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Mathews takes over as Sri Lanka captain

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February 14, 2013

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Angelo Mathews speaks to reporters, Colombo, February 14, 2013
Angelo Mathews takes over from Mahela Jayawardene as Sri Lanka Test and ODI captain © AFP

Angelo Mathews will take over as Test and ODI captain from Mahela Jayawardene for the home Test series against Bangladesh. Dinesh Chandimal will be Mathews' deputy but will lead the national side in the Twenty20 format. Lasith Malinga has been named Sri Lanka's T20 vice-captain. The appointments are for a period of 11 months.

Jayawardene was expected to step down from captaincy after the tour of Australia, and Mathews was tipped to take over. Chandimal assumes a senior role in the team, having played five Tests and 50 ODIs.

The 20-man squad for the two-Test series starting on March 8 has several fresh faces and some notable absentees from the tour of Australia. Thilan Samaraweera has been dropped, together with opener Tharanga Paranavitana and wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene. Ajantha Mendis returns to the Test squad, having last played a Test in May 2011 against England.

Samaraweera has signed up with Worcestershire for the 2013 county season, but had an inconsistent 2012, a year in which he averaged 32.50. He had a poor tour of Australia, where he failed to score a half-century in six innings. Paranavitana was part of the squad on that tour but didn't play a Test, with Dimuth Karunaratne being preferred over him. Prasanna Jayawardene's Australian tour was cut short by a thumb injury, but he hasn't been picked for the Tests against Bangladesh following his recovery. Chandimal will keep wicket.

The squad features four uncapped players, and six in all who are yet to play a Test: Batsmen Ashen Silva and Kithuruwan Vithanage, seamer Dushmantha Chameera, and offspinner Tharindu Kaushal are those yet to play international cricket. Wicketkeeper-batsman Kushal Janith Perera and legspinning allrounder Jeevan Mendis have played ODI cricket for Sri Lanka but not a Test.

Kumar Sangakkara's participation in the Test series is subject to his recovery from a fractured hand, an injury he suffered on the tour of Australia. Bangladesh play one warm-up game, two Tests, three ODIs and one Twenty20 international on their almost month-long tour of Sri Lanka.

Test squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ashen Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Mahela Jayawardene, Kushal Janith Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ajantha Mendis, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Chanaka Welegedera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Tharindu Kaushal.

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Posted by   on (February 17, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

I wish the youngster Sachitra Senanayake was in the squad. He showed that he has the mental capabilities necessary for international cricket.

Posted by miles100 on (February 17, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

As a captain of younger teams, Chandimal had an extremely successful record. Eventhough international cricket is a different ball game, I strognly think Chandimal will steer the side fluently towards success. I've heard many times when Dinesh was captaining his School, unlike other captains he was more tactical and aggressive in his approach.

Posted by Ramansilva on (February 16, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Although I am a fan of Chandimal, I think it was not a very wise decision to give him captaincy of the T20 team. He should have been nurtured in Test and One day format before pushing him to T20s. He is too good to be wasted in the cowboy cricket.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (February 16, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Good thing is these selectors are positive and at least trying something.By taking Ashen,Tharindu,Kithruwan and Jeewan they are showing those talented blokes that they are at least on national contention and how vital there domestic performances are.Ashen deserves a cap because a avg of 53.74 at the top of the order show how well he can handle both pace and spin.In the future line-up of aggressive stroke players we need someone conservative like ashen. Tharindu, Dhananjaya combo is going be the world's most destructive spin bowling combo.Players like Chameera,Pradeep are pacers of immense potential but the only thing need is proper guidance and i believe C Vaas is the solution.N Pradeep is most unluckiest seamer in the world because some (1 in 12) are totally unplayable and yet it doesn't yield a wicket. @caromball problem is his batting,

Posted by Vikum72 on (February 15, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

Chandimal is too good a batsman to be a keeper-batsman. Also in my opinion he should not even be in the T20 teem till he gains more experience in the other two formats.

Posted by Shajadul on (February 15, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Congrats Mathews and Chadimal for new role....good wishes from Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

OK I agreed the first decision to appoint Angelo Mathews as captain but Dinesh Chamndimal as vice captain ???. I think Dinesh has to establish as a regular player in the side. Still he's performance not consistence. We should give some time him to settle in the side. Still this selection committee is not the right team.

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