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

Kulasekara, Prasad added to SL squad

Firdose Moonda at SuperSport Park

December 17, 2011

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Nuwan Kulasekara made 34 and was the last man out, Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st ODI, Pallekele, August 10, 2011
Nuwan Kulasekara could feature in the Boxing Day Test at Durban © AFP
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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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Posted by   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/

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by 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?

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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.

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