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Jayasuriya outlines key role for Thisara Perera

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

August 31, 2014

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Thisara Perera celebrates a wicket, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Hambantota, August 26, 2014
Sanath Jayasuriya: "Thisara is a key figure in our World Cup plans for next year." © AFP
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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.

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Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by sohanpandey578 on (September 3, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

I totally agree with you Sanath.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

Totally agree with cric1965.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

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