South Africa in Sri Lanka 2013 July 31, 2013

Kulasekara back in Sri Lanka T20 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nuwan Kulasekara has been named in the Sri Lanka squad for the Twenty20 series against South Africa after missing the ODI leg of the tour, while Jeevan Mendis has also earned a place. Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Perera and Angelo Perera, all of whom played in the ODI series, have also been included.

Kulasekara had been sidelined for three weeks by a finger injury he sustained in the tri-series in the Caribbean, while Mendis' exclusion from Sri Lanka's squad for recent ODI assignments was due to his poor form. Mendis played in Sri Lanka's last Twenty20, against Bangladesh in March.

Two players who were present in that XI but could not find a place in this squad are T20 specialist Dilshan Munaweera, and fast bowler Shaminda Eranga. Munaweera's axing may be because he has been unable to provide the starts for Sri Lanka that he has promised in his domestic performances, while workload management may have played a role in Eranga's exclusion.

Rangana Herath has not found a place in the side either, with Ajantha Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake taking the specialist spinners' spots.

Neither Angelo Perera nor Kusal Perera prospered in their one innings in the ODI series, but have been earmarked as explosive talents, largely because of their domestic exploits. Lakmal, however, took 3 for 24 in his only appearance in the series.

Dinesh Chandimal will resume his T20 captaincy, with Lasith Malinga as his deputy. Sri Lanka will attempt to maintain the top ranking they have held in the format since October last year in the three-match series which begins on Friday in Colombo before the teams move to Hambantota for two games.

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  • Dilum on August 2, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    I don't think Mahela and Sanga should be in this squad. There are plenty of youngsters who are waiting for an opportunity. May be the management is thinking about the our current rank in ICC t20 rankings. But the best decision is to let the youngsters get some experience. Munaweera, Withanage, Shehan should have included in this team. Even Kapu deserves another go cause I still believe he is one of the best t20 players in the country. Thirimanne also not an T20 player also both sanga and thiri cant be in the same playing XI. My squad Dilshan,Kusal,Chandimal,Mathews,Malinga,Kula,A Perera,Thisara, Sachithra,Mendis,Lakmal/Eranga,Munaweera,Kapu,V Perera/C de Silva,Thiri/K withanage In the given squad my playing XI 1.Dilshan 2.Kusal 3.Lahiru/Sanga 4.Mahela/A perera 5.Chandimal 6.Mathews 7.Thisara 8.Kula 9.Sachithra 10.Mali/Suranga 11.Mendis

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Hey, Good Selections yet bad sense. How come Thirimanne who cannot score more than 3 runs per over in the squad. Is he a allrounder? Do you need somebody to Kill the Overs in a T20 match. I am lost on this logic. He is only a Test Batsman.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Kusal Perera.....This guy is a marvellous batsman. If we have patience we will get our next Sanath. on the other hand we may not see another Sanath for next 20 years. But if you ask me, I want to give Kusal few more chances.

  • Tharindu on August 1, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Looks like selectors want to play a full strength team in all 3 matches...But I would like to see just 2 big guns playing while other one resting in each game...If Dili opens with Kushal then Mahela should be rested...If Mahela opens with Kushal then Dili should be rested...While Sanga batting at 4...Also Angelo Perera should be selected ahead of Thirimanne...Thirimanne is a good test batsman and T20 is not his game...Also Jeevan should perform if he gets a chance otherwise there is no point in playing him while better spin bowling all rounders like Chathuranga De Silva not getting selected...My team : Kushal,Mahela,Chandi,Sanga,Angelo Perera,Mathewes,Thisara,kula,Sachi,Mali,Ajantha....Good luck SL....

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    I need to preparation for world cup.its less than 18 months now...we are no way near for that..My team

    1 Kusal 2 Dilshan 3 Sanga 4 CHandi 5 Mahela 6 Thiri 7 Thissara 8 Nuwan 9 malinga 10 Sachith 11 Ajantha

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    changes i would make: mahela, sanga, dilshan and j. mendis out; maharoof, dananjaya, vithanage and kapugedara/munaweera in

  • Raman on August 1, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Some fans still have faith on Kusal Perera despite his series of failures. We are yet to see Sanath in him or at least he himself.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Jayasuriya is making some good selections. He seems to be on the right path. I thought he would be biased towards certain people when he was appointed, but he has done really well so far. Bravo!

  • Yohan on August 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Not happy at all . if there is format to unleash young blood , that is T20 . So i expected one senior to be rested . An opportunity to guy like Vithanage , Munaweera , Angelo P ( i don't see him playing with this squad ) would have been fine . anyway lets hope SL win here and retaining Rank 1 .

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Good combination of players. Hopefully SL can make a clean sweep after the wonderful performances in the 1 day series. Kusal Perera must learn to play for the team from now on and contribute effectively at the top without trying to imitate great players of the past and throwing his wicket away if he wants to survive in International cricket. Take a cue from indian opener dhawan who has established himself in a short period of time with consistent performances. Good luck SL for a great series.

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