Australia in Sri Lanka 2011 August 9, 2011

Malinga, Tharanga in ODI squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga and opener Upul Tharanga have been included in the 16-man Sri Lanka squad for the first three ODIs against Australia. Malinga is back after a back ailment kept him out the Twenty20 series that Sri Lanka swept 2-0, while Tharanga returns following a three-month suspension after testing positive for banned substances. Dhammika Prasad and Dilruwan Perera, who were a part of the Twenty20 squad, missed out. Thilina Kandamby, who missed the Twenty20s against Australia after being appointed vice-captain for the one-dayers in England, was also left out.

Malinga was in the list of 20 probables for the series named on August 6, but, following concerns with his back, was not picked for the Twenty20s in order to give him time to get fit for the five ODIs. He was part of Sri Lanka's limited-overs squad in England where he picked up six wickets in the five games.

Tharanga, who made 395 runs at 56.42 in Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign, was suspended after the tournament for the use of a banned drug, but extenuating circumstances meant a three-month suspension. 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. "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," the tribunal had said.

Tharanga's ban ends today, making him available for the first match of the series, and he is likely to join captain Tillakaratne Dilshan at the top of the order, allowing Mahela Jayawardene to slot back into the middle order with Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal and Chamara Silva. Angelo Mathews, who was named vice-captain, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera and the uncapped Shaminda Eranga - who was part of the T20 squad - constitute the allrounders, while Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Kulasekara make up the seam attack along with Malinga. Ajantha Mendis, Suraj Randiv and Rangana Herath - who was dropped for the limited-overs series in England - are the three frontline spinners in the squad.

Kandamby had a poor England tour, managing only 36 runs from the four one-day games he played. Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne who played only two games on the tour - one against Scotland, in which he scored a half-century - was also left out. Dilhara Fernando, who was was withdrawn from the England limited-overs squad due to injury, also failed to make the cut.

The five-match ODI series begins in Pallekele on August 10 and the selectors will pick the squad for the last two ODIs after the conclusion of the third game.

Squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga, Suranga Lakmal, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Chamara Silva, Shaminda Eranga

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  • chandana on August 10, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    The story of Chamara Silva may be a repetition; al la Roshan Mahanama. Chamara is a top order bat a good no 3. Infact he has modelled his batting style on the Great Aravinda De Silva. people who degrade CS must go thru records and see how good or effective Ari was down the list at 5/6. Chamara has been shunted up and down the line like mahanama , who agiain was a top order bat. The issue is deep rooted in SL cricket; we lack good batters at the 5/6/7 positions so top order batsmen are made toplay the attacking role. If one wants to further research this WC winning skipper Arjuna sugested Mahela or Sanga shud drop to 5/6 in order to strengthen the order before 2011 WC. In our lineup all want to play up top. Mahela is most effective opening, Sanga is better at 3 than 4/5 Dilshan reincarnated himself as an opener. Maybe selectors need to play Chandimal down the line. We r lucky with Angelo who is at home at 6. I wish Chamara Kapu also plays down the line at 5/6 for club. he is only 26.

  • Dwight on August 10, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    My XI- 1. Dilshan 2. Tharanga 3. Mahela 4. Chandimal 5. Sangakarra 6. Mathews 7. Herath 8. Kulasekerra 9. Malinga 10. Randiv 11. Mendis; lankans defiently need to play all three spinners in the series and Mathews, Malinga n Kula can handle the limited number of seam overs between them. We have a rock solid top 6 which allows us to play the 6-5 combination.

  • anirban on August 9, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Can any Sri Lankan fan tell me why Sachitra Senanayake has not been included in the SL squad so far even though performing consistently on domestic and international first class crickets....why SL is persisting with Herath and Randiv although they have not done any thing impressive recently? I am so confused...I am following him for last 2 years and not sure why Senanayake has not made it in the SL team yet..politics?

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    please remove chamara silva and give a chanace to kapugedara

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    For as long as i can remember I've been asking anyone that will listen "why isn't Ajanta Mendis playing?" He's the 1 that can really do the damage for SL. Well done for finally waking up to the fact that u r wasting a massive talent SL!!

  • Denham on August 9, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    @RRodrigo, sorry machang, that guy is a waste of time, we might as well see some young guys getting the chance to prove themselves rather than having CS waste a vital spot in the batting line up. No hatred towards the boy but the reality is that machang.

  • Crick on August 9, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I like Shaminda Eranga's selection and i thought they should played him aead of Thissera yesterday, Eranga is in top form after bowling and batting brilliantly in the A Tour of England recently, in fact he was called into the squad from there bu

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Mahela seemed to bat with more assurance opening rather than apparent nervous starts down the line.Remains to be seen how he delivers. Prasad is unfortunate to miss out.Chamara Silva had been a steady performer in 2007 WC. Selectors probably went for experience.

  • Deep on August 9, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs to find better pacer than Kulasekera. He is only effective with the new ball and rest of the match will be belted to all corners.

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    My Team 01.Tharanga 02.Dilshan 03.Chandimal 04.Sangakkara 05.Mahela 06.Jeewan 07.Mathews 08.Kulasekara/Tissara 09.Mendis 10.Malinga 11.Rangana/Randiv

    dont take chamara silva he can't play against ausies

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