Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014 July 31, 2014

Chandimal, Mendis dropped for Pakistan Tests

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Niroshan Dickwella retains his place after an impressive debut at the SSC © AFP

Sri Lanka have left out wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal and spinner Ajantha Mendis from their 15-man squad for the Pakistan Tests starting next week. Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep returns to the squad after missing the recent South Africa Test series due to injury and youngster Niroshan Dickwella keeps his place as wicketkeeper after an impressive debut earlier this week. Lahiru Thirimanne remains the vice-captain, though he was dropped for the previous Test against South Africa.

Chandimal had lost his place in the XI for the second Test against South Africa after a poor outing in Galle, prompting a surprise call-up for the 21-year-old Dickwella, who had been in England with the Sri Lanka A side before having to dash back to Colombo to make it in time for his Test debut. Chandimal has joined the A squad in England. Prasanna Jayawardene, who was the first-choice wicketkeeper till he got injured before the second Test against England in June, was still not 100% fit.

Mendis' exclusion was not surprising after being the least impressive of Sri Lanka's three spinners in the SSC Test when they were denied victory by a superb stonewalling effort from South Africa. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews had bluntly said, "He had a quite a bad game," after a wayward Mendis had match figures of 0 for 85 on a surface made for spinners.

Fast bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga have been included, but subject to fitness. Eranga had split his webbing in Galle and was left out for the SSC Test, while Lakmal had complained of soreness in his foot after the SSC Test.

The first of two Tests against Pakistan begins in Galle on August 6.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thrimanne (vice-capt), Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga (Subject to fitness), Suranga Lakmal (Subject to fitness), Chanaka Welegedara, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep

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  • MarcusPerera on August 5, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    How can it be stated that Ajantha Mendis was the least impressive of the 3 spinners when he was given only 13 overs in the 2nd innings compared to Herath 85 overs and Perera 84 overs if he was given at least 30 overs we might have had a different result

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 3, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    I wish MJ will do something special in his last Galle Test.

  • RavinG on August 2, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Fair selection. Thought we might see Jehan Mubarak in the squad. Saw him on the field on and off against SA. He had a really good run in the Premier League matching Marvan Atapattu's all time record.

  • A1499 on August 2, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    cant see y mendis was in the side in the 1st place. he deserves to get dropped.. It is currently raining heavily in sri lnka with the start of the monsoon , if it stays like this for the next week we wont see much cricket anyway

  • ndmm on August 2, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Tharanga is lucky to make a comeback. It is unthinkable how he could not find a place in the ODI team after hitting 13 centuries. Chamara Kapugedera was touted as the next Aravinda de Silva. True, he was given a fair crack at the top. But one feels he could have guided properly to get the maximum out of his vast talent. Today at 27, Kapugedera is in the wilderness. So is Dilshan Munaweera. The youngster was brought in as an explosive opener and was soon dropped like a hot potato. Off spinner, Akila Dananjaya, who famously bamboozled the great Mahela Jayawardena in the nets, and got selected and played in the T20 World Cup 2012, is today spending time with his club. What is kithruwan doing for the team nothing,should have played thirimane ,he is good player.poor selections.

  • Prabhash1985 on August 1, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    If Sri Lanka wants to win, they should pick the right team, that is, the most talented guys in form. All talented but not in form guys should be kept in benches no matter who they are. Period.

  • cric1965 on August 1, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    if Sri Lanka wants to win they should prepare pitches for fast bowlers. Otherwise Shahid Ajmal will hurt. Ajmal could not get more wickets last time in UAE when these two teams met series ended in 1-1. Ajmal is a better spinner than Sri Lanka spin duo. He will get t more advantage of spin pitches and it will backfire. Pakistan batsman can play spin efficiently.

  • on August 1, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Chandimal is the best young player after Aravinda De Silva. Give him a regular chance to bat in top order. Kithuruwan is never can be a national player, because he has no any technique. Thirimanne should go with Sri lanka A team for sometime.

  • cric1965 on August 1, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Kusal Janith should replace for Thirimanna.

  • nickexplore on August 1, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Not surprised Suranga Lakmal has a sore foot after 42 overs in Galle and 27 at SSC. With 5 pacemen to choose from this time (injury permitting), the 2 chosen should be able to rattle the Pakistan top-order, and Herath and Dilruwan in good form, complete a balanced SL attack.

    So it's Thirimanne or Vithanage for the extra batting position, while Chandimal gets back to form in England with SL A.

    Advantage SL having played the two Tests already at Galle and SSC vs South Africa, even though Pakistan holds the trump card in Saeed Ajmal.

  • MarcusPerera on August 5, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    How can it be stated that Ajantha Mendis was the least impressive of the 3 spinners when he was given only 13 overs in the 2nd innings compared to Herath 85 overs and Perera 84 overs if he was given at least 30 overs we might have had a different result

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 3, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    I wish MJ will do something special in his last Galle Test.

  • RavinG on August 2, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Fair selection. Thought we might see Jehan Mubarak in the squad. Saw him on the field on and off against SA. He had a really good run in the Premier League matching Marvan Atapattu's all time record.

  • A1499 on August 2, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    cant see y mendis was in the side in the 1st place. he deserves to get dropped.. It is currently raining heavily in sri lnka with the start of the monsoon , if it stays like this for the next week we wont see much cricket anyway

  • ndmm on August 2, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Tharanga is lucky to make a comeback. It is unthinkable how he could not find a place in the ODI team after hitting 13 centuries. Chamara Kapugedera was touted as the next Aravinda de Silva. True, he was given a fair crack at the top. But one feels he could have guided properly to get the maximum out of his vast talent. Today at 27, Kapugedera is in the wilderness. So is Dilshan Munaweera. The youngster was brought in as an explosive opener and was soon dropped like a hot potato. Off spinner, Akila Dananjaya, who famously bamboozled the great Mahela Jayawardena in the nets, and got selected and played in the T20 World Cup 2012, is today spending time with his club. What is kithruwan doing for the team nothing,should have played thirimane ,he is good player.poor selections.

  • Prabhash1985 on August 1, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    If Sri Lanka wants to win, they should pick the right team, that is, the most talented guys in form. All talented but not in form guys should be kept in benches no matter who they are. Period.

  • cric1965 on August 1, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    if Sri Lanka wants to win they should prepare pitches for fast bowlers. Otherwise Shahid Ajmal will hurt. Ajmal could not get more wickets last time in UAE when these two teams met series ended in 1-1. Ajmal is a better spinner than Sri Lanka spin duo. He will get t more advantage of spin pitches and it will backfire. Pakistan batsman can play spin efficiently.

  • on August 1, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Chandimal is the best young player after Aravinda De Silva. Give him a regular chance to bat in top order. Kithuruwan is never can be a national player, because he has no any technique. Thirimanne should go with Sri lanka A team for sometime.

  • cric1965 on August 1, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Kusal Janith should replace for Thirimanna.

  • nickexplore on August 1, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Not surprised Suranga Lakmal has a sore foot after 42 overs in Galle and 27 at SSC. With 5 pacemen to choose from this time (injury permitting), the 2 chosen should be able to rattle the Pakistan top-order, and Herath and Dilruwan in good form, complete a balanced SL attack.

    So it's Thirimanne or Vithanage for the extra batting position, while Chandimal gets back to form in England with SL A.

    Advantage SL having played the two Tests already at Galle and SSC vs South Africa, even though Pakistan holds the trump card in Saeed Ajmal.

  • SLMaster on August 1, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    What else Danushka Gunatillake need to do - playing in SL A to get a call. He has been doing well in ENG and was doing well before that too. He has scored consecative fifties in all SL A matches in ENG.

  • ThilankaK on August 1, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    My team is 1) Kusal Janith Perera, 2) Kaushal Silva 3) Sanga 4) MJ 5) Mathews 6) Dikwella/Thirimanne (Kusal J will be WK) 7) Kithruwan 8) Herath 9) Dilruwn 10) Lakmal 11) Eranga

  • on August 1, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    No doubt , Thirimanna should be in SL A team , he cannot clear the boundary without offering a catch and getting out . How does he survive in local crcicket , may be we have under 14 boundary lines . Politics ruin our cricket like the way we lost the world cup during Sanga's captaincy.

  • on August 1, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    The selectors lead by master blaster have done a blunder by including Ajantha Mendis in a test squad as we all know he is not suitable for such position. Where is Suraj Randiv and other spinners whom can be helpful of Rangana on the other end? I don't know really what is wrong with SLC. So many changes which killed the character of Chandimal by adding pressure on him. See the situation while he is playing for A team and he led from the front and made a century. Cricketers need to play without external pressure. And the same can happen to Thirinamma as well. Already the other Thisara too has been jeopardized. It is unfortunate to tell he should be considered for the short form of cricket without wasting such talent.

  • John_Geo on August 1, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Again the wrong move by SLC. Please drop Mahela and give the new comers a start. Mahela (despite 1 performance in 20 attempts or so) is clearly out of sorts and have run his course. He is a clear liability in SL side.

  • stuckwithcricket on August 1, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Their seems no middle ground in Pakistan cricket, either we will disappoint or surprise. I am hoping it will be a surprise again in continuation of the last time they played a test against Sri-Lanka.

  • on August 1, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Expect a series of low scores and tight victory margins. There will be a dilemma as to what kind of wickets to prepare for the visiting Pakistanis, for Ajmal and co can roll them over on a turning track and the Pakistani pace attack can roll over any opposition on any track, if the mood seizes them. The strength of Pakistan's bowling will be offset by their relative batting weakness. However, SL has traditionally, for some strange reason always done well against the Pakistanis. Makes for an exciting series.

  • Sexysteven on August 1, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Why on earth is thirimanne still in the team what does he have to do to get dropped with stats like his his career should be over he obviously can't make the step up to international cricket but he's the vice captain that's insane that sends a terrible message to poor chandimal that there is one criteria for chandimal and a completely different one for thirimanne who ever the selectors are they must be drunk when they selected this team that's the only way thirimanne could have possibly made it any decent selector would off selected abetter younger player instead of thirimanne

  • on August 1, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    time to give chance to youngsters. chaturanga did well Asia cup. still he has been dropped. so bad. develop kind of all rounders

  • CricketFever11 on August 1, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Chandimal is lucky to a certain extent. He makes headlines frequently, without any contribution to the team.

  • AS7777 on August 1, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Good to see Chandimal doing well again in England and I don't know why they opt to retain Thirimanna in the team. I noticed one guy in SL A team doing extremely well and his recent performance in England and Ireland is 65,55,57,87,57 and bowling AVG is 28 in first class and 25 in list A. He is Danushka Gunatillake. He looks really consistent. Also Tharindu Kaushal should be in the team at least for the 2nd test.

  • chandimasl on August 1, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    I cant understand why these selectors do not want to test our youngsters before the world cup. Every time when there is a series for our country we have similar side even though some players are not performing for few series.

    This can happen when the selection committe doesnt have a vision. They even do not know where is SL cricket moving. It is high time to bring back a good selection committee which has a vision to develop SL Cricket.

    During the era of this selection committee we are the least innovative team when it comes to introducing new players. It should be innovative for a team to be successful in the long run. I do not know whether these selectors can identify it.

  • Galmos on August 1, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Chandimal averages 45 + and Thirimanne averages 25 +. They drop Chandimal to retain Thirimanne who is going to take Sri Lankan cricket back to the bygone era of late eighties and early nineties where frontline SL batters averaged below 30.

    Chandimal, Tharindu Kaushal and Rumesh Buddika who should be in the squad are not preferred by the senior most players in the team because of their Non Colombo background. Even Kapugedera who is from Kandy is not selected to secure Kituruwan's and Thirimanne's places in the squad.

  • on August 1, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    I always wish tharindu kaushal in the squad . so sad

  • ms2000 on August 1, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Relieving Thirimanne of the VC should give him more freedom to play. Kitrruwan as a failure should not have been included but Dimutth Karunaratne should have come in. Just dont understand how Kituruwan can come in to his test team!! Good decision to drop Chandimal. He has a long way to go before he can be included in the national side.

  • Udendra on August 1, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    If both Eranga & Lakmal don't make it, then SL have a fast bowling problem.

  • Cricketluv on August 1, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Four consecutive tons from Mahela will be the icing on his cricketing cake. Let's wish him all the best. Happy farewell the Poem of SL cricket.

  • TEROSHAN on August 1, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Chandi is replying in ENG .... Scored 100 against Yorkshire - Well prepared for next assignment at NZ And Aus.. Selectors Pls count this and Sl now have such talented bunch of cricketers coming their way and U must sharp when the selection come to critical stage.. SANATH AYYA Up to now U are spot on 80% ..

  • vkumar_086. on August 1, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Well my prediction for the series is that it will be a down to the wire nail biter.

    1st test will be a win for Sri Lanka by 1 wicket and 2nd test a win for Pakistan by 5 runs.

    For Pakistan expect centuries from Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah Ul Haq.

    For Sri Lanka expect centuries from Mathews, Sangakkara, Dickwella and Vithanage.

    These 2 teams play some exciting fascinating brand of cricket which I never imagined. Simply amazing and just cant wait till Wednesday next week.

  • vkumar_086. on August 1, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    This is a good series to look for. The 2 best teams in Asia go head to head. With great stars in both the teams, cant ask for anything better. Misbah will play great cricket for another 10 years and Angelo the best young batsman in the world. Ajmal will impress and so will Dilruwan. Junaid Khan can get reverse swing, but is inconsistent.

    Sri Lanka has great young batsmen but must convert the starts. Expect a century from Dickwella.

  • on August 1, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    Selectors should not burden young players like thirimanne with additional responsibilities as they have to prove themselves that they command a regular place in the team based on performance. Arjuna once quipped that he will not give up his position as a batsman unless a youngster proved himself to be good enough to displace him. The selectors should follow this policy as it worked as Marvan,Sanath,Mahela, Sanga & Samaraweera stepped in to fill the void created by Arjuna, Aravinda, Mahanama & Gurusinghe etc.I still think that a senior player with experience & performance in the likes of Herath or Tharanga should be made vice captain so that younger players like Thirimanne & Chandimal can take over eventually once they prove their consistency in commanding a regular place in the team.

  • mensan on August 1, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    "... after a wayward Mendis had match figures of 0 for 85 on a surface made for spinners."

    I think SSC wicket played quite well till the end. It wasn't spinning much. Otherwise SA would have lost.

  • on August 1, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    It is very unfortunate that young Dimuth Karunarathne is not in the squad though he played far better than Lahiru (VC), under difficult conditions totally alien to SL. Lahiru must be the SL A captain.

    It is essential to prepare fully green pitches as SL don't have a pair of quality spinners like of Pakistan. Their spinners are far better, in relation to test rankings. In the Middle East, SL won when Pakistan offered green pitches and lost when it was a grassless pitch. So it was obvious.

  • on August 1, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    @Vinod Villa Pudasun: This was an ODI against a county team. It is a different scenario against a top class bowling line up in a test match. He may be more comfortable batting at No. 3. But that privilege should be earned rather than granted on a plate. Just like Sanga did. He batted in the middle order when he first came in. The 3 hook shots he played in getting out in his last 3 test outings had nothing to do with batting at No. 7. He had a recognized reliable batsman at the other end (Angelo Mathews). When that is the case playing that kind of no brainer shots cannot be justified. Thirimanne should have been sent to England or more appropriately to play first class club cricket in Sri Lanka.

  • thalagune on August 1, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    the problem with our country is that we dont seek alternative options when the available ones are not working.the best example is sticking with chandimal and thiri despite recurrent failures...are they the only couple of batsman we have in the whole country?. or are there not any youngster that need be given there chance..?these people should be dropped and allowed to earn there place in our team and people please dont compare chaqndimal with the great mahela,cos we dont want to insult one of our greatest batsman during his last days...

  • on August 1, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Thirimanne may be a very good batsman. But he is out of form. Give him some time to recover. Drop him from the squad and put him to SL A team. This is not fair by kithruwan and other youngsters who Are knocking the door for the team. Why this much of favour to Thirimanne only. Thirimanne lose the popularity. He should have the back bone to step down.

  • SL_Fan_5 on August 1, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    With the WC 9 months away, I think there his still hope with Thirimanna. He needs to play some test to get used to intl bowlers. Unlike Chandimal, I think his batting is solid...only he can get things sorted out. Really like Vithanage, but and I think we should keep in the squad, but its too late in the game to introduce too many inexperienced players with the number of mystery spinners in all the teams these days.

  • Tinybaba on July 31, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    At last SL selectors are back to their good sences. I kept on saying that Mendis is no longer that old mystery bowler and he is very ineffective against good batting sides . And Chandimal never learnt his lesson after so many bad innings with similar dismissals. His was always unforced errors that cost him his wicket and not any exceptional bowling. So better let me enjoy his doemstice cricket until he ia matures enough to perform in international circuit. Having said that I beg to our chrcketing top brass , not to sopilt Niroshan Dickwella by giving him additional burden by giving him a deputy leadership of any similar crown with spikes. He is too young for any of these and let him enjoy his cricket and esatbilish in the team before anything else. He is a good future prospect and once Sanga is gone , he is ideal foil for him . Thirimanne isnt a bad selection but he should be advised to play carefully for his first 50 to 75 runs and he always gets a start but never convert it bigger.

  • on July 31, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Mathews' poor handling of Mendis probably ultimately led to the lost series. Mathews knew Mendis was a wicket-taker and he had turned to him in ODI's and T20's but on the 5th day of this Test he should have rotated Mendis with Herath and Dilruwan immediately rather than just the latter. Mendis only bowled 18 overs in the 2nd innings.

  • on July 31, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    There are many youngsters profoming well in srilanka A team..pls let them try...For sure they will do

  • cric1965 on July 31, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Thirimanna should be dropped as he is out of form. Try another youngster. Give more opportunities to youngsters rather than stick to same old failing Thirimanna, Chandimal couple.. Do not Sri Lanka have any other potential young batsman?

  • on July 31, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Thirimanne is Vice Captain again? Are you kidding me? Pack him back to England and let him join A Team please.

  • on July 31, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Chandima at number 3,4 better than all young players in the country! see in Sri Lanka A match he comes at number 3 and scored 100 in 105 balls! putting him at number 7 like playing a striker as a defender in the football

  • on July 31, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    The SL batting failure mainly due to mixed up with 20/20, 50 overs and test. SL should have two teams 20/20, 50 overs one team and Test one team. Only one or two key players like Mathew and Sanga can mixed up others are not capable. We have enough talented players to form two teams and hope selectors will consider this option. and trained accordingly

    Sarath

  • Karnain on July 31, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Don't be surprised if 2 FLAT pitches are prepared for this series. There is no 3rd spinner means SL definitely not going to prepare turning pitches. Are they fearing Saeed Ajmal? Since both Eranga and Lakmal are not 100%, SL's pace attack will not be their strongest weapon in the series. But 5 fast bowlers for a 2 match series? Still no Tharindu Kaushal, when these selectors will try to find their long term spinning option? Are we going to face the same problem as England when Rangana Herath retires from Tests?

  • sudaththa on July 31, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    After Mahela's retirement please give that place to Chandimal

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    @rajcan: Ajantha Mendis was given an opportunity in a raging turner. He did bowl occasional unplayable ball in the second innings. But to dismiss these type of high quality batsmen a spinner needs to produce such deliveries on a regular basis and that is what Dilruwan and Herath did. Apart from that, Mendis bowled some loose stuff on a regular basis and that helped to ease the pressure created by other two spinners. He extracted the least amount of turn out of the wicket. It was very obvious that he needs to do lot work on his bowling if he wants to get into the test team. Regarding Mahela, I suggest that you go through Mahela's test match stats in 2014. He is one of the top test batsmen in the world based on these recent stats. A newcomer like Chandimal cannot expect his preferred batting position. Mahela, Sanga, Arvinda, Thilan etc. never started at their preferred positions. Same is true for Ponting, Chandrapaul etc. That position should be earned though performance.

  • SLMaster on July 31, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Chandimal should be dropped to help him get his confidence back. One can tell easily he is not confident the way he plays not because he got out early.

    Thirimanne on the other hand look confident but cannot get on with it. Same goes with Dimuth Karunarathne.

    So, dropping them doesn't necessarily mean forgetting them. It gives the time and space to rebuild and pull thing together

  • Sinhaya on July 31, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    My team for the Galle test

    Kaushal Silva, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela, Angelo, Vithanage, Dickwella, Dilruwan, Eranga, Prasad and Herath. This way, all 11 can bat as Prasad and Eranga have first class tons.

    Thirimanne is out of form and should not be included at all. Well Chandimal has scored a ton for our A team but he does not score when it matters. Wish if Shehan Jayasuriya was included.

  • on July 31, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    1 match doesn't make a legend most of the fans praise mutch when a youngster scores a century & ask to drop out of form players but they forget chandimal thirimanne priyanjan vithanage kusal janith all performed v well in their begining

  • on July 31, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    the chopping and changing in Sri Lankan team is known for that but this will not work for a long run ,they should choose for twenty players form a strong team this may include more batsman about five to six bowlers and prepare pitch which assist both batting and bowling instead of preparing pitch which is only assist spinners. They have to learn few lessons from recently concluded series instead depending upon luck and spin bowling.

  • rajcan on July 31, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Very interesting, some are dropped if they dont bat well or ball well in one match, but some are given endless chances even though they fail continuously.

    Upul Tharanga was dropped from ODI and not been returned yet after couple of matches that he didn't perform well with bat. That is even after he became fastest srilankan who reach 5000 runs.

    One match, Mendis is dropped, Chandimal has been rotated in many slots, none of them are his favourite batting position and dropped.

    Thirimane, Kushal Perera and Mahela have been getting endless opportunity regardless of failure over and over.

    How would you expect player like Upul, Chandimal and Mendi will ever perform consistently when they are afraid of being dropped after one match???

  • thalagune on July 31, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Dear chaturanga..yep i know he has scored three or four hundreds in the past,but that is the past right?...right now he is in utter poor form and him and thiri being in the middle order makes things very unstable and they have been given so many chances to get into form..so i guess selection should be based not on a past few hundreds but on current form...so i think both these should be dropped untill they prove themselves worth again..cos no player however talented should be worth more than the country

  • rajcan on July 31, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    It was a defensive approach of SL captains ( Mentioning Captains because Mathew is not making decision alone, Mahela's influence is there) resulted in series lost, especially the last test lost.

    No, innovation, no part timers used for bowling, two test match series already one lost, what worse could happen if you try and loose second match rather than playing a boring game and waiting batsman to make mistakes.

    Mahela has been always the defensive captain, drew many games due to his approach. Recently he mentioned in the press conference, in UK, bowlers have to continue bowl and wait for batsman to make mistakes, this is the approach let Herath and Perera only continue with bowling and waiting for batsmen to make mistake, rather than forcing batsmen to play bad shots, resulted in Duminy playing almost half of the overs for for 6 runs.

    I hope, Mahela's retirement will help another good batsman get a chance, and Mathew start thinking on his own and be more aggressive captain.

  • nimalgamage on July 31, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Too many fast bowlers in the squad in a sub continent test series. Yes Pakistan play well in spin bowling but we should have atleast have 3 spinners in the squad. Don't think fast bowlers can take wickets in the series. In the last series against Pak in 2009 Herath was the hero.

    By this selection selectors are suggesting that there are only Herath, Mendis and Dilruwan are the only 3 spinners in the Sri Lanka right now to represent our country in Test matches.

    Why don't selectors are not giving chances to younger players more. In both fast bowlers and spinners there are lot more young players in the country now but not getting chances.

    Selectors should have courage to select them like what they did with Dickwella they will come good

  • Indians-love-flattracks on July 31, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    If chandimal was dropped due to poor form i don't get how thirimanne is in the team. He's needs to be off the team for a while and work his way back in. Right now he looks a walking wicket. Chandimal is naturally more talented of the two and has much better domestic record.

    I really hope they don't write him off. Vithanage again is not a test player, more or less a 20/20 player. Not sure why he's included

  • Cric-Aus-SL on July 31, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    100*, 45,7,6,1 - Chandimal's last 5 innings - just 3 failures and you drop him, Limited overs and Test matches are different, very very poor selection,

  • on July 31, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Dear Chandu where were you when Chandimal scored in England and SA?

  • on July 31, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Defensive tactics and weak bowling cost the last test match against South Africa. Africans were never really thinking of going for a win after the 1st day of the match. Sl should have been much more aggressive in their approach. I think SL need big improvements in all aspects including team selection. In the last game, although the pitch was helping the spinners, i don't think our spinners bowled well enough - they need to have better strike rates than they did in this match. Fielding was also below par.

  • Bobby_Fox on July 31, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Selectors should drop thiru instead of chandi...chandi made 100 today against yorkshire @ leeds he is in good touch than thiru. Drop thiru please...hope chandi will continue his form against NZ A as well.

  • SLMaster on July 31, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Right decision. Hope Thirimanne get into his strides to replace Mahela. having the full bowling squad is great. Should go with three fast and two spinners.

  • fan1099 on July 31, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Why not include Thisara Perera?But when mahela and sanga goes we will be in a terrible situation.

  • thusharadanu on July 31, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Why they select Thrimanne and Drop Chandimal??? Thri last 6 outing 2,2,0,0,38,12!!! Chandi 27,100*,45,7,6,1... When they make Thrimanne vice-capt he was not even having a place in the team!!! To give him the chance in first test vs Eng they drop Chandi who scored 100* on his last inning and damaged his confidence... even after scoring only 4 runs in all tests in Eng he get the chance to play in Galle vs SA!!!!

  • CricketChat on July 31, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Dropping Chandimal and Mendis is the right call. Thirimanne should have been in that list too. Mendis was the most disappointing performance in the last test against SA where he was expected to play a big part on the last day as SL was desperately pushing for a win.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    @Althaaf playing with 3 spinners is okaywith SA. But against Pakistan it won't be effective . So I don't think it's a fair selection except Thirimanne with his poor form

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    thrimanne,vithanage,chandimal prasd,welagedara,praddep...players in this calibre are below international standard,,,they are ok at club level but has no place in the national team....sad our selectors are so dumb...if you dont have good players it time to drop the medicore lot and give chance to new comers,,,like they brought in dickwella which proved to be right....

  • SL_Boy on July 31, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Good choice ... got Dhammika in, because of his 5 wickets we won the Eng game ... I knew we are not going to see Mendis in Test for a while.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Hey we must test our Spinners... Drop Welagedara bring right arm leg spinner...

  • Rajitha_SL on July 31, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Should have been doped thirumane & tharanga. tharanga not suitable for test at all. find the player like kusal silva for test team.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    I believe it was the right decision to drop Chandimal and Mendis. The former has been in horrible form with the bat and Mendis's bowling has been very ordinary. Thirimanne's form is also a major concern for SL as he's another guy who needs to take Lankan cricket forward once Mahela and Sanga are gone. SL should definitely win the series against Pakistan as they have a superior batting line-up with in-form bowlers and will also be playing at home. The biggest disappointment is that it's a two-match series - it should have been three.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    poor selection and the country will pay for this again by losing this tour at home also...utterly stupid to keep thirimanne,and the bowling is as ever medicore with useless bowlers like pradeep,welagedara and prasad....this sort of bowlers can never be expected to bowl out the opposition twice....

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Thirimanna's good showing against the same opposition during Asia cup would have prompted the retention. Eitherway selection of him is a poor move. Chandimal and Dimuth should get another chance.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    poor selection....2 spin friendly venue only 2 spinners included wit 5 pace attack....tharindu kausal ?? randiv ,?? goneratne ??? or atlest another all rounder should be included

  • anver777 on July 31, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Thrimanne has to perform really well in the coming PAK series, to secure his place in the team !!!! at present like Chandimal he's having a bad patch with the bat..... Wish he will re gain his lost form very soon !!!!

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Come on SLC .. Thirimanne should be droped .. There are plenty other youngsters who should gain the position in the team.. Poor selection..

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Chandimal & Mendis probably are unfortunate to miss out on this series and Thirimanne is lucky to survive the selectors wrath and better prove himself with some consistent batting if he is selected to play. Tharanga deserves to be made the Vice Captain taking into account his overall experience and performance.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    why thirimanna is still there?

  • Lutronman on July 31, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Could somebody tell me what Chanaka Welegedara is doing in the squad?

  • Jeewaka9999 on July 31, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Why do our Selectors still persist with Thirimanne? what has he done so far? 13 tests-26 innings-580 runs- ave 26 ( 1 -100 against B'desh 2 - 50).. This is very poor..Where is Roshen Silva, Thilina Kandambi, Madhawa Warnapura????? Is Thirimanne only other young player they hv apart from Chandimal??? Poor selection..

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    very ....v....good thing frm slc.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Should have dropped thirimanne too..

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Chandimal dropped. Thirimanne? Vithanage? -_-

  • crzcric on July 31, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    No doubt mendis is not a test material any more. He needs to find a new way to play test cricket. Its time for new SL spinner. Hope chandimal will learn not to throw his wicket away and come back strongly.

  • YsaKaru on July 31, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    are we playing this test in england???? 5 fast bowlers and only 2 spinners.... What happen to tharindu kaushal???

  • theshanjy on July 31, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    kithuruwan vithanage what has he done to impress the selectors.... shame ...!!!

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    On what criteria is Thirimanne both recalled and given the vice captaincy? He was dropped for poor form, but where has he gone and gotten runs to warrant not only a return but the VC?

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    5 fast bowlers and 2 spinners for a test in SL ... LOL Thrimanne in who avg 20 + and no chandimal who avg 40 + more LOL

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  • on July 31, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    5 fast bowlers and 2 spinners for a test in SL ... LOL Thrimanne in who avg 20 + and no chandimal who avg 40 + more LOL

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    On what criteria is Thirimanne both recalled and given the vice captaincy? He was dropped for poor form, but where has he gone and gotten runs to warrant not only a return but the VC?

  • theshanjy on July 31, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    kithuruwan vithanage what has he done to impress the selectors.... shame ...!!!

  • YsaKaru on July 31, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    are we playing this test in england???? 5 fast bowlers and only 2 spinners.... What happen to tharindu kaushal???

  • crzcric on July 31, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    No doubt mendis is not a test material any more. He needs to find a new way to play test cricket. Its time for new SL spinner. Hope chandimal will learn not to throw his wicket away and come back strongly.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Chandimal dropped. Thirimanne? Vithanage? -_-

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Should have dropped thirimanne too..

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    very ....v....good thing frm slc.

  • Jeewaka9999 on July 31, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Why do our Selectors still persist with Thirimanne? what has he done so far? 13 tests-26 innings-580 runs- ave 26 ( 1 -100 against B'desh 2 - 50).. This is very poor..Where is Roshen Silva, Thilina Kandambi, Madhawa Warnapura????? Is Thirimanne only other young player they hv apart from Chandimal??? Poor selection..

  • Lutronman on July 31, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Could somebody tell me what Chanaka Welegedara is doing in the squad?