Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014 August 11, 2014

Karunaratne returns to Test squad

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Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne has been called up to Sri Lanka's Test squad following a three-match layoff after the England tour. Binura Fernando, an uncapped 19-year old left-arm seamer, has also been added to the squad for the second Test against Pakistan. Sri Lanka team management had earlier said Fernando was essentially in the squad only to perform 15th man duties, but a selector has since said he will be considered for the XI.*

The pair are replacements for fast bowlers Nuwan Pradeep, who had twisted his ankle during a training session, and Suranga Lakmal, who had been ruled out of the series with an ankle injury. SLC said Shaminda Eranga had also been "nominated" for the match, subject to his managing a hand injury sustained during the Galle Test against South Africa.

Karunaratne's inclusion leaves Upul Tharanga's place at the top of the order in doubt, after Tharanga hit only one half-century in the six innings since he replaced Karunaratne in the side. Karunaratne had made 127 runs at 31.50 on the tour of England before he had been dropped. Angelo Mathews had said the selection panel had been disappointed Karunaratne had not converted his starts into bigger scores, during his time in the team. He averages 30.47 in Tests after 25 innings.

Eranga bowled 45 overs in the first Test against Pakistan, but was seen receiving treatment on the boundary after many of those overs. He had needed eight stitches between the thumb and index finger of his bowling hand, after he split the webbing there while fielding.

Though he will not play, Fernando has largely been picked on the strength of his performances for DS Senanayake College and the Sri Lanka Under-19 team. Known for his ability to generate awkward bounce from a height of 6'7", and swing the ball, Fernando has been among the leading schoolboy-cricket names over the past two years, claiming 84 wickets in the 2013 season.

*August 12, 2014 0425 GTM: Article has been amended to reflect new information from SLC

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  • SLbunty on August 14, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    With all the negative remarks in this article shading the progressively visible positive side of Thararanga's batting, glazed with blazing cover drives, straight drives, cuts & glances picked at will, intercepting fielders (12 BOUNDARIES) was the best opener's inning that we saw since Dilshan retired from Test Cricket!

    Reconsidered for Test Cricket after Seven years, Tharanga has already showed his potential with TWO blazing innings (92 & 84) in just 7 innings, against world's best pace & spin of SA & Pak.

    It is worthwhile pointing out, NONE of the other OPENERS, Kaushal Silva/ Dimuth Karunarathne have managed such scores since January this year, appearing in many more innings than Upul Tharanga.!!! After all, Tharanga is the only youngster among openers in SL, with a proven solid track record at international level (in ODIs). He has been a match winning player in ODIs. If given a long stay in the squad, he will sure to be a match winner in TESTS as well. It is up-to the SLC.!

  • SLbunty on August 14, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    With all the negative remarks in this article shading the progressively visible positive side of Thararanga's batting, glazed with blazing cover drives, straight drives, cuts & glances picked at will, intercepting fielders (14 BOUNDARIES) was the best opener's inning that we saw since Dilshan retired from Test Cricket!

    Reconsidered for Test Cricket after Seven years, Tharanga has already showed his potential with TWO blazing innings (92 & 84) in just 10 innings, against world's best pace & spin of SA & Pak.

    It is worthwhile pointing out, NONE of the other OPENERS, Kaushal Silva/ Dimuth Karunarathne have managed such scores since January this year, appearing in many more innings than Upul Tharanga.!!! After all, Tharanga is the only youngster among openers in SL, with a proven solid track record at international level (in ODIs). He has been a match winning player in ODIs. If given a long stay in the squad, he will sure to be a match winner in TESTS as well. It is up-to the SLC.!

  • MarcusPerera on August 14, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Why not compare Upul Tharana with Karunaratne their performances during the last one year and it will be Upul Tharana who will come out well on top

  • on August 13, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Bat & Bowl

    Team

    Opposition

    Ground

    Match Date

    Scorecard Last 4 matches of Dimuth Karunarathna has done nothing for this selection in Local matches or in International Matches. Should have recalled Dinesh Chandimal would have been more realistic and justifiable.

    Last 6 matches of Dimuth 16 runs Troopers v Rulers Colombo (SSC) 28 Jun 2014 T20 1 Run Troopers v Yaal Blazers Colombo (SSC) 27 Jun 2014 T20 28, 45 runs Sri Lanka v England Leeds 20 Jun 2014 Test # 2126 38, 16 Runs Sri Lanka v England Lord's 12 Jun 2014 Test # 2124 1, 38 runs Sri Lankans v Northants Northampton 5 Jun 2014 FC 1 run Sinhalese v Nondescripts Panagoda 3 Apr 2014 FC

    Last 6 matches of Chandimal

    119*,runs Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Worcester 11 Aug 2014 LA 15, Runs Sri Lanka A v NZ A Bristol 9 Aug 2014 LA 73 Runs Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Taunton 6 Aug 2014 LA 100, Runs Sri Lanka A v Yorkshire Leeds 31 Jul 2014 LA 1, 0/3, 38 Sri Lankans v Northants Northampton 5 Jun 2014 FC

  • hman144 on August 13, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Why Welagedara select for Test squad, if he will not consider for last 11. It is unfair. If he is not good for first 11, he should be with SLA.

  • slinger77 on August 13, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Please don't do to Binura, what we have done to the Akila Dananjaya. Akila is not even select for SL A team. We should not expect miracles from players. Sometime we can find exceptional players, and they should have fast track to the National team. But Prepare them physically and mentally first to fit for task.

  • slinger77 on August 13, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    I don't understand way our cricket management and selectors works. Binura can be our leading fast bowler in the future. But why are they going to destroy him like this. give him some international exposer first. Including him in to the 15 men is OK, then he can practice with National team and build up his confidence. but selecting him to last 11 is not wise. Please work with set program and develop them properly. don't take decisions base on some cricket fans fantasies.

  • krashlite1975 on August 12, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    It's nice to fantasize about new players like Binura but here are the facts: Binura is NOT an allrounder. Yes he was involved in a 100 odd last wicket partnership but so was Malinga, and hopefully even the optimists here don't consider him an all rounder. Binura batted at no. 11 for the under 19 team. How can a guy who batted at no. 11 for the u19 team be considered a TEST all-rounder?? That is ridiculous. He has promise, but will not play in this game. I'm glad he was selected though, because he'll have the opportunity to work on his bowling with Vaas for the next few days.

  • banda2014 on August 12, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Good choice. I hope Binura can bowl well with Prasad in SSC. Dimuth also a good stylish open batsman. Sri Lanka need good left arm seamers. So its a good choice to get young Binura and I hope you can select left arm seamer Isuru Udana as well. He bowl well in SLPL and in many premier leagues. Vass will surely help Binura. Good luck to the young man and for Dimuth. Lets do it SL!

  • nickexplore on August 12, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    With Lakmal and Pradeep out injured, and Eranga still nursing his hand injury, now may be just the time to introduce Binura Fernando to open the SL attack with Prasad at the SSC. A left/right arm opening combination might unsettle the strong Pakistan batting line-up and make life easier for the spinners Dilruwan and Herath. Sanath and his fellow selectors pulled a surprise with Dickwella's inclusion last time out at SSC, and might be preparing another with Fernando's inclusion this time round.

  • SLbunty on August 14, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    With all the negative remarks in this article shading the progressively visible positive side of Thararanga's batting, glazed with blazing cover drives, straight drives, cuts & glances picked at will, intercepting fielders (12 BOUNDARIES) was the best opener's inning that we saw since Dilshan retired from Test Cricket!

    Reconsidered for Test Cricket after Seven years, Tharanga has already showed his potential with TWO blazing innings (92 & 84) in just 7 innings, against world's best pace & spin of SA & Pak.

    It is worthwhile pointing out, NONE of the other OPENERS, Kaushal Silva/ Dimuth Karunarathne have managed such scores since January this year, appearing in many more innings than Upul Tharanga.!!! After all, Tharanga is the only youngster among openers in SL, with a proven solid track record at international level (in ODIs). He has been a match winning player in ODIs. If given a long stay in the squad, he will sure to be a match winner in TESTS as well. It is up-to the SLC.!

  • SLbunty on August 14, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    With all the negative remarks in this article shading the progressively visible positive side of Thararanga's batting, glazed with blazing cover drives, straight drives, cuts & glances picked at will, intercepting fielders (14 BOUNDARIES) was the best opener's inning that we saw since Dilshan retired from Test Cricket!

    Reconsidered for Test Cricket after Seven years, Tharanga has already showed his potential with TWO blazing innings (92 & 84) in just 10 innings, against world's best pace & spin of SA & Pak.

    It is worthwhile pointing out, NONE of the other OPENERS, Kaushal Silva/ Dimuth Karunarathne have managed such scores since January this year, appearing in many more innings than Upul Tharanga.!!! After all, Tharanga is the only youngster among openers in SL, with a proven solid track record at international level (in ODIs). He has been a match winning player in ODIs. If given a long stay in the squad, he will sure to be a match winner in TESTS as well. It is up-to the SLC.!

  • MarcusPerera on August 14, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Why not compare Upul Tharana with Karunaratne their performances during the last one year and it will be Upul Tharana who will come out well on top

  • on August 13, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Bat & Bowl

    Team

    Opposition

    Ground

    Match Date

    Scorecard Last 4 matches of Dimuth Karunarathna has done nothing for this selection in Local matches or in International Matches. Should have recalled Dinesh Chandimal would have been more realistic and justifiable.

    Last 6 matches of Dimuth 16 runs Troopers v Rulers Colombo (SSC) 28 Jun 2014 T20 1 Run Troopers v Yaal Blazers Colombo (SSC) 27 Jun 2014 T20 28, 45 runs Sri Lanka v England Leeds 20 Jun 2014 Test # 2126 38, 16 Runs Sri Lanka v England Lord's 12 Jun 2014 Test # 2124 1, 38 runs Sri Lankans v Northants Northampton 5 Jun 2014 FC 1 run Sinhalese v Nondescripts Panagoda 3 Apr 2014 FC

    Last 6 matches of Chandimal

    119*,runs Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Worcester 11 Aug 2014 LA 15, Runs Sri Lanka A v NZ A Bristol 9 Aug 2014 LA 73 Runs Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Taunton 6 Aug 2014 LA 100, Runs Sri Lanka A v Yorkshire Leeds 31 Jul 2014 LA 1, 0/3, 38 Sri Lankans v Northants Northampton 5 Jun 2014 FC

  • hman144 on August 13, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Why Welagedara select for Test squad, if he will not consider for last 11. It is unfair. If he is not good for first 11, he should be with SLA.

  • slinger77 on August 13, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Please don't do to Binura, what we have done to the Akila Dananjaya. Akila is not even select for SL A team. We should not expect miracles from players. Sometime we can find exceptional players, and they should have fast track to the National team. But Prepare them physically and mentally first to fit for task.

  • slinger77 on August 13, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    I don't understand way our cricket management and selectors works. Binura can be our leading fast bowler in the future. But why are they going to destroy him like this. give him some international exposer first. Including him in to the 15 men is OK, then he can practice with National team and build up his confidence. but selecting him to last 11 is not wise. Please work with set program and develop them properly. don't take decisions base on some cricket fans fantasies.

  • krashlite1975 on August 12, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    It's nice to fantasize about new players like Binura but here are the facts: Binura is NOT an allrounder. Yes he was involved in a 100 odd last wicket partnership but so was Malinga, and hopefully even the optimists here don't consider him an all rounder. Binura batted at no. 11 for the under 19 team. How can a guy who batted at no. 11 for the u19 team be considered a TEST all-rounder?? That is ridiculous. He has promise, but will not play in this game. I'm glad he was selected though, because he'll have the opportunity to work on his bowling with Vaas for the next few days.

  • banda2014 on August 12, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Good choice. I hope Binura can bowl well with Prasad in SSC. Dimuth also a good stylish open batsman. Sri Lanka need good left arm seamers. So its a good choice to get young Binura and I hope you can select left arm seamer Isuru Udana as well. He bowl well in SLPL and in many premier leagues. Vass will surely help Binura. Good luck to the young man and for Dimuth. Lets do it SL!

  • nickexplore on August 12, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    With Lakmal and Pradeep out injured, and Eranga still nursing his hand injury, now may be just the time to introduce Binura Fernando to open the SL attack with Prasad at the SSC. A left/right arm opening combination might unsettle the strong Pakistan batting line-up and make life easier for the spinners Dilruwan and Herath. Sanath and his fellow selectors pulled a surprise with Dickwella's inclusion last time out at SSC, and might be preparing another with Fernando's inclusion this time round.

  • anver777 on August 12, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Tharanga's lack of runs made selectors to re call Karunarathne is a obvious one here.... Unlucky Tharanga missed another golden chance to cement his place in Tests !!! Good Luck DK for his return & wish he will convert his 30's & 40's in to big ones this time !!!!

  • Rajitha_SL on August 12, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    please drop Tharanga, no used of selecting him until he develop batting Technics for test. try chandimal as opening batmen together with SILVA. i like silva for test.

  • on August 12, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Dimuth played very well in England when compared to Thirimanne as an opening batsman under difficult conditions. That is the salient point.

    He will be useful for the NZ tests as well, as there is no other alternative, right now.

  • on August 12, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    purposeless selection with welagedera also warming the bench. what we need is an effective and preferably a wrist spinner especially on a good batting track at the SSC to support the bowling dept.

  • on August 12, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    It is better to give a chance to Binura.

  • Modestman on August 12, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Excellent selection...This boy is tall,strong,quick and more importantly is a left armer.Not sure weather he'll be selected for the playing eleven,but he'll sure understand the intensity and the magnitude of the highest level and will be able to rub shoulders with the Lanka's finest.And again..a wise,timely selection...

  • Udendra on August 12, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Whatever whoever says, there is a gap between SL's crop of fast bowlers of national level and FC level. That's why selectors have to look towards the U-19 level. And Binura is a good prospect and should improve more with age.

  • Luckwin on August 12, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Binura is such a promising all rounder. SL need some young guns to fire at right time. Vasse will brush and polish him well. Hope this will show good and healthy shine.

  • rshan1994 on August 12, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Binura is a good bowler. he is also good with the bat as well. Young players like him getting chances is always good. but they should learn to perform continiously.

  • nickexplore on August 12, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    SL needs to find a strike bowler capable of rattling the top order and grabbing a match-winning five-for. Nuwan Pradeep fits the bill and his chance would probably have come at SSC. He has looked very quick in practise during the lunch breaks in the Tests working with Chaminda Vaas. He's 5-10ks quicker than Lakmal, Eranga and Prasad and his extra pace will unsettle the best batsmen in world cricket. When he's fit again Pradeep must start. While Upul Tharanga, who is a delight to watch but light on runs since his 87 in the 1st innings of the 1st Test v SA, now has Dimuth Karunaratne back from England challenging for his spot.

  • Sexysteven on August 12, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    What's the point of bringing the young bowler in if he's not going to play if he's good enough to be in the squad then he's good enough to play he would learn more by playing I think bring back dumith isn't the answer either he's been tried just like thirimanne and they both failed they do need to give some younger players ago while sanga is still around to guide and help them

  • on August 12, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    shehan jayasuriya is the best allrounder in srilanka at the moment,when he will get the chance?

  • krashlite1975 on August 12, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    @sinhaya, Shehal Jayasuriya hasn't scored a 50 in his last 5+ FC matches and you want him to play for the senior test side?? Not going to happen, even if he scored in some meaningless t20 games

  • Sinhaya on August 12, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Well where is Shehan Jayasuriya? When will this great all rounder get a chance?

    Ignore Chandimal as he never scores when it matters the most.

    Please do not change the winning combination for the next test match. If Eranga is unfit, please play Binura Fernando and NOT Welegedara as he his days are numbered.

  • Rizwanodayar on August 12, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    The selection policy should be first decide what should be the team composition for particular playing condition, then select best players available to fill those position in the country/squad, rather then thinking of particular player to give a chance, only exception to this rule should be when a selectors identified a special talent and they want develop him for future.

  • on August 11, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Binura is very good young player produce by DSS. The school which produce great players like Aravinda. He sole effort in the big match and performance in under 19 made every one to believe we have very good future player coming through. However I think it's too early for him to play Test cricket. Even though he is well build young boy his body is not ready for test cricket. It's good that he been call in to the squad to get the feeling of test cricket. Specially he is been a fast bowler we need to get his fitness and body prepared for test cricket before we make him play test cricket. Other wise he will end up like our other fast bowlers more often will be injured.

  • on August 11, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    It's good the selectors and the team management are giving a chance to young Fernando to familiarize himself at this level. However, he must not be played until his body is developed enough to handle the rigors of test cricket. We can't afford another Kosala Kuruppuarachchi or a Nuwan Zoyza.

  • shanepe2003 on August 11, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Binura look like exiting prospect for SL. Honestly I think we need to find a suitable opener for K silva I don't think nether Tharanga or Dimuth is a future prospect. Tharanga has same fault while Dimuth don't have ability to build an inning u really can't say he didn't have enough chances.

  • on August 11, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    SL need to really manage their seamers .3 out of 4 are always injured .They can be good seamers if they keep fit .Also I have seen only Eranga Prasad Lakmal and Pradeep as the seamers for every series .SLC should be slammed for bad scheduling .No tests last year and SL is playing all the tests this year .They can become world beaters if they manage pacers well .

  • Felix1025 on August 11, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    I am happy selectors at last named Dimuth in the squad. Pls play him in his home ground and let him gain his confidence. Batting coach has lot of work to do. (i.e. Current head coach) Dimuth is young and it is a long term investment unlike Tharanga Pls bring Roy Dias as the batting coach. Ask groundsman to prepare a results oriented wicket.

  • on August 11, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    @kingowl: You right. but some extent. Chandimal got enough chance. Yes, but he never play his normal batting position. Lock at his records against the England Lions. Are you saying this England pace attack is a second tier attack? In that squared fulfill with Steven Finn, Rivi Bopara etc... But chandi make 2 centuries in that alien condition. So he should be include this team.

  • on August 11, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Binura performed well with both bat and ball in the school cricket arena and lead our school team in to a big match win making a big impact to take 20 wickets in two days. wouldn't hurt for SLC to give him a chance for the next match and give Eranga a much needed break because it is SSC after all....

  • maduaracricket on August 11, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    why chandimal not included 2nd test against pak,he has over 45 test average and recently england he earned two century and one half century but he should played no 04 or 05 in test matches and 03 position in odi matches otherwise if he batted no 06 or 07 that is useless,normally he need few balls to get use to the condition as example today match against England initially his strike rate was 55-65 but after he finished it was over 90. pls do not deprive this young cricketer for sri lanka

  • Kays789 on August 11, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Tharanga deserves a few more chances in the middle order in my opinion. And hopefully the selectors won't lose faith in chandimal and thirimanne either. These guys seem to have the ability, just a couple of flaws in their techniques and temperament that need to be ironed out. And 6'7 sounds pretty exciting for a fast bowler, hopefully this kid will get the correct guidance and develop in to something good.

  • SLMaster on August 11, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Good to see young player knocking on the door. Should give him a chance.

  • yohandf on August 11, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    few points i would like to note here . 1) SL physio and doctors should seriously concern of why these fast bowlers get injured so often . (ex Lakmal , Pradeep ,Eranga) 2) If players are not 100% fit , should be rested till get fit(ex Eranga in this game) 3) When test series are held in SL , no need to name squad for who series , instead name test by test .

  • YsaKaru on August 11, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    6'7'' wow!!!!! Good luck for him.......

  • WTEH on August 11, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Interesting move. Definitely Fernando should be given a chance. If not this test, the next series. 6' 7" sounds really good for Sri Lankan fast bowler....

  • KingOwl on August 11, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Cric-Aus-SL: Totally disagree with Chandimal. He had enough chances. He needed to get his act together. He is playing against a second tier attack right now in England. Also, do you mean that Chandimal should have replaced Sang as #3? That sounds quite irrational. Re. Dimuth: Yes, he should be given more chances. But Tharanga came in with the weight of runs. So, he deserved a chance too. If he doesn't take it, then he will again be out. My view is that Tharanga should play in the middle order once Sanga and Mahela retire.

  • AS7777 on August 11, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Brave but good move by SL selectors. Don't expect him to play in 2nd test but surely he will be the next big SL bowling sensation. He is tall, strongly build, could generate bounce on any wicket and does swing both ways. In addition to that he could be the next right handed Thissara Perera because this guy can bat too.

  • Cric-Aus-SL on August 11, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    totally an unprofessional decision from SLC, Dimuth was playing very well and has been very efficient in seeing off the new ball with Kaushal Silva so that Sangakkara and Mathews can come and bat at their will later in the innings. But he was dropped for tharanga who never corrects his technical flaws after given up with such a long run.. Dimuth needs to play home matches, If he has to boost his confidence in converting the scores in to three figures. This see-saw selection will ruin the career of these youngsters.

    I feel very sorry for Chandimal, See how he performs in England.. He was given the slot which suits him well and he delivers. Two hundreds and a fifty in 5 games..

  • on August 11, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    good move considering the need to find out good bolwers,our current test fast bowlers are painfully medicore,i hope karunarathne makes use of at least this opppertunity,he too has failed to convert starts,anywya tharaga should be given a couple of more chances before being dropped..

  • on August 11, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    I think this young bowler should get a chance in place of Eranga. It doesn't matter if he will be successful or not. We have a WC coming in Aus & NZ so can't risk a quality bowler like Eranga. He has some injury problems & needs to be rested for few matches as he played a lot in this year including his long spells in Eng. I don't think Tharanga should be replaced but I like if Karunaratne could replace Vithanage as he has little bit more to prove at first class level. I wish atleast this young fast bowler will be managed properly by SLC not ruining another career of a star player. However, most importantly let's wish our hero Mahela Jayawardene a amazing farewell with a 2-0 series win at his favourite ground, SSC...

  • SL_Boy on August 11, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Wooow... 6' 7" ... like to see also RLB Rambukwella 6' 2

  • cric1965 on August 11, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    That is a good move . Try youngsters for future. Tharanga should include in one day side as a middle order batsman not as a test player. He has traditional weakness of moving away balls which he could not correct up to now.

  • on August 11, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    This is a brave but smart selection. Binura Fernando has lot of similarities with Nuwan Zoyza and he should be properly guided as he is a lojg term asset for Sri lanka. In addition to his bowling, he is a decent batsmen.

  • KingOwl on August 11, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Wow, a 6'7" fast bowler from Sri Lanka! That sounds exciting!!

  • on August 11, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    This guy single handedly bowled our school DS to a big match victory last year. Not many fast bowlers do that in Sri Lanka. Lets hope he can fit into the test team. A huge jump from first class cricket though

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  • on August 11, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    This guy single handedly bowled our school DS to a big match victory last year. Not many fast bowlers do that in Sri Lanka. Lets hope he can fit into the test team. A huge jump from first class cricket though

  • KingOwl on August 11, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Wow, a 6'7" fast bowler from Sri Lanka! That sounds exciting!!

  • on August 11, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    This is a brave but smart selection. Binura Fernando has lot of similarities with Nuwan Zoyza and he should be properly guided as he is a lojg term asset for Sri lanka. In addition to his bowling, he is a decent batsmen.

  • cric1965 on August 11, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    That is a good move . Try youngsters for future. Tharanga should include in one day side as a middle order batsman not as a test player. He has traditional weakness of moving away balls which he could not correct up to now.

  • SL_Boy on August 11, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Wooow... 6' 7" ... like to see also RLB Rambukwella 6' 2

  • on August 11, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    I think this young bowler should get a chance in place of Eranga. It doesn't matter if he will be successful or not. We have a WC coming in Aus & NZ so can't risk a quality bowler like Eranga. He has some injury problems & needs to be rested for few matches as he played a lot in this year including his long spells in Eng. I don't think Tharanga should be replaced but I like if Karunaratne could replace Vithanage as he has little bit more to prove at first class level. I wish atleast this young fast bowler will be managed properly by SLC not ruining another career of a star player. However, most importantly let's wish our hero Mahela Jayawardene a amazing farewell with a 2-0 series win at his favourite ground, SSC...

  • on August 11, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    good move considering the need to find out good bolwers,our current test fast bowlers are painfully medicore,i hope karunarathne makes use of at least this opppertunity,he too has failed to convert starts,anywya tharaga should be given a couple of more chances before being dropped..

  • Cric-Aus-SL on August 11, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    totally an unprofessional decision from SLC, Dimuth was playing very well and has been very efficient in seeing off the new ball with Kaushal Silva so that Sangakkara and Mathews can come and bat at their will later in the innings. But he was dropped for tharanga who never corrects his technical flaws after given up with such a long run.. Dimuth needs to play home matches, If he has to boost his confidence in converting the scores in to three figures. This see-saw selection will ruin the career of these youngsters.

    I feel very sorry for Chandimal, See how he performs in England.. He was given the slot which suits him well and he delivers. Two hundreds and a fifty in 5 games..

  • AS7777 on August 11, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Brave but good move by SL selectors. Don't expect him to play in 2nd test but surely he will be the next big SL bowling sensation. He is tall, strongly build, could generate bounce on any wicket and does swing both ways. In addition to that he could be the next right handed Thissara Perera because this guy can bat too.

  • KingOwl on August 11, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Cric-Aus-SL: Totally disagree with Chandimal. He had enough chances. He needed to get his act together. He is playing against a second tier attack right now in England. Also, do you mean that Chandimal should have replaced Sang as #3? That sounds quite irrational. Re. Dimuth: Yes, he should be given more chances. But Tharanga came in with the weight of runs. So, he deserved a chance too. If he doesn't take it, then he will again be out. My view is that Tharanga should play in the middle order once Sanga and Mahela retire.