Australia in Sri Lanka 2011 August 8, 2011

Malinga, Tharanga available for ODIs

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Sri Lanka's fast bowler Lasith Malinga has said he is fit and ready to face Australia in the five-match one-day series, having recovered from a back ailment.

Malinga was ruled out of the two Twenty20 matches that began Australia's tour, but he trained freely on Sunday and subsequently said his body was ready for battle.

"I feel that I am fit and ready for the five ODIs that are coming up," Malinga told the Sunday Times. "I will play in all the games if I am picked, and am ready for it."

Having retired from Test cricket to concentrate on the shorter formats, Malinga will be a significant addition to the Sri Lankan squad if chosen for the ODI series, and another headache for an Australian side that must tighten up considerably on its performance in the tour opener on Saturday.

Another significant inclusion for the Sri Lankans could be that of opening batsman Upul Tharanga, who with 395 runs at 56.42 was one of the key members of a World Cup batting line-up that made it all the way to the final. Following the tournament he was suspended for the use of a banned drug, but extenuating circumstances meant a three-month suspension.

Tharanga had provided a urine sample as part of the ICC's random in-competition testing programme after the World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Colombo on March 29. His sample was tested by a WADA accredited laboratory and found to contain Prednisone and Prednisolone, which are 'Specified Substances' under WADA's prohibited list and are banned from being used in-competition "when administered by oral, intravenous intramuscular or rectal routes."

The anti-doping tribunal accepted Tharanga's submission that he had ingested the substances by drinking a herbal remedy given to him to ease discomfort caused by a long-standing shoulder injury.

The tribunal also found that "Tharanga had no intention to enhance his sporting performance or to mask the use of another performance enhancing substance, but that he had failed to satisfy the high levels of personal responsibility implicit upon him as an international cricketer subject to anti-doping rules."

Tharanga's ban ends on August 9, making him available for selection for the first match of the series in Kandy on August 10.

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  • Ahsan_Shere on August 9, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    My XI- 1. Dilshan 2. Tharanga 3. Mahela 4. Sangakkarra 5. Chandimal 6. Mathews 7.Parera 8. Kulasekera 9. Herath 10. Malinga 11. A. Mendis

  • chandau on August 9, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Dilshan T, Upul T, Mahela J, Kumar S, Dinesh C, Jeevan M, Angello M, Suraj R, Nuwan K, Rangana H, Lasith M. (Chamara K, Dilruwan P, Dhammika P, Ajantha M, Suranga L). This i believe is the squad with the first choice XI. Tharanga has a limited array of strokes and tends to get bogged down when bowling is straight and at the body. In ODIs its better for the experienced batters to come early, as there is limited time. Remember our best of today (Mahela, Sanga, Dilly) used to bat at 5,6,7 when they started out in the midst of Aravinda, Arjuna, Mahanama, Hashan et al, so Chandimal, Jeevan Angello shud do the same. Despite many peoples' opposition Chamara K shud be in the mix, simply because 1.he has the tallent 2.he is a brilliant fielder 3.he is still young. Not sure if Dilruwan is ahead of Suraj in the order so not sure if he will get a game in ODIs. Problem is Angello not bowling. If he bowls and can do 10 overs then we will definitely play Ajantha and Herath and Suraj :)

  • chandau on August 9, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    @yasas17: "1. mahela 2. dilly 3. upul 4. dinesh 5. sanga 6. jeevan 7. angie 8. dilruwan perera/thisara perera 9. herath\ randiv 10. malinga 11. lakmal\kulasekara" Good try but need to understand few cricket concepts, like left-right combination in partnership. Its not used much in tests; we see 2 leftys/ rightys opening but in ODI most countries prefer combo option. (but 1 can always say Sanath+Upul were as good as Dilshan+Upul). U coupled Dilruwan with thisara & rangana with Suraj, but ther arent like for like. When coupling players, idea is to say2 guys have similar qualities but 1 may be better in certain aspects than the other in situations. Coupling Dilruwan with Suraj is more proper as both are offies but it is said DP is a better bat (I dont know really!) Herath coupled with Jeevan as both are leggies but JM is a much better bat. Thisara & Nuwan are medium pacies but Thisara better bat. Problem is Angelo is not bowling, it affects team balance. Malinga and Ajantha r unique !

  • johnathonjosephs on August 9, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    Kinda sad, Really wish Jeevan Mendis and Chandimal played in place of Samaraweera and the 2 chamaras in the world cup. Mendis' leg spin would have been very handy and chandimal is definetely 100X better than kapugedera sri lanka's new side is showing a great deal of talent among tharanga, matthews, jeevan (showing little talent as a finisher and a more than handy bowler), lakmal (definetely has raw talent but needs to be furnished by a senior bowler like vaas), there are others waiting in line too, like the new guy Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Really excited to see Bhanuka play, but mahela/sanga/dilshan will have to retire first to make way for him

  • DwightR on August 8, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    My XI- 1. Dilshan 2. Mahela 3. Tharanga 4. Chandimal 5. Sangakarra 6. Mathews 7. Kulasekera 8. Malinga 9. Herath 10. Randiv 11. A. Mendis

  • Dhakshika on August 8, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Great to have tharanga & malinga.also we are waiting to select Kapugedara for the one dayers.Pls give him suitable Place for another one time.dammika Prasad also should include.he Bowl with his heart.best luck Lankans.

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    why do't u think about prasanna jayawardena , sachitra senanayake and shaminda eranga.... i think the team should be 1 dilshan 2 tharanga 3 mahela 4 chandimal 5 sangakkara 6 angelo 7 jeewan 8 randiv 9 malinga 10 eanga/lakmal/perera 11 kulasekara

  • garawi on August 8, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    My selection is: 1. mahi 2. dilly 3. upi 4. dini 5. sangi 6. jeevi 7. angie 8. dilri/thisi 9. heri\ randi 10. mali 11. laki\kuli

  • Stromeon on August 8, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    1.Dilshan 2.Tharanga 3.Mahela 4.Sanga 5.Dinesh 6.Mathews 7.J Mendis 8.Dilruwan/Thisara 9.Randiv 10.Malinga 11.Lakmal

  • Herath-UK on August 8, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Malinga seems to be more injury prone now;after the Aussie series, I think the cricket committee is intelligent enough to use him very sparingly to preserve him for the all important South African tour where we have never won a series in any form.He could be skipped from the desert tour with Pakistan etc. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 9, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    My XI- 1. Dilshan 2. Tharanga 3. Mahela 4. Sangakkarra 5. Chandimal 6. Mathews 7.Parera 8. Kulasekera 9. Herath 10. Malinga 11. A. Mendis

  • chandau on August 9, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Dilshan T, Upul T, Mahela J, Kumar S, Dinesh C, Jeevan M, Angello M, Suraj R, Nuwan K, Rangana H, Lasith M. (Chamara K, Dilruwan P, Dhammika P, Ajantha M, Suranga L). This i believe is the squad with the first choice XI. Tharanga has a limited array of strokes and tends to get bogged down when bowling is straight and at the body. In ODIs its better for the experienced batters to come early, as there is limited time. Remember our best of today (Mahela, Sanga, Dilly) used to bat at 5,6,7 when they started out in the midst of Aravinda, Arjuna, Mahanama, Hashan et al, so Chandimal, Jeevan Angello shud do the same. Despite many peoples' opposition Chamara K shud be in the mix, simply because 1.he has the tallent 2.he is a brilliant fielder 3.he is still young. Not sure if Dilruwan is ahead of Suraj in the order so not sure if he will get a game in ODIs. Problem is Angello not bowling. If he bowls and can do 10 overs then we will definitely play Ajantha and Herath and Suraj :)

  • chandau on August 9, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    @yasas17: "1. mahela 2. dilly 3. upul 4. dinesh 5. sanga 6. jeevan 7. angie 8. dilruwan perera/thisara perera 9. herath\ randiv 10. malinga 11. lakmal\kulasekara" Good try but need to understand few cricket concepts, like left-right combination in partnership. Its not used much in tests; we see 2 leftys/ rightys opening but in ODI most countries prefer combo option. (but 1 can always say Sanath+Upul were as good as Dilshan+Upul). U coupled Dilruwan with thisara & rangana with Suraj, but ther arent like for like. When coupling players, idea is to say2 guys have similar qualities but 1 may be better in certain aspects than the other in situations. Coupling Dilruwan with Suraj is more proper as both are offies but it is said DP is a better bat (I dont know really!) Herath coupled with Jeevan as both are leggies but JM is a much better bat. Thisara & Nuwan are medium pacies but Thisara better bat. Problem is Angelo is not bowling, it affects team balance. Malinga and Ajantha r unique !

  • johnathonjosephs on August 9, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    Kinda sad, Really wish Jeevan Mendis and Chandimal played in place of Samaraweera and the 2 chamaras in the world cup. Mendis' leg spin would have been very handy and chandimal is definetely 100X better than kapugedera sri lanka's new side is showing a great deal of talent among tharanga, matthews, jeevan (showing little talent as a finisher and a more than handy bowler), lakmal (definetely has raw talent but needs to be furnished by a senior bowler like vaas), there are others waiting in line too, like the new guy Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Really excited to see Bhanuka play, but mahela/sanga/dilshan will have to retire first to make way for him

  • DwightR on August 8, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    My XI- 1. Dilshan 2. Mahela 3. Tharanga 4. Chandimal 5. Sangakarra 6. Mathews 7. Kulasekera 8. Malinga 9. Herath 10. Randiv 11. A. Mendis

  • Dhakshika on August 8, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Great to have tharanga & malinga.also we are waiting to select Kapugedara for the one dayers.Pls give him suitable Place for another one time.dammika Prasad also should include.he Bowl with his heart.best luck Lankans.

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    why do't u think about prasanna jayawardena , sachitra senanayake and shaminda eranga.... i think the team should be 1 dilshan 2 tharanga 3 mahela 4 chandimal 5 sangakkara 6 angelo 7 jeewan 8 randiv 9 malinga 10 eanga/lakmal/perera 11 kulasekara

  • garawi on August 8, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    My selection is: 1. mahi 2. dilly 3. upi 4. dini 5. sangi 6. jeevi 7. angie 8. dilri/thisi 9. heri\ randi 10. mali 11. laki\kuli

  • Stromeon on August 8, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    1.Dilshan 2.Tharanga 3.Mahela 4.Sanga 5.Dinesh 6.Mathews 7.J Mendis 8.Dilruwan/Thisara 9.Randiv 10.Malinga 11.Lakmal

  • Herath-UK on August 8, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Malinga seems to be more injury prone now;after the Aussie series, I think the cricket committee is intelligent enough to use him very sparingly to preserve him for the all important South African tour where we have never won a series in any form.He could be skipped from the desert tour with Pakistan etc. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on August 8, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Good news for SL with Malinga and Thranga return....

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 8, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Among players who have 100 ODI matches to their names, Upul is just after Sachin Tendulkar in terms of matches per century (11 matches per century). Sachin is at 9.43 matches per century.

  • 3rd_man on August 8, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    I disagree with people saying mahela should open the batting. I think Tharanga did marvelous job OPENING for the lankans at the world cup. Unfortunate for him to miss England ODIs. I don't think we can underestimate his talent, this guy got a ability to score 100's . I know mahela like to open the batting but for going forward he should drop him self down the order. let younger guys like chandimal bat up the order. dilshan being right hander, tharanga/dilshan combination would work best for srilanka. for me, 1 Dilshan 2 Tharanga 3. Chandimal 4. Sangakkara 5 Mahela 6 Mathews 7 j.Mendis 8.D.Perera/Kulasekara 9.Herath 10. Malinga 11. Lakmal. like to see how D.Perera doing todays T20 if he playing today.

  • yasask on August 8, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    my lankan XI for ODIs: 1. mahela 2. dilly 3. upul 4. dinesh 5. sanga 6. jeevan 7. angie 8. dilruwan perera/thisara perera 9. herath\ randiv 10. malinga 11. lakmal\kulasekara

    i just think mahela should open with dilly to give more of an explosion at the top. plus he has said that he is more comfortable at the top. that means tharanga has to slot down to 3, meaning that dinesh chandimal will go to 4. sanga will drop to 5 to provide some balance in the team and he can steady the ship if there is a collapse or get quick runs if thats whats needed. jeevan and angie can hit a long ball as they are very strong lads and so can dilruwan perera or thisara perera, depending in which one is picked (dilruwan on a spinning track, most likely he is picked or thisara on a pacy track). herath or suraj randiv will be the tough descision, and malinga is an auto selection basically. also i think suranga lakmal is better than kula, but selectors might stick with kula.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK? ANY IMPROVEMENTS?

  • ikmal--syd on August 8, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Malinga is a welcome edition to the sri lankan setup, although tharanga is a frequent run scorer he seems to lack the ability to play all round the ground. chandimal should be picked ahead of tharanga as he has much more talent that would go to waste if not picked. I also think that mahela should open the batting as he has the ability to play match-winning innings. If tharanga is picked he should be picked at number 4. COME ON SRI LANKA!!!

  • on August 8, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    good have thrnga and malinga back in the team.pls think about NT paranavithna who should play for sri lanka.

  • Mannix16 on August 8, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Great news that Malinga is back, but Tharanga's return creates HUGE selection dilemmas. For one, when Tharanga is not playing, Mahela promotes himself up and Chandimal (one of the brighest looks for SL future) is put at 3. If Tharanga is opener, Mahela is at 4, Sanga is at 3, and they will not put Chandimal at 5 since he is more of a 3/4 player and not so much of a finisher like Matthews. What to do? CHandimal looks like a huge find, but Tharanga has shown amazing form in the WC

  • on August 8, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Great news for the Sri Lankan team. Malinga is well ... Malinga and everyone knows what he can do. Tharanga is a great complement for Dilshan. Good luck to the Sri Lankan team.

  • Sinhabahu on August 8, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    @JawadSyed, nothing surprising about the thrashing coming Australia's way ;)

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 8, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    What a wonderful news to hear..Malinga & Tharanga making their way back to the team.. SL have a very good chance to win the ODI series. Aussies will be thrashed in front of our home crowd.. All the very best to Sri Lanka...........

  • Mitch80 on August 8, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Good news - let Lions enjoy kangaroo soup thourhout AUG 2011!!!

  • JawadSyed on August 8, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    With the return of Tharanga and Malinga, the Srilankan side would be even stronger in front of a home crowd. Is Australia in for a surprise thrashing here.

  • Black_Rider on August 8, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    WOW...........Great News.............We have a great team for ODIs and T20s.Let's build a great team for Tests also....Long Live Sri Lanka Cricket...........

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  • Black_Rider on August 8, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    WOW...........Great News.............We have a great team for ODIs and T20s.Let's build a great team for Tests also....Long Live Sri Lanka Cricket...........

  • JawadSyed on August 8, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    With the return of Tharanga and Malinga, the Srilankan side would be even stronger in front of a home crowd. Is Australia in for a surprise thrashing here.

  • Mitch80 on August 8, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Good news - let Lions enjoy kangaroo soup thourhout AUG 2011!!!

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 8, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    What a wonderful news to hear..Malinga & Tharanga making their way back to the team.. SL have a very good chance to win the ODI series. Aussies will be thrashed in front of our home crowd.. All the very best to Sri Lanka...........

  • Sinhabahu on August 8, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    @JawadSyed, nothing surprising about the thrashing coming Australia's way ;)

  • on August 8, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Great news for the Sri Lankan team. Malinga is well ... Malinga and everyone knows what he can do. Tharanga is a great complement for Dilshan. Good luck to the Sri Lankan team.

  • Mannix16 on August 8, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Great news that Malinga is back, but Tharanga's return creates HUGE selection dilemmas. For one, when Tharanga is not playing, Mahela promotes himself up and Chandimal (one of the brighest looks for SL future) is put at 3. If Tharanga is opener, Mahela is at 4, Sanga is at 3, and they will not put Chandimal at 5 since he is more of a 3/4 player and not so much of a finisher like Matthews. What to do? CHandimal looks like a huge find, but Tharanga has shown amazing form in the WC

  • on August 8, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    good have thrnga and malinga back in the team.pls think about NT paranavithna who should play for sri lanka.

  • ikmal--syd on August 8, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Malinga is a welcome edition to the sri lankan setup, although tharanga is a frequent run scorer he seems to lack the ability to play all round the ground. chandimal should be picked ahead of tharanga as he has much more talent that would go to waste if not picked. I also think that mahela should open the batting as he has the ability to play match-winning innings. If tharanga is picked he should be picked at number 4. COME ON SRI LANKA!!!

  • yasask on August 8, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    my lankan XI for ODIs: 1. mahela 2. dilly 3. upul 4. dinesh 5. sanga 6. jeevan 7. angie 8. dilruwan perera/thisara perera 9. herath\ randiv 10. malinga 11. lakmal\kulasekara

    i just think mahela should open with dilly to give more of an explosion at the top. plus he has said that he is more comfortable at the top. that means tharanga has to slot down to 3, meaning that dinesh chandimal will go to 4. sanga will drop to 5 to provide some balance in the team and he can steady the ship if there is a collapse or get quick runs if thats whats needed. jeevan and angie can hit a long ball as they are very strong lads and so can dilruwan perera or thisara perera, depending in which one is picked (dilruwan on a spinning track, most likely he is picked or thisara on a pacy track). herath or suraj randiv will be the tough descision, and malinga is an auto selection basically. also i think suranga lakmal is better than kula, but selectors might stick with kula.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK? ANY IMPROVEMENTS?