fight.

  • Felix1025 on December 19, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I really like Manjulad's comments. Kulasekara and Thissara are not up to test stds'. Dilhara should open bowling. Prasad should play. Isn't Mirando fit yet? I read him playing for domestic! Tharanga Lakshitha....Hope someone will take care of Nuwan Pradeep and Shaminda Eranga. They are really important in the long run. Encourage Dilhara. Bring Roy Dias as batting coach. Marwan may be good but he does not have respect..

  • ats78 on December 19, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @Ameega.. I think the loss at the World Cup final to India is still hurting, haunting them. In your wildest dream Srilanka would not even win a single match forget about whitewash, for India yes there was a rare failure but please think positive for other countries and the same will surely happen to Srilanka, only and only if you have a positive attitude. No offense meant.

  • burner1985 on December 19, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Batting is suffering and they are bringing in more bowlers. What a joke. Dilshan should be captain of a circus team not SL. Dilshan brought himself on to bowl when Dilhara had Kallis was in so much trouble. Dilshan has commen sense of a fly. Give JK a chance, how can you blam his batting when the rest of the so called experienced players can hardly get into double digits. And someone please remind Dilshan that the next match is also a test match and not a T20 with two innings.

  • on December 19, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    @praveen:ok india took decades to win a test in oz.srilanka is also playing cricket since decades,no of tests they win in oz-o,india-0,sa-0.

  • anver777 on December 19, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    SL team has to overcome this continuous failures in matches & try to win the heart of fans all over again....specially SL fans !!!!!

  • MH19 on December 19, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    We are down at the moment there is no questions about it.After Murali left side has virtually slipped 100 to zero.We are in the same league as Zimbabwe or Bangladesh in test cricket at the moment and the recent performances clearly evident of the down fall.The bottom line is will think we are rebuilding and its better to take time to start getting to winning ways. Now blood the yougsters if not the mission will be not acomplished.Dilshan will get the chop after this tour as captain but a good player.Its time we look at replacements for Dilshan Jayawardane and Sanga.Time is running out now selectors.

  • on December 19, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    wjeipb look wat i am talking is good for lanka dont look at india in this decades they have done far better outside than lanka series win in 2007 england 2002 drawn 2003 draws series in aus and 2008 winning in pert 2006 drawn series in sa and 2011 won in durban fatsesttrack one off england tour happens and mainly injuries but lankaeverytour islyk that instead of comparing with india lanka should l;ook at themselves india is ateam with serieswon in england wonin pert durban atleast they are winning test matches outside competing well so lanka should look agtthemselves good for crcket we also want tosee lanka todowell but dont compare to india because they are miles away in achievementss

  • on December 19, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    mr parveen india took decade to winbut in thisdecade atlest they won series in england 2007 drawn in2002 drawn in austrlai 2003 and 2007 also won in perth only country after many years in 2006 drwan in sa in 2011 drawn in sa and won in fastest pitch durban does srilanka have these achievements noand will never be instead of looking at india do something lanka india have improved a lot and achieved a lot in this decade only this england tour was a one off because of injury but forlanka every tour ishumiliation and now they are even losing in sa

  • manjulad on December 19, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    Here's my prediction: They will drop Dilhara and bring Kula in as an 'all rounder'!

    Here's what's going to happen: Kula will bowl military medium and Smith will hammer him all day. He will then come to bat & like Kaushal (aweful batting, awful keeping), will not be able to lay bat on ball!

    Here's what SL need to do to compete: a) Change captain - The big selector (you know who!) should get down on all 4's and beg Mahela to come back, b) - Drop Dilshan down the order, c) Until Prasanna is fit, get Sanga to keep, d) Get Dilhara to open the bowling

    In the long run: a) Drop bowling coach - he's useless. He cannot see basic technical errors in our bowlers. b) Drop batting coach - sorry Marvan, somehow since you took over we haven't had a SINGLE decent test innings. c) Drop physio - Why are our guys getting injured so frequently? When Alex was in charge, we had a fitter set of players with a lot less injuries.

    Let's hope for the best, good luck SL!

  • Ameega on December 18, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Pathetic performance by SLs. Having said that, we all know that they did not go to SA to whitewash them. (We remember some teams went to whitewash the opponents, but returned being whitewashed.). Regardless whoever they support, fans enjoyed the nail biting NZ-Aus 2nd Test. Same applies to the recent Aus-SA series. If someone really loves watching good cricket (than hating a particular team), just pray for a better competition from SL, rather than a white wash against them.

  • on December 18, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    I don't understand why JK Silva is playing ahead of Chandimal. SL will have 2 choices with the batting line up. They can either play him to bat at No 3/4 (with Sanga keeping and batting at 6/7) or he keeps and bats at 7. It's that simple. Also Dilhara needs to lead the bowling attack and take the new ball. Not sure why he is bowling first change. I don't think Dilshan handled the bowling cjhanges very well on day 2 especially whel Dilhara had Kallis in all sorts of trouble. I would also think about leaving Para out and bringing in Thirimanne. I think Thirimanne is a more positive bat than Para and with abetter defence. On the bowling front it would be good if Malinga agreed to play at lease 1 test. With all these bowling injuries we should be calling up Vaasy !

  • on December 18, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Sri Lankan batsmen, including Mahela and Sanga should use their feet. They are just groping from around the crease and edge balls that could be left. This is a lack of concentration and determination on their part. Someone toss some balls up to these guys in the nets so they learn to use their feet again. Go back to basics.

  • rushan811 on December 18, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    kulasekara ok,y prasad.y this selectors dont consider about an all rounder and experienced guy of rainbow nation soil.

  • on December 18, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Pradeep, its not about supporting or not supporting. India, Pak and Bangladesh pitches are mostly same but Srilankan pitches are unique in the world. They are too slow, any average SRL domestic slow bowler is able to stop any world class batsman there. These kind of pitces never helps a team growo

  • KingOwl on December 18, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Praveen - there are lots of Indians who support SL. In fact the majority does. But then, there are quite a lot with chips on their shoulders too - you can find them contributing to these sites regularly! But they do not reflect true sentiment among Indian fans.

  • on December 18, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    cricket is not one person game. team sprit need. each and every team facing bad time. not only for sri lankan team , even australians also faced dificult situation.dont forget sri lanka are fighting team.good luck and god bless my national team

  • on December 18, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    really saddens looking how some indians have become anti-indian, i remember we used to support india whenever they played any team outside sub continent..

  • on December 18, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    @ HDISRA: You dont know what you talking about, your same bowlers couldn't do a thing on the same pitch. Vernon is in a class of his own, he overshadowed everyone AGAIN. Did it against the AUSSIES TWICE!

    SL is a weak team, easy win for RSA

  • on December 18, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey...really? why dont you talk about india's 4-0 whitewash in england...ur great batsman sehwag maknig multiple ducks, sachin total failure in swinging condition, laxman no clue... India took decades to win a test let alone in aus, sa, etc

  • Wijeipb on December 18, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Hi Pandey What happened to India in Englang and to Engand in India. It happens to every team in the journey but ofcourse no execuses. Sri Lanka will come back shortly. Wait and see. Critics are good if positive only. Look boy, what is happening to Sachin. There is no doubt he is one of the greatest player but he is strugling at his 100th century. That does not meen he is useless guy. Make your self bit resonable at critics boy.

  • r1m2 on December 18, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Ooh Kulasekara, Prasad, SAfrican batsmen are now shaking in their boots...

    Kulasekara comes from the McGrath school of bowling philosophy of doing "just enough". He bowls just fast enough to not be called a slow bowler. He bowls just fast enough, so that, in super slomo, it takes the ball only days to travel to the other end. Kula knows how to swing it like the best of them, such legends of the game as Khaled Mahmud, Bryan Strang so on.

    Prasad on the other hand comes from the Akhter school of bowling philosophy of huffing and puffing his way to the crease, to unleash a ball, that leaves the batsmen breathless, and himself injured. Prasad's bowling is guaranteed to cause discomfort to the opposiition batsman. The batsman, will be in two minds, of whether to play him like an express bowler or a just fast enough bowler. In the end they will be won over by Prasad's sweet smile while the ball crashes into their stumps. Last thing they will see before heading off is Prasad down and out.

  • on December 18, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Sri lanka cricket is at a rebuilding stage...but this defeat is not an excuse...however I don't understand this hate of the Indians towards Sri lankans. we have a good batting line with mahela and sanga providing a good back bone...it just have to come together..cricket is a team game... bowling wise we realy miss malinga...but there has to be someone...kulasekara might be helpfull in these green tracks...even dhammika prasad...shud sri lanka have 2 spinners in the side? will ajantha mendis make an impact? andlastly why the HELL dnt the select chandimal? is he a bad keeper? bcz his batting is not questionable...

  • rahulcricket007 on December 18, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    SL NEED MALINGA BACK IN THEIR TEAM.

  • on December 18, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Dilshan is a not good leader!..i know its too early to say!...but his body languages speaks for him!...most important he is not leading from the front very well!..as opener he needs to be there atleast 20plus over!...but he fails make 20runs also!...i am not getting y they are not going with specialist bolwer or batsman!..i mean they should have 6 specialist bastman who can bat 50 overs!...and four bowlers who can bowl atleast 20 overs and can pick up 20 wickets in the match!...with one good weeketkeeper!...things are different with Srilanka!...change the leadership!..leader should be responsible leader, not like DILSHAN who can throw his wicket like CHILD!...Srilanka MUST THINK on it!

  • khiladisher on December 18, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    @ SRI LANKA BATTING HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY POOR AND IN THIS SERIES IT HAS TOUCHED THE BOTTOM-TRUST THE SRI LANKAN SELECTORS TO PICK BOWLERS WHEN THE BATTING IS AT ITS WORST.ONCE MURALI RETIRED IT WAS A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE SRI LANKA CRICKET HIT ROCK BOTTOM- WITH PLAYERS LIKE SANGA AND MAHELA{WHO HAVE ALWAYS PERFORMED VERY POORLY-MAHELA LOOKS LIKE THE MOST ODD PLAYER IN THE LIST OF BATSMEN WHO HAVE MADE THE DOUBLE OF 10000 RUNS IN TESTS AND ONE -DAYS{90% OF MAHELA RUNS HAVE COME FROM SRI LANKAN PITCHES.}.HIGH TIME SRI LANKAN SELECTORS DROP SANGA AND MAHELA AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST DILSHAN.

  • on December 18, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    no 1 batsmen sanga flop flattrack bully innings defeat durban next fastest pitch india won their this year sachin hundred again jayawadene is nothing to talk third class scores only in lanka arvinda was greatest player luved the wayhe bat

  • on December 18, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    no 1 batsmen sanga flop flattrack bully innings defeat durban next fastest pitch india won their this year sachin hundred again jayawadene is nothing to talk third class scores only in lanka arvinda was greatest player luved the wayhe bat

  • on December 18, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    est performers in ODI tournament finals (Qual: 750 runs) Batsman Matches Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s Gary Kirsten 20 1019 67.93 74.16 3/ 7 Viv Richards 18 836 55.73 84.78 1/ 9 Sachin Tendulkar 39 1833 55.54 87.41 6/ 10 Matthew Hayden 17 760 50.66 73.14 1/ 6 Dean Jones 30 1064 48.36 73.12 1/ 8 Aravinda de Silva 24 930 44.28 88.06 2/ 6 Sanath Jayasuriya 39 1613 42.44 98.35 2/ 13 Marvan Atapattu 26 969 40.37 70.01 2/

  • on December 18, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Highest Test averages against Australia since 1990 Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s Sachin Tendulkar 29 2748 56.08 10/ 11 VVS Laxman 24 2204 55.10 6/ 10 Virender Sehwag 15 1483 51.13 3/ 7 Brian Lara 31 2856 51.00 9/ 11 Kevin Pietersen 12 1116 50.72 2/ 7 Richie Richardson 14 1084 49.27 4/ 4 Graham Thorpe 16 1235 45.74 3/ 8 Shivnarine Chanderpaul 17 1303 44.93 4/

  • on December 18, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    srilanka flat track bullies one amazing stat highest average against austalia in australia since 1990 sehwag 59.50,sachin58.53 laxman 54 rahul 48.60 kaliis 49 kallis 45 lara 41thats why these are great not sanga and jaya

  • on December 18, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    stats this year india drew against sa won in fastest pitch durban in 2008 won in pert in 2007 won series in england in 2000 to 2010 india is far better traveller than lanka no comparison in 2008 triangular series australia srilanka smashed by india australia india won that tournament victories by india in pert durban and drawn series inaustralia sa and win in england 2007 are dreams for srilanka this decade india only this england tour was bad and that was due toinjuries but srilanka every tour is humiliation go check stats before comparing to india huhh looking at india always if srilanka has done something for themselves they should have achieved wat india did

  • longlivewoodoo on December 18, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Whatever change u make, SL just cann't win. I don't understand that it's their batsman , who fails regularly but changes are made only in bowling.

  • on December 18, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    why dont SL use Michael Vandort as Openning batman.bcoz he is a good openning batman.He can stay & build the inning....

  • boris6491 on December 18, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I feel so disappointed with SL cricket, they are by no means a bad cricket side but they just cannot seem to get it together. They rely solely on Sangakkara and Jayawardene (with Dilshan being horribly out of touch) whilst the rest of the batting just flounders. Even Mathews, who looked the part in a couple of tests before this has really struggled. I can definitely to an extent excuse the bowling, it is a young and inexperienced attack facing up to an extremely strong South African outfit. However, the batting has a good mix of experience and youth and whilst the bowlers have bowled with some heart and at times some venom (Fernando for instance), the batsmen have looked toothless. They're a better team than this, I would never have expected them to win against SA in SA but I definitely expect a better fight beginning from the second test.

  • on December 18, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    SL looks like a ship without sails. we need a new captain, new board president, new bowling coach. Champaka Ramanayake has done little with resources he had - Romesh Ratnayake should join him. our bowlers don't have any aggression. Herath shouldnt be playing. In future likes of Banuka Rajapakshe, Sachithra Pathirana should come to the ranks.

  • Slesh on December 18, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Why the hell are we so afraid of these South african bowlers?? true, they are good bowlers.but if you look at Rangana and Thisara about how they hammerd SA bowlers even for a short period in our second innings, it shouldn't be that much hard to face them.we are just afraid.thats the point.why can't we play positive?even when we try to play a aggressive shot,its come out with a doubt.but why?if you look at Philander he is not that great bowler as they talk about.when he came to SL for a first class match he was hammerd by our A team players.he was no way.he takes wickets just because these tracks suits for him.nothing else! We should select the best players in form and play to their potential without thinking who is the oposition.My team for next match 1.Para 2.Tharanga 3.Thilan 4.Mahela 5.Sanga 6.Dilshan 7.Matthews 8.Thisara 9.Prasad 10.Wele 11.Mendis

  • Herath-UK on December 18, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    I'm sure Prasad will break down again in mid match;if no Eranga should have tried a new rookie from the young squads who is promising.Million dollar question is if Mathew/or other batsman get injured who is earmarked by Duleep Mendis to replace him-answer is simple ,his Moratuwa & sebastians mate Chamara Silva! Ranil Herath -Kent

  • bapiojah on December 18, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    not sure how bringing kulasekara and prasad will solve SL's woes...until they solve their batting problem... Until and unless SL are able to post decent score on the board,...this series is going to be complete disaster for SL..no matter how many pace bowlers they summon...

  • stormy16 on December 18, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    There is something fundemenatlly wrong with the SL seam bowling unit. That was possibly the best pitch for them to bowl on SA still got 400+. I can get past the seam attach being poor on SL wickets but not on a green top with inconsistent bounce. Its time to change to fast bowling coach as he has been with the team for a long time and produced nothing. SL will never produce a Steyn or Morkel but look at Philander. He bowls in the mid 130's but its his control that is to class - not pace or bouce. The SL's bowled all over the place on that wicket and same happend in Eng when the conditions were favorable. SL can recall who they want but if none of them know how to bowl its of little use. What was required on this wicket was a steady line and lenght and a good presentation of the seam - the wicket would have done the rest as is it did for Philander. SL bowled too wide, too short and failed to get the basics right and coach is solely to blame for that.

  • yorkslanka on December 18, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    my team for the next test: 1. Para 2. Tharanga 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Dilshan 6 Chandimal (wk) 7. Samaraweera 8.Thissara 9. Herath 10.Welagedara 11. Dilhara the reasons are, strenth to our poor batting line up from tharanga and try and stop the early collapses , seam from Thissara , a Keeper who can bat as well as keep in Chandimal. Our selectors being what they are, will probably add five bowlers and weaken the batting further...cric, pls publish

  • Samar_Singh on December 18, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Without Murali and Vaas , SL is not a test team to put money on ... 20 wickets is not a joke to win test matches ... SL have just 2 class test players in the name of Sanga and Mahela ...

  • alexcender on December 18, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    dishan is not recover from his poor batting performance, what he is doing now? and later he is blameing to top order failed, when he recover?its doubt, even fail as captain has to show quality as batsman...?who will answer these questions.....nwo sri lankan team going reverse record under dishan's captancy...back to back 4th series going to be loose,better to resigned from captancy and performance ur batting parts...its better 4u,if not u will no way in the team also, good luck 4the rest of the series....

  • caromball on December 18, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Where is the left arm fast bowler THILAN THUSHARA.I dont understand why he was overlooked.Thusahara can be do something diffeernce in this situation to bring some relief to Sri Lanka.

  • chawir on December 18, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Currently there is no doubt that SA is a far superior side to SL. The innings defeat reflects the fact that Kumar didnt score any runs. If he did SL would have still lost but played into the 4th day and maybe the 5th. This is a fair reflection of SL cricket since Dilshan took over.

    There is disharmony and bitterness in the side for various reasons (Not paid, IPL conmitments, Captaincy handed to Dilshan, Marsh non being influential, etc.). I cant fault the guys for trying. There are giving as much as they have but seem not to have a gameplan. There is no doubt that mahela reads the game best and Kumar is the motivator of the team so Dilshan being captain makes no sense.

    My boxing day batting lineup - Para,Thilan,Kumar,Chandimal,Mahela,Dilshan,Angelo,Nuwan,Herat,Dilhara,Wela. If the pitch isnt green (unlikely) then Ajantha would replace Nuwan or Wela.

    This test will also be lost baring rain as SA are a very good side but if SL play to potential it will be close.

  • satanswish on December 18, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    What this mediocre addition gonna do any trick for this mediocre team. They lost first test in 3 days, other tests will be lost in a couple of days now. I wonder how this weak team Srilanka is ranked ahead of Australia in test rankings. Since Chucker magic era is over they are struggling win on homesoil either.

  • on December 18, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    bring back ajantha mendis..ranagana herath cant win matches for us

  • SLsupport on December 18, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    @Sampath We cant push a player like kaushal who was on the bench for long long long time.We have to give him a chance.

  • kothumalli11 on December 17, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Even they bring in all these batsmen friendly bowlers, the results will be the same. SL teams quality of cricket is so poor and below substandard. It will be a morale booster for them if they could hang out till 4th day lunch time play in Durban (with the help of SA batters long 1st innings or weather interruptions). Mahela has to come out with something very special in his next column what went right in Centurion test (from totally everything went wrong for them).

  • on December 17, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    If Sri Lankan team continue with this performance,Bangaladesh will win agaist them.Mr.Dilshan ,you have to perform as a batsman.If display like this,you will loose the captaincy as well as the place in the team.Dear Selectors please start select the players on current form.Mr.Duleep Mendis why are you continuesly ignoring Upul Tharanga from test cricket.Do u watch the one day matches.He is the man who keep one end safly.All bats are failling.Dinesh chandimal is still in the bench.Dear tour selecting team, Kaushal Silvas is droping catches and failing with the bat.What is u r justification for selecting him ahead of Chandimal in next match.If mathews is not fit,I suggest Chandimal to Open the Para and move dilshan to bat at no6.Nuwan Kule will be handiy for SA conditions.My team.1.Para2Chandi 3Sanga 4Mahela 5Tilan 6Dilshan 7 kule 8 Thisara 9 Hearath 10Dilhara 11Wela/mendis

  • ARad on December 17, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    Bowlers win Test matches. Without Murali (and Vaas and Malinga to a lesser extent), Sri Lanka is at the level of New Zealand and West Indies.

  • on December 17, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Ha ha.. Not gonna change it anyways.. Its a day dream for Srilanka to bring someone and win for them.. Last time they did this was on the WC final 2011 and got severe hammering. Damiika is nippy but leaks runs so as Kulasekara who is a hit me bowler.. Good Luck folks.. DIlshan the worst captain ever..

  • yorkslanka on December 17, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Congrats to SA on a deserved win.philander is special.our batting was poor.we need eranga in the squad but also prasanna jayawardena to bolster the batting.we were beaten by the better team,no excuses from me

  • drnaveed on December 17, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    i am afraid ,dishan will not only loose his captaincy but also his place in the side.....

  • on December 17, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    this is will not work try to find another eranga why cant at least try to find from east or northern area i heard there lot of talented players but due to area they are not give national side chance but as sri lankan we need good cricket not like first test today try to find soon we are good nation to produce good natural talented players.

  • ratedstfu44 on December 17, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    plsss.... I WANT SHAMINDA ERANGA in to the squad ...they could useful more than MORKEL

  • Lord.emsworth on December 17, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    These 2 inclusions wont help!. SL needs new, fresh, faces and an inspiring new captain from heaven knows where! (Sorry Mathews, you aint it!) I suppose Mahela J will now write a 'silky' chronicle and say SL have to 'Put this defeat behind us' or some other excuse like he usually & predictably does. No hard feelings dear Mahela, but put a sock in it pleeeeez!

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 17, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    SL will be demolished by SA. SL look average and like minnows. They are over dependent on Mahela and Sangakkara. If one or both of them fail... the rest collapse like a house of cards. Dilshan is UNFIT to be captain. He shouldn't even be playing test cricket in my opinion. Looks like SL cricket is doomed. Some of the replacement players.. especially the batsmen look average. The bowlers did a good job in this test only to be let down by the batters. SA should whitewash SL 3-0. It's sad but true.

  • saforever on December 17, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    hopefully that inclusion will give some competition to sa. i have been waiting for this since 9 years. welcome to the south african soil . hopefully u liked it

  • Sinhaya on December 17, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    The body language of the Lankan players looked very very negative. No batsman appeared determined to stay long in the middle. Well still can draw inspiration from how Pakistan fought to win the 3rd test in England last year after being 2-0 down. Hope the next 8 days can be used to seriously recover. Hope for the best, thats all.

  • sppradeep on December 17, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    changes i'd like to see for the next test match - mendis in for herath, dhammika in for chanaka, chandimal in for k.silva, mahela to open the innings and dilshan to drop to four. even with all these changes done, realistically if SL could compete for 5 days that would be a victory for the team :)

  • jimbond on December 17, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    After Murali and Vaas' retirement, Kulasekhara is the only SL bowler with some teeth. Adding him to the squad would be very useful. He would be a better all round option than either Mathews or Pereira, because he is fully competent in one thing- bowling, and whatever he contributes with the bat is a bonus. He is not express pace, but then, even Philander is not particularly fast.

  • siri1234 on December 17, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    wat will kulasekara n prasad will do wen we have the worst captain of srilanka aka tillakratne dilshan.seriously we need to change our skipper immediately and hand over to angelo becoz he cant produce any more bad result for us rather he will have more time to learn about it.i dont know wen the foolish board will realize this

  • Vernacular_Press on December 17, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    No bowler can save SL. bcoz batsmen are expected to fire. Unless Sanga or Mahela click its very tough.

  • vallavarayar on December 17, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    SL has no hope of even a draw, unless of course they ask Murali and Malinga to come back for the tests. Even then, there is no real hope because it's the batsmen who have been exposed by the quality bowlers. It's an open secret now, the Sri Lankan batting has just one or two international level players. The rest just make up the numbers. At least the bowlers, who are mediocre to begin with, have been able to perform as expected.

  • on December 17, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    nuwan kulasekara is not a batsman,

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  • on December 17, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    nuwan kulasekara is not a batsman,

  • vallavarayar on December 17, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    SL has no hope of even a draw, unless of course they ask Murali and Malinga to come back for the tests. Even then, there is no real hope because it's the batsmen who have been exposed by the quality bowlers. It's an open secret now, the Sri Lankan batting has just one or two international level players. The rest just make up the numbers. At least the bowlers, who are mediocre to begin with, have been able to perform as expected.

  • Vernacular_Press on December 17, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    No bowler can save SL. bcoz batsmen are expected to fire. Unless Sanga or Mahela click its very tough.

  • siri1234 on December 17, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    wat will kulasekara n prasad will do wen we have the worst captain of srilanka aka tillakratne dilshan.seriously we need to change our skipper immediately and hand over to angelo becoz he cant produce any more bad result for us rather he will have more time to learn about it.i dont know wen the foolish board will realize this

  • jimbond on December 17, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    After Murali and Vaas' retirement, Kulasekhara is the only SL bowler with some teeth. Adding him to the squad would be very useful. He would be a better all round option than either Mathews or Pereira, because he is fully competent in one thing- bowling, and whatever he contributes with the bat is a bonus. He is not express pace, but then, even Philander is not particularly fast.

  • sppradeep on December 17, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    changes i'd like to see for the next test match - mendis in for herath, dhammika in for chanaka, chandimal in for k.silva, mahela to open the innings and dilshan to drop to four. even with all these changes done, realistically if SL could compete for 5 days that would be a victory for the team :)

  • Sinhaya on December 17, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    The body language of the Lankan players looked very very negative. No batsman appeared determined to stay long in the middle. Well still can draw inspiration from how Pakistan fought to win the 3rd test in England last year after being 2-0 down. Hope the next 8 days can be used to seriously recover. Hope for the best, thats all.

  • saforever on December 17, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    hopefully that inclusion will give some competition to sa. i have been waiting for this since 9 years. welcome to the south african soil . hopefully u liked it

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 17, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    SL will be demolished by SA. SL look average and like minnows. They are over dependent on Mahela and Sangakkara. If one or both of them fail... the rest collapse like a house of cards. Dilshan is UNFIT to be captain. He shouldn't even be playing test cricket in my opinion. Looks like SL cricket is doomed. Some of the replacement players.. especially the batsmen look average. The bowlers did a good job in this test only to be let down by the batters. SA should whitewash SL 3-0. It's sad but true.

  • Lord.emsworth on December 17, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    These 2 inclusions wont help!. SL needs new, fresh, faces and an inspiring new captain from heaven knows where! (Sorry Mathews, you aint it!) I suppose Mahela J will now write a 'silky' chronicle and say SL have to 'Put this defeat behind us' or some other excuse like he usually & predictably does. No hard feelings dear Mahela, but put a sock in it pleeeeez!