Sri Lanka news January 6, 2012

Sri Lanka need mental strength - Duleep Mendis

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Duleep Mendis, the chairman of selectors for Sri Lanka, has said the team is going through a period of transition and needs to be given time to start performing consistently. Sri Lanka's victory over South Africa in Durban in December 2011 was their first in Tests for 18 months, and the team had faced plenty of criticism during their barren run. However, Mendis said it was only a matter of time before the team came together.

"You need to develop the spinners," he told ESPNcricinfo. "You need to develop the fast bowlers. Now Rangana Herath is becoming a good bowler. Even for the seamers, you need to give them a little time to play matches and to get wickets. They should know how to get 20 wickets.

"You need to give them time. You need to give them matches. Then only will you gradually become successful."

When Kumar Sangakkara resigned as captain after the 2011 World Cup, he said it was to give Sri Lanka a chance to start planning for the 2015 tournament, and Mendis confirmed that the selectors were looking at player development in that context. Their strategy, he said, was to blood young players in the limited-over formats first, and then in Tests.

"What we thought was we will put more emphasis on the youngsters in the T20 games and some of the one-day games. Then even in the Test team, we thought, whenever possible, we will introduce some of the youngsters into the side and see how they perform."

Since Sri Lanka's loss to India in the World Cup final on April 2, 2011, eight Sri Lanka players made their debuts in Test cricket, four in one-day cricket and five in T20 internationals.

According to Mendis, the key trait the players needed to develop was the mental strength to cope with the demands of top-level cricket. "You need a lot of mental coaching. You come to Test level and what you need is mental strength. You have learned the technical aspects of the game already, so you need the mental strength to go through difficult times, and to come out of the difficult times."

One of the main criticisms Sri Lanka faced over the last year and a half has been their bowling attack's lack of incisiveness, but Mendis said the pace department was shaping up well. "I would say the pace attack is not a problem. We are going with Dilhara [Fernando], who is clocking 140kph, Chanaka Welegedara, who is bowling well, Dhammika Prasad and Thisara Perera."

At the same time, he said there was room for improvement and that there was a problem in the spin department but "with a lot of experience gained on these tours, they will come into a position where they can become match-winners."

To ease the transition, and to cope with any injury problems, Mendis said the selectors had earmarked a group of 10 bowlers and a similar number of batsmen as players with the potential to play for the national side. "Some of them are performing well in the A team," he said. "Some of them are performing well with some of the other teams and the best are in the national team."

Sri Lanka's defeat of South Africa in Durban came after they received a three-day hammering in Centurion. According to Mendis, that defeat would have rankled the side and motivated them to prove themselves in the next game. "When you get beaten in one game, you want to do well in the next game; just to make a comeback and show that you can do much better than the other side. It was a good team effort to beat South Africa in South Africa for the first time.

"To beat any country away is something to talk about and especially to beat South Africa for the first time in South Africa, it was a great victory."

What Mendis wanted to see is the team producing those kinds of results on a regular basis. "You need a lot of encouragement for the players and you need to put them on the right path, but more than anything else, I always emphasise, you need a lot of mental strength."

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • on January 8, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Dear Mr, Dulip Mendis... I have some questions for you.... 1.Can you please explain who is the next captain for sri lanka after putting dilshan out of the role? 2.who is going to replace Sangakkara, Mahela, Dilshan, Samaraweera in next two years? 3.Do you have any plan of Spinning Attack to tale 20 wickets in Tests? 4.If Malinga is not available, do you have any replacement to bowl 140+?

    I guess you do not have any answer,Then I will give some suggestions.

    1. The next captain for another 6 years = Upul Tharanga reason = the most experienced exept sanga & Mahela & Dilshan.... Two World cup Finals.... Two entire CWC tournaments... more than 100 matches... do not make Mathews the captain, coz he is going to be like yuvraj in india.

    2.For Sangakkara - use Dimuth Karunarathna as much as possible in ODIs & Tests for Mahela - Give chandimal almost every test & ODI For Samaraweera - Bhanuka Rajapaksha For Dilshan - Arrenge Kapugedera, coz he has shown it

    3.Use the develpoment ..

  • lananad on January 8, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    How often SL get to play test against SA & Aus? It is sad not so often. I think if SL get to play more test they will adopt and perform better. Not only Mahela all top order players will deliver. Shame on India they get to play more often but still fail to deliver in crunch games ,even though with all the stars.

  • Maduka43 on January 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Mr, Dulip Mendis, I'm asking you to give a big favour for your country, Please READ THESE COMMENTS. Thank You.

  • anon11 on January 7, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    i see many SL fans requesting to make Mahela capain. But the reality is i dont even see any reason why he should be even kept in the team. he needs to be replaced. These ppl have not included samaraweera in the ODIs and i am sure this will be disadvantagoues to SL. Samaraweera was the only batsman who performed well against SA bowlers in their pitches and now we re sending him home. Mahela who didnt perform at all has secured a place and even fans want him to be the captain. Funny set of events...

  • Prema1948 on January 7, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    You can't blame anyone else, you only picked all these risky stroke makers as front-line bats and persisted with them even though their performances were so pathetic to describe. So pls don't blame others b'cos you're yet to learn the importance of employing S'weera orTrott class of bats as front-liners, Not knowing how to leave balls there to be left alone and to stroke balls all along the ground at consistent basis, performing successfully on these SAan Wkts would be only a dream. Not only you almost all s'ctors who've been in office for the last25Ys are responsible for these blunders. Fans are yet to witness a chance-less innings from these indispensable front-line batters of yours. After all when you have 3 top grade batsmen (who have maintained consistency from very young age as 15) who've forced their way into the Squad (not picked as in the case of Ajantha, Ch'dimal & M'hews) in Kausal, Dimuth, T'manne,.. you could've easily employ them instead of these reckless hitters.

  • zerotollerance on January 7, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Dueleep Mendis strategies especially with regard to Kalu and jayasuriya won sl the 96 world cup. But now it's time for him to retire and let another gnu take over. Dueleep Mendis is making all the wrong decisions. And mahela needs to retire...he's failing over over and over again. Chandimal is sls best best man now by far. Dilshan should resign from captainincy and let sangakkara be the captain. If he doesn't want drop him too.

  • on January 7, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Duleep Mendis .......are you know what are you talking about ??? you are good jocker

  • on January 7, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    See how silly the Chairman of Selectors talking ? You guys dropped Thilan, the best Batsman against Pakistan and lost in UAE. For SA tour, you dropped him again at first but somehow to the Country's luck you re-included him and we were saved thanks to him. In pace attack why Thisara over Lalmal etc ? ( Thisara is my favorite but that's a different story. he is an ODI Player ). And finally how sillily you guys guided Dilshan in the Toss in 3rd Test ? Please do not think SL Fans are fools.

  • Sinaha on January 7, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    What a joker, he's in another world. Look at Thilan, he was dropped saying too old to play but scored two centuries and had the best batting average. Resign now idiot before permanently ruining our cricket.

  • Prema1948 on January 7, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    He is a another joker,like his predecessors.

  • on January 8, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Dear Mr, Dulip Mendis... I have some questions for you.... 1.Can you please explain who is the next captain for sri lanka after putting dilshan out of the role? 2.who is going to replace Sangakkara, Mahela, Dilshan, Samaraweera in next two years? 3.Do you have any plan of Spinning Attack to tale 20 wickets in Tests? 4.If Malinga is not available, do you have any replacement to bowl 140+?

    I guess you do not have any answer,Then I will give some suggestions.

    1. The next captain for another 6 years = Upul Tharanga reason = the most experienced exept sanga & Mahela & Dilshan.... Two World cup Finals.... Two entire CWC tournaments... more than 100 matches... do not make Mathews the captain, coz he is going to be like yuvraj in india.

    2.For Sangakkara - use Dimuth Karunarathna as much as possible in ODIs & Tests for Mahela - Give chandimal almost every test & ODI For Samaraweera - Bhanuka Rajapaksha For Dilshan - Arrenge Kapugedera, coz he has shown it

    3.Use the develpoment ..

  • lananad on January 8, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    How often SL get to play test against SA & Aus? It is sad not so often. I think if SL get to play more test they will adopt and perform better. Not only Mahela all top order players will deliver. Shame on India they get to play more often but still fail to deliver in crunch games ,even though with all the stars.

  • Maduka43 on January 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Mr, Dulip Mendis, I'm asking you to give a big favour for your country, Please READ THESE COMMENTS. Thank You.

  • anon11 on January 7, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    i see many SL fans requesting to make Mahela capain. But the reality is i dont even see any reason why he should be even kept in the team. he needs to be replaced. These ppl have not included samaraweera in the ODIs and i am sure this will be disadvantagoues to SL. Samaraweera was the only batsman who performed well against SA bowlers in their pitches and now we re sending him home. Mahela who didnt perform at all has secured a place and even fans want him to be the captain. Funny set of events...

  • Prema1948 on January 7, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    You can't blame anyone else, you only picked all these risky stroke makers as front-line bats and persisted with them even though their performances were so pathetic to describe. So pls don't blame others b'cos you're yet to learn the importance of employing S'weera orTrott class of bats as front-liners, Not knowing how to leave balls there to be left alone and to stroke balls all along the ground at consistent basis, performing successfully on these SAan Wkts would be only a dream. Not only you almost all s'ctors who've been in office for the last25Ys are responsible for these blunders. Fans are yet to witness a chance-less innings from these indispensable front-line batters of yours. After all when you have 3 top grade batsmen (who have maintained consistency from very young age as 15) who've forced their way into the Squad (not picked as in the case of Ajantha, Ch'dimal & M'hews) in Kausal, Dimuth, T'manne,.. you could've easily employ them instead of these reckless hitters.

  • zerotollerance on January 7, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Dueleep Mendis strategies especially with regard to Kalu and jayasuriya won sl the 96 world cup. But now it's time for him to retire and let another gnu take over. Dueleep Mendis is making all the wrong decisions. And mahela needs to retire...he's failing over over and over again. Chandimal is sls best best man now by far. Dilshan should resign from captainincy and let sangakkara be the captain. If he doesn't want drop him too.

  • on January 7, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Duleep Mendis .......are you know what are you talking about ??? you are good jocker

  • on January 7, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    See how silly the Chairman of Selectors talking ? You guys dropped Thilan, the best Batsman against Pakistan and lost in UAE. For SA tour, you dropped him again at first but somehow to the Country's luck you re-included him and we were saved thanks to him. In pace attack why Thisara over Lalmal etc ? ( Thisara is my favorite but that's a different story. he is an ODI Player ). And finally how sillily you guys guided Dilshan in the Toss in 3rd Test ? Please do not think SL Fans are fools.

  • Sinaha on January 7, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    What a joker, he's in another world. Look at Thilan, he was dropped saying too old to play but scored two centuries and had the best batting average. Resign now idiot before permanently ruining our cricket.

  • Prema1948 on January 7, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    He is a another joker,like his predecessors.

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Mr.Dulip Mendis, I believe you need mental strength to select the best players and the captain of the side without bending yourself to political cronies and partisans. Moment you start doing that we will be able to see the team playing as one unit and winning matches.

    I am also very surprised to see why you failed to make any comments about Samaraweera who surely stole the limelight of this tour. Are you still planning to bring young blood by sidelining him?

    You also boasting about pace attack. I think this is worst pace attack we ever had.

    I believe it would be much better if you let your selections do the talking rather than making silly statements and degrading the country.

  • Prema1948 on January 7, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    These sel'tors who're very much ignorant of skills required to play at this level talk rubbish to cover up their blunders. Their knowledge of batting skills is as such 3out of 4 front-liners in theTests & all 4 in theODIs are reckless hitters who've no proper control over most of the strokes they execute. If the pitch isn't conducive for batting they're only good at increasing the confidence level of the opposition bowlers making things difficult for bats to follow.There no way one could survive on lively pitches against quality bowlers with their fragile skills. After all which idiot would 've include a bat who's suffering from a split finger injury&sent him to bat No3, while3quality technically very sound batters were down in the line. If we had left out those 3 risky stroke makers who have no skills to bat under pressure, though they're regarded as W Class& if those places had b'n given to the3 other promising batters& the Wclass bowler the end-result would 've b'n different.s

  • asirigamage on January 7, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    wat is mr. mendis talking. look at the odi team for sa. kosala kulasekara and dammika presad are not specialist in odi's. fervees maharoof and suraj randive should be in this team. maharoof done well as a all rounder in the domestic season. randive also a use full batsman and a bowler. sri lanka needs batsman in the middle and low order. maharoof and randive are should in this odi team. mr. mendis please consider about these players for the australian tour

  • lananad on January 7, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Duleep Mendis should step down He had done enough damage to SL Cricket.

  • Philip_Gnana on January 6, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    It this Duleep Mendis' standard?Tthen woe be unto SL. This man has been at the helm during the years when the team has performed worst and he has the courage (I am trying to be mild here) to that he is happy? He must be joking. Thilan was dropped when his average overseas since 2008 has been over 60. What was the criteria used by the selectors and those in charge in team selection. Heads need to roll and Mendis cannot be allowed to continue. The issue of captaincy is a major worry. We have Dilshan who is not leading by example. There was no responsibility taken. Seems to be playing for himself and not the team and the election to bowl on a batting wicket was unforgivable. The only time the SL played as team (where Dilshan did not) and SA did not too, SL won. Time to ring in the changes. The IPL has done a lot of damage to SL cricket. Sanga & Mahela opted to play IPL instead of being in England. That was the beginning of sorrows for SL. Money talks. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • KingOwl on January 6, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Mahela should not be taken on tours where wickets are expected to be seaming. He is very elegant, and he can play on all kinds of difficult wickets. But he fails consistently against high class fast bowling in seaming conditions.

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Mr Mendis ,we know you are always talking highly about the speed of Dilhara fernandos 140s.Remember kallis also bowing always over 140.Can u explain what he has for Sri Lankan Cricket over the last decade..Yu have not talk about the selection of Batsmen of Sri Lanka!!!!!!!.Can u answer for these small questions? Why you have not originally selected Thilan eventhough all batters (Execept for Sanga)failed in UAE?.Why you have selected Dimuth Karu for the test series even though tour selectors are not having the confidence in playing him in International level?. Why you are continuously ignoring Upul Tharanga for Tests? e What is the purpose of selecting Lahiru Thirimanne for ODIs(Who is known to be a negative batter even in Tests)without selecting additional batsmanfor the middle order?.Why you have not are considered Maharoof for ODIs though he is the best player of the recently concluded domestic tounerment?

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Mr.Mendis ,Maybe u were a good cricketer.But it doesn't mean you can manage a team. What sanga said in London was so true. only thing you all need is money. You even tried to ban sanga after his speech but thanks to the president he's still playing cricket. Listen mate,its 2012 .cricket is not just bowling,batting & fielding. Its all about tactics now.look at the Eng & Aus team. why do u think they pay loads of money to their tactical & support team.Specially their fitness team..? I.e -why did u get rid off alex kountory?? You have no idea..! Please resign and give it to someone who's clever & know about sports.

    If you had any clue,why would u have kosala in to the side.? he's an average allrounder. what about Senanyake,Maharoof,banuka,sohan boralessa,kapugedara? check the Leading premier league wicket takers & run scores! Jeez, u r losing SL fans.

    best example is kapu.we all know he's a great player with a little brain.So help him.tell him how he should think &play.good luck SL

  • anuradea on January 6, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    I absolutely agree with Ajith Abey who was a great spinner who got caught to wrong era of Ajith De silva and Ranil Abey. Dulla needs to take long look at the whole set up and create a good mix of seniors and youngsters to make up the team or we will be in a bigger mess when Sanga and Mahila retires. What I can not understand is how Ajantha can not find a place in this bowling set up against countries that does not play spin well. He would have been the ideal foil for the last test as there was some zip from the wicket. If Dilhara keeps breaking down and can only play one or two tests at a time we certainly need to look elsewhere and I can not understand WHY we still do not even BEG for Malinga to play tests as he is our only genuine fast bowler and if he is managed well with short spells, he still can continue to play tests as well. We have so much talent waiting to get in and I can not understand why none of those players are not even considared in the mix.

  • engno1 on January 6, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Do Sri Lanka currently have one of the worst bowling "attacks" in Test cricket? The only ones who may give them a run for their money will be Bangladesh.

  • yorkslanka on January 6, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    @coolitbaby:if SL are such an average team,shouldn't you have won by an innings in all three tests?

  • popped on January 6, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Of course Sri Lanka need mental strength to get rid idiotic selectors like mendis!! this is the guy who said samaraweera was not in his long term plans & dropped him, we need some one like him in the middle order to develop younger players( not in the team yet!!) as for him saying nothing is wrong with his pace bowlers ... all I can sy is is this the same mendis who played real cricket for Sri Lanka or has he lost his mind?? with such selfish and ignorant selectors & administrators like this who needs enemies? get rid of the selectors , the newly"elected" board and the captain dilshan if not please just stop playing cricket for a while like Zimbabwe did I feel embarrassed to read articles about Sri Lanka cricket for God sake have some dignity!!

  • CricketFan2011WC on January 6, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Well, in my view, it is you Mr. Mendis who needs mental strength. So, think carefully before you select a team.

    @coolitbaby, think about some details when you put numbers like 30 years. How many times were SL provided test tours to SA?

    @Chaminda Basnayake, well, I totally agree.

  • spas on January 6, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @ coolitbaby: grow up baby, try to compare correct stat.

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @coolitbaby Hey, you jealous of sri lankan cricket aren't you? Can you tell me how many test matches SL played in SA for past 30 years? SL cricket have achieved lot of success for past 30 years and produced world class cricketers

  • Charindra on January 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Duleep Mendis is part of the problem... a BIG part!

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    This is teh same guy who dropped Samaraweera who is averaging over 50 in tests to give a chance to youngsters. After he scored two centuries in South Africa that was a slap on Mendis's face. He should not make any comeents but resign...... That is far better to Srilanka than this......

  • ChrisPerera on January 6, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    How can the chairman of the selectors say about mental strength? Mr. Mendis the problems are poor shot selection by the players and poor team selection done by you and your team of selectors.

  • cricfan100 on January 6, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    dulip mendis needs mental strength - sri lanka

  • Wolfpac on January 6, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Pls make MJ the new captain with Matthews as the vice captain, Dilly is not good enough for captaincy

  • Rom1966 on January 6, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Think someone should make mendis read these comments. He is dragging sl cricket down. Even with the likes of mendis we still managed to win one test.

  • SLMaster on January 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Duleep Mendis is a looser as an administrator ... number of debutans tells the story. It tell SLC doesn't have a plan. He also addresses the question to ESPN as a third party, claiming "you need to .." Well ESPN doesn't have to. Cannot believe he is talking about Dilhara bowling speed. Speed doesn't matter Mr. Mendis.

  • fadms on January 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    It's about time Mahela and Dilshan are dropped from the team. We need to be ruthless like the Australians towards non-performers. And to think that they had actually dropped Samaraweera who has turned up to be our best batsmen on this tour. Just shows the prejudice these selectors have.... I am fed up of Dilshan and Mahela...

  • KingOwl on January 6, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Coolitbaby: Imagine how long it took countries like India and NZ to win even a single test match ANYWHERE? So, SL are way above most countries. In fact, I would say only Aus has been consistently above SL in the test rankings over the years. SL has the potential to be #2. Physical attributes of players will limit their ability to produce top fast bowlers on a consistent basis in the short run. That will make it difficult for SL to be #1. Changes to diets in the long term will of course change that. On to Mendis's comment: He sounds rather archaic. Seems to have very low performance expectations. We need a person who wants to win at any cost, at the helm.

  • Lord.emsworth on January 6, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Duleep Mendis. Please go now. I'm sure you read these comments from genuine Sl fans. They have no respect for you or your cover ups. You were a great batsmen ( I saw you in England- almost twin centuries) but you twist every thing this SL team does to suit your own means and save your job. Remember your alma mater!

  • Lord.emsworth on January 6, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Pathetic that Mendis is attempting to make transistion an excuse for his blundering. SL lost Murali, Jayasuriya & Vaas but that was long ago. The batting is still the same except for Chandimal so where is the transistion? Pace attack not a problem? Dilhara & Welagedera are no spring chickens. Both are old for pacies and have been tried and tested but remain mediocre. Thissera Perea is not an opening paceman - almost a joke, and Prasads just another SL pacy in a long, long, list of comers and goers. Resign Mendis.....Fans are weary of you.

  • ddrath on January 6, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Duleep Mendis must be kidding!!! We are happy with fast bowling!!!Neither of them cant pitch the bowl to same spot twice and he is saying he is happy!! i wonder what had gotten his mind!!! serisouly!! if you want to look at fast bowling look at AUS and SA how do they hit the same spot and make batsmen play!!Ohh dear!!!

  • NIBM on January 6, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Exactly what Mendis didn't have in his play day. Remember Sir Richard Hadlee running in to bowl to you Duleep? :)

  • Dilmah82 on January 6, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    They also need a new selection committee with fresh ideas!

  • on January 6, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    more than anything else dulip mendis should resign for sake of sri lankan cricket's future.

  • on January 6, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I think Duleep's thinking is good off the field.However,why do you go to a tailor made batsman's pitch with one specialist spinner is something no one can understand. This happened in the recent Pakistan series as well.No wonder the rest of the bowlers get murdered thanks to Dilshan's decision to bowl first in the cape town test.It's high time selectors on tour too look at at the composition of the team 7 underperforming batsmen and 4 ordinary looking bowlers won't help to win test matches in addition to the poor fielding display.Why does Upul Tharanga continue to be considered a one day player.He has played enough cricket at international level to be considered for the opening berth.Come on selectors be bold and take some positive decisions.

  • zavahir on January 6, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    on what basis did Mendis bring back Kosala Kulasekara? Question is not if Mendis is happy with the pace attack or the team. It is is the team happy with Mendis?

  • spas on January 6, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    No need to develop individuals, Mr. Mendis. Sri Lanka needs a Team with good spirit, not a bunch of guys playing for themselves. Would Sri Lanka declare an innings if the captain or any other batsman nearing a world record, like Clarke did yesterday? (there are lot of examples like Mark Taylor's 334*).

    Sri Lanka needs a good captain who can collect the other members of the team around him and selflessly fight for a common cause. a team of average players with good team spirt will do wonders for Sri Lanka, not individuals who would sacrifice the team's success for his personal milestones (like Angelo did for his maiden test 100 against Aussies).

    A worried Sri Lankan

  • coolitbaby on January 6, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka are a very very average team that plays well only at home. It has taken then 30years to win just ONE test match in SA. What are you expecting from them??

  • on January 6, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    If you look at Durban test except for Chandimal all others are oldies so dont give the crap its in transition and blooding young players. We can expect this if you have loads of young players in the team. Country has lost planning and thinking ahead so does the SLC.

  • Mid_Wicket on January 6, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    is there anything to talk about other than great Sangakkara in SL Cricket now? Its very shame for Jayawardene for playing in a such irresponsible way again and again and he has proved his inability in current SA tour as well. His stats always reflects that his own performance out of subcontinent n most important is he is not trying to correct his technique in such conditions. Its difficult to understand why he is always picked for tours like these...

  • on January 6, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    mr mendis! we need a confident captain who leads by example! give mahela another go if not let angy become the long term skipper. need quick changes before the aussie tour! and please bring the likes of KAPU, MAHAROOF, JEEWAN MENDIS ,SAMARAWEERA into the one day setup

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  • on January 6, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    mr mendis! we need a confident captain who leads by example! give mahela another go if not let angy become the long term skipper. need quick changes before the aussie tour! and please bring the likes of KAPU, MAHAROOF, JEEWAN MENDIS ,SAMARAWEERA into the one day setup

  • Mid_Wicket on January 6, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    is there anything to talk about other than great Sangakkara in SL Cricket now? Its very shame for Jayawardene for playing in a such irresponsible way again and again and he has proved his inability in current SA tour as well. His stats always reflects that his own performance out of subcontinent n most important is he is not trying to correct his technique in such conditions. Its difficult to understand why he is always picked for tours like these...

  • on January 6, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    If you look at Durban test except for Chandimal all others are oldies so dont give the crap its in transition and blooding young players. We can expect this if you have loads of young players in the team. Country has lost planning and thinking ahead so does the SLC.

  • coolitbaby on January 6, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka are a very very average team that plays well only at home. It has taken then 30years to win just ONE test match in SA. What are you expecting from them??

  • spas on January 6, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    No need to develop individuals, Mr. Mendis. Sri Lanka needs a Team with good spirit, not a bunch of guys playing for themselves. Would Sri Lanka declare an innings if the captain or any other batsman nearing a world record, like Clarke did yesterday? (there are lot of examples like Mark Taylor's 334*).

    Sri Lanka needs a good captain who can collect the other members of the team around him and selflessly fight for a common cause. a team of average players with good team spirt will do wonders for Sri Lanka, not individuals who would sacrifice the team's success for his personal milestones (like Angelo did for his maiden test 100 against Aussies).

    A worried Sri Lankan

  • zavahir on January 6, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    on what basis did Mendis bring back Kosala Kulasekara? Question is not if Mendis is happy with the pace attack or the team. It is is the team happy with Mendis?

  • on January 6, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I think Duleep's thinking is good off the field.However,why do you go to a tailor made batsman's pitch with one specialist spinner is something no one can understand. This happened in the recent Pakistan series as well.No wonder the rest of the bowlers get murdered thanks to Dilshan's decision to bowl first in the cape town test.It's high time selectors on tour too look at at the composition of the team 7 underperforming batsmen and 4 ordinary looking bowlers won't help to win test matches in addition to the poor fielding display.Why does Upul Tharanga continue to be considered a one day player.He has played enough cricket at international level to be considered for the opening berth.Come on selectors be bold and take some positive decisions.

  • on January 6, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    more than anything else dulip mendis should resign for sake of sri lankan cricket's future.

  • Dilmah82 on January 6, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    They also need a new selection committee with fresh ideas!

  • NIBM on January 6, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Exactly what Mendis didn't have in his play day. Remember Sir Richard Hadlee running in to bowl to you Duleep? :)