New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012-13 November 9, 2012

Tharindu Kaushal in Sri Lanka's Test squad

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Tharindu Kaushal, a 19-year old offspinner, has been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the Tests against New Zealand, while left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara returns to the side after missing two Tests against Pakistan due to a shoulder injury.

Kaushal is in Sri Lanka's squad for the ongoing ODIs but is yet to play. He has not played any first-class or List A cricket either but was part of the Under-19 squad for the World cup in Australia. "Kaushal has a lot of potential and we have included him in the squad to allow him to get a feel of being in the presence of senior players and for him to train with them," Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, Ashantha de Mel, told ESPNcricinfo. "We will see how the other offspinner Suraj Randiv bowls in the first Test and then decide whether we should take a gamble with Kaushal."

Fast bowlers Dhammika Prasad and Shaminda Eranga were also picked in the 15-man squad, displacing Thisara Perera and Nuwan Pradeep. Perera had taken four wickets and made 75 in the only match he played in against Pakistan.

Eranga had been overlooked for the Pakistan series after coming back from a nerve-related back injury earlier in the year, but had found places in Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 and limited-overs squads for the New Zealand series. He played one Test against Australia last year and took five wickets in that match. Dilhara Fernando had replaced Welegadara in the Pakistan series, but was left out.

Swing bowler Nuwan Kulasekara retained his Test spot after a successful series against Pakistan, in which he was Sri Lanka's best fast bowler, with eight wickets at 36.37. The top order was also unchanged, as Tharanga Paranavitana kept Lahiru Thirimanne out of the Test opener's spot.

Sri Lanka also named an unchanged squad for the fourth and fifth ODIs against New Zealand in Hambantota. They lead the series 2-0. "We were hoping to change the squad after the first three ODIs if Sri Lanka had taken a winning lead, but due to the bad weather we had to retain the same squad of 15 players for the remaining two one-dayers," de Mel said. "Winning the series is important, that's why we named the same squad for the remaining two ODIs, but if we win tomorrow we will give an opportunity to the players who have not got a game in the series so far in Monday's match."

De Mel also said that opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is suffering from a strained back, would miss the final two ODIs to give himself time to recover for the Test series. Mahela Jayawardene is likely to open in Dilshan's absence, with Dinesh Chandimal batting in the middle order. Chamara Kapugedera has been called in to the squad to replace Dilshan.

The first Test begins in Galle on November 17.

Test squad: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Tharindu Kaushal, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dinesh Chandimal, Chanaka Welagedara, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad.

Squad for remaining ODIs: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vc), Chamara Kapugedera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Upul Tharanga, Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya, Tharindu Kaushal.

With inputs from Sa'adi Thawfeeq.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • thilanka5x on November 12, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    SRI LANKAN TEST HISTORY BEST OPENING PAIRS TM Dilshan, NT Paranavitana (SL) 2009-2012 , 36Maches 1499 runs 42.82 Average MS Atapattu, ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1997-2007 ,118Maches 4469runs 40.26Average

    SO HOW YOU SAID THAT SRI LANKA NEED ANOTHER OPENNING PAIR

    I WISH YOU, THEY WILL SUCCES AGAIN IN THIS TOORNAMENT

  • thilanka5x on November 12, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    PARANAWITHANA HAS GOOD RECODE IN First-class Cricket SCORED OVER 9000 RUNS WITH 24 CENTUREIES AND HE IS THE ONLY ONE PLAY HAS OVER 42+ AVERAGE IN List A MATCHES BUT NEVER PLAY ODI,

  • thilanka5x on November 12, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Tharanga paranavithana is the best test opener in sri lanka now, see domestic seassons last 3 years, he will do some thing in this time

  • shash24 on November 11, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Give a chance to youngsters. series is now won by us. it's time to youngsters have a go. at this will be good test to Mathews too lead the Sri Lankan side for the first time. So my playing XI for tomorrow (1)Tharanga (2)Chandimal (3)Thirimanna (4)Kapugedara (5)Mathews* (6)Jeewan (7)Thisara (8)Kulasekara (9)Eranga (10)Kaushal (11)Dhananjaya I know there is a one batsman short. but we have give a chance to all of them.

  • dummy4fb on November 11, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Why didnt give a chance to Upul Tharanga???? Paranavithana got too many chances.....

  • dummy4fb on November 10, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Tharanga Paranavitana and Chanaka Welagedara have been given too many chances. I do not understand the selection of Tharindu Kaushal and leaving out Lahiru Madushanka the highest wicket taker for sri lanka in the under 19 world cup.

    My playing XI

    Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews (vc), Prasanna Jayawardene (wk) Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga

  • dummy4fb on November 10, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    My playing IX from the team that is given, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chanaka Welagedara have been given too many chances. I do not understand the selection of Tharindu Kaushal and leaving out Lahiru Madushanka the highest wicket taker for sri lanka in the under 19 world cup.

    My playing IX

    Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews (vc), Prasanna Jayawardene (wk) Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga

  • cricfan75462322 on November 10, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    DEAR SL SELECTORS,

    THANKS FOR PICKING KAPUGEDERA IS BACK!!!!! OH, WE MISSED HIM ALOT!!!

    - CRICKETING WORLD

  • Karnain on November 10, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    What I can't understand is that these selectors keep on talking about Dinesh Chandimal's talent and see him as the future Sanga / Mahela, but not giving him any opportunities to play in any formats? Well Tisara Perera not in the squad after taking 4 wickets & 75 runs. What is the selection policy? Only reason I can imagine is that they made this decision based on his current bowling form in ODIs. Nice to see Shaminda Eranga in the squad (at least) who I believe should be our main strike bowler in tests. Selectors have finally forgot Suranga Lakmal :), but when will Paranawithana?

  • dummy4fb on November 10, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    what about upul tharanga, he has done nothing in 2012, and next world cup will be held in aus and nz, so its almost certain that we gonna need to find an opening batsmen, im pretty sure dilshan,mehala and sanga will play 2015 wc, so mahela must be thinking to be the opener if tharanga fails, but if he wanna be the opener in the wc, why not he start now, drop tharanga, an get youngsters to middle order and put mahela and dilshan at no1,2., right now

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