England in Sri Lanka 2012 March 31, 2012

Injured Welegedara out of second England Test

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Sri Lanka left-arm fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara has been ruled out of the second Test against England, which starts at the P Sara Oval on Tuesday, with a groin injury. Welegedara's place in the squad will be taken by 25-year-old right-arm fast bowler Shaminda Eranga.

The Sri Lanka selectors made one other change to the 14-man squad, including allrounder Angelo Mathews in place of batsman Chamara Silva. Silva had come into the squad as replacement for Mathews in the first place, after the allrounder failed a fitness test on his calf muscle ahead of the Galle Test.

"Welegedera bowled with some discomfort during the Galle Test and an MRI scan revealed that he had a groin strain," Ashantha de Mel, Sri Lanka's chief selector, said. "Mathews has been declared fit and we have brought him in, but he will only bat."

Mathews last played for Sri Lanka in the league phase of the Commonwealth Bank Series in early March, missing the tri-series finals and the Asia Cup that followed due to the calf injury. He was initially picked in the squad for the Tests against England, before failing to recover in time for the first Test. At that point, De Mel had said that the concerns over Mathews' injured leg put his future as a bowler in doubt. He will contest the No. 6 spot in the Sri Lanka line-up with Dinesh Chandimal, who scored 27 and 31 in the first match in Galle that Sri Lanka won by 75 runs to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series.

Eranga has played the one Test for Sri Lanka, against Australia at the Sinhalese Sports Club last September, taking a four-for in his debut innings, including the wicket of Shane Watson with his first ball in Test cricket. In Sri Lanka's domestic first-class competition, the Premier League Tournament Tier A, he took 11 wickets in six games for Chilaw Marians Cricket Club at an average of 35.45 this season. Despite the call-up, he is not expected to play against England - De Mel said that Dhammika Prasad is the most likely candidate to share the new ball with Suranga Lakmal.

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  • Prema1948 on April 3, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Some persons making comments here want to drop one among ; Samaraweera, Mathews,Chandimal, Thirimanne, Prasana Jayawardene but these persons, local selectors(just), & media are yet to realize, should know that they are the batters having control over almost every stroke they execute, maintained consistency through out their careers since the young age as 15. Not only they all should be picked but should be used as front line batters. SL has always been in great difficulty particularly in the early stages of its innings due to their use of reckless , risky stroke makers as front-liners. This type of batting is ideal for T/20s only, even if they should have some control over their batting & learn to middle the ball as deVilliers & Kholis do at present. Since 3 seniors are in their mid-30s their reflexes too have become slow, which affects their unorthodox batting more than one could imagine. The best option is to drop both D'shan&S'kara , include P'vithana as an opener.

  • on April 2, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Srilanka cricket confirmed the team as per the news. Dammika Prasad In for Welagedara. Mathews In for Chandimal. Both selections are wrong.I think Playing Mathews in this match is not the right thing because he is playing only as a batsman.Chandimal is good than him in batting. Eranga shuld be in for either dammika or suranga because he shows lot of potential in his first test and he did well in the last domestic 3 day season. shame on you Selectors !!!!!

  • ---lasitha--- on April 2, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    the biggest surprise is , why isnt anyone questioning dilshan's position in da team. dont we really have more talented technically sound batsman in our country rather than these wild stroke player.He is just an average batsman thats it. get rid of dilshan if we are to get a solid line up

  • on April 2, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Naushad79: On what basis you want Samaraweera dropped? Have you been following any test cricket? He is the world's best batsman on the basis of batting average since 2007. He has averaged over 50 in last 3 overseas tours except last tour to India where he averaged 37.5. He showed in South Africa and England tours that he can handle extreme pace and swing averaging 50+ in England test series and over 65+ in SA test series with two hundreds (one unbeaten). In test cricket age is not a barrier. If you want any older players overlooked please look at recent performances of Mahela, Sanga and especially Dilshan. What kind of stability Dilshan has provided as a test opener? We have been 3 down for nothing in last 8 test match innings played against world's two top test teams SA and England when Thilan walked into bat. Sri Lankans are well known for ungratefulness as indicated by your comment. Even if he fails in second test he deserves continuity based on what he has contributed to SL cricket

  • Naushad79 on April 2, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    My SL Side would be 1. Dinesh Chandima 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Mathews 6. Samaraweera 7. Prasanna 8. Herath 9. Eranga 10. Suraj 11. Lakmal.

    We need a invent a better opener than Paranavitharana i will go with Dinesh or Open Sanga with Dilshan and Dinesh at 3. no point that we depend on Paranavitharana.

    also Tharanga/ Banuka/ Angelo Perera should get a chances to play i test i guess get these guys and establish a place for them, their our future cricket, no need to depend on guys like Samaraweera, paranawitharana.

  • thilanka5x on April 2, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Sri lankan team would be: 1.paranavitana 2. dilshan 3. sanga 4. mahela 5. chandimal 6. samaraweera 7. PJ 8. Herath 9. Eranga 10.suraj 11. Lakmal. we still have three spinners in dilly, randiv & herath and batting to eight..I think Thirimanne is too early in his career to open at the top level, and para has very good record in sri lanka, and he is the best opener for save dilly and make big partnerships

  • satish619chandar on April 2, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    The middle order performed last game and it is very tough for Matthews to enter directly into that dropping one.. Was just wondering how they were going to fit him as he is a MUST for the team with his capability and his experience.. The only slot available in the opening slot where almost both are struggling.. Dilshan is more useful as he can do it in other two depts.. So, To accomodate Matthews, One of the middle order need to go to open will be the only possible solution and Chandimal looks the best option.. For the one game, they can try out this experimentation.. But the best available option for team would be is to field the same 11 and allow Matthews more time to get complete fitness.. There is absolutely no necessity to rush him in..

  • jonesy2 on April 2, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    trust me lankan supporters you dont want to drop chandimal. as an outsider looking in he is one of the very best you have and needs to be given every opportunity. whats more if lanka can find a place for both chandimal and mathews then they will have a much much better batting lineup than england and thus a big advantage

  • jonesy2 on April 2, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    why dont sri lanka select nuwan kalesakara or dilhara fernando?

  • Meety on April 2, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    I liked what I saw in Eranga - if he develops the way I think he could, he'll be somewhere between Vaas & Malinga in terms of strike rate, which will be massive for SL. Eranga is a class above the other new ball bowlers that SL have in their Test reserves. == == == My SL would be 1. Dilshan, 2. Sangakarra, 3. Matthews, 4. Jayawardene, 5. Samaweera, 6. Chandimal, 7. P Jayawardene, 8. Herath, 9. Eranga, 10, Randiv, 11 Mendis. I'd probably open the bowling with Eranga at one end & Dilshan at the other (yep Dilshan). England s/be 1. Strauss, 2. Cook, 3. Trott, 4. KP, 5. Bopara, 6. Prior, 7. Bresnan, 8. Patel, 9. Swann, 10. Finn, 11. Anderson. I was not in favour of 5 bowlers for the first test, but 5 are a must NOW & as there are no replacements for Broad other than Finn, he (& Patel), must play, would of rather gone 3 pace bowlers & 2 spinners.

  • Prema1948 on April 3, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Some persons making comments here want to drop one among ; Samaraweera, Mathews,Chandimal, Thirimanne, Prasana Jayawardene but these persons, local selectors(just), & media are yet to realize, should know that they are the batters having control over almost every stroke they execute, maintained consistency through out their careers since the young age as 15. Not only they all should be picked but should be used as front line batters. SL has always been in great difficulty particularly in the early stages of its innings due to their use of reckless , risky stroke makers as front-liners. This type of batting is ideal for T/20s only, even if they should have some control over their batting & learn to middle the ball as deVilliers & Kholis do at present. Since 3 seniors are in their mid-30s their reflexes too have become slow, which affects their unorthodox batting more than one could imagine. The best option is to drop both D'shan&S'kara , include P'vithana as an opener.

  • on April 2, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Srilanka cricket confirmed the team as per the news. Dammika Prasad In for Welagedara. Mathews In for Chandimal. Both selections are wrong.I think Playing Mathews in this match is not the right thing because he is playing only as a batsman.Chandimal is good than him in batting. Eranga shuld be in for either dammika or suranga because he shows lot of potential in his first test and he did well in the last domestic 3 day season. shame on you Selectors !!!!!

  • ---lasitha--- on April 2, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    the biggest surprise is , why isnt anyone questioning dilshan's position in da team. dont we really have more talented technically sound batsman in our country rather than these wild stroke player.He is just an average batsman thats it. get rid of dilshan if we are to get a solid line up

  • on April 2, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Naushad79: On what basis you want Samaraweera dropped? Have you been following any test cricket? He is the world's best batsman on the basis of batting average since 2007. He has averaged over 50 in last 3 overseas tours except last tour to India where he averaged 37.5. He showed in South Africa and England tours that he can handle extreme pace and swing averaging 50+ in England test series and over 65+ in SA test series with two hundreds (one unbeaten). In test cricket age is not a barrier. If you want any older players overlooked please look at recent performances of Mahela, Sanga and especially Dilshan. What kind of stability Dilshan has provided as a test opener? We have been 3 down for nothing in last 8 test match innings played against world's two top test teams SA and England when Thilan walked into bat. Sri Lankans are well known for ungratefulness as indicated by your comment. Even if he fails in second test he deserves continuity based on what he has contributed to SL cricket

  • Naushad79 on April 2, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    My SL Side would be 1. Dinesh Chandima 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Mathews 6. Samaraweera 7. Prasanna 8. Herath 9. Eranga 10. Suraj 11. Lakmal.

    We need a invent a better opener than Paranavitharana i will go with Dinesh or Open Sanga with Dilshan and Dinesh at 3. no point that we depend on Paranavitharana.

    also Tharanga/ Banuka/ Angelo Perera should get a chances to play i test i guess get these guys and establish a place for them, their our future cricket, no need to depend on guys like Samaraweera, paranawitharana.

  • thilanka5x on April 2, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Sri lankan team would be: 1.paranavitana 2. dilshan 3. sanga 4. mahela 5. chandimal 6. samaraweera 7. PJ 8. Herath 9. Eranga 10.suraj 11. Lakmal. we still have three spinners in dilly, randiv & herath and batting to eight..I think Thirimanne is too early in his career to open at the top level, and para has very good record in sri lanka, and he is the best opener for save dilly and make big partnerships

  • satish619chandar on April 2, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    The middle order performed last game and it is very tough for Matthews to enter directly into that dropping one.. Was just wondering how they were going to fit him as he is a MUST for the team with his capability and his experience.. The only slot available in the opening slot where almost both are struggling.. Dilshan is more useful as he can do it in other two depts.. So, To accomodate Matthews, One of the middle order need to go to open will be the only possible solution and Chandimal looks the best option.. For the one game, they can try out this experimentation.. But the best available option for team would be is to field the same 11 and allow Matthews more time to get complete fitness.. There is absolutely no necessity to rush him in..

  • jonesy2 on April 2, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    trust me lankan supporters you dont want to drop chandimal. as an outsider looking in he is one of the very best you have and needs to be given every opportunity. whats more if lanka can find a place for both chandimal and mathews then they will have a much much better batting lineup than england and thus a big advantage

  • jonesy2 on April 2, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    why dont sri lanka select nuwan kalesakara or dilhara fernando?

  • Meety on April 2, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    I liked what I saw in Eranga - if he develops the way I think he could, he'll be somewhere between Vaas & Malinga in terms of strike rate, which will be massive for SL. Eranga is a class above the other new ball bowlers that SL have in their Test reserves. == == == My SL would be 1. Dilshan, 2. Sangakarra, 3. Matthews, 4. Jayawardene, 5. Samaweera, 6. Chandimal, 7. P Jayawardene, 8. Herath, 9. Eranga, 10, Randiv, 11 Mendis. I'd probably open the bowling with Eranga at one end & Dilshan at the other (yep Dilshan). England s/be 1. Strauss, 2. Cook, 3. Trott, 4. KP, 5. Bopara, 6. Prior, 7. Bresnan, 8. Patel, 9. Swann, 10. Finn, 11. Anderson. I was not in favour of 5 bowlers for the first test, but 5 are a must NOW & as there are no replacements for Broad other than Finn, he (& Patel), must play, would of rather gone 3 pace bowlers & 2 spinners.

  • ChrisPerera on April 2, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Dropping Dinesh Chandimal for Angelo Mathews is not the right choice. It is much better to give exposure to Chandimal. Let Angelo has to prove his fitness level and batting to get back into the team.

  • on April 1, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Neil Wannigarachchi: we are talking about test cricket not ODIs. They are totally different.

  • DwightR on April 1, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Mathews return is amazing but i hope its not rushed..I dont mind leaving him out and allowing him fully recover instead of risking re-injury. Should Mathews be included in the line-up I would open with Chandimal & Dilshan n slot Angelo in at 6. I really hope SL does the right thing and allow Eranga to share the new ball with Lakmal, he is a better bowler with more potential than Prasad.

  • on April 1, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    If Mathews is not going to bowl, it would be unreasonable to drop Chandimal and include Mathews. Apart from Sanga, Chandimal is the only batsman who has been consistent in the recent past.

  • LionsBlood on April 1, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    At first place Upul Tharanga could have included in to the squad. I too don't understand why Mathews not given more time to recover. If Mathews is going to play then need to remove someone out of form. It has to be Thirimanna. Mahela and Dilshan to open the innings. Eranga should play in the playing 11 instead of Prasad.

  • on April 1, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    I know Mahela that u are reading these comments...pls pls don't select prasad for the final 11 if u are the final decider...i knw that u cannot select sudden new comers by not selecting prasad...but pls...prasad has proven nothing in recent matches....eranga is an aggressive and thinking bowler who can take wickets,,,pls do something ........

  • yorkslanka on April 1, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    i do rate mathews as a player for us but i dont understand what the hurry is to bring him back for this test? IMHO, the reason he gets so many injuries is that he is not given enough time to recover fully before being brought back... In terms of bowling, i do think prasad is good but tbh, i worry about him getting injured during the match however, given the wicket I would go wth three quicks so my team would be: 1.paranavitana 2. dilshan 3. sanga 4. mahela 5. chandimal 6. samaraweera 7. PJ 8. Herath 9. Eranga 10. Prasad 11. Lakmal my rationale for this is that as i said before i believe the wicket will be more favoured to quicks, we still have two spinners in dilly & herath and batting to eight..I think Thirimanne is too early in his career to open at the top level..Finally I think England will weaken their batting in playing 5 bowlers to try and win by bowling us out as cheaply as possible,rather than relying on batting us out of the game...

  • Lalindapalli on April 1, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    The fullish delivery just outside the off stump which could swing in, out or hold its line is the test/best delivery in test match cricket. That is what exactly our seamers can not ball consistently and that is the secret of the successful seamer like Philander of SA. That is the delivery that our openers can not play. That is why dilshan, thirimanna fail so consistently. Upul tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, or even mathews (if he is new to the crease at the 80th over, where the second new ball is due) can not play this ball as they naturally go for cover drive or off drive rather than making the right footwork to defend, leave or play the straight drive. Vass never had the speed but the so called test length with variance.

  • Test-is-the-best on April 1, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Its true Matthews got 40+ average in batting in test. But if he is going to replace with Chandimal, its not good for the promising youngster.But still the opening slot is still wide open. Its time to consider the best one, from WAAM Silva, Dimuth Karunarathne, Thirimaanne & PARA

  • --.-- on April 1, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Doesn't matter He is an ordinary bowler. Damika Prasad can replace him.

  • on April 1, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Mathews come back .....only for bating ( In test match ) Chandimal ...... where he will go .........????? anybody know it ? ....hope nothing hapend funy .....

  • on April 1, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka need to address their top order batting woes and try to bolster it. But well played SL to win a game against England without Murali.

  • stutidutta on April 1, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I reckon Chandimal to open with dilshan n mathews 2 bat at no. 6 followed by PJ at 7.....Leave Lakmal out as he doesnt seem the bowler who can run through a batting line up....he is gud by taking 2-3 wkts but not 5 wkt hauls wen it cums 2 test cricket.....Eranga n Prasad should be in as they hav the knack of picking up wickets n can bat too.....

  • on April 1, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    where to start where to end , thirimanne solid flwas in techinique, replacement tharanga, welegedara again a baggage i hope he never returns , suraj another zero spinner bring in sharminda , and see how ravana's lanka triumphs again. and yes for eng replace monty panesar what does he do except maiden overs , put a performer in his place and yes where is ahmed shehzad what a talent he was...

  • PrasadGunawardane on April 1, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    I am repeating that Thirimanna is not the option for SL as the Test opener and this is just demolishing his skills of nudging and scoring runs. If Paranavithana is also not in the expected standard to this role, why wouldn't SL try with Upul Thranga. Upul has been opening the innings in any form of the game, right from his school time and he has proved his capability in numerous occasions in International level as well. If this partially fit Mathews comes in to the 11; it creates a serious question of whom is he replacing for. Mathews is coming as a 'batsman' only after his recovery and then Chandimal will be removed from the side to give him a place. This is going to be totally harsh; the youngster who played absolutely well in his first 4 Test innings in SA is gonna be removed due to fair performances in Galle? I would say, we don't need partially fit Mathews for the 2nd Test since we have enough players in the middle order. SLC must understand where the real problem is->OPENER

  • goldeneye075 on April 1, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    it will be a test for the young Thirimane, when he started his test match carrier, he showed lot of promise as he showed he has the temperament. As he established him self in the one day side recently, in the CB series, it has cost his test match carrier. It will be a real test for him, as to him to shift gears from ODI to test, hope he comes good, but I think we need to give him some space, as he is just finding his feet in the international arena. If Angelo can not bowel he wont find is easy to come back into the side, as Chandimal is doing a good job out there, and one for the future. Personally I think England will come hard on sri lanka, and will have a good chance to winning the test, as P.Sara is not a turning track, as galle. I hope sri lanka will some-how draw ths match, and win the series ;-)

  • SLBU on April 1, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Shaminda Eranga should play

  • on April 1, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    whether injury or not its good move welagedera out of the side. no pace . no swing.no create trouble at all

  • UN_Jonty on April 1, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    i m with yorkslanka.i m disappointed with mahela's captaincy at that time.Brave Thirimanna's catch changed the match. Otherwise England win galle test.

  • on April 1, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    Please STOP considering partially fit players. A player is fit when he has the physical & mental stability to deliver what is expected off his role. Is Mathew that good to be considered as a batsmen along at test level? Is Eranga ready to resume at test level or is he just in to fill a number in the list (Like their explanation for including the domestically most in-form batsman - Silva, to the squad for the 1st test)? Shouldn't Eranga be in the final 11, if he is fit to be in the squad? Shouldn't Silva be given a go based on his recent form? Is Thirimanne a worthy test opener? Would a pace duo of the class & present form of Lakmal & Prasad be sufficient to extract the probable advantage out of a Sara wicket? These are serious questions and the causal philosophy of SL selections is a more serious issue.

  • Test-is-the-best on April 1, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Its true Suranga Lakmal is not bowling well right now. But lets have a look on the early stage of the career of James Anderson & Stuard Broad. They too got poor records at the beginning. But today they are among the best 10 bowlers. I feel Suranga is good learner who need to get expereince to become a good bowler in future. The reason for lacking experiences in fast bowling for SL is due to absence of Malinga, Dilhara , Zoysa and Maharoof. Those guys were given many opportunities in the past to become the main strike bowler after VAAS. Unfortuntely they left the team early due to poor performance /injury/IPL when they needed too badly.

  • on April 1, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Happy that Mathews is coming back but, can he find a place in the playing XI? Hes' an exceptional case to be left out, but, we notice him more with the Physio than being out in the field. If Welagedara does Not play in the final XI may, I suggest to bowl a few overs with Mathews & bring in Sachitra Senanayake another budding all rounder. Open the batting with Dilshan & either Chandimal/Samaraweera & bat Tirimanne down the order. However Chandimal & Samaraweera have the tendency to suddenly sacrifice their wickets when well set.. We thank FOXTEL in Australia for live coverage of the Tests.

  • yorkslanka on March 31, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    we missed a trick in the first test...Although it was a good innings by trott, i think we let him get far too many singles..he is generally an accumulator and doesnt often hit the ball hard..we should have cut off the singles to him and forced him to go out of his comfort zone and have to try and hit over the top...hopefully we can rectify this in the next test...as i said before i hope that eranga get s a spot and we need to bolster our batting as i think colombo will favour englands quicks..good luck SL

  • on March 31, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    I was fortunate to watch most of the Third test against Aussies at SSC while on vacation in Sri Lanka. I was very impressed with how Eranga performed on debut. But he is coming back after an injury and should be carefully monitored. Dammika Prasad is not of express pace. In a test match I do not think he can sustain at least 140 kph over a long duration. Even Dayle Steyn or Morne Morkel bowl just below 140 most of the time with occasional express delivery. As for Chandimal opening batting it could be an interesting option to try out. Upul Tharanga has the habit of flirting at balls bowled outside the off stump. That is why he lost his opener berth down under. However, he could be given a go since he has some test match experience behind him. But Dilshan is no where near a quality test opener. Sanath J. played similar attacking brand of cricket. But he adopted according to the situation in test matches as evident by his marathon 340 against India batting over 2 days.

  • Afta on March 31, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I always thought shaminda eranga was a far superior bowler and an asset. Knowing the Oval which also suits pace and the opposition having a battery of them, I hope the selectors will include him in the playing eleven. Dhammika prasad will bowl but, he is not a thinking bowler.

  • Sageleaf on March 31, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Dammika Prasad? Please no way man...give the slot to Eranga. I'm wondering why is Thirimanne opening? Don't change batting line up to suit your needs but to use batsman at the right place. I think Tharanga should open and Thirimanne should bat low order. Watchout guys England will come hard and there is no place for complacency. I thought Samaraweera and Chandimal threw their wickets in the first match. Trott showed us how to play the game, of course Mahela's innings was really great

  • jackthelad on March 31, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    ODI cricket is not Test cricket, and never will be.

  • Archiecook on March 31, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Tharanga would be hand full in the batting line up and also Sri Lanka needs a genuine fast baller in the line up just in case. Eranga would be perfect in the line instead of prasad. Sri Lanka could not rely on prasad to fill the lapse in the bowling department. I would suggest Mahela to go with chandimal/tharanga, dilshan, kumar, Mahela, samaraweera,Mathews, prasanna,randiv,herath,lakmal,eranga. Don't forget Mahela it is Sri lanka's match to lose than England's comeback to level the series. This a golden opportunity for Sri Lanka to be recognise among the very best in the world. The media and the world press is on this decisive game and I wish Mahela shall look hard on these comments.

  • shameerpvt on March 31, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    dammika prasad is fast & fit, but he seems not the bowler to trouble the batsmen consistently. lakmal too is not effective as such. shaminda eranga seems a thinking bowler. now, we need a left arm pacy who will trouble the batsmen, like welagedara.

  • Archiecook on March 31, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    There is no doubt that every captain has got favourites among players similar to a boss and worker relationships as an establishment. Mahela is no exemption on that regard and tried and tested with kapugedara and failed so does with chamara silva. I believe Mahela has got the message what public is trying to say and he is a class act no doubt. And also I have figured out that Mahela has taken public comments especially the remarks and comments given in cricinfo has been taken in to consideration. Thirimanne is an asset no doubt so does chandimal. Don't forget Mahela you are in a fantastic position to win the second test not to get dawn and it is a rare oppurtunity that Sri Lanka have got and make good use of it. I think chandimal is better option than thirimanne and he should open the batting with dilshan. If dilshan has been given free license to shine you need a gutsy player like chandimal to balance the act. Why not consider to get tharanga open the batting with dilshan.

  • on March 31, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Dhammika Prasad, the bowler with no brain. Simply as that. Give the opportunity to Eranga.

  • ---lasitha--- on March 31, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    how come no one is talking about dilshan.s stupid stroke play. peoplae keep talking ill of players like thirimanne,silava, kandamby, , i think all theseplayers are far better batsmen than this stupid dilshan. I' not saying he is the worst , but still he is an average batsman.Can youll remember the way he got out in 1st ings of 1st sa test matsh. If we dont have a good opener just replace him with a specialist bowler.What we need are 7 SAMARAWEERAS in our batting line up

  • on March 31, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    both Mathews & Eranga should play. Thirimanne should be dropped.

  • on March 31, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Sri lanka must watched agst English Bowlers.if they make decent contribution with the bat their performance nearly done considering how England are hopeless against spin in aspinner friendly wickets.i guess Srilanka 3 England 0 ultmate scorelines

  • on March 31, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    I think De Mel did an excellent selection for first test although the top 3 failed to deliver as usual in recent times. Dilshan is an asset to the team because of catches he takes and runs he stops. Just like Jonty Rhodes of SA. But even Rhodes, a batsman with a much better technique and temperament did not fixture as a permanent member in SA test team. I could still remember his epic 108 not out in the fourth innings at Moratuwa stadium which saved the very first test match between SA and SL. With Dilshan's partners also failing we have a real problem since Sanga has also failed mostly of late when he arrives at the crease very early. I am talking about test cricket not ODIs. Regarding Chandimal, he deserves continuity. But Thilan in spite of a debut hundred and a sky high average batting low down at No. 7 lost his place when Aravinda was recalled. Mahela made his debut in 1997 against India because Hashan was injured. Later when Hashan returned Mahela temporarily lost his place.

  • on March 31, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    I partly agree with sarath1948. Our cricket fans are making comments out of emotion and/or watching ODI cricket. We have a real problem at the top. If we take last 8 innings played against the two of the most quality teams in the world, SA and England, we have been 3 down for nothing on 6 out of 8 occasions. 3 out of 6 of those occasions the score has not even crossed 20. Dilshan has failed miserably as an opener. Even on the only occasion he crossed 50 he was playing and missing far too much for an opener. Then none of his partners have scored no more than 30+. Many times fallen at single digit scores. Sanga apart from a single hundred where he was dropped very early when Boucher interfered with a definite catch going to slips has also not scored more than 30+. Mahela apart from that epic hundred in the last test also has nothing to show. The man who really held the batting together was Thilan and he got kicked out for that consistency he showed since 2007 for just two failures.

  • Sinhaya on March 31, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, actually Prasad is far more capable as a bowler than what his test average shows. His batting is very useful. If not for Eranga, surely the selectors must play Nuwan Kulasekara as he too is a good lower order batsman besides his swing bowling. Hopefully Sachithra Senanayake will be the next Murali from Sri Lanka because his domestic bowling average is simply excellent but given too little chances internationally due to foolish selectors!

  • on March 31, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    I remember in 2009/2010, SL were doing well with Kula and Thilan Thusara sharing the new ball. Why don't they go back with that pair? We need young batsmen that are known for therfe 4day/5day matches ability. India has many of those, like Pujara, Rahane, Saxena, Uday Kaul

  • Lalindapalli on March 31, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    I think Sri Lankan selection will screw up things this time. Dhammika prasad should definitely be in as he is faster, can swing the ball, as well as he can get the reverse swing under these conditions. Shaminda eranga should also be given the opportunity. One of our main problems is openers, they fall way earlier and puts too much pressure on the rest. I think either mahela or Sanga should open the batting with Dilshan. Dilshan is talented but his brain is made of Brass, so if Mahela or Sanga is at the other end he will play a bit more responsibly. Young Thirimanna has no influence on him. My dream team is Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga, Thilan, Chandimal, Prasanna, Mathew/Lakmal, Dhammika, Randiv, Hearath, Shaminda.

  • on March 31, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    My batting order: 1.M Jayawardene, 2.Dilshan 3.Sangakkara 4.Chandimal 5.Samaraweera 6.Thirimanne 7.P Jayawardene 8.Herath 9.Randiv 10.Prasad 11.Lakmal

  • stormy16 on March 31, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    The Mathews inclusion presents a few delimas including the most radical of dropping Prasanna for Mathews and Chandimal keeping wickets. You cant drop Chandimal who is the future and has done a decent job since making his debut in SA. The other option is to drop Lahiru and open with Sangas but this opens Sanga to the all important new ball. A possible option is to open with Chandimal on the basis he cant possibly do any worse than any of the SL openers in the last year. This ensures the best batters play but what ever they do the batters need to deliver. SL needs to bat well once in this test and will be too much for Eng I reckon.

  • on March 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Mathews actually is not needed for test cricket. We can do away without Mathews in test cricket. What he is most and desperately needed is for the One-Day and T20 game. He is more like Dhoni for India...he is our saviour in One-Day games batting in the middle order. He must be rested and preserved for the shorter formats of cricket. Had he played in that CB series final, i am pretty sure he would have taken us to the goal line with his remarkable ability to bat under pressure and reach given targets. Our selectors are so stupid and one-sided. Just beating the hell out of whoever is doing well in one format by using him in all other formats.

  • Test-is-the-best on March 31, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Thirimaane has not proved as an Opener ahead of PARA.. Should we need PARA back?..Or Else lets think about WAAM Silva or Dimuth Karunarathne????..

  • on March 31, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Chandimal has earned his test spot through consistent scoring in first class cricket and has been exceptional in ODI cricket, he played freely to score 27 and 31 in the 1st test, he has shown promise in the 3 tests he has played. He has got to play, so Thirimanne or even Dilshan should make way for Mathews. Mahela should open batting and Chandimal can come up to 4.

  • on March 31, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    THANK GOD SL REMOVED CHAMARA SILVA!!!!!!! YAYYYYYYY

  • UN_Jonty on March 31, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Chandimal should play.He has a good defense.we saw that in galle.He will learn not to give his wicket away.But he want Experience in international level.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 31, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    AGREE WITH SINHAYA . PRASAD SHOULD BE PLAYED IN PLACE OF LAKMAL . PRASAD HAS THE ABILITY TO BOWL INSWINGERS TO RIGHTHANDERS .

  • Philip_Gnana on March 31, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Thirimanne seems to be doing better lower down the order. The situation is such that we need a more consistent and reliable opener. Paranavitharna (not in the team) has better disposition and average as an opener. I cannot see the justification in persisting with Thirimanne for the next game. Chandimal should be given the opportunity to open and Thrimanne to make way for Mathews. With Lakmal having had more exposure to Test cricket we will need him in the team. The call is between Eranga and Prasad. Tough one here. Sara stadium gives the viisiting teams a 50/50 chance of winning. Winning the toss will not necessarily be an advantage. We need pace and bounce from the fast bowlers. I can see England doing well here. Prasad is faster than he seems and is a better batsman. This may swing in his favour. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Charindra on March 31, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Thirimanne deserves more chances. Remember Marvan Atapattu, and how he started his international career? And I don't know why Mathews is in the setup now, if he's playing just as a batsman. I mean, Eranga should replace Welagedara, but I don't see a place for Mathews in the 2nd test. Maybe if Chandimal or Thirimanne keeps failing he can come in. But I wouldn't drop them just now.

  • Prema1948 on March 31, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    S'weera, C'dimal, M'thews T'manne together with Prasanna J are the four most reliable batsmen (maintained consistency from very young age as 15) in the squad that have all necessary skills to play risk free innings at consistent basis. The same cannot be said about 3 seniors though the selectors & the local media have too much faith on them. They have failed more often than not on lively pitches against quality bowlers. In his last 10 innings S'kara has gone pass 50 only on 2 occasions, D'shan is still worse he has done so only thrice in his last 20 innings and M'ela is the worst of them all, was able to do that , only 4 times, out of his last 25 innings. The 3 are shaky starters that find it difficult to bat under pressure. If they were in any other country they would have been dropped long time since and their places would have been given to youngsters of S'weera's ability. It is all the more disappointing to note the most important batting positions too were given to them.

  • chandau on March 31, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Hmm interesting. many people want Chandimal / PJ to open. NOt seen Chandimal in schooldays where he batted but in Intl cricket he is not an opener IMHO. No way to PJ coz he is the keeper. Have u guys forgotten why Sanga gave up keeping and batting in the top3?? But now he is not keeping so he is my man to open with Dilly. Also wonder why they rush mathews back given his injury prone career. Let the boy rest for a while and come back fit. Look at Watson and Cleark. Watto is fighting fit now after a long lay off while Pup is suffering due to playing with injuries and little rehabilitation and rest time. Angelo is the next captain so make sure he will play for another 10 years plz. Prasad is a nobrainer; after Dilhara he is one guy who bowls at 140 + consistantly. We cannot play test cricket with medium pacies. otherwise Kula is the best seamer at the moment but he is pedestrian and intest cricket these poms will make mince meat out of him. All the best to Mayya :)

  • on March 31, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    why upul taranga is not considered as opener. Its a big question. He has got the talent for this.

  • yorkslanka on March 31, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    i hope that eranga gets a place as he is a good bowler and had the aussies in trouble when he played against them last year... @@jb633- no point playing any extra spinners at p sara as it doesnt take spin as much as Galle, it will be a place for quicker bowlers to do well...that is not to say that spin will not get wickets but that's due to the England team's sufferings against spin, rather than the wicket in colombo..

  • class9ryan on March 31, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Guys..... d team right now looks balanced and Thirrimmanne deserves a chance atleast he doesnt throw away his wicket like Chandimal. Would have loved 2 see Nuwan Pradeep but he's injured. hOPE sHAMINDA gETS A cHANCE!!!!!

  • jb633 on March 31, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    If I was a SL fan this injury would not concern me one jot. They should play another spinner, probably Mendis. I often wondered in the UAE why the Pakistan side bothered with Gul and Cheema as they appeared easy runs for our boys. All jokes aside I would play 3 spinners use either Mendis or a leggie to come and bamboozle our tail. England in England should just play quicks as the Lankan bats are helpless against the swinging ball, like we are against the spinning one. Use the home advantage as much as you can, because rest assured, when an Asian side visits again you will see a green top and the spin king's snicking off at will again.

  • Sinhaya on March 31, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Please get Eranga and Prasad to open the bowling because Lakmal is a pure passenger! Also, get Chandimal to open with Dilshan so that Mathews has a place.

  • on March 31, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Mathews is the best number 6 we are having...and PJ is the best wicket keeper we are havin and he is in form with the bat also....Chandimal is likely to be the unfortunate man.....He is an opening batsman who drafted into the middle order due to the circumstances...So why not give him a go as a opener in place of Thirimanne who is continuously failling as the opner....I am quite wondering Mr De Mel is telling Prasad is the opner for Lakmal....That means according to him Lakmal is our number one fast bowler....Had Mr De Mel...seen the way Eranga has bowled at mighty Assies in his debutant match...Has Lakmal done such performance duing his carrier...Lakmal taken into ODI Xi just after recovered from injury...Welagedara has not given any chance during 11 matches played in Aussie...Is hthere any hidden reson for always Lakmal...My team 1.Dily 2Chandi 3Sanga 4 Mahela 5Thilan 6Angie 7PJ 8Randi 9Prasad 10 eranga 11Hearath

  • Perera32 on March 31, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    This change makes no sense at all. Why is Chandimal being dropped and Prasad is not a good bowler. Prasad was useless in quick SA pitches. I don't think there is a place for Thirimanne here, Both Matthews and Chandimal must play. My team for the 2nd test is: 1.Chandimal 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Thilan 6.Matthews 7.Prassana 8.Randiv 9.Herath 10.Eranga 11. Lakmal

  • palla.avinash on March 31, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    my sl team for 2nd test dilshan,chandhimal,sanga,mahela,samaraweera,mathews,prasana,randiv,hearath,eranga,lakmal.i pick eranga a head of dhamika because he has an unusual action which is hard to pick australians felt really hard to pick him.i dont want england players in comfort zone for this one off match where sl has cjance to pick up the trophy they should go with eranga who will surprise even can shock them if he bowls well,they same jayawardene used ajantha mendis against india in asia cup final.

  • on March 31, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Mathews should open with Dili. Drop thirimanne. he's got a lot to improve. Not test cricket ready.

  • Ksaminda on March 31, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    De Mel said that Dhammika Prasad is the most likely candidate to share the new ball with Suranga Lakmal. Ys tht????? errr shaminda is a damn good bwlt he shocked ponting in his first match.. even in the first match i tot he was a must.i dnt knw y there not giving a chance to this grt talent.. and i think mathews should need to replace thirimane...angelo mathews can open with dilshan.. mathews never had any problem with fast bwlers so he can play as the opener (some may think im crzy but i feel it..even i felt that dilshan will be a grt opener when he ws playing at no 6 )

  • gautm on March 31, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    How about dropping Dilshan ? He can always come on to the field as 12th man and contribute since he is the best fielder in the side by a margin. But he cannot survive just playing in ODI/T20 mode in Test matches. Unless SL selectors act like spineless Indian selectors who persist with Sehwag in Tests based on past glory.

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    There may be some sort of support to fast bowlers in Oval pitch.Hence it would be ideal to play both eranga and prasad as of them are more aggresive than lakmal and welegedara.Prasanna is the best option for the open the innings since he has the very good tecniqe i/o Tririmanne. Chandimal and Mattews would paly the sheet anchor of the innings. Best of luck for SL

  • D.Fonseka on March 31, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    And we shall all have a glimpse of Angelo Mathews fighting back his pain and scoring for his team on tuesday

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    drop thirimanna for now and let chandimal open, he born as a opener and should open the batting,

  • on March 31, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Shaminda Eranga must play, he's the best upcoming fast bowler by heaps. Please play him Mahela. I think this team is even better than the team we had in first test. but the problem is who is going to be replaced by Mathews? Thirimanne or Chandimal?

  • ButWhatDoIKnow on March 31, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Messrs. Mathews and Chandimal should both play in my opinion. It will be foolish for SLC to pass up this chance for much needed international exposure for Sri Lanka's next generation players. Especially when SL is one-up in the short series. Mathews is good enough to play as a specialist batsman and should replace an under performing senior player. In fact, Mathews can be considered a senior player in his own right now. They can even keep to latest trends by labeling it as SLC's "rotation policy"!!

  • johnathonjosephs on March 31, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    In this issue of Matthews vs Prasanna vs Chandimal, I was wondering.... The 2nd opener has always been a problem for Sri Lanka after Attapattu/Jayasuriya left. Why not promote one of those guys at the top? Seeing Chandimal as an opener would be interesting, he seems similar to Mahela in his temperament as a batsman. Even more daring would be putting Prasanna at the top, since he is a naturally aggressive batsman, but I would love to see experiments with Chandimal. Of course the 2 seamers problem is always there. Lakmal looks promising, but would like to see Prasad in place of Welegedera

  • Lakmalnj on March 31, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    I think SL should give a chance to Dhammika Prasad instead of Shaminda. Shaminda is a good bowler but still he is not in a rhythm after his injury.Also I think Chandimal open the batting with Dilshan and Chamara should bat at No 6 instead of partially recovered Mathews. My XI for second test match.

    1. Chandimal 2. Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Thilan 6.Chamara 7.Prasanna 8.Randiv 9.Herath 10.Dhammika 11.Lakmal

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  • Lakmalnj on March 31, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    I think SL should give a chance to Dhammika Prasad instead of Shaminda. Shaminda is a good bowler but still he is not in a rhythm after his injury.Also I think Chandimal open the batting with Dilshan and Chamara should bat at No 6 instead of partially recovered Mathews. My XI for second test match.

    1. Chandimal 2. Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Thilan 6.Chamara 7.Prasanna 8.Randiv 9.Herath 10.Dhammika 11.Lakmal

  • johnathonjosephs on March 31, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    In this issue of Matthews vs Prasanna vs Chandimal, I was wondering.... The 2nd opener has always been a problem for Sri Lanka after Attapattu/Jayasuriya left. Why not promote one of those guys at the top? Seeing Chandimal as an opener would be interesting, he seems similar to Mahela in his temperament as a batsman. Even more daring would be putting Prasanna at the top, since he is a naturally aggressive batsman, but I would love to see experiments with Chandimal. Of course the 2 seamers problem is always there. Lakmal looks promising, but would like to see Prasad in place of Welegedera

  • ButWhatDoIKnow on March 31, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Messrs. Mathews and Chandimal should both play in my opinion. It will be foolish for SLC to pass up this chance for much needed international exposure for Sri Lanka's next generation players. Especially when SL is one-up in the short series. Mathews is good enough to play as a specialist batsman and should replace an under performing senior player. In fact, Mathews can be considered a senior player in his own right now. They can even keep to latest trends by labeling it as SLC's "rotation policy"!!

  • on March 31, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Shaminda Eranga must play, he's the best upcoming fast bowler by heaps. Please play him Mahela. I think this team is even better than the team we had in first test. but the problem is who is going to be replaced by Mathews? Thirimanne or Chandimal?

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    drop thirimanna for now and let chandimal open, he born as a opener and should open the batting,

  • D.Fonseka on March 31, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    And we shall all have a glimpse of Angelo Mathews fighting back his pain and scoring for his team on tuesday

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    There may be some sort of support to fast bowlers in Oval pitch.Hence it would be ideal to play both eranga and prasad as of them are more aggresive than lakmal and welegedara.Prasanna is the best option for the open the innings since he has the very good tecniqe i/o Tririmanne. Chandimal and Mattews would paly the sheet anchor of the innings. Best of luck for SL

  • gautm on March 31, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    How about dropping Dilshan ? He can always come on to the field as 12th man and contribute since he is the best fielder in the side by a margin. But he cannot survive just playing in ODI/T20 mode in Test matches. Unless SL selectors act like spineless Indian selectors who persist with Sehwag in Tests based on past glory.

  • Ksaminda on March 31, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    De Mel said that Dhammika Prasad is the most likely candidate to share the new ball with Suranga Lakmal. Ys tht????? errr shaminda is a damn good bwlt he shocked ponting in his first match.. even in the first match i tot he was a must.i dnt knw y there not giving a chance to this grt talent.. and i think mathews should need to replace thirimane...angelo mathews can open with dilshan.. mathews never had any problem with fast bwlers so he can play as the opener (some may think im crzy but i feel it..even i felt that dilshan will be a grt opener when he ws playing at no 6 )

  • on March 31, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Mathews should open with Dili. Drop thirimanne. he's got a lot to improve. Not test cricket ready.