Australia in Sri Lanka 2011

Malinga to miss first ODI

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

August 9, 2011

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Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, was named in the 16-member squad for the first three One-Day Internationals against Australia but is likely to miss the series opener at Pallakele Stadium on Wednesday.

Chairman of cricket selectors Duleep Mendis said that although Malinga has been named in the squad, he is has been advised to rest. "We have been advised by the team physio to rest Malinga for the first ODI," Duleep said. "We will consider him for the remaining matches."

Malinga, who retired from Test cricket in April, missed the two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia due to a back injury. He has been under treatment since then but showed that he was on the road to recovery by bowling in the nets prior to being included in the one-day squad.

Duleep stated that the selection panel would review the performance of the players in the first three games and if necessary make changes to the squad for the remaining two matches.

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Posted by yasask on (August 10, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

@deck even watson cant play spin, hes a slogger and has no talent except for that of slogging.

Posted by chandau on (August 10, 2011, 5:00 GMT)

LOL the man retired from TESTs to play T20 and ODI but now he is injured (HOW? as he did not play in provincial t20) and cant play again. PITY where is the clone (nuwan pradeep)? is he still not back from injury in england? we really dont have any fast bowlers; dilhara is out again and not consistant. prasad the only other above 80mph, but lacks variety to trouble OZ. BTW is VASSY back from england. why not SLC give him one farewell match this tour. as the best sri lankan and one of the leading in ASIA he deserves respect. but then powers that be of SLC are just average johns who never managed to shine on the field or off it, so how can we expect anything for a great man like Vass. pity

Posted by 9ST9 on (August 10, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

Malinga reminds me of a friends Mini, the car was awesome but at times it breaks down just when you need it.

Posted by denwarlo70 on (August 9, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

Too bad he will miss the 1st ODI but if he is not 100% fit, then might as well not risk him. Good call SLC. Missed him very much and look forward to seeing his heroics against the Kangaroos.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (August 9, 2011, 15:48 GMT)

In recent reports I have read on cricinfo Malinga himself has emphatically said that he is fit to play in all the ODI's if selected. Why is Duleep Mendis saying something else? Is this yet another schism in Sri Lanka cricket? Will this sort of thing never stop?

Posted by decko on (August 9, 2011, 13:25 GMT)

To be honest Malinga not playing is actually a disadvantage to Australia as we've clearly shown that no one accept Watson knows how to play spin. We'd be far better off facing Malinga than 5 spinners.

Posted by Ellis on (August 9, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

Duleep Mendis has never been a fan of Malinga's. So, whether this is payback time for the IPL issue, Malinga's lifestyle etc., is yet to be seen. Let's see how Malinga fares for selection in the later matches. To me, Mendis has no credibility and is a sycophant. A pity because he was a very good batsman and has a lot of cricket experience which can be utilised for the betterment of SL cricket.

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