Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC June 27, 2012

Dilhara Fernando in squad for SSC Test

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Sri Lanka have recalled fast bowler Dilhara Fernando to the squad for the second Test against Pakistan, which begins at the SSC on June 30, as a replacement for the injured Chanaka Welegedara. The selectors were short of options, with several back-up seamers nursing injuries.

Fernando's last Test appearance was the Boxing Day match against South Africa in Durban in 2011. His inclusion is the only change to the Sri Lanka squad that won the first Test in Galle by 209 runs.

"Fernando has recovered from a shoulder injury and we have included him in the 15, but I am not sure whether he will play," chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel said. "The team management will take a call on who should support Nuwan Kulasekara.

"Nuwan Pradeep bowled impressively but he has a history of injuries so I don't know whether he will play back-to-back matches. If Pradeep is rested his place is likely to go to either Thisara Perera or Fernando."

De Mel said the two other bowlers who would have been in contention, Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga, were both nursing injuries.

"Lakmal has a serious ankle injury and he is out for at least six months, and Eranga is having a nerve problem in his back," De Mel said. "We have sent Dhammika Prasad to South Africa with the Sri Lanka A team to gain fitness and to bowl many overs in the four-day unofficial Test matches. These bowlers cannot play an entire Test series without breaking down or getting injured."

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  • POSTED BY dilr on | June 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    When Dilhara Came to SL ..Team Will Be Pakistan 12, Srilanka 11

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    i will be good to have dilhara in the team. He adds a good contrast and will beat the PAK batsmen all five days. Also with Rangana Herath in the tean we have a good batting line up. Herath has really proved him self now and is ranked 4th in the test bowler ranking. He will be the next great spin bowler of the world.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Give this guy a chance. You need a bowler who can play some chin music to the opposition batsmen. Malinga can but he is not available. This guy has a good slower ball and the bouncer.Please give him some encouragement. Good luck Dilhara.

  • POSTED BY Yasassri on | June 29, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    better opportunity to test new opening batsman. not giving a player a chance at the right moment have been proved that selectors are different from others..?!

  • POSTED BY CKfrombrisbane on | June 29, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Fernando will go to Sri lankan history of cricket as most luckiest player..

  • POSTED BY ScoreField on | June 28, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    the day Dilhara have a cricket brain SL will win easy, but until now he doesn't

  • POSTED BY Raj2000 on | June 28, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Why wasn't Thissara Perera in the squad? Is it a bad to have two all rounders in the team? Along with the specialized batsman and bowlers, the more all rounders a team has the better it would be. SL needs to break out of thinking 'old style' if they are to be a team to be reckon with.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Where is Dhammika Prasad?........Sri Lanka is better off with Thisara Perera,and no thank you Dilhara Fernando,

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | June 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Actually Sri Lanka have umpires in their squad, so they have nothing to worry :-)

  • POSTED BY Tanaka_Yakuza on | June 28, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    its sad to see some pathetic comments by some about Dilhara Fernando, easily the best fast bowler in the squad. He literally won us that test against SA with his fierce fast bowling. Give this guy some support, I am sure he will trouble any attack any time. Military medium pace bowling of Kula may become handy occasionally but will be milked MANY TIMES, esp. outside of sub continent. Dilhara is some one who give 100% and work hard to achieve the best for the team. Other than Malinga or Welegedera I dont see any fast bowler better than him, yet. Best now-ball bowler, Ohh sajhera when did you last watch a ball game, 10 yrs ago ?

  • POSTED BY dilr on | June 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    When Dilhara Came to SL ..Team Will Be Pakistan 12, Srilanka 11

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    i will be good to have dilhara in the team. He adds a good contrast and will beat the PAK batsmen all five days. Also with Rangana Herath in the tean we have a good batting line up. Herath has really proved him self now and is ranked 4th in the test bowler ranking. He will be the next great spin bowler of the world.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Give this guy a chance. You need a bowler who can play some chin music to the opposition batsmen. Malinga can but he is not available. This guy has a good slower ball and the bouncer.Please give him some encouragement. Good luck Dilhara.

  • POSTED BY Yasassri on | June 29, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    better opportunity to test new opening batsman. not giving a player a chance at the right moment have been proved that selectors are different from others..?!

  • POSTED BY CKfrombrisbane on | June 29, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Fernando will go to Sri lankan history of cricket as most luckiest player..

  • POSTED BY ScoreField on | June 28, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    the day Dilhara have a cricket brain SL will win easy, but until now he doesn't

  • POSTED BY Raj2000 on | June 28, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Why wasn't Thissara Perera in the squad? Is it a bad to have two all rounders in the team? Along with the specialized batsman and bowlers, the more all rounders a team has the better it would be. SL needs to break out of thinking 'old style' if they are to be a team to be reckon with.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Where is Dhammika Prasad?........Sri Lanka is better off with Thisara Perera,and no thank you Dilhara Fernando,

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | June 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Actually Sri Lanka have umpires in their squad, so they have nothing to worry :-)

  • POSTED BY Tanaka_Yakuza on | June 28, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    its sad to see some pathetic comments by some about Dilhara Fernando, easily the best fast bowler in the squad. He literally won us that test against SA with his fierce fast bowling. Give this guy some support, I am sure he will trouble any attack any time. Military medium pace bowling of Kula may become handy occasionally but will be milked MANY TIMES, esp. outside of sub continent. Dilhara is some one who give 100% and work hard to achieve the best for the team. Other than Malinga or Welegedera I dont see any fast bowler better than him, yet. Best now-ball bowler, Ohh sajhera when did you last watch a ball game, 10 yrs ago ?

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | June 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Amazing how the recent crop of SL fast bowlers break down so very regularly after just a match or two. Perhaps it has something to do wíth diet/nutrition/background, etc but I'm not so sure.. Most of SL's new fast bowlers (with a few exceptions) are just what they are ie, bowlers who can field a bit but nothing else. They shouldnt really breakdown so often. A most unfair comparision but one remembers Gary Sobers. In his playing days he bowled fast with a whiplash delivery, seamed it at medium pace, dished out left arm wrist spin,chinamen,and googlies in addition to fielding like a cat on the boundary or close in. And oh...I shouldnt forget the batting...

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Please don't even think about including Dilhara in the line up. we beg

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Pakistan try to do improvement in fielding side.

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | June 28, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    The bowlers need nutritional foods at an early stage of their development to sustain them. The western countries have this in place via the availability of milk at a young stage which builds up a sturdy bone and structure. Although some may seem to be well built, their bowling style may have a lot to do with the injuries that they sustain. Bowling styles affect many a bowler what ever country they come from. A healthy physique is of great importance to be bowling long spells. Dilhara has a history of injuries. It will be a miracle if he can go through a five day test and come good in the end. I do hope he does a good job as he has great pace and bounce that can worry the Paks. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Kulasekara is the first choice paceman, now with Welagedara out of the series. The question is who should partner him. Nuwan Pradeep has played in only one test match after a very long time. He did not play in ODIs and still very young. Yet they fear of him breaking down, which is pathetic. He bowls at 140+ consistently without offering much variation. He can be groomed into a good strike bowler under proper coaching but with always doubts over his fitness he is never going to make it. That is true for most of young brigade of pacemen. Dilhara still can extract enough pace and bounce to trouble even the best batsmen in the world. But he could be wayward and could easily loose control. Yet his test match experience matters a lot. Thisara has bowled at good pace in ODIs. But in few test matches he has played his bowling did not seem to have anything extraordinary. Since his confidence is at a peak now we could try him out too since SSC wicket will not provide much assistance to spinners.

  • POSTED BY Shafi79 on | June 28, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Dilhara has always had that X factor about him both in terms of pace and skill, he has one of the best slower balls in world cricket, but unfortunately he seems to be very much a rhythm bowler and more often than not has not got his act together. Has definitely not justified his talent over the years, specially when you compare less naturally talented guys like Nuwan Kulasekara who have over achieved by truck loads. I agree that he has been given enough oppurtunities, and its now time to look beyond Dilhara, who's most memorable performances probably came during the 2007 WC. However, we really dont have any quality back up bowlers for this test, and as a stop gap measure, fair enough to pick Dilhara, no point playing a below youngster just for the sake of doing so ... not sure if Thissara is really a test match bowler, and with Dilhara you never know .... one blistering spell can win you a test match ...

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | June 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    those who still talk about Dilhara should look at his stats from the past 5 years. He's hardly bowled any no-balls!!! But of course these "comedy geniuses" (in their own head) think it's hilarious to keep mentioning the no-balls that plagued him for the early part of his career. Good luck Dilhara, hope you can silence these critics and have a 2nd coming and remind us why we got so excited when you burst into the scene in the early 00s

  • POSTED BY PKosgoda on | June 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Although tall fast bowlers of strong physique are very scarce, due to unwanted encouragement given to some games not conducive to small made SLans , the careers of hand full of such fast bowlers like Soysa & Dilhara (with a high-arm action) have been completely ruined. They are doing the same to tall spinners the likes of Ajantha & S'nayake as well at present. Fielding shouldn't be a big issue for bowlers who could be a threat to World's top grade batsmen (Tendulkar has a very high respect for Dilhara). The people, who are appointed to take these vital decisions for the Country, come out with bogus arguments just to entertain their henchmen that they have been messing around with for the last 15 years. The fans have witnessed very ordinary players, who've done nothing notable at School & Domestic levels have been contiguously employed in 1st & 2nd XI teams and at times under performing senior players, suffering with severe injuries were allowed to play.

  • POSTED BY CKfrombrisbane on | June 28, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Dilhara ! when do you retire ? Whole sri lanka will be exited to know that news.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Tissara is not a Test bowler...Whats wrong with the physio ? get ridof him first..Now all the bowlers are getting injured..

  • POSTED BY asithaSL on | June 28, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    yeah, it's too poor fitness issue in Sri Lankan test cricket fast bowlers. It's shameless said "can't play back too back test" as a fast bowler, then what the hell physio doing there....? Indians , Paks doing well to keep their fast bowlers with good fitness then why can't SL...> thanx to Kulasekara, @ least he is in good form in long format finally.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 28, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Honestly Fernando's days are long over. He should now follow Agarkar's footsteps of concentrating on domestic cricket and trying to help out young bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Nuwan Is a Shorter Format Player.Save HIM

  • POSTED BY abyrao on | June 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Just cannot understand why SL selectors keep chronically doing the same mistake. Guys like Dilhara, Kapugedera should be literary banned. Dilhara bowls 5 good deliveries in 30 overs of which he may be bowling 50 no balls. Godbless they didnt take Kapugedera who is their Ashraful. I feel Thirimanne shud be in for Paranavitana.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | June 28, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Dilhara was terribly out of form but I guess he deserves a chance, considering the chances SL are giving Kapugedara and the chances they used to give Mubarak. The myth about Dilhara is that he is a full time failure. This is not true. People forget his last over heroics against England in Sri Lankas first ever T20, he defended 8 runs as far as I remember and England had 5 wickets in hand - same story in the 2007 WC where he again bowled Ravi Bopara off the last ball to win the game by 1 run. Even in the IPL 2010 he bowled quite well for Mumbai. There are many such instances of calm headed depth bowling. But sadly Dilhara is not an intelligent bowler - but in this depleted attack he deserves a place.

  • POSTED BY SL-RokZ on | June 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I would definitely give a chance to dilhara in this squad which is lacking real pace... hope to see how PAK batsmen handle some serious pace in a test match, coz it'll be very interesting to see batsmen being hurried at, where they're having no intentions to be so, in test format... it was so boring to watch galle match due to lack of intensity in SL pace attack except for some "moving"... cheer up fellows... we need some excitement, even in " Test Arena"........ ;)

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    never uses his brain. only a bowler. need more than that. always fails.

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | June 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Those who say Thisara should be in the team as a front line seam bowler for his batting have obviously never played any serious level of cricket. Those who think ODI wickets translate to Test wickets obviously don't understand cricket either. SL needs bowlers to take 20 wickets. Thisara has not yet proven himself in first class cricket as being penetrative as ODIs so it IS a risk playing him as lone support to Kula. However, he would be a good option as 3rd seamer though to get him used to the heavy workload with test field settings and defensive batting. Dilhara would be a safe option. Those taking liberties about Fernando's 'expensive' bowling should have a look at his strike rate which is still damn good (and was once best in the world!)

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | June 28, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    The best no-ball bowler in the world always in the Srilanka squad. its a very unfair for the young fast bowlers. When will he retire??????

  • POSTED BY Malaka1979 on | June 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    What's wrong with our fast bowlers??? why can't they play two back-to-back test matches? How come Vaas played so consistently? Asantha, just saying they don't last a whole series in not enough, the SLC need to do something constructive to remedy this situation or else SL Cricket would be in the doldrums really soon (we are halfway there).

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    @crickyboy - Could not agree about the need for pace - however Thiasara was up there in the 140 - 145 range constantly in the one days - Dilhara these days rarely crancks upto 150 like he used to so i would think that Thisara adds more value as a useful bat as well!

  • POSTED BY krishheturi on | June 28, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    my team for 2nd test dilshan parnavitana sanga mahela samaraveera matthews prasanna perera kulasekhara randiv herath

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | June 28, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    dilhara is much better than perera,he has speed pace,perera only good at T20&ODI bez his blowing speed around 130-136.i saw some says perera is much better than dilhara,what a joke,first try to understand the type of format!!!also perera fails previous in test matches bez of his lower speed,please do not get this wrong that i mentioned lower speed,kulasekara has also lower speed but he can swin the ball,perera could not..if you want to play better test match we need pace attack that why dilhara is better than perera in test matches!!!

  • POSTED BY sonu77 on | June 28, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Doesn't matter who plays, 2nd test will be a high scoring draw..:)

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | June 28, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    SSC is just a bit different from Galle pitch in it that it offers a tad bit more for faster bowlers. Perhaps its a better idea to rest Nuwan Pradeep for SSC and to include him in Pallekele which is the most supportive of SL pitches to faster bowling. IMO Thisara shoudl play in Colombo. third seamer should be Mathews and we need to play both Ranga and Randiv as attacking options

  • POSTED BY Crickyboy on | June 28, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Kule is doing a great job for SL at the moment, but he is not express fast..So, he needs a partner who can bowl faster for a change, to have a better balance among them. Given this, dont think Thisara is the best choice for next test, although love to see him getting a test chance in the near future. So, unfortunately Mahela may hv to go with Dilhara, as he has more pace... SL definitly must start training healthy fast bowlers from grass root level, otherwise the future will not be bright.

  • POSTED BY CKfrombrisbane on | June 28, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    SL will never ever be gong to win this match with Dilhara. Because he will offer 500 runs for 1 wicket. See how they go.......

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 28, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Dilhara again !!!!!!!!!! Thisara is much better choice with his batting abilities !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    can't we look for some one who can train for future rather than calling a veteran as a stand by .we were having always at least 3-4 fast bowlers about 2-3 years back. what suddenly goes wrong...but under any circumstances nuwan pradeep bowled heart out but no result.thisara should replace him as at worst of his in last ODI was better to NPR.

  • POSTED BY malith90 on | June 28, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    People here seem to think that a handful of good ODI performances merits a Test spot. Thisara Perera is not a genuine test bowler, his first class record is mediocre to say the least. He barely swings or seams the ball if at all, only picking up wickets due to the batsman's mistakes. So far he's looked out of place in the few Tests he played. All the names mentioned here (Lakmal,Eranga,Pradeep and Prasad) also lack the ability to do make the ball move despite having some pace. Runup, back position, arm action, wrist postion, delivery and release all point towards limited overs cricket. Probably because they're conditioned to contain rather than pick wickets. Something the bowling coaches need to rectify.

  • POSTED BY cdublew on | June 28, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Surely not Dilhara Fernando again !. This will be a big mistake. He has past his prime and the Pakistan Batting lineup will welcome his inclusion. The best choice has to be Thissara Perera. He is young, strong and talented. The other important aspect for including him is that he is an allrounder who has proved hismself in the ODI's and he must be given a chance to prove himself in test cricket. SL needs him.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    come on.............................

  • POSTED BY goldeneye075 on | June 28, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Dilhara Fernando is a good bowler, but he is inconsistant, and bowls many gifts and no-balls than any other, but once is a while he will bowl the amazing , top rank ball that takes a wicket or no-body can play of. If you watch the last game that he played with SA in SA, he bowled may good and execlent balls, and put the pressure on SA batsman, but he was unfortunate to have end up with less wickets, If you looked at the no of wickets he got, it's 2 wickets in one innigs and if I can remember he was wicketless in the other, but he bowled really good diliveries and asked lot of questions from the SA batsman, and looked like getting a wicket in every over but he was unfortunate !!! yea that's the word UNFORTUNATE ,, I still remember the crunch match we had with England in 2007, SA ,, the final over.. that was amazing.. He is a good bowler but never lived up to his full potential.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    you gotta be kidding me if he plays i aint even gonna bother watching the game

  • POSTED BY S305 on | June 28, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Dilhara, please forget everything else,,,,,,,, EVERYTHING, and just think about the ball you are bowling...... and the same for the next ball and on and on....

    You have the talent and the experience.... now, the mental faculty that determines 99% of how successful you are as a player, remains to be shown..

    I know you can do it. Just do it for yourself!

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Nonsense Of Selection...Hope Will Sit and Watch All 5 Days Dilhara!!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 28, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    @3liteindia yes Dilhara has got far too many chances. I think it would be great if Thisara Perera plays instead of Nuwan Pradeep.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | June 27, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Tissssaaaarrrrrraaaaaa Perera is my only choice. He needs to get more experience in Test cricket. Dilhara performs well in 1 out of 10.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | June 27, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Whatever others say Dilhara performed well in the recent series in South Africa. He cannot perform worse than Nuwan Pradeep did in the last test match IMO. Nuwan Pradeep is a big disappointment I wonder if he'll perform in fast bouncy pitches. .

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 27, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    @suve, fernando is nuwan pradeeps last name. his full name is ANPR Fernando but for some reason he is more known as Nuwan Pradeep than Nuwan Fernando. Anyways, I really think Nuwan Pradeep was ineffective in the last match. He bowled straight balls at 90 MPH and that is not going to do anything. Would love to see Thissara get one more chance in the Test department... Especially with his amazing form in the ODIs

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Please don't let Dilhara to play. Keep Kula and take Thisara Perera.

  • POSTED BY suve on | June 27, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    @wiseshah: Dilhara Fernando didn't play in the 1st test buddy. Nuwan Pradeep played, his middle name is Fernando aswell. Cricinfo shows Nuwan Pradeep's middle name for some reason.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | June 27, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    didnt he play in first test. atleast cricinfo 5 days scoreboard says he played. i think lakmal or tushara and eranga get chance. farnando is awful bowlers without any success

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Between Randiv and Herath, they have two excellent spinners who will bowl the majority the overs. Kulasekara is great with the new and slightly old. Angelo Mathews is an average bowler in tests (my opinion). They need some real support (not Dilhara Fernando). Before these test matches, Kulasekara was not first in line for the seamer spot but given his record against Pakistan, he was given the opportunity and he delivered. With the resources they have, even Malinga is a better option (especially reverse swinging yorkers) for the second seamer spot over Dilhara.

    His average is 38 with the ball in test matches...seriously? Common Sri Lanka, theres gotta be a better option. Hes gonna get hammered by Pakistan (even if there batting isnt up to par right now). Hes the kind of bowler who will get them into form.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | June 27, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    OMG. Not again. Fernando must be laughing, he is probably wondering "how am I getting a place in the SL team every time even though I rarely perform?" I would back Thisara Perera to help Kulasekara in the pace department.

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  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | June 27, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    OMG. Not again. Fernando must be laughing, he is probably wondering "how am I getting a place in the SL team every time even though I rarely perform?" I would back Thisara Perera to help Kulasekara in the pace department.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Between Randiv and Herath, they have two excellent spinners who will bowl the majority the overs. Kulasekara is great with the new and slightly old. Angelo Mathews is an average bowler in tests (my opinion). They need some real support (not Dilhara Fernando). Before these test matches, Kulasekara was not first in line for the seamer spot but given his record against Pakistan, he was given the opportunity and he delivered. With the resources they have, even Malinga is a better option (especially reverse swinging yorkers) for the second seamer spot over Dilhara.

    His average is 38 with the ball in test matches...seriously? Common Sri Lanka, theres gotta be a better option. Hes gonna get hammered by Pakistan (even if there batting isnt up to par right now). Hes the kind of bowler who will get them into form.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | June 27, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    didnt he play in first test. atleast cricinfo 5 days scoreboard says he played. i think lakmal or tushara and eranga get chance. farnando is awful bowlers without any success

  • POSTED BY suve on | June 27, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    @wiseshah: Dilhara Fernando didn't play in the 1st test buddy. Nuwan Pradeep played, his middle name is Fernando aswell. Cricinfo shows Nuwan Pradeep's middle name for some reason.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Please don't let Dilhara to play. Keep Kula and take Thisara Perera.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 27, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    @suve, fernando is nuwan pradeeps last name. his full name is ANPR Fernando but for some reason he is more known as Nuwan Pradeep than Nuwan Fernando. Anyways, I really think Nuwan Pradeep was ineffective in the last match. He bowled straight balls at 90 MPH and that is not going to do anything. Would love to see Thissara get one more chance in the Test department... Especially with his amazing form in the ODIs

  • POSTED BY nilb on | June 27, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Whatever others say Dilhara performed well in the recent series in South Africa. He cannot perform worse than Nuwan Pradeep did in the last test match IMO. Nuwan Pradeep is a big disappointment I wonder if he'll perform in fast bouncy pitches. .

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | June 27, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Tissssaaaarrrrrraaaaaa Perera is my only choice. He needs to get more experience in Test cricket. Dilhara performs well in 1 out of 10.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 28, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    @3liteindia yes Dilhara has got far too many chances. I think it would be great if Thisara Perera plays instead of Nuwan Pradeep.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Nonsense Of Selection...Hope Will Sit and Watch All 5 Days Dilhara!!