England in Sri Lanka 2012 March 23, 2012

Prasanna Jayawardene, Randiv back for Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and offspinner Suraj Randiv have returned to the Sri Lanka Test squad for the home series against England. Both had missed the tour of South Africa late last year, Jayawardene due to an injury and Randiv as a result of being dropped.

Strong performances on the domestic circuit since then have helped Randiv win his place back. In five first-class matches this domestic season, Randiv has picked up 37 wickets for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, at an average of 27.35. He has played six Tests for Sri Lanka, picking up 21 wickets at 42.95.

Mahela Jayawardene will lead Sri Lanka for the first time in a Test series since his return to the captaincy after taking over from Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Angelo Mathews will be his deputy.

*There was no place for Ajantha Mendis, who hasn't played top-flight cricket since the series against South Africa last year after suffering a back injury.

Apart from Mendis, the other players from the touring squad to South Africa who have missed out this time are Kanishka Alvitigala, Dilhara Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Kaushal Silva and Nuwan Pradeep.

Suranga Lakmal, the seamer, also returns to the Test squad having missed the tour of South Africa due to an ankle injury. Lakmal, along with Dhammika Prasad and Chanaka Welegedera, will make up the Sri Lanka pace attack. Rangana Herath will be the lead spinner.

The two-Test series begins in Galle on Monday.

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  • Dru on March 24, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    I think this is a decent selection. Eranga hasnt had enough cricket or done much to be in the test side. Strange SL have only two frongt line spinners in the squad. I would have thought SL's only chance is with spin and three spinners is a serious option. The other difficult decision is a 6/5 or 7/4 option. I would go for a 6/5 with Chandimal as the wicky, risky yes, but SL are not going to beat Eng without a risk.

  • Harsha on March 24, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    This is a fine series...green track bullies vs the flat track bullies...England won in green tops 1-0 ...so let's see what Sri Lanka can do in flat tracks...

  • Pradeep on March 24, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I agree with most of the comments regarding Eranga. Also Thissara might have got in, he was starting to impress with the ball. If he works harder with the ball, and learns to stay in with the bat he'll be quite the all rounder. Interesting who will open. I would go with Thirimane, he's the one for the future. And the keeper? Prasanna is the best pure keeper in the world, and his batting is solid, so i guess he'll keep.Plus he has done very well with the bat last year or so. Remember he was the best batsman on the tour of England. Would Chandimal play as a pure batsman?

  • Dwight on March 24, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Eranga should be included since Mathews has to pull out..our pace attack looks weak without malinga & kulu & the exclusion of thissira perera who is more suited as a one day player. If he's not included..my My Test XI is- Dilshan, Thrimanne, Sanga, Mahela, Samareweera, Chandimal, Prassana (wk), Randiv, Herath, Lakmal, Welegedara. I know its a big risk playin a 7-4 lineup in tests but SL must play to their current strenghts which is there batting & spin. Lakmal & Welegedara can bowl out the new ball n let herath, randiv & dilshan clean eng up.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Where is my best friend Kapugedara? up and cumming bowler DIL-Hara? Thanks a lot thanks thanks thanks once againg including Lord mighty Chamara silva. we badly need somebody like chamara silva who can give high5 and give hugs to the bowlers and fielders.

  • Randolph on March 24, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Sri Lankan bowling is virtually non existent. It's just a bunch of pie chuckers on the field. The batting on the other hand is incredible and is the key to them beating England.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    our pace attack is a shame - just as Asantha de mel - apart from Welegedara.

  • Al on March 23, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka dont have really good pace bowlers. All the bowlers in the test squad have been tried and tested and found mediocre although Welegedera can take a 4 or 3 wicket haul with his nagging pegging. Nuwan Kulasekera would have been the best option to partner Welegedera. He's more than handy with the bat too and can give the tail some sting. Pity that there are no new names in the batting dept. That young Perera guy almost got 2 centuries in the dev. board match. (80 & 90 not out) and then there is young Rajapakse....Upul Tharanga is the the best man to partner Dilshan.

  • Nuwan on March 23, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Where is Shaminda Eranga ? He is quick and bowls good length and consistent

    now people will lose faith in cricket again, bad selection bad and the worse

  • Samapth on March 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Mr.Anil Ranasinghe...I doubt about your cricket knowledge..Do not insult to one of the best fast bowlers ever produced by Sri lanka..by using the words loosy bowler..and played sri lanka due to influence..I am also not a great fan of Asantha as a selector..How ever I amire him as a great fat bowler...Friends..Shamindra Eranga has just arrived from shoulder injury...So it is too .early to play him in tests.decision of including Chamara silva and Randiv is a good desicion ,,,,Thery desrve a place due to their super form in domestic cricket...My worry is whether Chandimal is replaced by PJ..Though PJ is the best wicket keeper ....Chandimal is not done anything wrong wicket keeping in Africa...

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