Sri Lanka news August 31, 2014

Jayasuriya outlines key role for Thisara Perera

  shares 15

Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka Cricket's chief selector, praised Thisara Perera for a strong return to ODI cricket and said that he could fill the role of a fast-bowling allrounder for the team looking ahead to the World Cup.

Perera's 4 for 34 against Pakistan in the third ODI led Sri Lanka to a 2-1 series win, while earning him a second successive Man-of-the-Match award. He was also named player of the series for his nine wickets and 78 runs, including a brutal 65 off 36 balls in the second ODI in Hambantota that helped the side square the series.

"Thisara is a key figure in our World Cup plans for next year and it is good to see him perform like that with both bat and ball," Jayasuriya said after the third ODI. "We need to have a fast-bowling allrounder in our team and, if Thisara performs the way he is doing right now, he can give us a lot of options whether to play six or seven batsmen in our line-up."

After the third match, Perera credited coaches Anusha Samaranayake, Sumithra Warnakulasuriya and Ruwin Peiris with whom he had worked extensively over the last few months. According to Jayasuriya, Perera had been advised rest by doctors due to mental stress, before returning to international cricket.

"I am glad that he has taken upon himself to train under some qualified, Sri Lanka Cricket coaches to regain his confidence," Jayasuriya said. "I am a firm believer that if any player wants to improve his game individually he should go to a coach and get personal attention. Maybe the team coaches may not like it but still, all these coaches are from the SLC coaching staff."

Getting personal attention from a coach was a method Nuwan Kulasekara could also try, Jayasuriya suggested. The out-of-form Kulasekara took his last ODI wicket in May against England and in the two games against Pakistan, he gave away 79 runs at an economy rate of 6.15. He was dropped for the third ODI, making way for Dhammika Prasad, who took 2 for 25 in his six overs.

"It would be good if Nuwan can also get some individual attention from our coaches and regain his form," Jayasuriya said.

Jayasuriya also singled out Prasad as having potential to shoulder greater responsibility: "What I like about him is he always performs whenever he is given the opportunity and his body language is also good. He can also bat and he could be a useful fast-bowling allrounder. We need players to perform so that we can have an idea of the combination we require for the World Cup."

Sri Lanka, who have been playing continuously since December, will now have a long break from international cricket. Their next series is against England in the last week of November.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • SL_Boy on September 4, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Malinga will be back ... he got a back a back injury and getting ok, Kusal is also injured he was not dropped. IPL is coming Malinga will be back

  • CricketPissek on September 3, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    "Kulasekera will get thrashed on Australian pitches" - please watch the video of his work in Brisbane, the last time we were there. Don't underestimate Kula. He just needs to find his mojo again

  • sohanpandey578 on September 3, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    I totally agree with you Sanath.

  • SLMaster on September 2, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    What Jayasuriya handed to Thisara earlier this year worked well despite many including fans comment against. Same should be applied to Kusal as well. Otherwise should go with Tharanga.

  • CricketFirst on September 1, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @Anuradha1982 Don't live in the past mate coz things change with time, otherwise Murali, Sanath, Vaas...etc would be still playing for Sri Lanka.

  • Anuradha1982 on September 1, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    i think we need Kule for WC-2015 since he can really exploit the situations in Aussi pitches. still remember what he has done to dismiss Auusi lineup for 74.

  • on September 1, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Totally agree with cric1965.

  • on August 31, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Every time you cannot consider how they faired from their past experience. Kulasekera's was the match winner in most of the ODI played last time SL toured Australia, that doesn't mean he'll be the same tie time too, if selected. Same way Malinga is no where in the picture what he was in the recent past. So allow the selectors find the more suitable inform players to be in the team, if they really contend for the World Cup.

  • on August 31, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Jayasuriya: Please bring in Kusal Perera to open with Dilshan. Kulasekera will get thrashed on Australian pitches. Bring in Kusal instead of Kula.

  • cric1965 on August 31, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    WC 2015 in Australia. Kula pace is not enough. Prasad, Malinga, Thisara and Lakmal, Herath , Eranga should represent bowling departmwnt. Also Chandimal had proven record in Australia. Need to include in squad.

  • SL_Boy on September 4, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Malinga will be back ... he got a back a back injury and getting ok, Kusal is also injured he was not dropped. IPL is coming Malinga will be back

  • CricketPissek on September 3, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    "Kulasekera will get thrashed on Australian pitches" - please watch the video of his work in Brisbane, the last time we were there. Don't underestimate Kula. He just needs to find his mojo again

  • sohanpandey578 on September 3, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    I totally agree with you Sanath.

  • SLMaster on September 2, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    What Jayasuriya handed to Thisara earlier this year worked well despite many including fans comment against. Same should be applied to Kusal as well. Otherwise should go with Tharanga.

  • CricketFirst on September 1, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @Anuradha1982 Don't live in the past mate coz things change with time, otherwise Murali, Sanath, Vaas...etc would be still playing for Sri Lanka.

  • Anuradha1982 on September 1, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    i think we need Kule for WC-2015 since he can really exploit the situations in Aussi pitches. still remember what he has done to dismiss Auusi lineup for 74.

  • on September 1, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Totally agree with cric1965.

  • on August 31, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Every time you cannot consider how they faired from their past experience. Kulasekera's was the match winner in most of the ODI played last time SL toured Australia, that doesn't mean he'll be the same tie time too, if selected. Same way Malinga is no where in the picture what he was in the recent past. So allow the selectors find the more suitable inform players to be in the team, if they really contend for the World Cup.

  • on August 31, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Jayasuriya: Please bring in Kusal Perera to open with Dilshan. Kulasekera will get thrashed on Australian pitches. Bring in Kusal instead of Kula.

  • cric1965 on August 31, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    WC 2015 in Australia. Kula pace is not enough. Prasad, Malinga, Thisara and Lakmal, Herath , Eranga should represent bowling departmwnt. Also Chandimal had proven record in Australia. Need to include in squad.

  • newrichhater on August 31, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Malinga still is Sri Lanka's deadliest fast bowling weapon. But he has lost his venom a bit mainly because he has gained a lot of weight during the last few months. If he continues to expand his newly gained paunch he will not be the most feared one day bowler at the WC. Hello Lasith, please go for a rigorous work out and lose seven - eight kg. in a couple of months time. You will no doubt be the same match winner!

  • on August 31, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    King Jayasuriya...over 13000 runs n 300 wickets......200 catches ......only can think this ...thank u legend....also bring kusal Perera so I can still remember Jayasuriya...

  • CricketFirst on August 31, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Anyone with a cricketing brain would know that Kula's problem is not lack of form rather lack of pace & bounce who doesn't pose any threat to the batsmen. I respect Kula for the job he's done in the past but we need to move on.

    My WC squad is: 1. Kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Angelo 6. Thisara 7. Priyanjan 8. Prasad 9. Herath 10. Lakmal 11. Malinga

    This is a combination of Genuine batsmen, bowlers & all rounders who are suitable for Aus/NZ conditions. You can't win the WC in Aus/ NZ with bits-n-pieces cricketers. In terms of batting, openers are capable of taking advantage of PowerPlay then Sanga, Mahi, Angie would build the innings & Thisa, Priya & Pras would finish it off with fireworks. It also has many bowling options with a lot of variety. In terms of fielding it has a mix of old & young players who are agile.

    my extra players are : Chandimal, Vithanage, Seekkuge & Eranga if it is a 15-man squad. Selectors MUST pick the BEST ODI squad coz they represent the country.

  • Chinath on August 31, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    I think Prasad is a far better bowler than Lakmal. Lakmal is good for swinging conditions but if there is no swing he will not survive with his phase. Same goes for Kulasekara and Malinga. The only bowler who can bowl consistently over 135 mark is Prasad and Thisara. I would definitely include both Thisara and Prasad in WC 11. I do not think both Malinga and Kulesekara will survive next 14 matches before the WC.

  • Suicide-Note on August 31, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Prasad can be a bit costly at times so Lakmal will be better.No point in populating the team in half all rounders like Prasad.They already got Kulasekara and Perera as bowling all rounders which is enough. Add Matthews to that whose bowling is pretty under rated.Due to this all rounders Sri Lanka can play 3 genuine pace bowlers in Malinga,Kulasekera and Lakmal in wc 2015 with Matthews and Perera helping them. With wickets down under are less conducive for spinners only one spinner will play (probably Herath) with Dilshan and Priyaranjan helping him. With kind of resource they have SRi Lanka is serious contender in wc 2015

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • Suicide-Note on August 31, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Prasad can be a bit costly at times so Lakmal will be better.No point in populating the team in half all rounders like Prasad.They already got Kulasekara and Perera as bowling all rounders which is enough. Add Matthews to that whose bowling is pretty under rated.Due to this all rounders Sri Lanka can play 3 genuine pace bowlers in Malinga,Kulasekera and Lakmal in wc 2015 with Matthews and Perera helping them. With wickets down under are less conducive for spinners only one spinner will play (probably Herath) with Dilshan and Priyaranjan helping him. With kind of resource they have SRi Lanka is serious contender in wc 2015

  • Chinath on August 31, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    I think Prasad is a far better bowler than Lakmal. Lakmal is good for swinging conditions but if there is no swing he will not survive with his phase. Same goes for Kulasekara and Malinga. The only bowler who can bowl consistently over 135 mark is Prasad and Thisara. I would definitely include both Thisara and Prasad in WC 11. I do not think both Malinga and Kulesekara will survive next 14 matches before the WC.

  • CricketFirst on August 31, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Anyone with a cricketing brain would know that Kula's problem is not lack of form rather lack of pace & bounce who doesn't pose any threat to the batsmen. I respect Kula for the job he's done in the past but we need to move on.

    My WC squad is: 1. Kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Angelo 6. Thisara 7. Priyanjan 8. Prasad 9. Herath 10. Lakmal 11. Malinga

    This is a combination of Genuine batsmen, bowlers & all rounders who are suitable for Aus/NZ conditions. You can't win the WC in Aus/ NZ with bits-n-pieces cricketers. In terms of batting, openers are capable of taking advantage of PowerPlay then Sanga, Mahi, Angie would build the innings & Thisa, Priya & Pras would finish it off with fireworks. It also has many bowling options with a lot of variety. In terms of fielding it has a mix of old & young players who are agile.

    my extra players are : Chandimal, Vithanage, Seekkuge & Eranga if it is a 15-man squad. Selectors MUST pick the BEST ODI squad coz they represent the country.

  • on August 31, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    King Jayasuriya...over 13000 runs n 300 wickets......200 catches ......only can think this ...thank u legend....also bring kusal Perera so I can still remember Jayasuriya...

  • newrichhater on August 31, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Malinga still is Sri Lanka's deadliest fast bowling weapon. But he has lost his venom a bit mainly because he has gained a lot of weight during the last few months. If he continues to expand his newly gained paunch he will not be the most feared one day bowler at the WC. Hello Lasith, please go for a rigorous work out and lose seven - eight kg. in a couple of months time. You will no doubt be the same match winner!

  • cric1965 on August 31, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    WC 2015 in Australia. Kula pace is not enough. Prasad, Malinga, Thisara and Lakmal, Herath , Eranga should represent bowling departmwnt. Also Chandimal had proven record in Australia. Need to include in squad.

  • on August 31, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Jayasuriya: Please bring in Kusal Perera to open with Dilshan. Kulasekera will get thrashed on Australian pitches. Bring in Kusal instead of Kula.

  • on August 31, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Every time you cannot consider how they faired from their past experience. Kulasekera's was the match winner in most of the ODI played last time SL toured Australia, that doesn't mean he'll be the same tie time too, if selected. Same way Malinga is no where in the picture what he was in the recent past. So allow the selectors find the more suitable inform players to be in the team, if they really contend for the World Cup.

  • on September 1, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Totally agree with cric1965.

  • Anuradha1982 on September 1, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    i think we need Kule for WC-2015 since he can really exploit the situations in Aussi pitches. still remember what he has done to dismiss Auusi lineup for 74.