Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012

Perera has potential to be Sri Lanka Test regular - Ford

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

June 10, 2012

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Thisara Perera in action, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Durban, 2nd day, December 27, 2011
Thisara Perera has featured in five Tests for Sri Lanka since debuting last May © AFP
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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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Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

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