West Indies in Sri Lanka 2015-16 October 23, 2015

Mendis, Vandersay, Jayasuriya picked for WI ODIs

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Ajantha Mendis last played for Sri Lanka in December 2014 © Getty Images

Sri Lanka have returned Ajantha Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara to the ODI squad, and named three uncapped players - Shehan Jayasuriya, Jeffrey Vandersay and Danushka Gunathilaka - to play against West Indies. Also in the squad are ODI rookies Dushmantha Chameera and Milinda Siriwardana.

Kulasekara had been overlooked for the July series against Pakistan, after he had had a modest World Cup. Mendis had not made the World Cup side, and then was unavailable due to injury through the middle of the year. He last played an ODI in December 2014 against England.

Fast bowler Chameera also played in the World Cup, and had also been unavailable for the Pakistan series due to injury. Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay, who played in the T20s of that Pakistan tour, earned his place through good outings for the A team and development sides. He claimed a five-wicket haul against New Zealand A in Christchurch in the past week, and had also taken eight wickets against a South Africa emerging team in August.

Opening batsman Gunathilaka's selection had also been aided by solid performances against New Zealand A. He hit back-to-back half-centuries in Christchurch earlier this month, and had also made a hundred in a previous practice match. Offspin-bowling top-order batsman Jayasuriya had not been in excellent form with the bat, but had taken six wickets in the four List A games in New Zealand.

Opening batsman Upul Tharanga and allrounder Thisara Perera were among the notable absentees from this side. Both had had modest series against Pakistan. Sachith Pathirana, Seekkuge Prasanna and Ashan Priyanjan, who had also been picked for that Pakistan series, did not find places here.

Elsewhere, Lahiru Thirimanne, who was dropped from the second Test, retained his ODI place, having had a good run in that format. Lasith Malinga also found a place in the squad, after having been dropped in the series against Pakistan.

Sri Lanka play West Indies in three ODIs, the first of which is set to be played in Colombo on November 1.

ODI squad Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Milinda Siriwardana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandersay, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Danushka Gunathileka

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  • Sajith on October 30, 2015, 9:32 GMT

    For first ODI - Dilshan, Kusal, Thirianna, Chandimal, Mathews, Siriwardene,Sachithra, Kulasekara, Vandersay, Malinga, Chameera...

  • Ranil on October 29, 2015, 8:16 GMT

    Unfortunately, Malinga era has been over.So this is the right time to do some changes in blowing department in ODIs

  • chethana on October 28, 2015, 20:03 GMT

    Batting lineup for the 1st T20 - 1.T.M.Dilshan 2.Kusal Janith Perera 3.Dhanushka Gunathilaka 4.Kithruwan Vithanage 5.Anjelo Mathews 6.Milinda Siriwardene 7.Chamara Kapugedera 8.Shehan Jayasuriya Batting lineup for the 2nd T20 - 1.T.M.Dilshan 2.Kusal Janith Perera 3.Lahiru Thirimanne/Kusal Mendis 4.Dinesh Chandimal 5.Anjelo Mathews 6.Milinda Siriwardene 7.Chamara Kapugedera 8.Shehan Jayasuriya; I don't think Dilshan,Kusal,Mathews,Milinda,Kapu,Shehan will be changed for T20 WC. But we need to find no.3 & 4 player from the Thirimanne,Chandimal,Dhanushka,Kithruwan. May be Kusal Mendis as well. & need to find best 4 fast bowlers from Malinga,Prasad,Lakmal,Eranga,Chameera,Kulasekera & Binura. need to find best 3 spinners from Herath,Sachithra,Ajantha,Vandersay,Randiv,Akila,Sandakan & PHT. I don't think Seekuge will have a chance. May be Thisara & Jeewan can be considered as allrounders.

  • chethana on October 28, 2015, 4:31 GMT

    Lakmal,Chameera,Kulasekera,Eranga haven't played a international match for a long time. May be that is why 3 of them have included into the odi squad & Dammika have bowled consistently in recent test matches. If Malinga can comeback to his form Dammika & Malinga can lead the pace attack in NZ & any pacer who perform well in WI series among Lakmal,Chameera & Kulasekera can be the 3rd seamer in NZ.

  •   Cricinfouser on October 27, 2015, 17:27 GMT

    Can't understand why Prasad isn't in the ODI squad ??? He is very much placed and showed talent during the test series...

  • chethana on October 27, 2015, 8:12 GMT

    other than Malinga,Dhammika,Pradeep,Lakmal,Eranga,Chameera other SL fast bowlers don't have the international quality. Binura Fernando,Vishwa Fernando,Lahiru Gamage,Kasun Madushanka,Lahiru Madushanka,Kasun Rajitha don't have enough pace to trouble batsmen. They need to work hard on their bowling. SL U19 bowlers & most of the bowlers who bowled in Murali Harmony cup have extra pace than A team fast bowlers. I think we need to give more chances to them. Don't need to many medium pacers who can't take wickets. We need to identify bowlers who can bowl 140+ kph & should work with them. Also there are so many unknown spinners in domestic level like Roshan Jayatissa,Ranil Dhammika,Gayan Sirisoma,Malinda Puhpakumara. Chances should be given to them as well. Roshan Jayatissal FC bowling average is 17. It is the best in our FC cricket. But nobody have noticed him. Also Malinda Pushpakumara is the highest wicket taker in last domestic season. I don't know why selectors don't give chances to them.

  • Dilum on October 27, 2015, 6:20 GMT

    @SLDUDE21 I am not saying that we had the best batters at SL A. What I said was SL A did not have good bowlers. for whole series SL bowlers managed to get just 20 wickets while NZ got 40. Their highest wicket takers were two spinners while SL highest wicket taker was Shehan who is an all rounder. If you are stating that selected batters were overrated please name who you think should have being included. and please note that I also mentioned that possible reason for the failure of the SL A batters.

  • chethana on October 26, 2015, 17:40 GMT

    Problem with SL odi team is without Sanga,Mahela,Dilshan in the team young players are unreliable stroke makers. Kusal,Chandimal,Thirimanne,Milinda,Shehan,Dhanushka & even A team batters like Kithruwan,Kapugedera,Dickwella,Ashan. All play risky shots & throw their wickets. We need someone who can play entire 50 overs atleast run a ball rate without giving his wicket easily. I think Dimuth is the ideal player to do that. I am not sure about Tharanga as he has famous technical fault. May be we can try Kusal Mendis as well.

  • Sudheer on October 26, 2015, 14:21 GMT

    When they want to drop Tharanga from tests selectors say it is due to his poor performances in odi s. But for Thirimanna. I am gone mad.

  • Ted on October 26, 2015, 12:51 GMT

    @DilumSL: Don't blame the bowlers for humiliating 4-0 whitewash suffered by SL-A thanks to highly overrated young-guns against truly talented NZ-A. Except for 2nd ODI lost by 15 runs on a batting wicket, rest were complete disasters. In all 4 ODIs, SL -A couldn't even last their 50 overs. Look at the huge wining margins & SL-A Run Rates. That was the collective end result of so called world-beating super hyped batters in SL-A.

    -1st ODI: SL-A - 214 (4.70 runs per over) - lasted 45 overs! Danushka - 57 runs - 68.67 SR New Zealand A won by 8 wickets (with 10 overs remaining).

    -2nd ODI - SL-A lasted 48 overs.

    -3rd ODI - SL-A 185 (4.53 runs per over) - lasted 40 overs! New Zealand A won by 117 runs

    -4th ODI - SL-A 127 (4.94 runs per over) - lasted 25 overs!! New Zealand A won by 172 runs.

    A few seasons of FC & list -A in domestic circles (even 50+ FC av in <75 matches) wouldn't make International class batters overnight, as most SL fans & naive & inverted Selectors think

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