England in Sri Lanka 2012 March 23, 2012

Prasanna Jayawardene, Randiv back for Sri Lanka

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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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  • stormy16 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.

  • Hush78 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_dealwis 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?

  • DwightR 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.

  • 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.

  • RandyOZ 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.

  • on March 23, 2012, 19:37 GMT

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

  • Lord.emsworth 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.

  • Danksl 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

  • sampi72 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...

  • stormy16 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.

  • Hush78 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_dealwis 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?

  • DwightR 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.

  • 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.

  • RandyOZ 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.

  • on March 23, 2012, 19:37 GMT

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

  • Lord.emsworth 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.

  • Danksl 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

  • sampi72 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...

  • on March 23, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Why is Shaminda Eranga not included? he bowled superbly in his debut series and was removed from the squad because of injury, now he's back to fitness and form, but not in the squad. selectors should be consistent

  • SLMaster on March 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    This is not a balance squad. Blowlers win matches and there are not enough quality bowlers like in the one-day squad. Please re-evaluate bowlers list. Five bowlers in the squad with nine batsmen. None of the five bowlers can establish into one day squad except Herath marginally. That much of a difference in Test to one-day means a failure. Should go with the same bowling unit played for one-day except Malinga because he has retired from tests.

  • on March 23, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    The question being raised is why Kulasekara not there? When India toured Sri Lanka in 2008 Kulasekara played in first two tests without much success. He did bowl reasonably well in combination with Thushara when NZ and Pakistan last toured Sri Lanka. But he is a skiddy type of bowler who can get wickets by keeping a tight line and length in ODIs. But in test cricket that is not enough to be penetrative. The batsmen are prepared to play a waiting game and once any initial movement is gone they will start attacking Kulasekara type bowlers who bowl at a very friendly pace. I guess most of us agree that Welagedara because of his success in South Africa and becuase of variety offered should be No.1 pick paceman. Between Eranga and Lakmal I also prefer Eranga having personally seeing him bowl in his only test at SSC. But selectors would have considered his fitness coming back after an injury. Upul Tharanga should have been considered. Overall De Mel got it mostly correct.

  • ChrisPerera on March 23, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Randiv is not bowling to his full potential. Some one should work with him as he has height with high arm action.

  • on March 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    mendis is fit to b only in d army.. bt nt cricket ... good to c randiv n prasanna back... srilanka r goin to tear d english men apart. go srilanka.. cheers

  • UN_Jonty on March 23, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    gd selection except paranavithana.Kulasekara & Shaminda aranga should be in.There is no place for tharanga because others are done well in tests except paranavithana.

  • itsTIME4ELImination on March 23, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Ashantha De Mel is a perfect hack. Get rid of him!

  • GeemanSL on March 23, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Does anybody even know of Angelo Perera? he is a genuine all rounder like mathews, in his school year, he scored more runs than chandimal and was overlooked when Sanga invited chandimal to the national side. He scored 90* and 85 in the warmup game and picked up wickets, why cant they see this young talent. He is not only an all rounder, he lead St.Peters to test, ODI victory, represented SL U19, ....

  • SLC-2020 on March 23, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    This is Upul Tharanga's First-class Career stats: M: 83...In: 138...NO: 4... Rns: 4726...HS: 265*... Av:35.26...Hundreds: 10. He has scored 4627 Runs in ODIs with 12 Hundreds (including one at Lords) at an average of 35.05. In World-Cup 2011 he scored 395 runs at an average of 56.42 with 2 Hundreds and a Fifty. Then he was completely overlooked for 3 consecutive tours (Test Series). This is the ploy the "Hidden-agenda Selectors" applied on this 27 yr old outstanding player to shatter his confidence.! Throughout his career, this player(helpless outstation boy) had to suffer due to the preferential treatment of "selectors" to "elite-group" good-for-nothing players like Mubarak. Upul Tharanga had been RANDOMLY given ONLY 15 TEST Matches since 2005, in which he has scored 713 runs with a Hundred and many fifties. They will never let him establish as a test player. Get some newbies unlikely to establish and put your own at the end....history repeats.! Shame on you Ashantha de Mel..!!!

  • on March 23, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    where is upul tharanga.he has done really well last 3 years in odis.pls drop paranavithana.mr.asantha de mel upul is still 27 years.where is upul tharanga.he has done really well last 3 years in odis.pls drop paranavithana.mr.asantha de mel upul is still 27 years.he is ya¤-joung talent bATSMEN..kulasekara should be selected.look at comments mr.ashantha dabout upul and kulasekara.

  • Test-is-the-best on March 23, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Sachithra Senayanake SHOULD have been tested instead of Randiv

  • on March 23, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    My Team 1.D chandimal 2.T Dilshan 3.K sangakkara 4.M Jayawardena 5.T Samaraweera 6.C Silva 7.P Jayawardena 8.S Randiv 9.R Herath 10.D Pasad 11.S Lakmal

  • eddsnake on March 23, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    How on earth does Dhammika Prasad get picked for tests ahead of Nuwan Kulaskera or Dilhara Fernando? His test record is shocking (18 wickets at 59 each in 9 tests), all I ever see him do is whack it in half way down the track and get pulled and hooked for boundary after boundary. Just because he has a bit of pace does not automatically make him a better test prospect than Kulasekera (just look at how well Vernon Philander has done recently, bowling around 82/83 mph).

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Sorry Mr. De Mel you got wrong this too. Kulasekara & Tharanga should have been there. Leave Paranavitana out . let Dilshan & Thirimanne open. Kulasekara should lead the attack. De mel what do you know about bowling your were lousy bowler at school level (isipathana/Royal) you plyed because of the the influance. God bless Sri lankan cricket because of this Guy

  • 9ST9 on March 23, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Looking forward to see Thilan Samarweera's Dodged resolute batting again. Herath has to be the strike bowler, I still don't see Randiv as a Test bowler- more of a tight ODI spinner.

  • 9ST9 on March 23, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Hardly see Mendis playing these days. Are SLC keeping him in wraps for 'something bigger?'

  • hotcric01 on March 23, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I think this is a decent squad.Lot of talks about kula,but for me he is not suitable for test cricket.He is a consistent bowler,but not an attacking bowler. Lakmal,Chanaka,Herath and Randiv should play in first test.Nice to see Randiv back to the international cricket.He is the best off spinner in Sri Lanka in post-Murali era.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    News..... After originally naming Angelo Mathews in squad .. He's now been ruled out of First Test. Chamara Silva who made 163 v England replaces him...

  • coolahamed on March 23, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    where is shaminda eranga? he is a better bowler than lakmal and prasad..i don't know what the selectors are doing at the moment..give a chance to eranga..he is a very good prospect for sri lanka...

  • LWGLWG on March 23, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    WHY THE SELECTORS KEEP ON PLAYING SURANGA LAKMAL. HE HAS NO PENETRATION. JUST KEEP ON BOWLING. HE IS NOT A WICKET TAKING BOWLER. ERANGA WAS THE FIRST CHOICE FOR ME WITH WELAGEDERA. IF SOMEONE PRESSURIZE TO INCLUDE SURANGA THOUGH THE CHIEF SELECTOR DOES NOT WANTS HIM, WHY THE CHIEF SELECTOR CAN NOT SAY TO THE MEDIA THAT HE IS RESIGNING IF HE IS NOT PERMITTED TO SELECT THE TEAM WHAT HE WANTS. THEN THE CORRECT RESULT COULD BE ACHIEVED SAME AS FOR BANGLADESH.

  • kasrock on March 23, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    My team would be like this but i was dissapointed in not selecting Eranga & Kulasekara but it's hard choice but lets see how they perform. But i think they should have givena chance to Senanayake he is a good allround cricker. Dilshan Tharanga Sangakkara Mahela Samaraweera Dinesh Matthews Randiv Prsad/Lakmal Hearth Welagedara

  • LWGLWG on March 23, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    WHAT HAPPENED TO CHAMINDA ERANGA WHO PERFORMED WELL AGAINST AUSTRALIA IN SRI LANKA LAST YEAR????

  • on March 23, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Mandernew, I agree with you of leaving out a senior player to give a younger player an opportunity. But it has always been Thilan who is the most consistent and highest averaging batsman in the world for last 5 years who has been at the receiving end. You can see what happened when he was left out against Pakistan and when he was brought back against South Africa to face one of the best bowling lineups in the world. If performance based criteria in recent tests (not ODIs) is used to list who should be left out the captain, former captain and Paranavithana will appear on top of the list. In ODIs batsmen can afford to lift the ball over partially protected slip cordon and opposing captain will go on the defensive. In a test match the opposing captain can afford to leave the field in front of the wicket open with a packed slip cordon waiting for batsman to make a mistake. I suggest going with Chandimal as wicket keeper batsman and Upul Tharanga at least should have been in the squad.

  • ikmal--syd on March 23, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    the batting list on the squad is good, maybe chamra silva should be there after his great domestc season, bu the bowling is a joke, where is eranga, senanayke, and we have plenty of spinners who are better than these two, who r young and have rocords better rocords than he above boressela, rudunu m.pushmakapura, first of spinners need to spin the bowl and then u become dangerous, non of these variations in pace only. as for the fast bowlers what about bowlers who take wickets conistently and can bowl fast like eranga and premeratne, not slow paceman like lakmal and welegedera who batmen can cope with easily. please selectors, do the right thing. we need our best 11 on the field, not who certain people like.

  • on March 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Mandernew ur absolutely correct.......

  • Slesh on March 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    My first impression was that Chamara Silva should have given a chance.coz he is in prime form of his life! Not only coz of that 163, he is being consistent now for almost 2-3 months in domestic matches.n he got used to the Eng bowlers.if selectors are not going to use him now, then he should not ever select again! But having said that, i just get the feeling that there is no room for him to play in the middle order as there are mahela samare n chandi n mathews. That must be the reason he is not in the squad. but give him a chance if someone of our batsmen get injured. n Prasanna is out of form.hope he will come good.kulasekara or Eranga should have given a chance instead of Lakmal.thats the biggest mistake.n Anjelo Perera another fine prospect.he can bowl also.hope selectors will look for him also very soon. N Tharanga should have given a chance instead of Para.Suraj should play in the 11. Anyway as now selections have made, hope those guys will play good cricket.

  • on March 23, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    why is Kulasekara nt in d squad.aftr malinga he is d best bowler Sri lanka has.Tharanga,i think it's high time that he is given a chance to play test cricket.he has a great temperement for test cricket.i think he is doing gud in d middle order..he should remain there..

  • on March 23, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    i cant believe who selected the test squad with out chamara silva.who is in good form.i cannot recommend this selection.where is upul tharanga.

  • on March 23, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Where is tharanga ?....why Paranavitana playing instead of tharanga in tests...!

  • annon on March 23, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    1 .why upul taranga, one of the best is always kept out of tests. he has true test temperament though limited to ODI. tirimanna & paranavitana can wait out. chamara should be in as 35+ big 3 will fail due to fatigue/ lack of focus.

    2. poor choice of pacies. luckmal/prasad below par at test level and willot be a threat to the english team. consider kulasekera/ eranga/ nuwan pradeep. IF NOT INCLUDE A 3RD SPINNER.

  • cricketman123 on March 23, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    What is wrong with the selectors. Why keep dropping Upul Thranaga. Who is Tharanga Paranavithana.

  • killer_z on March 23, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    oh well here we go again.. with the same lame ass pace attack. Are you telling me SL dont have any fast bowlers better than Lakmal and Prasad? Why are our selectors set on a group of 15-20 players. These bowlers cannot make an impact on the opposition. They are not threatening at all. How the hell is SL gonna take 20 English wickets with this attack? just puzzling really... Where is Shaminda Eranga???

  • DilumSL on March 23, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    good decision of taking Randiv back. but still can't understand why the picked PJ. he only scored 2 runs in his both innings in the practice match. and we have Chandi and Sanga to keep the wickets. Eranga also deserves a chance to be in the squad. he did really well in his last two tournaments. can't believe why they give chance to Lakmal. and paranavithana must play really well in this sereis or he should give his place to someone like Tharanga or a new guy like Angelo Perera or Roshen Silva.

  • on March 23, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    silva must in, if some one inform you must give a chance. then tharanga also inform he out & out of form para now in comedy

  • Hareendra on March 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Overall a good selection, specially those of Lakmal and Randiv. However, I still can't understand why Nuwan Kulasekara, the best available paceman in SL, misses out!

  • burner1985 on March 23, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    How in the world did Lakmal find a place in this squad? I don't consider him as a bowler with talent. Shaminda Eranga would have been a much better choice. SL selection committee is upto its old tricks again. The only good news is that both the Chamara's are not in the squad.

  • Mandernew on March 23, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    My first fast bowling choices are Eranga and pradeep and also the spinner senanayake must be in the squad. angelo perera must be given a chance because selection committee kept on saying that they are willing to give young guns chances when they axed samaraweera. this batting selections are creditable. But bowling???? i cant see why they have axed Eranga senanayake and pradeep trio even when they are available. Briefly Bowling selection is weak. I am a very heavy supporter of sri lanka but to be honest i don't think sri lanka would be able to restrict England with this bowling attack. very sad that the committee have ignored the talent even when the options are on.

  • sl_cricfan on March 23, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Why isn't Kulasekara and Upul Tharanga in the test squad? Kule is a wicket taking bowler and Tharanga has a lot of ODI hundreds and the temperament and he's young. And please don't make batting wickets. Let the batsman suffer and not the bowlers.

  • akash_mehta15 on March 23, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    randiv should play more one day cricket and herath should be preferred for test matches

  • Lion_96 on March 23, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Unless Mendis is injured, I don't see why isn't in the test squad against England. Did we not see how England struggled against quality mystery spin bowling against Pakistan last month? Its not just the administrations that needs to get in order, but the selectors as well. How do you win test series, if you don't select the right players? And doesn't our bowling need all the resources it can get to get 20 wickets. Poor selections which would result in poor cricket. I think this is England's best chance of winning a test series in Asia, considering how weak our bowling attack is.

  • on March 23, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Yes, Kulasekara should be IN.

  • on March 23, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    this message for our top class batsmen concentrate to play against slow bowl and spinners then only we can win the match since long time we are struggling to spinners show our natural talent to the world

  • on March 23, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    no Place fro angleo Perera......... oh!!!!!!! why is that

  • yorkslanka on March 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    where is Eranga, Senanayake ,Prasad and Kulasekara? these players should have been in the squad...

  • Meherdeen on March 23, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Chamara Silva might have scored a century duringthe warm-up match against England. But, he is not considered a consistant batsmen. Thanks selectors for dropping him. I think Galle stadium has a turning track better play Randiv in the selected 11.

  • AadeeSL on March 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Good to see that 2 chamaras out.they never grab the chances even they offered with million times.good to develop a young lads.

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    i jest dont get this ,,,,, we are week in bowling but still no nuwan kulasekara,,,,, how come,,,, when runs are leaking we need him to steady the innings....

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    My preferance would have been Upul Tharanga & Sachithra Senanayake to replace injured Mathews & Prasanna Jayawardena with Chandimal as first choice wicket keeper.Hopefully,the pitch in Galle will last for 5 days unlike the previous fiasco.

  • lankan_style on March 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    i wonder what will be the combination. I think its better to go with 7 batsmen + 4 bowlers

  • joseyesu on March 23, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Sure- This team will not win matches in test as there is no magic power. TONS of hundreds are waiting and it is going to be a miserable series for bowlers as usual

  • KaZsa on March 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    One question. Why is Kulasekara not there. What is wrong with this selectors?

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  • KaZsa on March 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    One question. Why is Kulasekara not there. What is wrong with this selectors?

  • joseyesu on March 23, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Sure- This team will not win matches in test as there is no magic power. TONS of hundreds are waiting and it is going to be a miserable series for bowlers as usual

  • lankan_style on March 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    i wonder what will be the combination. I think its better to go with 7 batsmen + 4 bowlers

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    My preferance would have been Upul Tharanga & Sachithra Senanayake to replace injured Mathews & Prasanna Jayawardena with Chandimal as first choice wicket keeper.Hopefully,the pitch in Galle will last for 5 days unlike the previous fiasco.

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    i jest dont get this ,,,,, we are week in bowling but still no nuwan kulasekara,,,,, how come,,,, when runs are leaking we need him to steady the innings....

  • AadeeSL on March 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Good to see that 2 chamaras out.they never grab the chances even they offered with million times.good to develop a young lads.

  • Meherdeen on March 23, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Chamara Silva might have scored a century duringthe warm-up match against England. But, he is not considered a consistant batsmen. Thanks selectors for dropping him. I think Galle stadium has a turning track better play Randiv in the selected 11.

  • yorkslanka on March 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    where is Eranga, Senanayake ,Prasad and Kulasekara? these players should have been in the squad...

  • on March 23, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    no Place fro angleo Perera......... oh!!!!!!! why is that

  • on March 23, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    this message for our top class batsmen concentrate to play against slow bowl and spinners then only we can win the match since long time we are struggling to spinners show our natural talent to the world