Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012 June 10, 2012

Perera has potential to be Sri Lanka Test regular - Ford

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Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has said allrounder Thisara Perera could establish himself in the Test side, if he can replicate the bowling form he showed in Saturday's ODI against Pakistan with more consistency.

"With the talent he has got and the way he bowled [on Saturday], there's no doubt he can be a regular Test player," Ford said. "His work ethic is good and he knows the areas he has to improve on. I am sure, with the many years he has got ahead of him, he will become a very effective Test player.

"He is a still a young man and hits the ball extremely hard. He is working harder on his ball-striking ability. [Here] he showed the best control he has shown with the ball since I have been involved with the team. That's something the bowling coach has worked hard with him upon, and he has got better and better."

If it was Perera's 6 for 44 that won the match for Sri Lanka, it was Dilshan's unbeaten 119 off 139 balls that set up the total that allowed Perera to apply pressure on Pakistan. That, Ford said, was a well-paced innings. "What he [Dilshan] did was to work hard through the new ball [phase], and then he was able to capitalise in the later stages of the game.

"He worked extremely hard on that knock and that laid the foundation for us to get the total we eventually got. He had to work hard as the Pakistan attack one of the best in world cricket. This one is going to be rated as a special knock in his career."

Sri Lanka had lost the first ODI by six wickets, after scoring 135 for 8 in the rain-affected, shortened game. Following that performance, Ford said, Saturday's show was commendable.

"The cricket that we played was superb. We were obviously down and disappointed with what happened the other day. There was lot of chatting and thinking done during the last two days, and the hats off to the guys for the character they have shown."

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  • my2ndself on June 12, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Yet another defeat, Green Shirts maintained history after failing in chase of score beyond 250.

    Dav & Pak Crick punters are trying to establish an ODI side with 05 specialist bowlers, besides the presence of professor, above average sixth bowler in a line up even better than some quickies. The composition even India (the batting power house) have never practiced regularly.

    So, Green shirts must understand that they can't rely on Umar Akmal and Afridi in the middle order, moreover Afridi is total wastage at No. 6 and Green shirts must no pin up hopes on him, therefore batting order must be re-shuffled, so as to filter out Avg and below average batsmen in a lineup.

    1. Azhar Ali 2. Afridi 3. Younus 4. Misbah 5. Hafeez 6. Umar Akmal 7. Asad Shafiq 8. Keeper 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. any bowler

    3 - Specialist bowlers 2 - All rounders (Afridi, Hafeez) 1 - Keeper 5 - Batsmen

  • Dam_Nava on June 12, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Guys ... what Ford has said ... that Thisara has the potential. Obviously he has to improve a lot.

  • dariuscorny on June 11, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @all lankans im also a fan of Thisara but still he has a lot to prove to be the no 1 allrounder.so please dont declare him he is this and that,this will rather pressurise him or it may even happen that he starts to take things for granted and can fade away..he is some talent he should be nurtured with care.yes SL should include him in test squad.and yes he should prioritise test cricket

  • likeintcricket on June 11, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    A one good performance against Pakistani batting doesn't qualify you among the best. I knew that once the Misbah-Azhar partnership broken there won't be any reliable batsman left to do the job and anyone can become a match winner, fortunately it was Thissara that day. I remember the days when Waqar used to come at #11 and he was much better bat than the current # 7. Umer and Afridi are just bunch of hard hitter who are not reliable bat.

  • dalpadadu on June 11, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Dear Graham Ford, please if you are matured cricket coacher dont try to implement harsh decisions by adding thisara perera to out regular test squad.present we have only very few proffesionaltest players in the team like mahela,sanga.nuwan,rangana,all others are just in and out players without a proper consistency.thisara,dilshan,chandimal,tharanga are not very consistent players because we have not seen any good performance in recent past.give them more oppurtunities in a team tours and select from those performance and dont try to put them on top of the world just for few wickets.wait and see their statictics and come to a conclusion.be a smart proffesional coacher rather than a cheap comments.

  • Hush78 on June 11, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Think this is a good decision if they play him on test matches.remember he Layer south afric test series but did not have much success.but I believe those experiences has improved him a lot which is showing in t20 and onedayers.so if we play him at least it will do good for his future and may be some day he will be a good test bowling all rounder for Sri Lanka.

  • Hush78 on June 11, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Think this is a good decision if they play him on test matches.remember he Layer south afric test series but did not have much success.but I believe those experiences has improved him a lot which is showing in t20 and onedayers.so if we play him at least it will do good for his future and may be some day he will be a good test bowling all rounder for Sri Lanka.

  • NALINWIJ on June 11, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Perera is maturing as a bowler and this could mean that his role in test cricket will also likely to increase. With Mathews bowling and Dilshan bowling spin Sri Lanka's batting and bowling depth would increase. Perea can also double up as the slogger in ODI. With Perera at no.8 they have batting depth and upto 6 bowling options.

  • on June 11, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    he should get a chance to prove whether he has the ability to be a permanent test player or not.

  • on June 11, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Thisara did play in test matches in Eng and SA tours. He did not look threatening although he did pick up wickets here and there. His pace was lacking compared to ODIs which is understood since in ODIs having got to bowl only 10 overs maximum a bowler can put everything into it. Further if you bowl good line and length in ODIs the batsmen been unable to score quickly are going to take undue risks. That will not happen in test cricket. He can play in test matches occasionally for the time being while being a permanent fixture in ODIs. Further he needs to improve his technique against pace bowling if he is going to be an effective allrounder like Stuart Broad of England batting at No. 8.

  • my2ndself on June 12, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Yet another defeat, Green Shirts maintained history after failing in chase of score beyond 250.

    Dav & Pak Crick punters are trying to establish an ODI side with 05 specialist bowlers, besides the presence of professor, above average sixth bowler in a line up even better than some quickies. The composition even India (the batting power house) have never practiced regularly.

    So, Green shirts must understand that they can't rely on Umar Akmal and Afridi in the middle order, moreover Afridi is total wastage at No. 6 and Green shirts must no pin up hopes on him, therefore batting order must be re-shuffled, so as to filter out Avg and below average batsmen in a lineup.

    1. Azhar Ali 2. Afridi 3. Younus 4. Misbah 5. Hafeez 6. Umar Akmal 7. Asad Shafiq 8. Keeper 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. any bowler

    3 - Specialist bowlers 2 - All rounders (Afridi, Hafeez) 1 - Keeper 5 - Batsmen

  • Dam_Nava on June 12, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Guys ... what Ford has said ... that Thisara has the potential. Obviously he has to improve a lot.

  • dariuscorny on June 11, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @all lankans im also a fan of Thisara but still he has a lot to prove to be the no 1 allrounder.so please dont declare him he is this and that,this will rather pressurise him or it may even happen that he starts to take things for granted and can fade away..he is some talent he should be nurtured with care.yes SL should include him in test squad.and yes he should prioritise test cricket

  • likeintcricket on June 11, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    A one good performance against Pakistani batting doesn't qualify you among the best. I knew that once the Misbah-Azhar partnership broken there won't be any reliable batsman left to do the job and anyone can become a match winner, fortunately it was Thissara that day. I remember the days when Waqar used to come at #11 and he was much better bat than the current # 7. Umer and Afridi are just bunch of hard hitter who are not reliable bat.

  • dalpadadu on June 11, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Dear Graham Ford, please if you are matured cricket coacher dont try to implement harsh decisions by adding thisara perera to out regular test squad.present we have only very few proffesionaltest players in the team like mahela,sanga.nuwan,rangana,all others are just in and out players without a proper consistency.thisara,dilshan,chandimal,tharanga are not very consistent players because we have not seen any good performance in recent past.give them more oppurtunities in a team tours and select from those performance and dont try to put them on top of the world just for few wickets.wait and see their statictics and come to a conclusion.be a smart proffesional coacher rather than a cheap comments.

  • Hush78 on June 11, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Think this is a good decision if they play him on test matches.remember he Layer south afric test series but did not have much success.but I believe those experiences has improved him a lot which is showing in t20 and onedayers.so if we play him at least it will do good for his future and may be some day he will be a good test bowling all rounder for Sri Lanka.

  • Hush78 on June 11, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Think this is a good decision if they play him on test matches.remember he Layer south afric test series but did not have much success.but I believe those experiences has improved him a lot which is showing in t20 and onedayers.so if we play him at least it will do good for his future and may be some day he will be a good test bowling all rounder for Sri Lanka.

  • NALINWIJ on June 11, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Perera is maturing as a bowler and this could mean that his role in test cricket will also likely to increase. With Mathews bowling and Dilshan bowling spin Sri Lanka's batting and bowling depth would increase. Perea can also double up as the slogger in ODI. With Perera at no.8 they have batting depth and upto 6 bowling options.

  • on June 11, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    he should get a chance to prove whether he has the ability to be a permanent test player or not.

  • on June 11, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Thisara did play in test matches in Eng and SA tours. He did not look threatening although he did pick up wickets here and there. His pace was lacking compared to ODIs which is understood since in ODIs having got to bowl only 10 overs maximum a bowler can put everything into it. Further if you bowl good line and length in ODIs the batsmen been unable to score quickly are going to take undue risks. That will not happen in test cricket. He can play in test matches occasionally for the time being while being a permanent fixture in ODIs. Further he needs to improve his technique against pace bowling if he is going to be an effective allrounder like Stuart Broad of England batting at No. 8.

  • on June 11, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    he is one of d under rated player srilanka has.the likes of kulasekara falls into the same catergory.must try to be more consistant.there's a long way to go.best of luck thisara.i think mathews is over rated to my liking.he should be promoted up the batting order n give him some more time to get settled in d wicket.all the best to both of them.they are the best allrounders we have nw.

  • nitharsh on June 11, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Perera doesn't have good first class experience.He really needs to work hard on his bowling.Of course we know he is a real hard worker.He should not be tested quickly in international tests.He should be given adequate time for preparing in international test arena.Though he can be used in foreign pitches such as ENG,SA,AUS.For bowling in Srilankan conditions he needs to learn more on developing variations.He should enhance his batting ability against quick bowlers.He is one for the future but not now.

  • sonu77 on June 11, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Like to see Thisara & Kula in the Test squad..!!!

  • tanstell87 on June 11, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Indian fan here.....Perera became famous when he smashed Zaheer in Dhaka ODI in early 2010...i knew one day this guy will prove a promising all-rounder for Sri Lanka...his hard hitting abilities with the bat down the order makes him a dangerous player in short formats of the game...he can bowl well on wickets that support seam movement 7 with his bowling action he can be more than handful in test matches in Australia-England-South Africa & New Zealand....Perera played as 1st change bowler in recent test series in South Africa where i felt he supported Welegedera brilliantly...with Mathews-Chandimal-Thirimmane & Perera in Sri Lankan team,the future after Mahela-Sanga & Dilshan looks good for them & not to forget Upul Tharanga as well !!

  • on June 11, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Dont try to change Test fast bawlers (Lakmal Chanka Pradeep/Eranda) so immediately.Thisara is Oneday specialist.retain him for future.

  • siri12345 on June 11, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    i think currently thisara perera is the best all rounder in the world.

  • crazylankan1 on June 11, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    good perfomence but he not inconcist..... but if he learn more have a bright future for him

  • stormy16 on June 11, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    I would give this guy a extended run in test cricket specially given SL's test bowling is poor at best. This will give him the opportunity to improve both his batting and bowling. He could blossom in to a decent alrounder if nutured properly and given opportunities.

  • radioumpire on June 11, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    If he is selected as a test pplayer he will be a another real entertainer like Sanath. But he shouold not be presurised as a star. Please play him in Cricket matches and don't play him in T20's.

  • Lakpj on June 11, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Using thisara as an opening batsman will not happen sooner, if that to happen he need to rectify his weakness when facing quick bowlers. he is very effective against spinners. but needs to improve against playing fast bowlers. seems that mathews has lot his magical touch as a batsman. hope he can regain it during the rest of the series, especially before T20 WC in September.

  • on June 11, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    i suppose just his catching ability should bring him into the tests as an alrounder...for a big man he does run and dive well...his bowling does not seem too great...however if he could bowl a little straighter he might be difficult to handle...however in tests batsmen have much more time...however training in bowling techniques can do wonders...a player that likes to perform is always an asset

  • on June 11, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    not a bad idea,could strenthen the middle order and bowl a decent spell of medium pace...............personally would prefer only if used in the shorter version and that way he could give his 100%,

  • priceless1 on June 11, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    They already tried him in Test but he failed .. because he doesn't have speed to trouble the batsmen

  • Naushad79 on June 11, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Perera is a good player, but i dont agree that he should play test always, it's better if he can play test only if we play in AUS, SF, ENG only in fast track, playing him in test in subcontinent is not a good idea, we may loose him very quickly as a player. he is a a valuable ODI player, please don't hack him.

  • on June 11, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs,

    thisara showing all rounder abilities just like jayasuriya, afridi, kallis etc... yes we all love to see thisara could free his hands as a opener. although we have mathews and little kula can show some fireworks at the down order...

  • Balumekka on June 11, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs : Your point is valid. Although I'm a big fan of Perera, I too was surprised with his bowling average being low compared to Kula or Malinga. I think it may be due to lot of batsman trying to go after him, rather than Kula or Malinga, and the extra bounce he generate on flat wickets. Anyway, what a handy cricketer to have in the team!

  • veezbo on June 11, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    So, what I'm worried about is that Perera has played in 22 first class matches already and has an average above 40. Can he really be expected to be a test bowler?

    I'd need to see some good form before I let him on my test team. He should demonstrate his ability in first class.

    That said, he should be a staple in SL's ODI team. Amazing work on bowling in the last match, and his overall figures (for both bowling and batting) are nice as well.

  • Yasassri on June 11, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    players like 'Sajeewa Weerakoon', 'Dinuka Hettiarachchi' must be given a chance as well.

  • on June 11, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    @ Johnathonjosephs, most definitely agree with you about being a test match bowler.But I was specifically referring to your comment about the ODI's "How he has managed 3 5 wicket hauls with an average of 23.66 in ODIs is beyond me". In test cricket it would be different.

    @ Karthik, he has already proved himself by winning Sri Lanka at least 3 matches and contributed to winning a few more. He has also showed signs that there are many more to come. If he can hit some of best bowlers in cricket for massive 6's he can do it to anyone and will in future.

  • satish619chandar on June 11, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    He might be a regular in tests too.. To be fair, SLs regular test attack of Welegedera, Lakmal and Eranga is not a world beater for sure.. They are not class of Vaas or Malinga.. Can be easily replaced by Perera.. Perera can be equally effective plus, he can bat too.. I don't see much difference in bowling point.. SL should look to bring in Kula into tests and Tushara if possible..

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on June 11, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    he can be a goodd player for sl in overseas test matches: a decent stock bowler who gets some extra bounce every now and then, Also overseas pitches are good for batting once da ball gets old and the ball still comes on to the bat unlike on slow subcontinental pitches.So he can be a useful tonker at no.8

  • chandau on June 11, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    He has the pace but does he have the control and variety for tests? In ODIs there is onus on the batters to score, hence they take more risks that makes it easy for bowlers. But in tests the batters can wait and attrition is the game. In this sense Kulasekara is one guy who has the best control among all our bowlers. Malinga has the X factor though he lacks variety; Dilhara also has the pace and variety but he struggles when not in rhythem. What SL lack at the moment is a very good left arm pacy to replace Vass. Pakistan have Tanvir and India have many; so do Australia and South Africa and even NZ. As we do not have genuine quick bowlers like England, OZ, Pakistan, WI, SA, NZ or even India, we need real variety else it wil be smae same ....

  • karthik666 on June 11, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    another one match wonder

  • ikmal--syd on June 11, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    if he can be accurate consistently then yes, he can play tests, he's got the pace and bounce.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 10, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    @Darshan Abeysinghe, I'm not talking about his knack for wickets. I am talking about his bowling. In all honesty, his bowling is usually not that great (he did produce some magical balls in his 6 for), but I have been closely watching Perera for some time. It seems that usually when he gets his wickets, it is either through brilliant fielding or the batsman makes a simple mistake. This may work in limited overs cricket, but will not work in Test Cricket. What I'm saying is, before he can play Test Cricket, he needs to improve his bowling On a side note, I would love to see Perera batting up the order. He really is a more than handy batsman, and his first class average of 32 speaks for that. Do I dare mention another Sri Lankan spinner who was promoted to opener and ended up revolutionizing the game with moderate success (Jayasuriya)

  • on June 10, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    He needs to improve to be a test player although he is a superb odi player..however he is only 23..

  • on June 10, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    From the first day I saw this young man's performances during his duties for Sri Lanka, I said to my self "here is a player who has got all almost the talents in Cricket and this guy is going to be a promissing young man for the Sri Lankan team". I love his batting and bowling! Well done Perera and hats off!

  • on June 10, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @ Johnathonjosephs, Perrera has a knack for picking up wickets, even when he is having an off day. That's why his average is so low. SL are only now starting to use him smartly. Any other match and we would have seen the reputation of Mathews come in at that time knock about 10 runs and SL would have scored 265 maybe. Good to see Perera getting the jump on Mathews when the situation calls for it. He needs to bat higher up in the T20s as well.

  • on June 10, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    we need this guy ,perera ,,,,,tst and oned

  • johnathonjosephs on June 10, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Perera is one of the best match winners out there in the modern game today. He can smash the ball and can bat fairly well (anyone remember his matchwinning 69 against South Africa). If you look at some of the sixes he has hit, they are big enough to rival Gayle, Afridi, and Pollard. He is also one of the best fielders in the Sri Lankan side today. The problem though is, ironically, with his bowling. How he has managed 3 5 wicket hauls with an average of 23.66 in ODIs is beyond me. He seems to do very well in some games, but then completely loses it in other games. He is also a very hard worker. If someone can teach him to concentrate more on his bowling, it would be a HUGE asset to Sri Lankan cricket.

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  • johnathonjosephs on June 10, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Perera is one of the best match winners out there in the modern game today. He can smash the ball and can bat fairly well (anyone remember his matchwinning 69 against South Africa). If you look at some of the sixes he has hit, they are big enough to rival Gayle, Afridi, and Pollard. He is also one of the best fielders in the Sri Lankan side today. The problem though is, ironically, with his bowling. How he has managed 3 5 wicket hauls with an average of 23.66 in ODIs is beyond me. He seems to do very well in some games, but then completely loses it in other games. He is also a very hard worker. If someone can teach him to concentrate more on his bowling, it would be a HUGE asset to Sri Lankan cricket.

  • on June 10, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    we need this guy ,perera ,,,,,tst and oned

  • on June 10, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @ Johnathonjosephs, Perrera has a knack for picking up wickets, even when he is having an off day. That's why his average is so low. SL are only now starting to use him smartly. Any other match and we would have seen the reputation of Mathews come in at that time knock about 10 runs and SL would have scored 265 maybe. Good to see Perera getting the jump on Mathews when the situation calls for it. He needs to bat higher up in the T20s as well.

  • on June 10, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    From the first day I saw this young man's performances during his duties for Sri Lanka, I said to my self "here is a player who has got all almost the talents in Cricket and this guy is going to be a promissing young man for the Sri Lankan team". I love his batting and bowling! Well done Perera and hats off!

  • on June 10, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    He needs to improve to be a test player although he is a superb odi player..however he is only 23..

  • johnathonjosephs on June 10, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    @Darshan Abeysinghe, I'm not talking about his knack for wickets. I am talking about his bowling. In all honesty, his bowling is usually not that great (he did produce some magical balls in his 6 for), but I have been closely watching Perera for some time. It seems that usually when he gets his wickets, it is either through brilliant fielding or the batsman makes a simple mistake. This may work in limited overs cricket, but will not work in Test Cricket. What I'm saying is, before he can play Test Cricket, he needs to improve his bowling On a side note, I would love to see Perera batting up the order. He really is a more than handy batsman, and his first class average of 32 speaks for that. Do I dare mention another Sri Lankan spinner who was promoted to opener and ended up revolutionizing the game with moderate success (Jayasuriya)

  • ikmal--syd on June 11, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    if he can be accurate consistently then yes, he can play tests, he's got the pace and bounce.

  • karthik666 on June 11, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    another one match wonder

  • chandau on June 11, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    He has the pace but does he have the control and variety for tests? In ODIs there is onus on the batters to score, hence they take more risks that makes it easy for bowlers. But in tests the batters can wait and attrition is the game. In this sense Kulasekara is one guy who has the best control among all our bowlers. Malinga has the X factor though he lacks variety; Dilhara also has the pace and variety but he struggles when not in rhythem. What SL lack at the moment is a very good left arm pacy to replace Vass. Pakistan have Tanvir and India have many; so do Australia and South Africa and even NZ. As we do not have genuine quick bowlers like England, OZ, Pakistan, WI, SA, NZ or even India, we need real variety else it wil be smae same ....

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on June 11, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    he can be a goodd player for sl in overseas test matches: a decent stock bowler who gets some extra bounce every now and then, Also overseas pitches are good for batting once da ball gets old and the ball still comes on to the bat unlike on slow subcontinental pitches.So he can be a useful tonker at no.8