Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle June 19, 2012

Perera, Kulasekara in Sri Lanka Test squad

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Allrounder Thisara Perera and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara have been included in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the first Test against Pakistan. Allrounder Jeevan Mendis, who is yet to earn a Test cap, has also been picked. Angelo Mathews has been named vice-captain, replacing Thilan Samaraweera who was the second in command in Sri Lanka's last Test series, against England in March-April.

Left-arm fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara, who was ruled out of the second Test against England in that series with a groin injury, also returns. That means Sri Lanka will field a new-look pace attack: Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep and Shaminda Eranga - who had come in for the injured Welegedara - have not made it to this squad. Batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has also missed out.

Perera had not played the Tests against England, the last of his five Tests being against South Africa in January. He was Man of the Series in the recently concluded ODIs against Pakistan, and this has seemingly prompted his inclusion in the Test squad. Following his six-wicket haul in the second ODI, Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford had said that Perera could establish himself in the Test side, if he could replicate that bowling performance with more consistency.

Kulasekara has not played a Test since the rain-marred home series against West Indies in November 2010, while Pradeep has played just the one Test, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi last October. He was picked for the tour of South Africa that followed, but tore a hamstring during a warm-up game and had to fly home. He returned to competitive cricket in March, playing a first-class game for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club.

The Test begins on Friday in Galle.

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  • on June 21, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    feel sorry for thrimanna, he's currently in good form

  • Lankanforever on June 21, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    At the begining of the tour there were guys saying drop Angelo and Dili. then they changed voices to drop Chandi and Angi. Now drop Kumar. Once people were suggesting Upul as capt. then ANgi now Chandi. What is all this. Wait and see for two more years we'll find out who our next capt. is. and as far as dropping people at least be fair before chanting this. You can't perform every other game. and two series is not the end of world and most these guys were hits two series ago.

  • Cricket_insider on June 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    win or loss 4 sl wil depend on how well they bat,,,

  • Shanthiwije on June 20, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Yes, let Angelo & Chandimal get trained for the leadership under the coolest, sharpest and the most talented captain in the world to-day. They are so fortunate to have a mentor of Mahela's caliber. More on Angelo. Many don't seem to realize the burden bestowed on himin most of the games. When or if the three seniors, Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan fails, the burden of preserving his own wicket and at the same time guiding the talented, yet inexperienced youngsters to the end successfully is eating into his own game. So please understand his plight and stand by him for god sake. i am sure he will deliver the goodsin no time. Take heart boy. People will realize. Well done JOSEPHIAN. (I am an old JOE.)

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 20, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Win the toss bat first and put a score over 400. The rest will automatically take care of itself. Galle, the souther capital is the best venue for Lions as well as the best beautiful city in Sri Lanka.

  • Makuz on June 20, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Alright boys, you need to read the article before you jump your guns and start commenting. What are some of you going on about Thilan being dropped?? he has not been dropped, only been relieved as the vice captain.A squad has to be picked at the end of the day. They can't satisfy everyone, if Lahiru had been included and Paranavithana left out, another bunch of you would be screaming for him to be included. I think this is a pretty decent squad, especially with the inclusion of Nuwan. So relax and just take it easy!!

  • curry72 on June 20, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    We love sanga but he cant keep and bat at 3.Thilan is the rock in the team how? can they not pick him for the one dayers.The stroke makers have a bit more freedom then.Where is vandort?Hope we can get some players from jaffna and trinco where there has being no cricket for 30 years.I bet you there will some uncut stones there.

  • sajhera on June 20, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    its a good team selection. they can only select 15. luckey No dilhara, Hope selection committee will select good T20 squad as well including informed players like Chinthaka jayasinghe,Kusal janith etc.

  • sampi72 on June 20, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Willing to see Jeewan Mendis in a test match....We all know how capable he is with the bat...It is sad to see Shamindra Ernga has been left out of the side without giving any oppertunity...Dear Chairman of selectors...What is the basis of leaving out of Eranga..and what is the basis of selecting Nuwan Pradeep.....

  • DJ_Dilz on June 20, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Priyantha:

    If the Australian's were to take that mentality about not choosing a player as captain, due to injury concerns... Then Michael Clarke would not be captain. He has missed MANY a game, due to his contant back problems.

    What we need is a Leader/Captain that isn't scared to take the challenge up to the opposition.... Thats where Mahela is different from most other Captains that have Captained Sri Lanka. He uses what he has (bowlers or batsmen) to his advantage, and looks to put the opposite captain and team under pressure.

    Hopefully, being and understudy to Mehela, Angelo will learn these techniques. He and Chandimal will be the future of Sri Lankan cricket, and we they should be rubbing sholders with Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan etc. as much as possible before the current greats of the game step away.

  • on June 21, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    feel sorry for thrimanna, he's currently in good form

  • Lankanforever on June 21, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    At the begining of the tour there were guys saying drop Angelo and Dili. then they changed voices to drop Chandi and Angi. Now drop Kumar. Once people were suggesting Upul as capt. then ANgi now Chandi. What is all this. Wait and see for two more years we'll find out who our next capt. is. and as far as dropping people at least be fair before chanting this. You can't perform every other game. and two series is not the end of world and most these guys were hits two series ago.

  • Cricket_insider on June 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    win or loss 4 sl wil depend on how well they bat,,,

  • Shanthiwije on June 20, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Yes, let Angelo & Chandimal get trained for the leadership under the coolest, sharpest and the most talented captain in the world to-day. They are so fortunate to have a mentor of Mahela's caliber. More on Angelo. Many don't seem to realize the burden bestowed on himin most of the games. When or if the three seniors, Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan fails, the burden of preserving his own wicket and at the same time guiding the talented, yet inexperienced youngsters to the end successfully is eating into his own game. So please understand his plight and stand by him for god sake. i am sure he will deliver the goodsin no time. Take heart boy. People will realize. Well done JOSEPHIAN. (I am an old JOE.)

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 20, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Win the toss bat first and put a score over 400. The rest will automatically take care of itself. Galle, the souther capital is the best venue for Lions as well as the best beautiful city in Sri Lanka.

  • Makuz on June 20, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Alright boys, you need to read the article before you jump your guns and start commenting. What are some of you going on about Thilan being dropped?? he has not been dropped, only been relieved as the vice captain.A squad has to be picked at the end of the day. They can't satisfy everyone, if Lahiru had been included and Paranavithana left out, another bunch of you would be screaming for him to be included. I think this is a pretty decent squad, especially with the inclusion of Nuwan. So relax and just take it easy!!

  • curry72 on June 20, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    We love sanga but he cant keep and bat at 3.Thilan is the rock in the team how? can they not pick him for the one dayers.The stroke makers have a bit more freedom then.Where is vandort?Hope we can get some players from jaffna and trinco where there has being no cricket for 30 years.I bet you there will some uncut stones there.

  • sajhera on June 20, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    its a good team selection. they can only select 15. luckey No dilhara, Hope selection committee will select good T20 squad as well including informed players like Chinthaka jayasinghe,Kusal janith etc.

  • sampi72 on June 20, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Willing to see Jeewan Mendis in a test match....We all know how capable he is with the bat...It is sad to see Shamindra Ernga has been left out of the side without giving any oppertunity...Dear Chairman of selectors...What is the basis of leaving out of Eranga..and what is the basis of selecting Nuwan Pradeep.....

  • DJ_Dilz on June 20, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Priyantha:

    If the Australian's were to take that mentality about not choosing a player as captain, due to injury concerns... Then Michael Clarke would not be captain. He has missed MANY a game, due to his contant back problems.

    What we need is a Leader/Captain that isn't scared to take the challenge up to the opposition.... Thats where Mahela is different from most other Captains that have Captained Sri Lanka. He uses what he has (bowlers or batsmen) to his advantage, and looks to put the opposite captain and team under pressure.

    Hopefully, being and understudy to Mehela, Angelo will learn these techniques. He and Chandimal will be the future of Sri Lankan cricket, and we they should be rubbing sholders with Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan etc. as much as possible before the current greats of the game step away.

  • on June 20, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    @ priyantha: very true...that's the problem with angelo. so my choice is also chandimal or thirimanne..but angelo is a vry good player,but we can't put the team in trouble with an unfit player.

  • ranilranathunga on June 20, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    SL won the final one day bcoz sanga was out earlier, If he would have batted little longer he would have wasted more deliveries and put other batsman under so much pressure. He is too slow for one dayers and his strike rate is never above 80. He is putting so much pressure on young Chandimal by scoring super slow.

  • ---lasitha--- on June 20, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Perera32 ___dude you've got 13 players in your 11

  • ---lasitha--- on June 20, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    for how long are we gonna persist with average players like dilshan and prasanna, specially in tests. dilshan is a hit or miss player and is this the kind of batsmen we need in our test line up??????Im not saying they are the worst but are they talented enough to be included in the same class as samare,sanga annd mahela.Especially if they are gonna be included at the cost of THIRIMANNE AND CHANDIMAL, that is a big problem right???

  • ---lasitha--- on June 20, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    where is thirimanne for gods sake, he might not have got to a big score yet, but anyone with a good cricketing eye can see that he has the potential to be our next samaraweera,,, with solid technique

  • Abaa on June 20, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka favourites?

  • siriherath on June 20, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    WHY is Malinda Warnapura continuously ignored? He, to me, looks the ideal part as an opener in both tests and ODIs. Soon he'll be too old, to be considered for either. So give him the chance to deliver, which he surely will. Paranawithana deserves to be sent back to play domestic games to fine tune his vulnerability against the swinging away ball. ANPR Fernando and Shaminda Ranaweera should both play alongside Kula. Welegedara (like Paranawithana) had missed too many opportunities to make a mark. What is the REAL reason for non-selection of Ajantha Mendis? Is he no good at all 3 venues Galle, Colombo and Kandy? Not that it matters, as the Weather might well be the ultimate winner, as in the series vs W Indies in 2010. H'tota and Dambulla are left high and dry as we hope for better weather elsewhere! (Is it the lack of intellect or stubbornness of our learned chiefs/present day leaders?)

  • on June 20, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    d1n0: Mathews is just above medium pace and does not even bowl long spells. He is still in his early years of international career. Considering all that getting injured so frequently stands against him when it comes to selection as captain. We cannot have the captain not available to play due to injury from time to time. Regarding gaining leadership experience, playing as vice captain under an experienced captain like Mahela is more than good enough. He will get few opportunities to captain the side when Mahela decides to rest in some matches. Suranga: I do not go that far and plan for Chandimal or Thirimannne as next captain. Chandimal is still fighting to get into test team, which is bit unfortunate. Thirimanne has failed in tests so far and thereby lost his place. My suggestion is to go with Mahela 2-3 years and see who will evolve as the next potential captain based on his permanency in the team and fitness.

  • Tusker17 on June 20, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    Great job by the boys. But lets not get too far ahead of ourselves here. Thirimana should have been a definete inclusion in the test side and so if Lakmal.\ Talent deserves its place and patience!

  • Vikum72 on June 20, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Chandimal hasn't shown any leadership qualities in his short career todate. He may still develop to become a future Sri Lankan captain but to suggest he's captain material at this moment is far fetched. Perera too hasn't done anything so far to warrant a wice-captain proposition. Angelo is the best option and after a reasonable period under the leadership of Mahela he can take over; may in another two years...

  • Chandima.Ceylon on June 20, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Why Parana again in squad?? dropping thirimanna.He batted well in Odi series!

  • on June 20, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    I think Mathews have some of the Arjuna qualities. He genuinely care about the players and will stand by them. If he can learn and take some of Mahela's tactics and qualities over the next year or two, Mathews will be an outstanding Captain to lead the next generation.

  • on June 19, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Well Said Priyantha. Mathews is playing well on and off and he has struggled with injuries . True he is a good player but he is not a potential captian. My choice is Chandimal. In the long run Chandimal should lead the Lankan side after Mahela. Even Thirimanne is far better than Mathews as Captian.

  • d1n0 on June 19, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Priyantha: Which pacey doesn't get injured? All of them have nursed injuries at some point. I think Matthew's worth to the team is his composure and drive to win. Don't forget Sanga himself recommended Matthews when he stepped down. That was 2 years ago. My point is lets give the team over to the capable youngsters who have things to prove and careers to build. And let them draw on the immense knowledge of Sanga and Mahela while they are around. Instead we are milking these veterans until they retire and not giving the experience of leadership to the young guys. Perera might be a long shot (that was just an afterthought) but Matthews is the man.

  • on June 19, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    d1n0: Sorry very absurd suggestion. You cannot have a player who has struggled with injuries to lead the side however good he is. That is Angelo. He needs to prove that he can remain fit over a long duration of time while representing SL in all forms of cricket before being handed over captaincy. Thisara has played few test matches here and there. He bowls in good areas in ODIs and batsmen cannot wait long for the bad delivery to come to score runs. So when they try to accelerate against good line and length bowling they get out. Test cricket is vastly different. Batsmen can afford to play the waiting game. After a while bowlers get tired can no longer sustain a reasonable pace and there comes easy scoring opportunities. Thisara has a long way to go before even dream of vice captaincy. It is true that Kulasekara bowled really well last time when Pakistan were here. But once the shine goes off the new ball has he got enough ammunition like extra pace to trouble batsmen at test level?

  • Dominator66 on June 19, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Hear we go again, please don't over work these young talents!! give them breaks in between, specially perera and mathews!! we all know they break down easy so why put more pressure on them, mathews ofcorse can play in test purely as a batsmen but shouldn't bowl and perera shouldn't play the longer version!! thats my opinion!! besides I'm sure Sl can manage without his bowling!! keep him for onedayers and T20 s!!!

  • thegaffoor on June 19, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    People forget things easily. Last time when Pakistan played in Sri Lanka, Nuwan Kulasekara was adjusted "Man of the Series" in test.. http://www.espncricinfo.com/slvpak2009/engine/match/403369.html

  • on June 19, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Too bad they had to leave Thirimanna and the other youngsters out. But, I think they had to go with a balanced side of seniors and juniors.

  • on June 19, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Dropping Samaraweera is not a good idea. He is the 'Sri Lankan Wall'.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 19, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Thank god. The big news in this squad should NOT be Perera's inclusion, but Kulasekera's Inclusion. Was always wondering why they dropped him. SUrely an average of 34 was better than the other bowler's averaging 50-60

  • on June 19, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    chandimal,dilshan,sanga,mahela,thilan,mathews,prasanna/thisara,jewan,herath,kula,pradeep is better team

  • d1n0 on June 19, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Why not hand over the captaincy to Matthews and make Perera VC?

  • on June 19, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    1st test -galle. team shld b paranawithaathna, dilshan,sanga,mahela,thilan, mathews,prasanna,herath,kulasekara,randiv,welagedara.

  • Sri1967 on June 19, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    At last Kulasekara is given a chance....Hope he will be given a chance and I rate him ahead of Chanaka....Kula is a bowling all rounder similar to Vass...Hope he will be picked on the 11...All the best Kula....

  • KushanS on June 19, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Seriously???? No Thirimanne......Thats puzzling.& why Paranavithana again....Shud've given Tharanga a oppourtunity......we should play 2 spinners......That wud mean nly 1 of Thisara or Kula wud have an oppourtunity...Personally I think Kula should play coz he is a better bowler.......

  • on June 19, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Shaminda Eranga out again? why? is he injured? no other reason can keep him away, he's the best we've got

  • Dhushan on June 19, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Kule's addition is really good. Very happy about it. I am still wondering why the selectors are not calling in Malinda Warnapura to the squad. If Paranavithana fails in the 1st test give the chance to Warnapura. Dilshan, Paranavithana, Sangakkara, Chandimal, M. Jayawardene, Mathews, P. Jayawardene, Perera, Herath, Kulasekere, Welagedara. Looks pretty darn good to me. Good luck lads

  • am5786 on June 19, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    How can Thilan Samaraweera be replaced by anyone, he has been in great form for last couple of series. I think he should be in to give support to the batting line up of Sri Lanka which has big names though but most of the time in recent past they were uncertain.

  • Mazharul on June 19, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Why Eranga out? No fast bowler in squad, all are fast medium..The mistake Sri lanka does every time, they don't select player on basis of recent domestic form. Malinda puspakumara, sohan boralessa are the leading wicket takers in last season.

  • on June 19, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    The Reporter should make this correction. Thilan was appointed vice captain for first test against England when Angelo was ruled out. Angelo returned to play in the second test and he secured his vice captain position. In reality Thilan should have been made test captain at least when Sanga stepped down. Those who call for Kulasekara's inclusion should realize that ODIs and test cricket are miles apart. Out of all openers tried out recently Paranavithana I reckon is the best. He failed against quality SA bowling in last tour but that can be excused when facing such bowling in unfamiliar conditions for the first time. Upul Tharanga's weakness outside the off stump was evident in ODIs. This could be well exploited in test cricket. The likes of Jeevan and Thisara have earned their places based on ODI performances but bowling tight and taking wickets in ODIs and taking wickets in tests cannot be compared. Lastly we cannot afford to start off 3 down for nothing as in last two test series.

  • DilumSL on June 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    well can't say it's a bad selection. but i still feel that lahiru n shaminda shuold be given a chance. welagedara n paranavithana has given no of chances for nothing. they are talented but they must prove themselves. hope they will do better this time. test series won't be easy for SL. PAK has one of the best test bowling unit. SL batsmen can't make any mistakes. and SL bowling unit hope they will fire as they did in ODI's. Good luck SL!!!

  • on June 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Generally a good selection, Given an opportunity Jeewan Mendis will prove his worth in the team I guess specially in his bowling.good that PERERA and Nuwan got an opportunity,Thirimanna too should have given a chance to prove him self

  • Sageleaf on June 19, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    where is Lahiru Thirimanne? Why is he dropped? I think he should open the innings with Dilshan. I am very surprised that he is not in the squad.If you listen to the commentators in ODI they said SL spinners does not spin so how good are we going to get in the test series? Anyway we have to bat first in Galle because the record shows who ever bats first will win the test in Galle.I think Sl has a very good side...one of the best selections had they included Thirimanne.My sincere apologies to the SL cricket team as they proved me wrong by winning the ODI series with Pakistan.

  • on June 19, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Kulasekara!!!!!!! At last!! I was starting to think that selectors would never pick him for the Test squad. He's ideal, bowls attacking line and length, can swing and seam the balll both ways, good with both the new ball and the old one, very good fielder and also can bat a bit down the order. All the best Kula!

  • Sinhaya on June 19, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Why playing useless Randiv? Why cant they play Sachithra Senanayake who is far better than Randiv?

  • Sinhaya on June 19, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Please dont play Paranavithana. At least get Chandimal to open with Dilshan.

  • on June 19, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    pls name the squad writer....we can't predict the squad...

  • Kushalagr007 on June 19, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    In the report its been mentioned that Suranga Lakmal,Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep & Shaminda Eranga have not made it to this squad but the squad shows Nuwan Pradeep's name. Plz clear which one is right ???????

  • Grasian on June 19, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Paranavithana's technique will be a major liability in Australia later this year, so let's try Chandimal as an opener given the non-selection of Thirimanne. Also trust Jeewan Mendis will not play given his limitations, and pleased that the selectors have realised Lakmal is no Test bowler. Why has Malinga Bandara disappeared as a potential second spinner?

  • yorkslanka on June 19, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    personally i dont think any of the players left out did anything wrong..disappointed that eranga left out again,considering how well he did against Aus..where is senanayake, who again has done well?strange selections...

  • on June 19, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Lahiru Thirimanne is one of our best batsmen and a brilliant fielder.How come he is excluded? This is absurd!!

  • nitharsh on June 19, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    I am very happy because kula finaly got a chance.Intereting team selection Would love to see Jeevan mendis in tests.

  • on June 19, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    My 11 - Prasanna, Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Thilan, Matthews, J.Mendis, Thissara, Kulasekara, Herath, Welagedara..... bt Upul Tharanga shud be added 2 da squad

  • truthhh on June 19, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    whoever selected please play well-this advise mostly goes to inconsistent sanga&dilshan..dilshan please remember this a test match,play according t that,not a t20,no need to hurry.kkkk

  • Hareendra on June 19, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Generally a good squad, but I would have like to see a new opener tried in the place of Tharanga Paranawithana. Also, I'm not convinced about the skill level of Jeevan Mendis as a Test quality spinner.

  • on June 19, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Poor Selection with no Thirimanne he's been consistent very much and Parane hasn't proved his worth in the 40 odd innings he's played up to now!! anyway good to see kula and perera both of them richly deserved a spot in the test squad!

  • on June 19, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Why is Thirimanne out?? I think he had a decent series and did not do anything to be out.

  • CricketPissek on June 19, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Possibly Tharanga Parnavithana's last roll of the dice. If he fails here, I reckon Thirimanne will be made an opener

  • lanka-is-the-best on June 19, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    I will say what I think a lot of us are saying. Good thinking to include thisara and kula, because their recent performence justifies it. But I think that thirimanne and eranga should be there. The selectors have been ignoring him even though he is long past his injury, and he took 5 wickets in his maiden test against Aus. BTW is randiv becoming a test specialist or something?

  • on June 19, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Is Prasanna Jayawardene the reserve wicket keeper or the main one? Does that mean Sangakkarra won't be wicketkeeping?! He's one of the best wicket keepers! Lasith Malinga will definitely be missed! It wasn't a good call of him to retire from Test cricket at such a young age but hopefully Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera will take over his absence.

  • UN_Jonty on June 19, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    I ll pick Thirimanne for paranavithana.

  • on June 19, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    paranavitana hasn't proven his worth yet for such an extended run at the top of the order. if he doesn't perform in this series, this may well be his last

  • Perera32 on June 19, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Finally a good move by the selectors. The Test XI should be 1.Dilshan 2.Paranavitana 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Samaraweera 6.Chandimal 7.P Jayawardene 8.Mathews 7.Perera 8.Jeewan Mendis 9.Kulasekara 10. Herath 11 Pradeep/ Welagedara. Thirimanne is a future star for Sri Lanka, but eh has to give way to Samaraweera because Samaraweera truly deserves his place in the side. Thirimanne will surely cement his place in the Test XI in the next 2 years. The side that i've chosen is very allrounded and will be effective vs pakistan.

  • Yasassri on June 19, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    why not Thilan be groomed as a vice captain ?

  • on June 19, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Thirimanne has given GOOD consistant performances and I feel should be included. Saying that Thisara and Kule have justified their inclusion. Tharanga Paranavitane has not performed as an opener though. I feel TP should be tried out for the 01st test and if he does not perfom LT should be called up. Afterall he is an opener.

  • sonu77 on June 19, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Good team selection..hope mahela will select best combination out of this...My 11 for 1st test : Tharanga Parnavithana, Tillakaratne Dilshan,Kumar Sangakkara,Mahela Jayawardena,Thilan Samaraweera,Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardena(wk), Jeewan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara,Rangana Herath,Chanaka Welagedara

  • on June 19, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    finally kulasekera back for tests! our pace bowlers have been lacking penetration of late in tests, kula should add some experience as well as his newly found attribute of swinging the ball both ways. If perera, jeevan and matthews all play, the balance of the team would be perfect, presuming mendis bowls a lot of overs to cover the role of a specialist spinner, which is a big risk. Although with his inclusion, the batting is strong all the way until welegedera! would be a big call though to take in jeevan mendis and perera though as two all rounders, although jeevan mendis' leg spin adds a lot of variety, as sri lanka hasnt had any good leg spinners since the likes of upul chandana.

  • Sachwid on June 19, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Malinga will be missed alot

  • ikmal--syd on June 19, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    i think thrimanee should have been there

  • on June 19, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Upul Tharanga should also be included and Ajantha Mendis..

  • ikmal--syd on June 19, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    In Test Cricket u need seasoned players or players that must be really talented, most of them either, but eranga should be there, he's talented and has got pace, but he might not have been picked because he can be inaccurate. For Thrimanee i think he has been good lately, he just keeps running out of partners or getting run-out by others. Perera is a wicket-taker so it's good to see him there, don't know about kulsekara, he's too slow, but overrall batting looks very strong but the bowling we don't know, apart form herath and randiv. Good Squad. SLC changing it's ways?

  • Lakpj on June 19, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Shaminda Eranga should have been here, unless he is injured. he is the best among young SL fast bowlers. did very well against Aus. And thirimanne should have been included too. other than that not a bad selection.

  • on June 19, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Shaminda Eranga is out? surprise.

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is a Good Option for Future Capataincy. He always face fitness problems, hence SL need one More Capatain, Chandimal may be considered in the future as VC

  • SLHawkEye on June 19, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Where is Lahiru Thirimanna??? He is in good form with the bat and seems to be in good confidence too. He should have been there in place of Paranawithana.

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    finally kula is in the mix of things with test, and jeevan is a good inclusion...! only problem is pradeep, lakmal should be in place of pradeep... batting is good although thrimanne should have had the place of parnavithana...!

  • satish619chandar on June 19, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Finally sense prevails.. Kula should be a permanent member in the test squad.. Plus, Tushara should be included as well.. They were excellent combo and were dropped for some inexplicable reason.. the Pradeeps, Lakmals or even Welegedera were no way near their class or performance.. Welegedera, Kulasekara, Herath and Randiv would make the bowkling combo.. Batting lineup picks itself.. Para, Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Samaraweera, Mathews.. Wicket keeper is the big question.. Both Prasanna and Chandimal deserves the spot.. Whoever is picked can do the job is a big positive..

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    where is ajantha mendis? is he the youngest to retire from international cricket !!!

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice- capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Parnavithana, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera...bit of mixed up.bt this is my 11 sl should give chance to chandimal for wicket keeping and a chance for nuwan pradeep as a fast bowler

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    The tricky is the final 11... The 15 are ok but its who takes to the field at each given moment that matters... Will it be a foward looking line up or a nostalgic line up

  • ashangamage on June 19, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    where is shaminda eranga & sachithra Senanayake ????

  • anver777 on June 19, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Surprisingly!! Dilhara's name is missing in the list !!!!!!!!

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    SL will have to bat very well. Genuine wicket takers are limited to Herath. Would like to see Nuwan Pradeep and Jeevan get a game.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on June 19, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    WHERE IS THIRIMANNE?

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  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on June 19, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    WHERE IS THIRIMANNE?

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    SL will have to bat very well. Genuine wicket takers are limited to Herath. Would like to see Nuwan Pradeep and Jeevan get a game.

  • anver777 on June 19, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Surprisingly!! Dilhara's name is missing in the list !!!!!!!!

  • ashangamage on June 19, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    where is shaminda eranga & sachithra Senanayake ????

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    The tricky is the final 11... The 15 are ok but its who takes to the field at each given moment that matters... Will it be a foward looking line up or a nostalgic line up

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice- capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Parnavithana, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera...bit of mixed up.bt this is my 11 sl should give chance to chandimal for wicket keeping and a chance for nuwan pradeep as a fast bowler

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    where is ajantha mendis? is he the youngest to retire from international cricket !!!

  • satish619chandar on June 19, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Finally sense prevails.. Kula should be a permanent member in the test squad.. Plus, Tushara should be included as well.. They were excellent combo and were dropped for some inexplicable reason.. the Pradeeps, Lakmals or even Welegedera were no way near their class or performance.. Welegedera, Kulasekara, Herath and Randiv would make the bowkling combo.. Batting lineup picks itself.. Para, Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Samaraweera, Mathews.. Wicket keeper is the big question.. Both Prasanna and Chandimal deserves the spot.. Whoever is picked can do the job is a big positive..

  • on June 19, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    finally kula is in the mix of things with test, and jeevan is a good inclusion...! only problem is pradeep, lakmal should be in place of pradeep... batting is good although thrimanne should have had the place of parnavithana...!

  • SLHawkEye on June 19, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Where is Lahiru Thirimanna??? He is in good form with the bat and seems to be in good confidence too. He should have been there in place of Paranawithana.