Australia in Sri Lanka 2011

Batsmen lacked application - Atapattu

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

August 21, 2011

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Angelo Mathews was stumped off Xavier Doherty, Sri Lanka v Australia, 4th ODI, R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, August 20, 2011
Sri Lanka's batsmen have failed to click as a unit, according to their batting coach Marvan Atapattu © AFP
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Sri Lanka's batting coach Marvan Atapattu has blamed a lack of application from the Sri Lanka batsmen for the team's poor performance in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. Australia took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series after they beat the hosts by five wickets in the fourth ODI in Colombo on August 19.

"The batting is pretty disappointing, no doubt about it," Atapattu said. "It's more to do with application [rather] than anything else. We know the potential that we have, but we have not gone all the way to show what we are made of.

"It's consistency in application that we lack. Apart from one or two batsmen, it has nothing to do with technique or anything like that. It's more to do with application."

Sri Lanka have failed to bat out their 50 overs in the three games they have lost and were bowled out for just 132 on Sunday, which disappointed Atapattu. "Being ranked No. 2 [Sri Lanka were ranked second in the ICC rankings for ODI teams at the start of the series] we should be doing much more than what we have. It is disappointing to see the personnel in the team and their performances. We look at the team and say this is one of the best batting line-ups in the world; although we are playing against the No. 1 [ODI] team, we as a batting unit believe that we are much more capable than this."

Upul Tharanga, the leading run scorer for Sri Lanka in the series so far, is the only top-order batsman for the hosts to average above 40. Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have all struggled for consistency, with none of them averaging above 37. "The problem we have is that it is only the same two or three batsmen who are always contributing. The pressure on these batsmen is more. What we are trying to do is get the rest of the batsmen to also contribute."

Atapattu said that batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who was dropped from the squad after the first three ODIs, had some technical issues that needed to be resolved. "Chandimal has changed a bit since he got his last fifty in Manchester. There is nothing wrong with his hitting - he is a fantastic hitter of the ball; probably the best in the country today. He needs to fine-tune certain areas before he faces a good bowling attack like Australia's next time around."

Sri Lanka's batting line-up has undergone changes in recent times: Thilina Kandamby who was vice-captain on the England tour was dropped for the Australia series, while, along with Chandimal, allrounder Thisara Perera was dropped after the first three games against Australia. Atapattu suggested the changes were not helping but said the batsmen in the side should be delivering.

"It is the duty of the captain and me as batting coach to make the best use of the batsmen selected in the squad. There is a lack of consistency in the batting line-ups we have been given; but we don't have any control over that. The players who are in the squad should make the runs. The reason for not reaching even a total of 200 [in the fourth ODI] is because the batsmen failed to contribute.

"My personal opinion is to give as much opportunities to a player and if he doesn't perform to expectations then we will have to look at another potential player and give him similar opportunities, but we must have patience with them. If we keep on changing players from day to day we will remain in the same position always. We cannot expect to produce an Arjuna [Ranatunga], Aravinda [de Silva], Hashan [Tillakaratne] or Roshan [Mahanama] overnight - it will take some time. Until such time we have to be patient. If we don't get the expected results from the present crop of players then we will have to adopt that policy [of giving new players opportunities]."

The final ODI will be played in Colombo on Monday which will be followed by three Tests in Galle, Pallekele and Colombo.

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Posted by great on (August 22, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

This is my selection 1 dilshan 2 upul 3. chandimal 4 angelo 5 sanga 6 mahela 7 mendis/prasanna followed by bowlers.. we can change this batting order according to the situation..Sri Lankan middle order is the main reason for recent defeats.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

It was Aravinda who messed it up during the WC, which nullified our chances of winning it. Now it is the time for Mendis to screw it up. Sri Lanka is the only country to go with 4 specialist batmen in the team. In contrast Australia has 7 batsmen. Batting is the failure, but you change the bowling attack. Hilarious. Once the top 2 goes early, Sanga & Mahela bat with lot of pressure hiding their strokes to avoid any collapses because there is nothing much to follow. Getting the batting order correct with at least 6 specialist batsmen (not bits & pieces players), 4 specialist bowlers with an all rounder (with Dilshan, you will have 6 bowlers), then you will start winning.

Posted by hyclass on (August 22, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

I think youve hit the nail on the head @RandyOz...a number of the dismissals i saw would shame park cricketers. I have no doubt,that 20/20 is creating the panicked batting i saw and clouding what constitutes good or bad bowling. Changing formats is not just a technical issue.Theres an emotional change in how to approach each delivery.Scoreless deliveries are dynamite for batting sides in 20/20. There is also little in the way of shape to each innings ,relying more on who lucks in on the day.In ODI innings, not scoring many off a dangerous bowler can be part of the game plan,or milking only 4 an over in the middle overs to maintain momentum and keep wickets in hand. It far more replicates test match cricket.There is an ideal pace to each ODI innings,based on the pitch and the opposition.This varies a little and scores of anywhere between 230 and 300 can be competitive. I think that SL are struggling to come to terms with the format transition and im confident they arent the only ones.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (August 22, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

This is what happens when you hype up people who are not yet fully ready. Matthews is a promising player and should be treated as such. Instead they were hyping him up as "key player" "potential captain" and so forth. What does he do? He tries to be a hero and does an "Afridi". If SL are not careful he will become the Afridi of SL, i.e so much promise, so little to show for it except for ads on TV.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Tough loss for Sri Lanka. Australia is showing us all how good they are. They are still #1 and they belong there. They are tough and disciplined as always. Sri Lanka can be competitive if they can put a descent score on the board to which they are very capable. Yes a huge dependency on the top 4 to contribute. I have always liked Samaweera as steadying influence in the middle order if they will only pick him, and Mathews is no doubt a superstar in the making. Let's not start the big blame game folks. Instead let's just say well done to Australia and maybe we can give them better challenge next time. Remember that we did beat Australia in the last ODI series in their home turf, so it can be done!

Posted by RanjitW on (August 22, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

I disagree with Atapattu ! We do not have a strong batting line up ! It is quite clear that SL batsmen were clueless against the the Aussie fast bowlerswho manhandled the Sri Lankan batsmen. Expecially Bollinger sent a bouncer at the body scaring the SL batsmen and with the next ball took the wicket. So it is the lack of experience how to face fast bouncers. If SLfst bowlers cannot boel bouncers get a machine that cn do and train them to get out of that fear.Then we have a strong batting team.

Posted by Ameega on (August 22, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

@Meety: Agreed mate. True, some extreme SL fans thought they could end up with a 5-0, but they were very minority. In one of my previous comments after 3 ODI, I clearly mentioned that SL need to level the series before Aussies come back to their form. Unfortunately (for me and for other SL fans), Aussies gained the form the first over of the 4th ODI. @Willow25; as Dasith Sean correctly said, it was not SL fans rated SL as the favorites. Nobody expected 5-0 whitewash in favor of SL, but most predicted SL winning the series (I guess it was still reasonable after 2-0 result in T20s). SL team or fans never (or very rarely) used to condemn opponents before start of any series. I can recall how punter predicted a whitewash in favour of Aussies before being thrashed by England last summer. I am disappointed of the way SL batted in all 4 ODIs (including the one they won), but not hopeless for a come back. Best of luck for both teams, and expecting a nail biter for the first time in this tour

Posted by kothumalli11 on (August 22, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

Dear Selectors, Pls keep Chamara in for today's ODI as well. He is a wonderful batsman, got great technique and one of the popular (failed) batsmen in international cricket scene now. Like you, all the other international teams and their fans love to see him included in the SL playing 11.Keep up the good work and contribute Australia making 4-1 in this series.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 22, 2011, 5:50 GMT)

Biggest mistake of selectors is Chamara Silva.... What happened to Samaraweera? He was a great batsman, and to all those that think he is slow, there have been many games where he hits in the end and his SR has gone close to 100. In the WC against Australia before it rained, the batting lineup also disintegrated, but Sanga and Samaraweera were the only two that stood and they built a huge partnership that would have definetely tallied (if it did not rain) at least 250 runs. Besides the point, I'm waiting for the Tests to start. These day/night matches do not work for a person in the US..... Game starts at 2 AM over here... when the tests start, it will be 9:00 PM..... which is a lot more manageable

Posted by stormy16 on (August 22, 2011, 5:38 GMT)

Total failure by the SL batters and lack of application is a fair call even from a guy like Sanga who twice threw his wicket after getting starts. Dilshan has scrathced around but that middle order remains a mess and amazingly Chamara Silva who was part of the original problem is still there and looks no better. Worse still is thety drop Chandimal who I thought was a answer to the problem and surely did enough to be ahead of Chamara. We are also missing just how good the Aussies have been on all fronts. The fast bowlers have bowled with skill and pace and the spinners have done enough - well better than the SL spinners at this stage.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 5:12 GMT)

hello i am s l fan game is game dont blem s l hope fuly vin test

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 5:12 GMT)

Its going to be 3-1 Australia I am afraid, I don't think there would be any cricket today with this kind of rain around.Its going to be 3-1 Australia I am afraid, I don't think there would be any cricket today with this kind of rain around.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

I don't know how many players in middle order we have changed for last 1 year or so.Failures are there for youngsters. I remember how arjuna was recovered very early in carrier in New zealand tour & Pakistan tour in 1983 & also poor start of marvan. But those were having faith & done their job. well we have to keep Chandimal, kapugedara & Mathews in first 5 as I feel now .Chamara silva & Thilan are over now & we have to keep lahiru thirimanna,Kandambi,Suraj Randiv, Jeevan mendis & thisara perera as back ups. These all players are very much talented & at least 3 youngsters should test in front & mahela & Kumar should bat later. Our seniors should remember how they were given opportunities by Arjuna & Aravinda. We can clearly see the difference inconsistency in Australia , England , Indian & south African sides when youngsters were given continuous opportunities.

Posted by Dharshana007 on (August 22, 2011, 5:02 GMT)

Please don't play chamara silva pin sidda wei. other batsman loose their confidence when they even just see him.

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (August 22, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

A lot of suggestions here, but the one i like is the one which says we should bring someone from the test team eg paranawitharana, samaraweera or prasanna j. The team selection for the 4th odi was horrible. batting has been the problem and they insisted on having 5 bowlers. The batting order looked fragile even before a ball was bowled. I would probably bring Samaraweera in and i also think randiv should get a go. Credit should also go to the Aus fast bowlers who has bowled extreamly well.

Posted by rumyfala on (August 22, 2011, 3:39 GMT)

well well here goes the chances of SL making at 3-2. Its raining cats and dogs in colombo and the chances of the 5th ODI getting underway is almost nil.

Posted by Meety on (August 22, 2011, 2:12 GMT)

@Dasith Sean Wijes. - I think the comment was aimed more at some SL fans were thinking SL would win 5-0. This I think was ignorance of what the REAL state of Oz cricket is at. For Oz - used to sucess, the current climate is not good but with plenty to be optimistic about, relatively speaking, Oz are in a much healthier positoin than most of the countries ranked #1 to #4 on the test rankings.

Posted by Willow25 on (August 22, 2011, 1:15 GMT)

Are you listening to yourself. You compare Dilshan batting against England? Why? The reason your middle order fails is because of the top order, they are under pressure because they have to face the new ball with stuff all runs on the board cause the top 4 are just T20 hacks and ODI has beens. As far as Sri Lankans being favourites, that is because they hold a home ground advantage due to doctored up pitches for their spinners. That is what happened the last ODI, Sri Lanka made a pitch to suit their spinners and all that produced was a poor batting surface and backfired on them big time. 132 Pathetic runs. Oh well I am looking forward to seeing our boys in 4th spot in the test rankings in a few weeks. enjoy 5th spot we kept it warm for you.

Posted by Meety on (August 21, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

@RandyOZ - whilst you named their 3 best, I do believe Matthews is the real deal, but will really bloom over a bit more time & you don't see the best in him at the moment. SL have another great batsmen in Samaweera, (who's a handy bowler too), but he is deemed to be too "slow" in terms of strike rate for ODIs. I would say that IF Samaweera had of played it MAY of been 2 all going into the 5th. Oz have been better across the board though! @Balumekka - OUCH! That's harsh but very funny!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2011, 23:37 GMT)

@Willow25 Dilshan much better against england in england than your australian batters did in australia. In one day cricket there is always a place for risk taking batting in the first few overs. He hasn't done bad in my opinion. He's done well around the world with the style he plays. Look at his average as an opener if you don't believe me. The failure to bat 50 overs in the 3 games we lost had more to do with the lower middle order than the top order. When our middle order is under pressure they only know one way to get out of it. That's by trying to hit the leather off the ball. That's the attitude that needs to change. SL aren't playing at even 70% right now. Mate admit it, it wasn't just SL fans who thought SL would win the series. Your own TAB and Sportsbet still had better odds for SL after he first 3 games. It was a case of batsmen making silly mistakes.

Posted by wazza85 on (August 21, 2011, 23:11 GMT)

what poor performance by the SL, second consecotive series loss. this again shows how good the aussies are to bounce back and get used to the conditions quickly.. what i dont understand is what is Chamara Silva still doing in the side? he is like a white elephant he should be completely dropped. he is the worst batsman i have ever seen. u can't blame Sanga and Mahela. it goes back to say how at one time how SL depended on S'Jayasuriya to save the game. its high time the young batsmans took responsibility. chasing 132 to win, Aussies lost 5 wickets shows that the SL bowling attack was good if only SL had put 80 runs on the board would have been a good game. the batsman dont learn from their mistakes Angelo Mathews failed again by playing a stupid stroke .what was he thinking of..seemed like they gifted their wickets.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 21, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

@SL fans, i'll tell you why it appears like you only have 3 batsmen (Dilshan,Kumar,Mahela) - these are the only guys who give a damn about test cricket! By give a damn, I mean a.) are willing to put in long hours in the nets, b.) have the mental ability to leave balls c.) do not produce brain failures after a bit of pressure is applied d.) have the fitness e.) are willing to build an innings. These qualities are test match cricket qualities, and you are kidding yourselves if you think they don't translate to ODIs.

Posted by Willow25 on (August 21, 2011, 22:00 GMT)

I am loving this. After the T20's, Sril Lanka thought they were unbeatable talking up a 5-0 whitewash, now having lost the series all I can hear is complaining about your team. You should start at the top. Dilshan is a joke (wow he got a T20 hundred) I have not seen him play a single cricket shot, the captain should stand up and not be just a slogger, admit it, he's a hack, average of 35. Aussies to win comfortably tonight with a couple of changes and then look forward to dominating the test series (that is if Sri Lanka can find some test cricketers by then). Here is a hint FORGET 20/20.

Posted by Zookinii on (August 21, 2011, 21:40 GMT)

Well the result of the last ODI was predictable - we all knew Chamara Silva would fail, but selectors still chose him. The logic behind selection and batting line-up dispersion is ridiculous. It's a very poor strategy to load all the fire power at the top and then forget about the middle and lower-order. We've all seen time and again what happens when the top order don't fire. Chandimal is a key player for SL he brings a lot of talent, despite whatever technical flaws he must be persisted with. What we all learnt from the last ODI was that Silva's inclusion didn't make any difference to the result. Never has his contributions in recent times produced a winning result, whereas Chanidmal's contributions has. This is the essential point to consider here. Samaraweera, the wall of SL is missing from the line up? Prasanna Jayawardene too. These two players should at least be drafted into the ODI side for selectors to at least have the option to choose. In closing, reassess batting line-up!

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (August 21, 2011, 21:29 GMT)

Mr.Atapattu Chandimal was under your wing even during the England tour where he did well. What is it he has to learn now that he didnt know before? And the best hitter in the country? Well he's certainly hitting it into welcoming arms. Perhaps you are not allowed to speak about selections but Mr. Duleep Mendis must surely playing us all a spratt by selecting Chamara Silva! Silva has been playing since 1999. Is he still learning? Its a jolly long learning curve. When will we see the finished product? 2020?

Posted by Dilmah82 on (August 21, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

Before you guys start attacking Marvan, I think you need to remember he is NOT a selector and NOT responsible for all that is going on. If you look closely I think he is taking a a very subtle swipe at the selectors without being obvious and getting fined for it! He is right chopping and changing of players doesn't help. The middle order is a mess and we are still relying on the top 4. IMO Chamara Silva should never be allowed to play international cricket again, he's had enough chances. Chandimal prob shouldn't have been dropped. It won't do anything for his confidence, and it was just recently he scored a ODI 100. Technical issues could have been sorted in the nets! Perhaps Mathews needs to go up the order and be given more responsibilty, which would push either Mahela or Sanga down to fix the middle order problems that have existed even before the WC!

Posted by WTEH on (August 21, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

Marvan you may be able to fine tune Chandimal. But I'm not sure what you can do for Chamara Silva. If you feel like the selectors not doing a good job, pls point it out. If not, fans will think you are responsible for the batting failure. Come to think of it, for 3-4 yrs we were doing well in ODI's. Now after you took the job as the batting coach, (and Dilshan as captain) we lost two series. Our bating was horrible. Even for the whole world cup we had only 5 good batsmen. Have to look for future, get the youngsters. SL should not pathetic like India. When players get old, we have to replace them with younger generation. But this cannot be done overnight, have to introduce new blood time to time and need to make sure they improve in timely manner. Right now you guys are expecting miracles from the youngsters when half of the line up is filled with old guns. See what happened to Mathews, he cannot rescue the team always, get some good batters in the middle order.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

I would suggest that Kausal Silva should be added into Sri Lankan Side to make the Middle order Solid...Instead of Chamara Silva, Thilni Kandamby Should have been given a chance......And also Sanga Should take some responsibilty without geting out cheeply....he definetly would'nt have played the way he did over the past few matches if he was the Captain....

Posted by Mfalme on (August 21, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

Interesting to c so many suggestions in this forum. But hardly anyone has pointed out one thing! Not just in this serious but on many occasions SL batting failed to last entire 50 overs. In this series SL had almost 10 overs of batting remaining in the 3 lost matches. What is pathetic is the attitude of lower order batsmen, particularly Lasith Malinga. When there r so many overs remaining they should learn to bat out remaining overs as every run matters in limited overs cricket. I am a big fan of Angelo (merely for his presence of mind while fielding). But has a long way to go before he could be considered captaincy material (recurring injuries aside). I also feel it's good to have entirely different players, except for 3/4 key players, for the 3 different formats. Players could be chosen based on their skills in a particular format & they will not be required to adjust playing styles as they wont be playing other formats. Adjusting for different formats has been a big problem for SL.

Posted by Charindra on (August 21, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

Pathetic batting!! What on earth is Chamara "I can only cut and sweep" Silva still doing in the team??? And why is Chandimal dropped??? UNBELIEVABLE! Too much interference in the team from the outside i think... Sad sad sad..

Posted by jabesingha on (August 21, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

WE HAVE TO CHANGE CAPTAN AS WELL DILSHAN IS KIND OF PLAYER WHO CAN BAT THN BEEN A CAPTAN ,WE MUST HAVE SANGA BACK AS CAPTAN ,GILLCRIST BATTING COACH ,WAZIM AKRAM BOWLING COACH WHAT ELSE WE NEED THIS WILL BE THE WORLD BEST COMBINATION ,SRI LANKAN CRICKET BOAD OLS OPEN URE EYE ON THAT ,WE SHOULD NOT WORRY ABOUT PLYERS WE SOULD WARRY ABOUT CURRENT COACHING TEAM

Posted by jabesingha on (August 21, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

ITS FUNNY WAY THE BATTING COACH THINKING,IF TEY REALLY CONCEDERING MIDLE ODER WHY NOT INCLUDE THILINA KANDAMBI ,WHAT KIND OF GAME PLYING WITH HIM ,GIVE HIM CHANCE DONT GIVE HIM A CHANCE AND DROP KEEP GIVINING CHANCE TO HIM AS THEY USED TO GIVE ATHAPATTU ,DILSHAN AND MAHELA AND CAMARA CILVA ,ALSO IF WE REALLY WANT WIN NEXT WORLD CUP HIRE FOR BOWLING COACH AS WAZIM AKRAM AND BATTING COACH AS GILLCRIST,THIES TWO HAS MATCH WINING HABIT AND ,

Posted by   on (August 21, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

Bring players like Tharanga Paranavithana, Thilan Samaraweera and Prasanna Jaywardena to ODI team. It is worth trying them in ODI team instead of having players like Chamara Silva who can not stay in the wicket for even an over.

Posted by siriherath on (August 21, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

In addition to all that, I really think you need to take a second look at the prospect of Mathews captaining this team one day. With just 5 batters in the team and 4 down, (that's including Chamara whose contribution cannot be assured of) he took just a few minutes before shamming down the pitch to take a swipe and got kidded by a bowler who was just a novice to ODIs, at a time when the team was visibly pointing to an abyss. Mathews may have the skills but in fielding and batting in recent matches hasn't shown even a teeny trace of responsibility. Even at 95 for 2, SL still had a chance. But after Sangakkara, they all fell like lemmings in a heap. Like Australia and England, we need to instill in the mindset of our players that while failure following best effort is acceptable, failure due to irresponsible effort disregarding team goals is intolerable. Every member must pull its weight. No room for passengers or bystanders.

Posted by Roshanaara on (August 21, 2011, 16:27 GMT)

I think Chamara Silva is a well connected person that's why the team keeps playing him inspite of him failing continously. The weakness of the middle order has been exposed for the n-th time and the captain, coach and selectors have not given any thought to change the batting order. They keep depending on the first 4. They expect the opening pair to do the job - in case they fail they expect Sanga-Mahela duo to take charge. They dont seem to be bothered to look beyond Sanga and Mahela. It's pure gambling. If 2 of the first 4 score we win, if not we lose. Mathews is not capable of building up a score and providing necessary strength to his partners, in a crunch situation. He is also depending on the seniors. If they fail he fails. Either Sanga or Mahela have to be pushed down the order as we do not have a solid batsman to shoulder the responsibility in the middle/lower middle order. And Chamara Silva has to be kicked out at all cost, which I dont think would ever happen.

Posted by NT_ROXX on (August 21, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

If our top order batsmen(no.1,no.2,no.3)fail to get runs in a match.our middle order miserabaly fail to construct the inngs.even they can't bat 50 overs...god save sri lanka cricket!!!If our top order batsmen(no.1,no.2,no.3)fail to get runs in a match.our middle order miserabaly fail to construct the inngs.even they can't bat 50 overs...god save sri lanka cricket!!!

Posted by Balumekka on (August 21, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

Ok Mr. Atapattu, what's your opinion about Chamara Silva? Probably he must be still learning, after 73 ODIs.....Yah they say you learn till you die.

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 21, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

The folly of this selection team is quite evident;they simply axed Chandimal without being able to anticipate the current situation;they should have drafted in a youngster who could have been tried in this dead rubber;now they have to bring back Jeewan just for the sake of it and losing a golden opportunity to groom a youngster. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by CRIC89 on (August 21, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

Chamara Silva's inclusion looks a problem to every one. It looks he (Chamara) has a fine political back up with him...................... what els eto think about. He is in the team after and after his ugly performances.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2011, 14:46 GMT)

Yes Chandimal may have Technical faults, thats why you are there to correct that. not to drop him and put him mentally down.and then keep on playing Captains pet like C Silva. Chandimal is given 12 matches , in three he failed and he was droped. we have seen how long Mubarak was persisted and of course Kapugedra. Yes we dont produce supper starts over night but its sad when we dont have the stars we have, bcoz they are branded as test players. Why cant we use Thilan and Prasana, should Prasana play only test cricket, whats wrong with Kausalya Silva.,whats sad is you are defending the Jokers now.

Posted by sampi72 on (August 21, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

Hi Mr Marven,You are taking about every body except for Chamara Silva.Chandimal droped because of he is having some technical problem.So we asume Chamara Silva is not having any technical problem....So play him for next match also.Dear selectors If he score over 25 runs select him for the next series also and drop chandimal to correct his technical errors.god bless to sri Lanka cricket.

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 21, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

He is missing the point;one could understand star players born once in ten/twenty or so years but more annoying is the fact of selection blunders;what on earth he could say to the inclusion of Silva;does Silva deserve on a mere fact of better fielding than a youngster;better to have invested in an under 19/22 youngster who will improve with time.Wake up Marvan you talked of jokers and now you don't turn out to be one of the same clan. Ranil Herath _Kent

Posted by dsig3 on (August 21, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

As an aussie, when I look at Sri Lanka I only consider 3 batsmen and one pinch hitter. Their batsmen are Jayawardene, Kumar and Dilshan while Mathews is a pinch hitter. All others are nothing really. Tharanga has scored runs but to me still looks out of his depth.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2011, 12:55 GMT)

I wonder how Marvan explains the inclusion of Chamara Silva, who has showed in many occasions how ineffective he is!

Posted by Felix1025 on (August 21, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

So why Chandimal out and Chamara in?

Posted by   on (August 21, 2011, 11:30 GMT)

I like this comment.. *** We cannot expect to produce an Arjuna [Ranatunga], Aravinda [de Silva], Hashan [Tillakaratne] or Roshan [Mahanama] overnight - it will take some time ***

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