New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012 October 21, 2012

Sri Lanka hope for Ajantha Mendis' recovery


Ajantha Mendis' fitness remains a concern for Sri Lanka as they prepare to take on New Zealand in a series of Tests, ODIs and a one-off T20 international starting October 30. "Ajantha is still recovering from a side strain which he suffered during the World T20. That is our only concern right now," Sri Lanka's team manager Charith Senanayake said on Saturday.

Mendis picked up the injury during Sri Lanka's opening World T20 game against Zimbabwe on September 18 but only missed the rain-affected group match against South Africa. He finished as the top wicket-taker in the competition with 15 wickets at an average of 9.80. "Ajantha played these matches taking painkillers, he has still not recovered 100% from the injury. He is still under treatment," Senanayake said. "We have made practice optional for the World T20 players, but the rest of the squad is at practice. We will regroup on October 23."

Sri Lanka's selectors will pick the squads for the series against New Zealand next week. The chairman of the selection panel Ashantha de Mel said he would be speaking to captain Mahela Jayawardene and coach Graham Ford through tele-conference before the selection committee sits down to name the three squads. Jayawardene is currently in South Africa leading Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League while Ford, a South African, has returned home for a short break after the World T20.

Apart from Jayawardene, several other Sri Lankan players are involved with the Champions League. Among them are Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera (for Mumbai Indians), Nuwan Kulasekara (for Chennai Super Kings) and the Uva Next team which has T20 cricketer Dilshan Munaweera and ODI players including Dilhara Fernando, Sachitra Senanayake and Seekkuge Prasanna.

Jayawardene stepped down as Sri Lanka's T20 captain after the World T20. Angelo Mathews is expected to lead Sri Lanka in the one-off T20 International against New Zealand in Pallekele on October 30.

"We are looking at resting some of the senior players and fielding a young team for the T20 game. The seniors will be back for the ODIs and Tests," De Mel said.

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  • Amila on October 24, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    My team in case selectors desides to rest our great Sanja,Mahela,Dilshan & Malinga - 1)Tharanga 2)Munaweera 3)Chandima/Thirimanna 4)Kapugedara 5)Angelow 6)Jeewan 7)Thisara 8)Eranga 9)Kulasekara 10)Mendis 10)Herath . It will be a balace team coz Sri Lanka can use Thisara,Angelow & Jeewan as alrounders.

  • Miles on October 24, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Kapu is very talented and has a lot of hitting & match winning ability.However Kapu was never able to concentrate/settle-in as a permanent & not given right directions by seniors/coaches.After Kapu hit a six & a four to Bret Lee in AU in his debut match as an 18 year old,he was put under so much pressure to be our middle order superstar as our middle order is weak.Middle order is weak because no senior players want to play in the middle & finish the job with tail enders. They expect these young players to finish jobs with the tail. It is unfair for these youngsters being thrown in to the deep end with less survival skills.They have to bring 1 or 2 best young(under 19 batsmen)to the national side each year & make sure that they nurture/give directions/encouragement & start them at No:1 ,2 & 4 against weaker oppositions.Out of those youngsters the strongest will survive/become permanents & become the strongest middle order(N0:5,6 & 7) and No:3 in the world when they become seniors.

  • Yoker on October 24, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    This is the best opputunity to let Thisara Perera to open the batting for SL. Make use of his strength, have faith in him, give him some confidence and most certainly some chances, SL has nothing to loose, let him open face atleast the first 5 overs and score as much as possible. If it works SL cricket will once again have a dangerous opener. that is where SL is weak right now. The opening slot is not STRONG or SKILLED enough to lead the way.. Youth will always beat experience. chances should be given and opputunities should be taken.

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    munawera, chandimal, thirimanna, mathews, angelo perera, jeewan mendis, thisara perera, kulasekara, shaminda eranga. akila, medis/rangana

  • Rajith on October 23, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    If you are looking for young 11 player this is the best 11 we have to play T20 against NZ. 1. Munaweera / 2. Tharanga / 3. Chandimal / 4. Kapugedara / 5. Mathews / 6. Thirimanne / 7. Jeewan / 8. Thisara / 9. Kulasekara / 10. Sachitra / 11. Eranga............. Please give a break for our top 3 players (Dilly / MJ / Sanga). Because they play too much cricket in last 4-5 months

  • sajan on October 23, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Dear Dian007, please do not talk about kapu, he got more chances than anybody in this cricket world, let him to play just domestic cricket only,please see his last international statistics???????

  • Prashan on October 23, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    @bravetigersmustwin, well thanks but Murali too bowled quicker deliveries due to the "ZIP" he generated off the surface but was never injury prone. I am not pinning hopes on Ajantha Mendis. Sachithra Senanayake and Roshan Jayatissa are my hopes. Look at their cricinfo profiles. Herath is our best spinner for now but he will quit in 2 or 3 years. Dhananjaya is too raw now. I am not convinced how he (Dhananjaya) was selected without him not playing in this year's U19 world cup. Also, my favorite Indian spinner Anil Kumble bowled the quickest ever deliveries among spinners and was not injury prone.

  • Nilantha on October 22, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Talking of the aus tour, can anyone tell me what's happened to nuwan pradeep, prasad and eranga.? Surely these guys can't STILL be injured? If we are going to even compete on their wickets, we need to have bowlers who can hit 135kph + consistently... In terms of NZ, we shouldn't underestimate them as they are a decent team...

  • Dian on October 22, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Gentlemen - please do not curse on a player in the calibre of Kapu, he is one of the best player., he can very dangerous, try not everyone put too much pressure on him, peer pressure too..

    just leave him as he is.

  • Mohan on October 22, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    @yorkshirematt I think there should be change in ICC tournament no foreign players should allowed to play in other team line team INDIA,PAK,SL etc unlike England......lolzzzzz

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