Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12

Senanayake replaces injured Mendis

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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.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

well done schithra..as a batch mate of u, realy proud of this news..well deserving call up..all the best buddy..

Posted by chandau on (January 15, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

@ iftikhar93 : U R right and wrong at the same time. Wrong becoz apart from Prasanna ans Sachithre, the rest of spinners have been in the fold for few years now. Right becoz u have a valid point about longivity of spinners; a bit like the OZ selection policy. The issue is gap between domestic cricket and Internationals. Some of the guys who have been selected performed not just in one but a few years in club cricket. Alas when brought into the real arena they tend to fail. Herath now seems to be the main man; who will support him is the question. One needs to understand the team mix as well; of the 15 pool only 2 are spinners; with Sanath in the side for a long time we rarely looked at Herath or another leggy for that matter. Now that both Murali and Sana are gone there is a big gap to fill. Herath being old is wiser but the offie we need may be anyone from above list. e chosen guy gets a long stint it will be difficult to get experience and confidance.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Randiv is unfortunate, hope senanayake can do well. and i hope there won't be talk about his action, hopefully

Posted by kanikandy on (January 15, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

During the last odi series against PAK SL bowlers bowled really well.They kept PAK below 250 all the time.That attack consist of Malinga,Dilhara,Thisara,Sekkuge and jeewan mendis.All of them ball really well.But now only malinga is there.But our all failed batsmen are still in the team.If we had thisara or jeewen instead of Kosala it could have made a big difference to the team.Specially if we had jeewan yesterday macth we would have won the match.selectors should consider to include jeewan & sekkuge for thr Australin tour.

Posted by sea620 on (January 15, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

Finally selectors make a good decision.And also Suraj Randiv should be in the team instead of 33years old Herath.I hope he will get a chance in aus series(he was the man of the series of last odi series in aus.)And good luck for Sachithra !

Posted by   on (January 15, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

Similr cricketer like suraj randiv same height may be similr action bt lets hope nt loose his head like wt suraj did.wis u all da best buddy...

Posted by   on (January 15, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

Where is Randiv ? is he inured too ?

Posted by Dashgar on (January 14, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

This is long overdue, Senanayake has been a star performer for the 'A' side for a long time and has dominated domestically. Should have been in the team a year ago.

Posted by DwightR on (January 14, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

great..the revolving door continues instead of allowing talent to develop with playing time, they flew Randiv in just for the WC final cause they thought he was that special...where is he now!? Y is he (a is proven spinner) not being given playing time? ah well, Herath should get the start over this guy anyway but then again this is SLC so they usually do the opposite of what makes sense

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

Finally one hope arises.... what I believe is we should have a backup for every payer in the playing 11... Please bring Bhanuka Rajapaksha also.. Best of luck Sachithra..

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Finally slc call him..... Best of luck 4 the 3rd odi, sachitra

Posted by PDilE on (January 14, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Yes,this is a very very good move by the selectors. Also,they should look to hand over the ODI captaincy to Upul Tharanga from the Aus tour next month. He has enough experience & also the calmness to lead this side & he will get the best out of the young ones plus great back up from Sanga & Mahela. Also for me, they should consider giving Samaraweera the test captaincy from the Eng seiris & Upul Tharanga as his deputy. Althoug Tharanga didn't play test cricket for last 3 years, he should definetely be back for Eng seiris as Para has also lost his place & Thirimanne hasn't done much in the 5 tests he has played altough he looked much better than Para. Also selectors should look to groom Mathews as the T20 Captain & ODI Deputy & Chandimal as T20 Deputy as this will enable these youngsters to gradually gain the necessary leadership exposure before going up to more established formats of the game like ODIs & then Tests. I think these changes in the leadership will help SL to build future.

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 14, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

He should play in the 3ODI instead of Kosala.A very positive move albeit late by the selectors. Ranil Herath-Kent

Posted by rukii on (January 14, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

@iftikhar93 it is not ridiculous it is not only in sri lanka where so many bowlers used. seekuge and sennayake are the new faces. others are playing cricket even before the world cup.

Posted by kevinpp24 on (January 14, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Good news. Dont know if he'll get any match in SA but this move shows SL is considering Senenayake. Now I'm pretty sure he'l be touring Aus. I'm waiting to see some youngsters in Aus tour, they lost enough series to try some newbies. Plz SLC do this for gods sake.

Posted by chalindu on (January 14, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@iftikhar93 -Mind your own business mate :P

I think this is a good selection.wish him all the best

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

the only gud decision made by the present selectors.....

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

@Iftikhat93 - You obviously don't know much about Sri Lankan cricket. Herath, Randiv and Mendis are all fighting out for the number one spot. Prasanna came in because he had a solid A tour in England. Jeevan Mendis is a batting allrounder. In my opinion Senanyake is the best spinner in Sri Lanka and it is about time he is given a solid run in the team.

Posted by iftikhar93 on (January 14, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

This is just ridiculous, in almost every series they r bringing new spinners in there side. Have a look on the list of there spinners after WC 2011: R.Herath, Suraj Randiv, Ajanta Mendis, Dilruwan Perara, Seekuge Prasanna, Jeevan Mendis and now S.Senanayake. Think about it!!

Posted by jonthanf on (January 14, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

finally some sanity prevails for Sachithra Senanayake who not too long ago took 5 or 6 wickets in Australia against a star studded "A" side. he had a prolific tour to Eng last year as well with SL "A". i am glad he got his chance @ least now. this guy can open the bowling as well which should be a good tactic on these pitches where u find bounce

Posted by ashangamage on (January 14, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

well well well This is what i waiting for................... good luck satchithra.. He is not bowling like Murali or warne .But He can become better than them .

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

finally...................:D

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