New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 November 2, 2013

Two warm-ups for Sri Lanka before NZ one-dayers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka will play two 50-over practice matches in preparation for the ODI series against New Zealand, at the Sinhalese Sports Club. A side consisting of most of Sri Lanka's top players will take on a virtual A team on November 5 and 7, before the Sri Lanka squad travels to Hambantota for the first ODI.

Dinesh Chandimal will lead the second-string team, which also features Lahiru Thirimanne. Fast bowler Shaminda Eranga, who was omitted from the Sri Lanka squad for the series, and fellow seam bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Thisara Perera will also play for the second side. Middle-order batsman Ashan Priyanjan will play for the top team.

Sri Lanka have not played any international cricket since the home series against South Africa ended in early August, but have in that time played a first-class tri-series. The A team, which featured several Sri Lanka players, has also played a home tour of New Zealand A, and a Twenty20 series against Kenya, during the hiatus.

The limited-overs series against New Zealand features three ODIs, starting November 10, and two T20s.

Team 1: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (capt), Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis
Reserves: Angelo Perera, Ramith Rambukwella, Isuru Udana

Team 2: Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (capt & wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Chaturanga de Silva, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal
Reserves: Nuwan Pradeep, Ishan Jayaratne, Milinda Siriwardene

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  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    i think v should bring back chamara kapugedara... there is no1 else in our middle over who can whack the ball like him. thirimanne is not a limited over player

  • Peace on November 5, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    @ nuji_lankan : Well said mate. Lanka cannot depend on old horses any more if they are really serious on WC2015. By that time the trio becomes 37+ which is very bad thing for SL. I have been telling this for a year now. SL do not have enough resources to fill their senior positions. It is better to give chances to youngsters rather than depending on seniors. India has found replacements for seniors within no time and won CT 2013. In SL, after the seniors only Parera is a good find for them. Mathuews is not performing well these days.

  • Nazeer Mohamed on November 5, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    i would like to say that lankan players especially youngsters have to improve a lot more in the future and current definitely we need an aggressive batting line up as same as indian team for that this warm matches could be good but i still prefer if our legends can be rest for other game then it would be great to test the young lads

  • Buddhika on November 4, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    seniors will have lot of tournaments to feature in month Pak tour,England Tour and they play all over the year from CT trophy to SA Tour. but last 10 month youngsters don't have much chance prove their skills. unfortunately Zim tour canceled so NZ tour is d best tour 2 them to groom. So SLC pls rest some seniors and include new faces. note:Chandi,Thiri,SurangaLakmal,Sachithra,Dimuth r not youngsters now they came 2 international cricket 2009,2010,2011. other thing M.J is very inconsistent last 2 years .lot of replacements for him.he should drop from ODI,T20 keep only in Test.

  • Malinga on November 4, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Most of Lankans say that Mahela is a legend. that's really great, but here I can see some of them not even including him in playing 11. Some says even if Lanka loose few of them, do not bother but it is good for SL future cricket. I think SL is struggling in finding a replacement for Mahela. out of resources...LOL.

  • sachit on November 4, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @Yasas - I see your point regarding Dilshan and Jayawardana but these are Dilshan's last 10 ODI scores : 99,115,6,43,10,18,34,44,20,125 2 Centuries and almost a third in last 10 Innings - under these circumstances I don't see how a selector can justify dropping a player. As for form has indeed been a bit patchy - these are his latest ODI innings: 12,24,17,42,22,11,7,107,52,38 if there's a brave selector who decides to drop/rest either of these then I think he will only be able to do so with Jayawardana.

  • Yasas on November 4, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    get rid of dilshan and mahela (theyre not consistent enough) and let the younger guys take their positions to build a stronger future for sri lanka cricket. it doesnt matter if we lose a few games now, trying to figure out a winning combination, because we need to find a first Xi side to play the 2015 world cup and i dont see mahela and dilly in it. sangas the best player in the side at the moment, and hes in excellent form so dont drop him

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    my team for vs new zeland -kusal,dimuthu,lahiru.chandii,mathews,ashan.perera.kula,senanayaka,malinga.ajantha

  • Peace on November 3, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    It is just for improving the ODI ranking but nothing else. It is such a useless series.

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Why are Nuwan Pradeep and Angelo Perera named as reserves???

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