South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014 July 2, 2014

Tharanga, Vithanage in SL ODI squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka have recalled batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage and Upul Tharanga in their 16-man squad for the first two ODIs against South Africa in July. Suranga Lakmal makes a comeback after being injured during the series in England, while Kusal Perera has been included subject to fitness.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal and Chaturanga de Silva, an allrounder who bowls left-arm spin, were the players cut from the group that travelled to England. Chandimal scored only 38 runs in three ODIs on that tour, while de Silva did not get a game. The last of de Silva's five ODIs was the Asia Cup final in March.

Tharanga's most recent ODI appearance was against Ireland in Dublin in May this year, but that was his only game since July 2013, when South Africa last toured Sri Lanka. Vithanage also played the Dublin game, but was not included in the squad that beat England 3-2 in May and June.

Lakmal had sustained a hamstring tear during the first ODI of that series at The Oval and was ruled out for the remainder of the tour. He was replaced by Dhammika Prasad for the second ODI, before Rangana Herath was added to the squad as a replacement. Herath is part of the group for the home series against South Africa, but Prasad is not.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Upul Tharanga, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal.

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  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    SL will win the series, only challenge is rain

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Omg.. Chindimal outs.. he has a amazing talent like a Sanga. he is a top order batsmen. And he has scored a good average in those places. anyone can compare his records..

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Hey SKITH78 What u talking u think INDIAN have better pitches, good?most number of OID IN only country 300 + 50 game why not other nations your IN that why SL have better thinking power then IN cricketing cheers

  • Lahiru on July 5, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Chandimal is miles ahead of Thirimanne as a batsman. Selectors have forgotten Chandimal's fighting 90 odd runs he scored against the Proteas when Sri Lanka visited South Africa last time. Thirimanne will have to bat at least 3 times to score 90 runs in South African conditions against their quality pacies. Chandimal once again showed his class during the practice match vs SA which concluded recently. His 45 runs and his partnership with Sanga in the first innings at Headingly test was very valuable for Sri Lanka to win the series.

  • Pradeep on July 4, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    I would agree with one of the earlier posts that Thirimanne should be dropped, just like Chandimal. However, I do believe the selectors are giving Thirimanne an extended run, especially at home, to find his form.

    I am going with the selectors for now, but would like to see what they do if Thirimanne does not turn the corner.

    At the end of the day, whatever moves made that takes SL up the ranks on tests and ODI and ends up with the strongest possible squad for the WC in 2015 meets my approval.

    Future talents and team is a serious consideration, but not at the expense of the WC.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Selecting committee did their job. Chandimal should drop. He's such a talented. Player no doubt about that. But he continuing his poor performance. Selectors gave him to lots of opportunities but he couldn't use of it. Lots of youngsters knocking the door. Again and again chances given to Chandi not good for them.

    Now we have to target 2015. No need to do lot of changes or experiment. Most of players of this squad going to 2015. We need a young team blend with experience. Best of luck!

  • Samantha on July 4, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    @Udendra: You are wrong pal... then how come that he established the SL's Second BEST RECORD for BATTING CONSISTENCY (scoring 2nd fastest 5000 runs in 157 innings, just 4 inngs more than Marvan)? By the way, he has a batting Average of 34 in ODIs, so if he score only a century in 10 inngs, how can he achieve all this?

    The problem is too many Jhonnys with backing & blessings eyeing to grab the places of our young talent, before the World Cup! Look at the number of Jhonnys included in SL-A team Squad..! I wont be surprised, if they join the Jhonnys already in the squad to replace Thirimanne, Chandimal & even maybe Mahela & Dilshan before the World Cup.!!!

  • Andrew on July 4, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    I blame SLC for ruining the Established young Players & Ability wise highly potential youth, who should be the future of SL cricket! If allowed to bloom, without loading unnecessary pressure prematurely & hanging swords above their necks, they will certainly make a successful future for SL cricket!

  • Andrew on July 4, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Chandi, Thiri, Upul are FUTURE of SL Cricket! Unfortunately, scenario is blurred with too many privileged players, who ride purely on SLC courtesy tickets. The unmistakable perks common in their package as follows: EASY ACCESS to the squads without having substantial career records, exceptional skills /proven abilities! IMMUNE to SLC's rejection, despite repeated failures! CENTRALCONTRACT & promotions are rapidly offered; while some Great Young match-winners get brutally scrapped! They gain BACKDOOR access at the expense of truly talented assets & float inside hype bubbles, until burst in real-world & fall with a thud!

    The worst thing that happens due to this menace is, our CREAM OF TALENT among youth, get mentally DISORIENTED affecting their performances. When they see the extent of UNJUSTLY happenings around them (e.g. Upul's story) with pointing SWORDS to GRAB THEIR SPOTS, who can concentrate? COMPETING with another TALENTED PLAYER is Quite DIFFERENT from FACING a RUTHLESS Force!

  • heartbreak on July 4, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Inclusion of Thirimanne is very surprising. This is just like inclusion of bad performers like Ishant Sharma, Umesh yadav in Indian team. It is obvious that these under performers have some kinda unholy association with the decision makers (captain, selection committee) to push themselves into the team.

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