South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014 July 12, 2014

Tharanga recalled for South Africa Tests

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Opening batsman Upul Tharanga is set to play his first Test in over six years, after being named in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the two-Test series against South Africa.

Middle-order batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage also found a place in the squad, as did spinner Ajantha Mendis. Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad, who was instrumental in Sri Lanka's win at Headingley, has also been retained, while Suranga Lakmal is touted to make a return after recovering from a hamstring tear.

Tharanga, 29, had been pigeon-holed as an ODI player, and lost his place in the limited-overs team in the interim, but has won his way back into the Test side on the back of a decent domestic season and a good run in the Sri Lanka A side.

He averaged 59 on England Lions' visit to Sri Lanka in February, hitting two centuries as captain, and had also averaged 43.59 in the Premier League Tournament. His last Test had been against England in 2007, and his most recent international appearance was against South Africa in a home ODI series 12 months ago.

Tharanga replaces Dimuth Karunaratne, who has been dropped after he failed to cross fifty on the tour of England, though he did get four starts and averaged over 30 after 13 Tests. Karunaratne's inability to convert bright starts into substantial scores has been a theme of his brief career so far, and had been among the reasons he was dropped - he has scored only two half-centuries in 17 innings. Kaushal Silva will open alongside Tharanga.

Injuries to Nuwan Pradeep, who strained a quad muscle in the domestic T20 tournament, and Prasanna Jayawardene, who broke a finger at Lord's, have kept both men out of the squad. Jayawardene's recovery, in particular, has been a slow process. He has not yet begun keeping or batting, perhaps because he kept and batted throughout the Lord's Test after the original diagnosis had been overly optimistic.

Kithuruwan Vithanage, who played in Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh in January and February, replaces Jayawardene as a batsman in the squad. Dinesh Chandimal is the most likely to take the gloves in Jayawardene's stead.

Sri Lanka's pace battery for the Tests consists of Suranga Lakmal, Dhammikka Prasad, Chanaka Welegedara and Shaminda Eranga. Welegedara had been on the England tour, but has not played a Test in 18 months. Nuwan Kulasekara, who had played one Test on that tour, has been dropped. Rangana Herath will lead the spin attack, with offspinner Dilruwan Perera set to compete with Mendis if two spinners are required in the XI. Mendis last played Tests against Bangladesh in February. Offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, however, misses out, after having been named in previous home series squads.

Angelo Mathews will lead the side, and Lahiru Thirimanne will be vice captain. The first Test begins in Galle on Wednesday, with the second scheduled at the Sinhalese Sports Club on July 24.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad, Chanaka Welagedara

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • pandian_ikku on July 15, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    1. Upul Tharanga 2. Kaushal Silva 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Mahela Jayawardena 5. Dinesh Chandimal 6. Ponna Thirimanne 7. Angelo Mathews 8. Rangana Herath 9. Ajantha Mendis 10. Suranga Lakmal 11. Shaminda Eranga

  • on July 15, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Except Thirimanne, this is a good selection. Dimuth played better than Thirimanne in England.

  • Sachit1979 on July 14, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    What happened to Suraj Randiv and Tharanga Parnavitana

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    thirimanne will score a century in this test.

  • anver777 on July 14, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Upul Tharanga is in good nick & his inclusion is a positive one.... as mentioned here Dimuth is failing frequently to convert his good starts in tests.... I think he must play some A team games & get his old form back !!!! When he played for SL-A team in the past, he used to score marathon knocks against some strong bowling attacks..... but nowadays that touch is missing from him !!!!!

  • Hareendra on July 14, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Thirimanne is only in the team because he is the vice-captain. My XI is: Kaushal, Kusal Perera, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Chandimal, Kithruwan, Dilruwan, Hearath, Prasad, Eranga

  • on July 14, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Good decision by recalling Tharanga as a operner. BUT the replacement must be Thrimanne instead of Dimuth who was given not a bad start vs ENG. Either Dimuth could bat in the middle order.

  • RavinG on July 14, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Where is Mubarak? He averaged hundred plus in the domestic league and was the only batsmen to top a 1000 runs this season. He is an intelligent, good cricketer and given his current form surely deserves a recall.

  • on July 14, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    I fully agree with yohandf1984. Thirimanne MUST be DROPPED because he got a wonderful average in England though bowlers batted better than him (except Prasad).

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on July 14, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    1. Tharanga 2. Kaushal 3. Sanha 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal 6. Thirimanne 7. Mathews 8. Rangana 9. Mendis 10. Eranga 11. Lakmal

  • pandian_ikku on July 15, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    1. Upul Tharanga 2. Kaushal Silva 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Mahela Jayawardena 5. Dinesh Chandimal 6. Ponna Thirimanne 7. Angelo Mathews 8. Rangana Herath 9. Ajantha Mendis 10. Suranga Lakmal 11. Shaminda Eranga

  • on July 15, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Except Thirimanne, this is a good selection. Dimuth played better than Thirimanne in England.

  • Sachit1979 on July 14, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    What happened to Suraj Randiv and Tharanga Parnavitana

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    thirimanne will score a century in this test.

  • anver777 on July 14, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Upul Tharanga is in good nick & his inclusion is a positive one.... as mentioned here Dimuth is failing frequently to convert his good starts in tests.... I think he must play some A team games & get his old form back !!!! When he played for SL-A team in the past, he used to score marathon knocks against some strong bowling attacks..... but nowadays that touch is missing from him !!!!!

  • Hareendra on July 14, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Thirimanne is only in the team because he is the vice-captain. My XI is: Kaushal, Kusal Perera, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Chandimal, Kithruwan, Dilruwan, Hearath, Prasad, Eranga

  • on July 14, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Good decision by recalling Tharanga as a operner. BUT the replacement must be Thrimanne instead of Dimuth who was given not a bad start vs ENG. Either Dimuth could bat in the middle order.

  • RavinG on July 14, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Where is Mubarak? He averaged hundred plus in the domestic league and was the only batsmen to top a 1000 runs this season. He is an intelligent, good cricketer and given his current form surely deserves a recall.

  • on July 14, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    I fully agree with yohandf1984. Thirimanne MUST be DROPPED because he got a wonderful average in England though bowlers batted better than him (except Prasad).

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on July 14, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    1. Tharanga 2. Kaushal 3. Sanha 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal 6. Thirimanne 7. Mathews 8. Rangana 9. Mendis 10. Eranga 11. Lakmal

  • on July 13, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Best decision SL selectors made in terms of test match openers he is the most experienced man in the country that is available for the job

  • Kavum on July 13, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Tharanga is next into the revolving door for SL openers. One bad tour and you are out. When the selectors supposedly look for consistency, they must also be consistent in their selections. Warnapura, Paranavithana et. al. all came and went and are only a distant memory (given how few tests SL play anyway). Now Karu must pay the price for the fickleness of SL selectors. Its not that Karu should not be dropped but that other players (who we all know) are given umpteen opportunities despite failing consistently. Upul Tharanga was dropped from the 50-50 format when he had just about the best ODI average.

  • on July 13, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    good selection. tharanga must get more opportunities at the top.

  • on July 13, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    PDilE _ Thiri will have to start scoring runs before even dreaming about taking baton forward from seniors who are due to retire. Otherwise he will be out of the side pretty soon. You have completely forgot Kaushal Silva an ideal old fashioned test match opener.

  • on July 13, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Dimuth could not stay long enough at the crease and make a sizeable contribution during his extended run as an opener in test cricket. He still did not do that badly in England series considering the quality of bowling he faced. However, Tharanga deserves his recall and provided he can overcome his weakness against moving ball outside the off stump using his vast international experience he could make some headway in terms of runs. All the best to him. Thirimanne is safeguarded by the system which appointed him as the vice captain. Their pride will be badly affected and they will ridiculed by the media as well as cricket fans if they decide to drop him. Otherwise he does not deserve a place in the team. Chandimal for the time being could be the "wicket keeper batsman" instead of "batsman who can keep wickets". If he get himself re-established again he can be slowly moved up the order and later on asked to give up the gloves like Sanga did to concentrate totally on his batting

  • PDilE on July 13, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    This is one of the Best Test squads selected in recent times. Mathews,Thiri,Chandi & Upul are the men to take the baton forward when seniors retire. Kusal,Kithuruwan & Ashan are not far behind. It's high time Mahela call it a day in Test Cricket after the SA Tests. Let Kithuruwan play against PAK before the Tests in NZ. Need to Drop Mahela/Kula for PAK ODIs & bring Upul,Chandi,Eranga & Prasad. We can then test the 18 players in the country in the home series against England & name the Final 15 for NZ ODIs & the World Cup 2015. My 15 for World Cup is : Mathews (c),Thiri (vc), Dilshan,Upul,Sanga,Chandi(wk),2 of Kusal/Mahela/Ashan, Thisara,Mali,Lakmal, 2 of Kula/Eranga/Prasad, Herath & 1 of Sachi (If he is cleared)/Mendis. If Mahela can't get into the side with his poor form he should retire completely after the ENG Series. Also Thiri/Chandi & Upul will show they are great talents & prove their worth with strong performances in both ODIs/Tests. To me also Chandi should keep wickets in ODI

  • on July 13, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    I don't think upul can bat at least 15 overs. Steyn or philander will take his wicket in their first spell.

  • on July 13, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    my xi:tharnga kaushal sanga mahela mathews kithruwan chandimal herath eranga lakmal mendis/dilruwan any I don't think its a good idea to replace dimuth with tharanga

  • Lion83 on July 13, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    WIcketkeeper should bat at no 6 or 7 so it will be Chandimal or may be try Kusal perera he can play like Gilly did for AUS by playing attackingly and take the game away from opposition in one session

  • yohandf1984 on July 13, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Selecting Tharanga over Dimuth is a tight one . Dimuth has not performed well enough. but youngster needs bit more time . Tharanga was tested in 15 tests and only scored 700 runs @ 28 with only 1 century & 3 fifties . Even his recent first class scores in 8 innings are 2 big hundreds and 6 scores of below 35 . that is called lack of consistency . but wish him do well as we need a solid opening combo . My xi for first test is 1) Tharanga 2) Kaushal 3) Sanga 4) Mahela 5) Mathews 6) Chandimal 7) Dilruwan 8) Eranga 9) Herath 10) Mendis 11) Lakmal . i dropped Thiri for failures and expect to have 3 spinners ploy for rank turner in Galle .

  • Felix1025 on July 13, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Tharanga. Test average. 28+. First Class Average 38+ Age 29.5 yrs Dimuth. Test Average 30+. First Class Average 45+. Age 26.3 yrs

    So who can bring the test cricket forward among these two.......... Dimuth was going through a bad patch. If played in SL with home advantage, he would have been able to boost the confidence. Selectors' WISDOM.

  • Felix1025 on July 13, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Dimuth must have been selected. Together with Kaushal, they were able to give a acceptable opening standard. Tharanga must play ODIs. Dimuth is for the future and will form a good pair with Kaushal if given time. Need a better spinner with Herath. Eranga, Lakmal, Prasad : good combination. In future ODIs, one of the seniors must be rested. MJ, KS, or TMD. (Rotation basis) Give the chance to Angelo Perera or Shehan Jayasooriya.

  • on July 13, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Also he should include in last 11

  • Poholiyadda on July 13, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Good decision by the selectors to drop Karunaratne who is clearly struggling against quality fast bowlers. After getting so many opportunities to open the batting for Sri Lanka he couldn't score a century even against the Bangladeshis. Chandimal sholud be given the gloves not only for the tests but also for the Pakistan ODI's too, as Sanga is now clearly struggling behind the wickets with his age. Inclusion of Chandimal and Prasad made a huge difference in the second test at Headingly, as both of them contributed significantly to win the first test series in England.

  • on July 13, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Upul tharanga not suited for test cricket. this selection is really waste.

  • on July 13, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    tharanga,kaushal,sanga,mahela,chandimal,mathews,thirimanne(bcz he is VC),dilruwan,herath,eranga,lakmal

  • on July 13, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    @sinhaya- again you come with wrong team! same as last few series! who's gonna keep in your team? kaushal? Don't you know top order batsmen wont keep wicket in test cricket?? Don't you know why sanga give-up wicket keeping? Don't you know why Gilly batted at number 6 in test at the time he bat as a opener in ODI?

  • Sexysteven on July 13, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Good squad I think but how thirimanne is still there I'll never know his stats ain't very flattering that's for sure but apart from that prob as good asquad as you can get I reckon

  • Kavimadushan on July 13, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    @Deepal Melvo Warnakulasuriya I know you have personal issue with Chandimal. Firstly I like to ask from you do you know about test Cricket. You said Kaushal can take the glows from Prasanna.. Yes Kaushal is a Wicketkeeper. But In test cricket Opening batsman keep wickets? Chandimal's records also good in test cricket. 49 average in test. After this comment I know your next option. It is Kaushl can keep wickets and Kithruwan can play in the team.Surely you are another Chandi hater.

  • on July 13, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    YES! I have always been a massive Tharanga fan so I am delighted that he's back in the test fold :D lets make a good fist of it Upul!

  • Dilmah82 on July 13, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    If Kunaratne is dropped for failing to pass 50 why is Thiramanne still there when he failed to cross 5???

  • nickexplore on July 13, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    This is an excellent SL Test squad and the selectors are to be congratulated. Karunaratne is a fine player but has been unable to convert his good starts while, Tharanga's form and ability to stay at the crease has given him the recall, and the SL A captaincy to someone else. Chandimal as keeper bolsters the SL batting and Lakmal, Eranga and Prasad provide the firepower to knock over the very good SA top-order.

  • on July 12, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Why Chandimal again??? Let Kausha do the keeping job until PJ get well

  • SLFan-2200 on July 12, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    @ Bheshu: You are wrong man.... cause for loose isn't that simple! It has been repeatedly proved that "5-over-slogs" did NOT materialized many more times than it did.! Even if it rarely materialized, that proved to be way short of expectations from an OPENER in a 50 OVERS game! Chasing a score above 300 runs, required a bigger contribution from an Opener, than just making a slam-bang 37 runs & getting out within 5 overs!

    Read Mr. Andrew-Silva's posting. It gives a proper insight with very good examples from actual match situation scenarios . It shows the importance of an Opener to build a solid platform by playing a long inning, in a big chase or building a huge target!

    In both these situations, OPENING BATSMEN has a decisive role to play! Kusal is nowhere near it & trying him was a waste! Why Tharanga was curbed for so long & not included at least in the deciding 3rd ODI is, beyond any logic! Such Inexplicable actions of SL Cricket Authorities finaly resulted in a series defeat!

  • on July 12, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    selectors did a good job in resent past but for this tour it is horrible to see thisara perera is our best bowling allrounder only 6 more monthes to go to world cup and he is not in the team and come to test squad dimuth is out and thirimanne is in how an earth it can be slc will distroy srilanka s future first chandimal and now thiri world cup win its look like far far a way

  • Sinhaya on July 12, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    My team for the first test - Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Sanga, Mahela, Angelo, Vithanage, Thirimanne, Herath, Eranga, Dilruwan Perera and Lakmal.

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Why is Thirimanne still in the squad? Against England, he was outscored by even Pradeep and Eranga! In his current form, he is a liability. Also hope Chandimal bats at 5 or higher.

  • rizwan1981 on July 12, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Tharanga should play in ODI and Test - Kusal Perera will find the going tough on quicker surfaces .

    Its also good to see Vithanage in the test squad - What about his Royal College Skipper all-rounder BHANUKA Rajapaksha who has the potential to replace Mahela at #4 and possibly a FSLC( Future Sri Lanka Captain)

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    what thirimanne doing in the squad afer 4 innings 4 runs record?? he is the 1 we should drop 1st

  • Bheshu on July 12, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    There's something i don't understand about Sri Lanka. is it because they have too many talented players or each and every fan has His/Her own favorite player? because whenever there's a leak or un-satisfactions, most supporters suggests different players to cover-up then later when things slightly fall apart selectors are being blamed. they have a unique ODI squad, it just that the top order got carried away when they make 99 runs inside the mandatory powerplay and they lose the strategy.

  • Andrew-Silva on July 12, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Unfortunately, the ONLY SL young OPENER who could play long match winning innings & building long partnerships (World Record holder) Tharanga, has been restricted to play for SL-A team for the past 12 months!

    Although he was included in the recent ODI squad, It was just limited to on paper publicity, without giving him chance in the playing XI.... !!

    I hope, this is not another ploy like that, to just keep him as a BENCH WARMER in the Test Squad & also eluding the chance of scoring heavily (accumulating more runs) in England with the SL-A!

  • VikumHerath on July 12, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    @cric1965: Strangely the man (Upul) condemned by you as a chaser of swinging ball around off, happens to be the Best SL Batsmen with an Av 34.5 in Eng/NZ/Aus/WI/SA... SL record holder for Consistency, being the Fastest to score first 1000 runs, 2nd best batting CONSISTENCY, being the 2nd fastest to top 5000 runs! Also a world record holder for building the highest number of 7x 200+ partnerships! 5252 runs- Av 34 -S/R 73.66.

    He has also recorded 13 big centuries, 28 Fifty pluses & 11 man-of-the-match titles playing around the world with a SL highest individual score of unbeaten 174* vs WI @ bouncy Kingston! His Current batting form:Leading in Recent Super 4's Twenty20 Tournament stats, scoring 157 Runs from just 3 innings S/R of 155.44 with 2 x 50s Av 52.3!

    I hope all of you who are trying hard to ruin an asset (Upul) to keep Kusal, will remember these facts before slinging mud! All the criticizing without any stats or proof to backup are just blabbering! You can't defy STATS & FACTS!

  • on July 12, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Axe Dimuth who made 127 runs at an avg of 31.75 and include Thirimanne who scored 4 runs in 4 innings last series at an avg of 1! Seriously, SLC? And why you never give a chance to that golden domestic bat Roshen Silva? He's a professionalNo. 5.

  • on July 12, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Good decision , But can't sure he will include the last 11. He should have play for the ODIs.

  • Gowza on July 12, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    surely there are some worthy youngsters instead of tharanga, tharindu kaushal worth a few chances to.

  • chandimasl on July 12, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Good to see tharanga gets a chance to prove homself. But the rest suggest a clear lack of strategy for the team selection. Are we going to produce fast pitches to beat a top test team whose major success is with fast pitches and fast bowlers. Having four fast bowlers confusing. Welagedara again in the sqaud. We are not playing this series in SA. Why cant we add another spinner.

    And Mendis again after being faced well by SA in odis, he gets the chance to ne in yests also. What wrong tharindu kaushal and malinda pushpakumara did, to be not selected.

    I really do not undertand where these selectors are heading our team.

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Dropping of Karunaratne is too harsh.The reason is he gave good starts and dealt with the swinging situation.Any way selectors are the best lot to determine matters.Ajantha's selection is very good.He could be much winner.In galle wicket SL can go with one fst bowler and 3 spinners.Captain can open the bowling and bowl a few overs and leave the show to spinners,like the Indian spinners those days.

  • cric1965 on July 12, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Tharanga is not a test batsman. He is a one day batsman. He should be selected for one day team not as a opener. But as a No 5 batsman. He has a traditional weakness of playing moving ball out side the off stump and failed as a opener. That is why he lost his place in the team. Mahela should open and Kusal should bat at No7. Chandimal @no 4. If selectors wants to keep Mahela until world cup allow him to open the innings. Otherwise drop him. If CXhandimal played @ NO 4 he would have stabilize in the team now.

  • Andrew-Silva on July 12, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    CONGRATS to SA.! SL badly need Long Partnerships @Top! An Example of how IMPORTANT the role of an OPENING Batsmen to STAY there & play a LONG inning of >30 overs, RATHER than, FLASH-IN-A-PAN 5 over SLOGS in 50 Over games! When CHASING a HUGE TOTAL >300 or setting up a HUGE TARGET! England v Sri Lanka ODI #2389 -Played @ Headingley, Leeds. England batted first & scored 321 for 7 wikts in 50 overs! WU Tharanga c & b Dalrymple - 109 Runs - 102 Balls - 14x4 - 1x6 - 106.8 S/R 1-286 (Tharanga, 31.5 ov), leaving just 35 runs to win for the rest to score! RESULT: SL WON by 8 wickets (with 75 balls remaining).!! An EXAMPLE of setting up a WINNING target by batting first, with a stable LONG inning of an OPENER staying for >40 Ovrs : SL v Australia ODI #3180 Played @ MR Stadium, Hambantota. WU Tharanga c Haddin b Bollinger -111 Runs -139 Balls 12x4 - 79.85 S/R 4-230 (Tharanga, 40.3 ov) the rest scored just 56 runs after this! Australia was all out; 44.2 ov; for 208. SL WON by 78 runs

  • CanuckCricket on July 12, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Need Tharanga in Tests and ODIs after the big three leave, he will be the most senior batsman in Sri Lanka experience wise. How many 200 plus opening stands has been involved in? More than any cricketer I can think of.

  • cricat16 on July 12, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    We dont want to see more amazing batsmanship from Thirimanna . He have proven him self as a player deserves a place at SL team :-P (What a amazing batting in Last 2 series ) . Now it is time to let Chandimal play at Number 4 or 5 ....

  • YsaKaru on July 12, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    what happen to tharindu kaushal!?!?!? Why SJ & CO. always refuse this kid's talent??? Why SJ & CO. always stick with 30+ old players???

  • Cricsnake on July 12, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Good move. He is in good form and he should have beeen included to the ODI team for the lost series. Anyway poor Karunarathne lost his place. Chandimal should play with a reasonable care. He must come-up with courage & needs lot of character. If he waste this chance again SL will struggle with bunch of another inconsistent players. Hope Tharanga is still in form & can do well for the team in coming matches. He is a better ODI batsmen than tests but this is the test for him. I wish all the best for team SL & do well in test series though shameful defeat in ODI which opened their careless eyes.

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Tharanga, Kawshal, Sanga, Mahela, Thirimanna, Mathews, Chandimal. Rangana, Mendis, Eranga, Lakmal.. I feel Karunaratne was very unlucky...

  • Lakpj on July 12, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    This looks a good selection Tharanga deserves a another chance, and it is good that Prasanna is not there, it is time that SL look into a good keeper batsman for the future. Disappointing that T Kaushal is not there is a one for the future.

  • Karnain on July 12, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Is Prasanna Jayawardena being dropped? Good decision as Chandimal hardly puts a foot wrong as a WK and a promising batsman.

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  • Karnain on July 12, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Is Prasanna Jayawardena being dropped? Good decision as Chandimal hardly puts a foot wrong as a WK and a promising batsman.

  • Lakpj on July 12, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    This looks a good selection Tharanga deserves a another chance, and it is good that Prasanna is not there, it is time that SL look into a good keeper batsman for the future. Disappointing that T Kaushal is not there is a one for the future.

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Tharanga, Kawshal, Sanga, Mahela, Thirimanna, Mathews, Chandimal. Rangana, Mendis, Eranga, Lakmal.. I feel Karunaratne was very unlucky...

  • Cricsnake on July 12, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Good move. He is in good form and he should have beeen included to the ODI team for the lost series. Anyway poor Karunarathne lost his place. Chandimal should play with a reasonable care. He must come-up with courage & needs lot of character. If he waste this chance again SL will struggle with bunch of another inconsistent players. Hope Tharanga is still in form & can do well for the team in coming matches. He is a better ODI batsmen than tests but this is the test for him. I wish all the best for team SL & do well in test series though shameful defeat in ODI which opened their careless eyes.

  • YsaKaru on July 12, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    what happen to tharindu kaushal!?!?!? Why SJ & CO. always refuse this kid's talent??? Why SJ & CO. always stick with 30+ old players???

  • cricat16 on July 12, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    We dont want to see more amazing batsmanship from Thirimanna . He have proven him self as a player deserves a place at SL team :-P (What a amazing batting in Last 2 series ) . Now it is time to let Chandimal play at Number 4 or 5 ....

  • CanuckCricket on July 12, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Need Tharanga in Tests and ODIs after the big three leave, he will be the most senior batsman in Sri Lanka experience wise. How many 200 plus opening stands has been involved in? More than any cricketer I can think of.

  • Andrew-Silva on July 12, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    CONGRATS to SA.! SL badly need Long Partnerships @Top! An Example of how IMPORTANT the role of an OPENING Batsmen to STAY there & play a LONG inning of >30 overs, RATHER than, FLASH-IN-A-PAN 5 over SLOGS in 50 Over games! When CHASING a HUGE TOTAL >300 or setting up a HUGE TARGET! England v Sri Lanka ODI #2389 -Played @ Headingley, Leeds. England batted first & scored 321 for 7 wikts in 50 overs! WU Tharanga c & b Dalrymple - 109 Runs - 102 Balls - 14x4 - 1x6 - 106.8 S/R 1-286 (Tharanga, 31.5 ov), leaving just 35 runs to win for the rest to score! RESULT: SL WON by 8 wickets (with 75 balls remaining).!! An EXAMPLE of setting up a WINNING target by batting first, with a stable LONG inning of an OPENER staying for >40 Ovrs : SL v Australia ODI #3180 Played @ MR Stadium, Hambantota. WU Tharanga c Haddin b Bollinger -111 Runs -139 Balls 12x4 - 79.85 S/R 4-230 (Tharanga, 40.3 ov) the rest scored just 56 runs after this! Australia was all out; 44.2 ov; for 208. SL WON by 78 runs

  • cric1965 on July 12, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Tharanga is not a test batsman. He is a one day batsman. He should be selected for one day team not as a opener. But as a No 5 batsman. He has a traditional weakness of playing moving ball out side the off stump and failed as a opener. That is why he lost his place in the team. Mahela should open and Kusal should bat at No7. Chandimal @no 4. If selectors wants to keep Mahela until world cup allow him to open the innings. Otherwise drop him. If CXhandimal played @ NO 4 he would have stabilize in the team now.

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Dropping of Karunaratne is too harsh.The reason is he gave good starts and dealt with the swinging situation.Any way selectors are the best lot to determine matters.Ajantha's selection is very good.He could be much winner.In galle wicket SL can go with one fst bowler and 3 spinners.Captain can open the bowling and bowl a few overs and leave the show to spinners,like the Indian spinners those days.