England in Sri Lanka 2012 March 31, 2012

Injured Welegedara out of second England Test


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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  • Sarath 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Mohamed 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.

  • thilak 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

  • Satish 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..

  • Bryn 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

  • Bryn on April 2, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    why dont sri lanka select nuwan kalesakara or dilhara fernando?

  • Andrew 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.

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