SL Development XI v England XI, Colombo, 1st day

Bowlers' names don't matter - Silva

Sa'adi Thawfeeq at the SSC

March 20, 2012

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Chamara Silva's 163 gave England a tough day in the field, Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI v England XI, 1st day, Colombo, March 20, 2012
Chamara Silva took the attack to England's spinners © Getty Images

Chamara Silva, the Sri Lanka middle-order batsman, gave a timely reminder to the national selectors that he is prime form by hitting 163 off 180 balls for Sri Lanka Development XI on the opening day of the three-day practice match against the tourists at the SSC.

Silva scored 1000 runs for Bloomfield in the domestic Premier League Tier A tournament but is unlikely to come under consideration for the first Test against England in Galle next week. The last of his 11 Tests came against West Indies, in Trinidad, during 2008 and with the emergence of Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews and Chamara Kapugedera, Silva has been pushed aside but made the most of a chance to impress.

"This innings was no different to how I batted throughout the season. I didn't do anything different and the runs came my way and I kept going," he said. "The difference is that this was a Test bowling line-up and you don't receive too many loose balls. The bowlers' names don't matter to me very much. Whoever bowls he bowls the same ball. If you play the correct stroke to every ball you will score runs."

Silva was slotted to go in at No. 3 and was already walking out to bat while the first over of the innings was in progress after opener Malinda Warnapura had fallen for a duck to the third ball.

"Going out to bat in the first over was a big challenge for me," Silva said. "I had to face the new ball but I was able to negotiate it because of the form I was in. I started to middle the ball from the very first delivery I faced. As much as England bowled well I also batted well."

Silva was especially aggressive against the spinners and Graeme Swann, England's No.1 slow bowler, went wicketless while conceding over 100 runs. "I play spinners differently to others," Silva said. "I won't let a spinner dominate me I always try to make him do what I want."

England appeared rattled by the way Silva attacked their bowlers in very hot conditions by driving, cutting, pulling and hooking them to all parts of the field. "When wickets don't fall the opposition sometimes gets rattled. England has a good world class bowling line up with some big names in it but if you do your part right it is not so difficult to score runs off them."

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Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Dili , Lahiru , Sanga , Mahela* , Samare , Mathews(if he is not fit - Silva) , Chandi(wk)

Posted by cricketman123 on (March 21, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Play Upul Tharanga instead of Tharanga Paranavithana

Posted by bouncedout on (March 21, 2012, 12:39 GMT)


Jealous of England much.

How many spinners does your country have at the top end of the world rankings?

Save your concern for your own team. The way they are playing in the WI at the moment they certainly need it. Australia is a team full of old men and not particularly talented younger players. They also like to use players born overseas when it suits them but sssshhh they don't like to mention it.

Those in glass houses........

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 21, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Chandimal should keep for PJ..

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 21, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

With Dilshan getting into middle order, it weakens the chance of Silva.. They got the big three in Sanga, Mahela and Samaraweera in middle order who pick themselves.. Since they are playing in home, will Dilshan go back to his opening slot and pave way for a new no.6.. Dilshan open with other opener, Sanga, Mahela, Samaraweera, Silva/Matthews,Prasanna,Herath,Eranga,Welegedera,Randiv/Kula/Prasad should be their 11.. .

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (March 21, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Oh please don't select another Chamara into the team. There's already one (Kapugedara) ruining everything!!

Posted by nzcricket174 on (March 21, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

The United XI are average. Graeme Swann is being shown up for how good he actually is. Monty will show him a thing or two!

Posted by jonesy2 on (March 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

im sure he relished facing weaker bowlers than in his first class games

Posted by Aju.Nair on (March 21, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Yes..He deserve a chance..But if a chance is given also , he wont perform in the higher level..I dont know why....based on the recent ODI's I am telling may be he is so unlucky...I like the batting style of this guy..his century against India in an ODI is still in my memory.. He is in terrific form now.. An interesting fact about him is he got out for a duck in both innings in his debut test.. Hoping that he will utilize his chance this time ...All the best Silva...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

yes no paranavithana. he is not test materiel.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (March 21, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Congrats for a great knock but honestly when will they try and prepare tracks that give the bowler a bit of a chance? Got a feeling we might be in for the typical 600 for not-very-many dec plays 700 for 5 dec. When test cricket is struggling flat tracks should be outlawed or penalised.

Posted by chamira on (March 21, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

The only reason this 32 years old has been allowed to play in this Dev. XI team is to get some exposure and to see if he's still capable of playing tests - he has only played 11. When was the last one, 4 years ago?

They will probably select him and he will no doubt perform poorly as he has done his entire test career.

Carry on like this, SL cricket will be over in 2 years - Dilshan, Jayawardne & Sanga will retire by then.

We're still living off 1996, it's pathetic. Give a chance to new young players. There are people who play this funny sport called cricket outside the Colombo catchment area you know!

Posted by joe44c on (March 21, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

A place does need to be found for Silva. He has shown clearly that he is in excellent and consistent form -- and that he knows well how to handle the English bowling attack (Swann and Finn in particular).

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 21, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

absolutely agree with the redox, whilst i am a fan of mathews, he needs time to recover fully and haaving another guy in the mix in silva, who is in form, does not harm at all...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Well if Silva is in form, then it's worth giving him a go in tests. Thirimanne is way better than Paranavithana, so he must replace him. The XI should be :

Dilshan, Thirimanne, Sanga, Mahela*, Chandimal†, Silva, Samaraweera, Herath, Randiv, Eranga and Prasad

Posted by KingOwl on (March 21, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

I agree. If Angelo is not fit, he should not play. If Chamara Silva is in form - he is - he should be given a chance again. He plays long innings. But Paranawithana is way better than Warnapura. But why is he not playing the practice game? Para has an avg of over 42 and that is after playing top nations away from home. Warnapura has a much lower avg, and that too against sub continent sides on flat tracks - totally useless as a benchmark for an opening bat. Para knows very well where his off stump is. That is the most important thing for most openers.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 21, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

I agree with TheRedox, if Matthews is not fit, Silva must be used. And please please please, no Paranavitana. I would rather see Thirimanne be groomed than Paranavitana. Parana had too many chances and only made 2 centuries. Even the person he replaced, Malinda Warnapura was a better player

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

I think silva should play on current form in the the first test....maheela should open again (although i dont think he will) in place of tharanga paranavitana....he is such a boring player 2 watch....chandimal should wicketkeep in place of prasana jayawardena and chamara silva can take his place....then the batting lineup can be .....dilshan , maheela , sanga , samaraweera , chamara silva , mathews and chandimal as the top 7 batsman.....

Posted by sl_supporter on (March 20, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

I agree with 'TheRedox', don't rush Mathews, leave him and use him in one dayers. It appears time to leave Sanga out of the side for while and let him rest for some time.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 20, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

As for Swann, the journeyman has once again proven how ineffective he is in the subcontinent, getting belted for a century at almost 5 an over. With Patel also struggling, it looks like the tweaker Monty will be the first choice spinner. Finn, the "best young bowler in the world" as the English like to say, was also carted around and if this is the best they have well then the future looks very worrying for the United XI. How on earth did they let de Lange and Philander slip through the net?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

well played. but u have no chance in SL xi. there is samaraweera, mathews, thirimanne, PJ, etc.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

With our so called greats playing like grands in Dhaka, Chamara Silva, at least in theory, should stand a good chance of playing in the first test.

Posted by TheRedox on (March 20, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Please selectors use him when he's in his prime form.Don't let it wasted!If Mathews is not fit,here is your no 6 batter!

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