Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12

Senanayake replaces injured Mendis

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 14, 2012

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Sachithra Senanayake scalped eight wickets in a dream spell, Australia A v Sri Lanka A
Sachithra Senanayake has an impressive first-class and List A record © Getty Images
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Offspinner Sachithra Senanayake will replace the injured Ajantha Mendis in Sri Lanka's squad for the remainder of the ODI series in South Africa. Mendis had a recurrence of his back problem ahead of the second match in East London.

"Ajantha Mendis will return to Sri Lanka from South Africa due to injury and will not be available for the remainder of the series. Sachitra Senanayaka will leave for South Africa immediately," Sri Lanka Cricket said.

Senanayake, 26, has been playing on Sri Lanka's domestic circuit for more than five years. He has represented Ruhuna and Sinhalese Sports Club, and picked up 297 wickets in 59 games at an average of 20.50 in the first-class format. In List A cricket, he has 107 wickets in 66 matches at 18.73.

In Tier A of the Premier League Tournament, Sri Lanka's first-class competition, Senanayake was the fourth-highest wicket-taker last year, with 45 in eight matches at 15.17. He topped the wicket charts in the Premier Limited Over Tournament, the domestic List A competition, taking 16 wickets in six matches at 11.18.

Senanayake is likely to be available for the third ODI on January 17.

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Posted by Australian0007 on (January 17, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Senanayake is the best rightarm offspiner we have, he should play both Tests & ODIs, but stupid selectors cant understand it. SL best batsman (Samarweera) out of the team, best spinner brought only as replacement, the worst-brain senior player appointed as the captain. Dulip mendis should go now

Posted by Prema1948 on (January 16, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

He is another spinner similar to Ajantha who has forced his way into the Team, being always among the top five bowlers in the list of wicket takers in the Domestic circuit. though the selectors (2 long standing selectors ) have totally ignored him for last 6 long years. He should have been included in last the WC Team together with Chandimal, Angelo Perera & Bhanuka.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

It's a welcome change by the selectors to bring in form players instead of banking on out of form and injury prone players.Hopefully he will get a game or two instead of sitting it out in the benches.

Posted by Prem2248 on (January 16, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

SACHITHRA who was called to replace Ajantha, should have been in the Team very much earlier than this for his consistent performances in the Domestic scene since 2006. MALINDA PUSHPAKUMARA (a top grade left-arm spinner with a 1st Class Bow. Ave of 18+) , UMESH KARUNARATHNA (theBest Schoolboy Cricketer 2008 anAll-Rounder a consistent Performer at Domestic Level 1st Class Bow. Ave of 17+) ANGELO PERERA (theBest Schoolboy batsman 2009,Highest Run getter in the U23 tournaments , The Best Batsman at the SAARC T/20 Tournament though he has always been sent to bat at no 7-8 positions by the NCC management where Sangkkara is a member in order supress this quality batter being performing but he still managed to maintain a 1st Class Bat Ave around 40) BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHA (1st Class Bat Ave 51 theBest Schoolboy Cricketer 2010&2011 and one of the 3 best batsmen in the Youth WC 2010). All these players are good enough to replace all aging under performing seniors in the Team.

Posted by Inaz on (January 16, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Since last year I have seen so many comments to bring in Satchithra.. Finally

Posted by   on (January 16, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

this is a very good move!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

yup......... finally he gotta chance!!!! great!!! another great Anandian.......... all the best!!!!! we expect something special...... it is great to see if he can cover the vacuum emerged after Murali!!!! @iftikhar93......... Dilruwan Perara & Jeevan Mendis they are all-rounders, other spinners got wickets in different conditions, but the thing is SLC needs someone consistent in Murali's place. Recently Ajantha Mendis also had some injuries. So this is not something ridiculous or funny!!! cuz, still this is d testing period............

Posted by ikmal--syd on (January 15, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

god bless the selectors for finally picking quality and not chamaras and mendises.

Posted by miles100 on (January 15, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

If SLU19 team plays against any SLclub team,u19 might pose a threat to them as long as the internationally experienced SLplayers are not representing these clubs.Point is SLclub standards are poor.today they are bringing these spinners based on many wasted years of club or A team performances.Good ones like Arjuna,Aravinda,Sana,Kalu,Mehela,Sanga,Dilshan,Thilan,Gura,Murali,Vaas,Dinesh,Angi,Malinga came at young age.Even Ajantha came at 22/23,Randhiv at 23.If you bring a bowler after age 24/25yrs,there is a high chance that they struggle to perform well at the international level,as they come from a poor club system.Our recent unsuccessful selection choices explains this.They must identify talents by age 17/18/19 at school level & play them in these clubs or Ateam for a season or 2 than playing them in these weak clubs for 5/6 years til they become old.90% of the successful players came to the SL side before age 22/23/24.Yes,Aussie club System is good at bringing old players after age25.

Posted by LalTM on (January 15, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

SLC selectors yet again have shown that they are only a bunch of jokers! Why did they include half fit and underperforming Ajantha Mendis in the squad? Apart from his very impressive early days, Ajantha Mendis has been struggling with his performance over the last couple of years. His fielding has always been below average and shouldn't have been considered at all for this tour. Suraj Randiv who was only a member of the squad for Pakistan series in UAE should have been the right choice. Randiv can bat and proves to be a very good fielder too. I would consider that tall off-spinner, Randiv could have been very effective on spongy bouncing wickets in South Africa. Let us see how inexperience Senanayake will fit into this underperforming setup.

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