Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 February 19, 2013

Mahela unlikely for Bangladesh series


Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh and is also likely to miss the rest of the tour after sustaining a fracture to the middle finger of his left hand. Thilan Samaraweera will replace Jayawardene in the Test squad.

Jayawardene will undergo surgery on Tuesday after he dislocated his finger while taking a catch in the slips during a first-class match for Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) on Sunday. While he couldn't avail medical attention immediately, scans later showed that a chip had come loose from the bone. He may be ruled out for four to six weeks.

"His scans have already been dispatched to Australia for further investigations, but experts have said that the forecast is not very good for the veteran batsman to play the Bangladesh series," Sri Lanka Cricket said.

Samaraweera had been dropped from the side after a poor tour of Australia, but has been among runs in the ongoing first-class tournament. He has made two hundreds and a fifty in five innings for SSC, and is the second-highest run scorer in the league so far.

Kumar Sangakkara is also fighting to recover in time for the first Test, and has begun light batting in the nets after fracturing his hand during the Boxing Day Test. He will begin more demanding practice sessions next week, but is likely to be playing through pain as he aims to be fit for the last round of first-class matches before the Bangladesh tour.

He had hoped to be fit and back in the game by mid-February, but it is still uncertain if he will play in the first Test in Galle.

Bangladesh arrive on February 28 for a tour which includes two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s, in addition to a tour match. They play their last match in Sri Lanka on March 31.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Mike on February 22, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    When Bangladesh last played a test series against the Windies, it was their first test series after a gap of almost a year but still they didn't lose by an innings but they couldn't beat them because the wicket for both these test matches were so so flat which literally had nothing for bowlers for both teams and in the end West Indies won because of their extreme pace attack something Sri Lanka doesn't have and that's why Bangladesh will find your test team much much easier to bat against. They also posted their highest ever test score Bangladesh enough proof to show how flat the pitches were in those test matches. The more Cricket Bangladesh play the easier they will get into rhythm and that's why Bangladesh beat West Indies in an ODI series without some of their best players.

  • Javed on February 22, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    I'm sure Bangladesh will do good in ODI series. But BD team really needs to work hard to win or draw the test matches.

  • Shoaib on February 22, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Don't forget Sri Lanka fast bowling is much weaker than the West Indies so unless Nuwan swings the ball, our batsman I doubt will struggle against Sri Lanka pacers one bit. The key is how both teams play spin and Sri Lanka are obviously after India, the best team that plays spin well so it will be tough no doubt.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    No need to fight here guys -_-. We all know how strong the Srilankan team is and how well BD team is improving. Let's all forget the past and concentrate on the present. Even WI was the best team of the world but they are currently ranked above the minnows. My prediction for the test 1-0 ( 1 draw) or 2-0 win for Srilanka. For ODIs Bangladesh is my favourite and T20 has no favourites but as BD recently completed BPL. BD > SRI.

  • associate cricket fan on February 22, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    I have no issue with BD fans expecting their team to win matches. Every fan would expect their team to win matches regardless of their team is weak or strong. There is nothing wrong with that. but these BD fans are so overconfident here. They are already predicting test series win against us when they are even struggling to draw a test match at home. Just because we struggled in test recent times it doesnt mean we are going to lose against BD. BD bowling attack doesnt have the likes of anderson, swan, ajmal, steyn, morke here. Most of their bowlers average 50 with the ball( except shakib).

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    lack of knowledge about the game clearly shown by some of the fans here.

    yes it's true this is the first time that Bangladesh meeting SL after the retirement of Murali. But even in the past SL haven't have any issue of beating BD, it was like a piece of cake. even in those days there were no talented Bangladesh Batsmans and bowlers, as well as in today. Rangana Herath arguably one of the best in the business currently in world cricket who troubled the quality batsmans in Aus, Eng, SA, Pak, Ind.. so definitely it will be a piece of cake for Rangana to bundle out entire BD batting line up without any trouble. I'm pretty sure he's gonna have 10 for in both the tests

    My question is as BD fans claiming they have talented bowlers and Batsmans in their rank, why wouldn't they able to even draw a single test which played in their own den against WI?

  • Syed on February 22, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    The difference between SL and Bangladesh in the past was: Muralitharen and to an extent Chaminda Vass and the past Bangladeshi batsmen. As Bangladesh have much more better batsman and SL have no Vass or Muralitharen this series will be close. Maybe a 1-1 series draw.

  • Syed on February 22, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Herath factor will easily be dealt by the best Bangladesh test XI. They play left arm spinners EVERY game nearly. The domestic batsman are good against left arm spin and the national batsmen wont have a big problem against left arm spinners. Hope Enamul JR gets a chance but i doubt it unless Shakib cant play and if team management willing to play with 1 batsman short.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    SriLanka Gained Test Status in 1981 and first played a Test Match in 1982 vs England and recorded the first test win and series victory against India in 1985, that is just 3 years after a gaining test status. and within 14 years after gaining test status, they have won the 1996 WC. and became the world champions.

    SL after 14 years World Champions, and Bangladesh after 13 years??????

  • yuvraj on February 21, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    @gnanzcupid. Mate i dont know about SL record in the first 13 years. but BD has been a major disappointment in test cricket. in the past 13 years they have only defeated 2nd string WI and ZIm teams. Recently Zim made their test return after 7 years and they still managed to beat them. Which means they are not even capable of beating the current zim team. Because of BD consistent failures in test cricket ICC is holding back the test status of more deserving nations like ireland. Being an associate nation, ireland has already produced quality players like rankin,Morgan, dockrell, stirling( They must be good if Eng taking them), whereas in 13 years BD has only produced shakib. Even zim won 8 test matches in the 13 years ( including series win in pakistan). I am sure both zim and SL dint lose 65 out of 75 test matches in their first 13 years like BD did.

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