Sri Lanka news April 27, 2014

SL need fast-bowling allrounders for World Cup - Jayasuriya

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Sanath Jayasuriya, the Sri Lanka chief selector, has outlined the team's need for fast-bowling allrounders for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, if they are to repeat the success they had in the T20 version in Bangladesh.

"Conditions are different to what we had in Bangladesh and we need to find good fast bowling all-rounders," Jayasuriya said. "We have about 25 ODIs from now until the World Cup and we need to identify the players who will make the final squad and give them the maximum exposure in these matches."

Sri Lanka's preparations for the ODI World Cup kick off with the tour of Ireland and England in May during which they are scheduled to play seven ODIs apart from Tests and T20s. They will play another three ODIs in July when South Africa tour the country.

Sri Lanka are currently on a high, having secured both the Asia Cup as well as the World T20 in the last couple of months. But Jayasuriya was saddened that after doing all the leg work to get Paul Farbrace as the coach, Farbrace turned his back on the team by going back to England.

"That has been the biggest disappointment for me since I assumed the post of chief selector one-and-a-half years ago," Jayasuriya said. "We were doing so well with Farbrace, it is a bitter pill to swallow losing him to England, a country where we are due to make a tour. He knows all our strengths and weaknesses and England will certainly be ready for us, but I am sure our coaches with the help of the senior players will be able to counter that successfully."

Since Jayasuriya took over as chief selector he has gradually changed the pattern of the selectors who are no longer left idle, but are given the task of watching matches from school (under-19) through to national level.

"We had to change the whole concept of what the past selection committees had been doing and the results are showing," Jayasuriya said. "I have this habit of keeping fit since my playing days and I train with the national team. This way I have built a good rapport with the players as well as the coaches and I know exactly what they require and what needs to be done."

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  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    where is Anjelo perera,Dilshan munweera.In domestic stage these guys are the most suitable for t20.we should appoint power hitters to team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    I think we need to bring in Mahroof for the ODI side. my team will be Kusal,Dilshan,sanga,Mahela,Thiri,Anji,Mahroof,Thisara,Kule,Malinga,Rangana

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    we have mathews perera kulasekara

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 29, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka have decent quicks. They need a batsmen who can bowl a bit like Mr Jayasuriya himself or Aravinda used to. 110-120km/hr bowlers will be cannon fodder in Oz. Far better option would be to strengthen their batting and have a batsmen who can bowl some overs of spin when required. Still think Dilshan is the man for the job provided he finds form with the bat.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    I can't agree with Sana.. We have enough & good MF allrounders in Angelo,Thisara,Maharoof even kula can be really handy in Aus but we need good batting side We have Sanga, Mahela and Thirimanne. Kusal and Dilly will not do much in Aussie/ NZ conditions unless they take their batting technique to a new level. Hope Marvan can help.

  • POSTED BY Superman121 on | April 29, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    I dont agree with Sana, We got good MF allrounders in Kula, Thisara and Anji. What we need is a solid top order with some guys with a good batting technique. We have Sanga, Mahela and Thirimanne. Kusal and Dilly will not do much in Aussie/ NZ conditions unless they take their batting technique to a new level. Hope Marvan can help.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    is sana is talking about SL team or some-other team ? Angelo,Thisara,Maharoof even kula can be really handy in Aus. Even there are players like dilhara lokuhettige.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 29, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Whole world want fast bowling all rounders. It is just no one like to work hard for same pay.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | April 28, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    in plain english your bad time has now started. it will be impossible for Sri Lanka to find faster bowling allrounders who can win them WC in Aus/NZ. Sri Lanka always rely on spinners and medium pacers so let it go sanath and just move on because from eng to aus your bad time has started just now.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | April 28, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    what Sana said ... fast bowlers not slow/medium bowlers

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    where is Anjelo perera,Dilshan munweera.In domestic stage these guys are the most suitable for t20.we should appoint power hitters to team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    I think we need to bring in Mahroof for the ODI side. my team will be Kusal,Dilshan,sanga,Mahela,Thiri,Anji,Mahroof,Thisara,Kule,Malinga,Rangana

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    we have mathews perera kulasekara

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 29, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka have decent quicks. They need a batsmen who can bowl a bit like Mr Jayasuriya himself or Aravinda used to. 110-120km/hr bowlers will be cannon fodder in Oz. Far better option would be to strengthen their batting and have a batsmen who can bowl some overs of spin when required. Still think Dilshan is the man for the job provided he finds form with the bat.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    I can't agree with Sana.. We have enough & good MF allrounders in Angelo,Thisara,Maharoof even kula can be really handy in Aus but we need good batting side We have Sanga, Mahela and Thirimanne. Kusal and Dilly will not do much in Aussie/ NZ conditions unless they take their batting technique to a new level. Hope Marvan can help.

  • POSTED BY Superman121 on | April 29, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    I dont agree with Sana, We got good MF allrounders in Kula, Thisara and Anji. What we need is a solid top order with some guys with a good batting technique. We have Sanga, Mahela and Thirimanne. Kusal and Dilly will not do much in Aussie/ NZ conditions unless they take their batting technique to a new level. Hope Marvan can help.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    is sana is talking about SL team or some-other team ? Angelo,Thisara,Maharoof even kula can be really handy in Aus. Even there are players like dilhara lokuhettige.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 29, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Whole world want fast bowling all rounders. It is just no one like to work hard for same pay.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | April 28, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    in plain english your bad time has now started. it will be impossible for Sri Lanka to find faster bowling allrounders who can win them WC in Aus/NZ. Sri Lanka always rely on spinners and medium pacers so let it go sanath and just move on because from eng to aus your bad time has started just now.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | April 28, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    what Sana said ... fast bowlers not slow/medium bowlers

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | April 28, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    i agree with Sanath. We are lacking replacements and filling to spot of a bastmen if lower order batsman is failing.

  • POSTED BY Saman_WMA on | April 28, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    I'm sorry. I can't agree with Sana. We have enough fast bowling all rounders who have already proved their ability in Australian conditions. Thisara got 5 wickets haul against Australia to take first ever ODI series against Australia. His batting record in Australia is really good. Kule got his best batting & bawling figures in Brisbane (73 & 22/5). Angelo has done really well in Australia. we can't accommodate anymore bowling all rounders, as it will destruct the balance of the team. In fact we need a spin all rounder such as Sana him self. Rangana is our best spinner and he must play in the world cup. However his batting in the recent past was not up to the mark. Sachithra & Chathuranga are good options but yet to prove in Australian conditions.

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | April 28, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Solid FIRST-WICKET partnership is also equally important in a WC. During the past year (including ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in Eng)… VIRTUALLY, SANGA HAD TO DO THE OPENER'S ROLE ON EVERY FAST-TRACK! The gate was opened within the FIRST 3 OVERS, due to lack of technicality to survive at one end. THIS THIS IS KUSAL'S RECORD ON FAST TRACKS AS AN OPENER: 0 Runs -1 Balls v NZ -Cardiff -9/06/13 6 R -10 B -v Eng- The Oval-13/06/13- 4 R-2 B -v Aus-The Oval -17/06/13- 4 R-10 B -v India -Cardiff -20/06/13- 2 R-1 B -v India -Port of Spain -11/07/13 Even in T20, we clearly saw what happened in the two occasions that he had to face a spinner & a rare bouncy condition in Chittagong. You cannot expect anything more from a guy with 90% of the shots limited just to a wild SLOG (swing across the line to the cow corner- meant to be played at the end)! On the other hand, Thirimanne demonstrated the exact techniques need for an aggressive opener (in Aus & Bang), to build an inning on any deck.!.

  • POSTED BY Saman_WMA on | April 28, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    I'm sorry. I can't agree with Sana. We have enough fast bowling all rounders who have already proved their ability in Australian conditions. Thisara got 5 wickets haul against Australia to take first ever ODI series against Australia. His batting record in Australia is really good. Kule got his best batting & bawling figures in Brisbane (73 & 22/5). Angelo has done really well in Australia. we can't accommodate anymore bowling all rounders, as it will destruct the balance of the team. In fact we need a spin all rounder such as Sana him self. Rangana is our best spinner and he must play in the world cup. However his batting in the recent past was not up to the mark. Sachithra & Chathuranga are good options but yet to prove in Australian conditions.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | April 28, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Apart from Thisara Perera & Nuwan, Farves Mahroof who can hit big in slog overs is another option if his form is in good shape !!!!

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 28, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    India won 1983 WC with a lot of fast bowling and spin bowling all rounders in Eng. I think Sana is correct. We need few more fast bowling all rounders as Aus/NZ grounds favour fast bowling.

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | April 28, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    We already have a few in the team. Mathews, Perera and Kule. Then shouldn't they focus on improving their skills?

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 28, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    I had bad feeling about Sanath before. But I now love his ideas. He has a good knowledge and has good plans for SL's future. He is exactly correct that we need to find players when they play school cricket. That was how Malinga was found by Arjuna.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Dear Sanath, We won Asia cup and T20 world cup because of not Farbrace. He was just lucky to be at the right place at the right time. Let's prepare a plan with local medicine (with local coaches) and let's beat England and also Farbrace as well. We have that strength and courage. Lets beat them and finish the tour in style. You and the team will always have our (all Sri Lankans) support and blessing.

  • POSTED BY Vaughanographic on | April 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    What side doesn't need fast-bowling all-rounders?!

  • POSTED BY Cricmaths123 on | April 28, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka already has two good medium pace all rounders in Mathews and Perera. They also have fast bowlers who can bat well in Kulasekara and Farveez Maharoof. Sri Lanka should groom these fast bowling all rounders as they are very handy in Aus-NZ conditions. Sri Lanka should let most of their players play in the Big Bash League in Aus. so that they get to know the conditions very well. Sri Lanka has the best chance among the subcontinent teams to win the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY asirigamage on | April 28, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    great idea by sanath. we have mathews, kule, and thisara at the moment. Also fervees maharoof also a very good option in australian conditions. He bowled very well in his last australian tour. also he is a good batsman

  • POSTED BY AS7777 on | April 28, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Binura Fernando and Charith Jayampathi are prospect for full fill the role. Both of them are tall and swing bowlers with the help of Vass can be lethal in those conditions. Ashan Priyanjan is a medium pacer even though he can bowl off spin as well like in the UAE tour. Lahiru Thirimanna is also a medium pacer who can use the ball with good control in NZ conditions.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | April 28, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Good thinking taking into weather conditions and pitches in Aus/NZ. Mathews, Thisara and Kulasekera are already in the groove and must be persisted with in future limited over matches. other allrounders such as Sachithra, Prasanna, Priyanjan should also be taken into reckoning as only fast bowling allrounders will not suffice in a major tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    If in just three to four months Farbace got a total picture of Sri Lanka team then he must be a genious. And if he was a genius then why did he not land a senior position with any of the test playing nations? Sanath should not say such things because then the team that play England may think of it too much. Even in any job you have a probation of 6 to 9 months but here only three months and the guy knows everything. Sri Lanka now that Marvan is appointed must move forward and not keeping harping on the past, because past is gone and will not come back. Future is also yet to come and as such must live in present and plan for future. England is one team whose team morale is at the lowest ebb and no Farbace will be able to do a miracle in just one month. Poms lost to Aussies 5-0 and lost to Dutch in T20 world cup. Thisara Perera needs little change in his action if he is to become a better bowler. At point of delivery he jerks back causing to lose sight of where he should focus.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    We need to Start All-rounders pool and give them a heavy training in all departments. Then select 05 players addition to Mathiws and Thisara and send them to play club cricket in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Mr.Sanath, you are exactly correct since the WC 2015 will be in Aus & NZ. Thisara will be more successful in these countries as he did in last Aus & SA tours. Better to bring young fast bowling all-rounders.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka is blessed to have so many seam all-rounder options available to them. Even Thisara will be effective on those surfaces. Another thing we could look in to is getting people like Lakmal and Tharanga to hold up their own with a bat in hand. All in all, Sri Lanka has the best chance of succeeding in this WC among the sub-continent teams.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Hope Sanath knows about the DS Captain Binura Fernando who took 16 wickets in their last big match and helped DS to secure an innings win over their rivals Mahanama. I think if given a chance to practice with Chaminda Vass, Binura would be in a position to fill a spot in the Sri Lankan world cup squad. Hope Sanath would definitely keep an eye of this excellent allrounder Binura Fernando. Good Luck to Sri Lankan cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    again, people are forgetting Kule, he is the best fast bowling all rounder we have, remember his heroics with bat in Australia?

  • POSTED BY SLSup on | April 27, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Let's see. In 10 World Cups only ONE has featured a fast bowling all rounder in a Final (since it seems being in the final don't count unless you win it) and that was Wasim Akram. In a final that made a telling difference with pace and bat it was Akram who made the difference (in the final). Imran batted well for his 70+ but gave away 40+ in some 6 overs.

    That WC in 1992 was played in AUS/NZ. Is THAT why we need a pace bowling all rounder (Akram/Imran)? : ) The other instances where a significant contribution was made by ALL ROUND performances (in a final) involve Amarnath & Madanlal in 1982 (ENG) and Aravinda in 1996 (PAK) - not exaclty real pace. We don't need a pace bowling all rounder where in AUS/NZ countries like AUS/NZ/SA/IND/PAK won't have an issue facing pace.

    Word for Sanath: SL has what it takes to win 2015 WC - just treat them with the respect they deserve.Here's for SL's first WC win in 2015! (1996 don't count since you cannot win batting 1st there).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    If Jayasuriya really do training with the National squad, He should be the best selector we ever had. That's the best way to observe the players.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    If Jayasuriya really do training with the National squad, He should be the best selector we ever had. That's the best way to observe the players.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    I guess srilanka is blessed with the likes of parera and Mathews. Give them bit more responsibility with the ball as the pair can bowl & show bit more confidence in them. As a back up u can add maharoof in the squad and rest srilanka have good balance in their line up.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    please people..! few guys telling T,Perera can bowl 6-7 overs but just see in last 12 months his economy! he gave away around 50 runsin those 6-7 overs! we need better bowling all rounder C.Kumara,C.silva,C.Jayampathi,Sachith pathirana

  • POSTED BY lionspaw on | April 27, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Please be kind enough to not to give chances to so call experienced allrounders like Mahroof, Kapugrdara, dilruwan perera and soo on. They may be having experience but they never perform up to their potential. Give a young kid a chance and you have almost a year to develop him with more than 20 ODI matches. At the Same time we have enough batters now and don't even think of bring back your provincial mate UPUL THARANGA to the team.

  • POSTED BY Peternarendra on | April 27, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka should find a fast bowler who can bounce the ball well. Kanishka Elvitigala is a one who can do it. Also, they should protect spin all-rounders like Senanayake and Prasanna. Because, teams like Australia struggle with part time spinners. In 2003 semi final with them, Jayasuriya and Aravinda could damage Australian batting. In 2006 VB series, Malinga Bandara did the same. Sri Lanka has Mathews, Perera and Kulasekara as fast bowling all-rounders. So, another major requirement is a genuine batsman who can bat in pressure conditions and hit the ball hard when required. In the history, Sri Lanka had Aravinda de Silva. It should be mentioned that Priyanjan is not a real batsman. He has lack of foot works and he is a batsman like Chamara Silva.

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | April 27, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Thissara Perera is the all rounder of choice that Jayasuriya is talking about. He just needs to work on his economy rate and Sri Lanka will have a very scary side for 2015. Sri Lanka needs to wash their hands on Mendis though and give Herath all the games.... Need to persist with Kushal Perera since he is quite a matchwinner and did really great on the last tour to Australia

  • POSTED BY shakeena on | April 27, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    I don't know why Indian fans still criticizing Sri Lankan team... You guys showed the whole world of your knowledge and experience in the game of Cricket the day you stoned the home of yuvaraj sing couple of weeks ago.. You guys better watch IPL and live in your dream fantasy world of " When ever an Indian player do well in an IPL he can take on the world" rather than criticizing about fellow cricket playing nations.. I also think Sri Lanka needs a storming fast bowler who can hit the deck hard and continuously speeding over 145kmph with a good cricket brain on his shoulders

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Try Charith Jayampathi from SSC

  • POSTED BY trienta on | April 27, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    As a bowler Thisara Perera is not reliable at all.Mathews yes he can bowl some economical spells.here are some options we have. 1)Farveez Maharoof 2)Chathuranga Kumara 3)Charith Jayampathi 4)Dhammika Prasad and also think about the player who did a great job at U19 level like 2 Fernandos (Binura & Anuk) and Chamika karunaratne.We should give them some chances.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    perera can be a handful on the Aussie tracks but bot Matthews with his 120k dollies.... Malinga will be their trump card in any case and the others need to play the supporting role... dilshan/ kusal/ sanga/ mahela/ thirimanne/ chandimal/ matthews/ perera/ herath/ malinga

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Srilanka team has 2 good allrounders .. Soo its not a problem. Perera and matews are good medium fast bawlers but we should chance to bawl therimmana and he willcome a good allrounder..

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Mr Jayasuriya you can bring Farveez Mahroof back to the team, he'll be very useful for NZ/OZ conditions, he is a talented all rounder.

  • POSTED BY BawanElayathamby on | April 27, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Where is Farveez Maharoof ? he is a genuine Fast bowling allrounder and he has done so well in last Aissie tour. Please bring him back into the pool.

  • POSTED BY vish.nadiadi on | April 27, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    I like seeing Jayasuriya taking an initiative on planning for 2015 World Cup. Australian and New Zealand conditions requires more planning for subcontinent teams as they don't fair well in the seaming conditions.

    Time for BCCI to wake up and start planning if India wishes to retain the cup. Being an Indian fan I request team selection and decision makers to include Pujara in playing XI ASAP. His technique and temperament can hold the innings in the middle allowing the likes of Raina, Yuvi, and MSD to fire in the end. And please find or invest in genuine fast/medium bowling allrounder.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086. on | April 27, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    India took 19 years to win a test match but Bangladesh took only 5 years to do so which clearly proves that Bangladesh are a far superior team than so called India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka do not "need" anything more in limited-overs cricket at the moment. They have a very balanced side with the likes of Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Malinga, Herath, etc. Guys like Thrimanne and T Perera have been doing well, too. In ODIs, you don't really need genuine fast bowling all-rounders. Mathews and T Perera are very decent in ODIs and they both give their team additional options. I would definitely pick SL as one of the favorites to win the Cup in Australia next year.

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | April 27, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    What Sri Lanka needs in next world cup is two genuine fast bowlers, doesn't matter if they can bat or not. They have one in Malinga, and they need another who can make a similar impact. Methews and Thisara can cover 5-7 overs each, and that they would do that. Those two did a decent job in their last outing in that part of the world. No other country has fast bowling allrounders these days!! Imran, Wasim, Botham, hadlee, Kapil, Kallis, Cains, are all gone!!

  • POSTED BY ramz_01 on | April 27, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    ppl must understand fast bowling all rounder means bowler who can bat not batsman who can bowl

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | April 27, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Even for its history of providing such quality fast bowlers Australia haven't had a quality fast bowling all-rounder since Keith Miller. Therefore instead of wasting time on rare material try to improve on what you have. Mathews can certainly improve on his bowling while Thisara can improve both batting and bowling.

  • POSTED BY FawltyBean on | April 27, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Mathews and Perera are NOT fast bowling all rounders - they bowl dibly doblies, in Aus they are going to get hammered. Jayasuriya is talking about genuine FAST bowlers who can do the job in Australia and NZ.Problem is he knows it and we know it, we are are not going find couple of quicks in the couple of months.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    What he says is right, but didn't he notice Sri Lanka have two quality fast-bowling all-rounders in Mathews and Thisara Perera? In any case, 3 fast-bowling all-rounders wont play a game, so, whats his point here?

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | April 27, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    I am sure Sanath and Marvan will think about this before anything else. There is a young experienced Opener in SLC's "killing" DUMP. He is the ONLY OPENER (29yrs/less) in the WORLD TODAY with 5000+ Runs, with 13x100s +28x50s scored around the world under all conditions, against every leading side! WASTING such a RARE ASSET is INSANITY that no other country would do! Some of his achievements: 5th Highest Ranked Run-getter in 2011 WC- Tharanga: 9 Ings- 395R - 56.42Av -83.68 S/R - 2 x100+1x50. Youngest to top 5000runs among the 9 SL players done so. 8th Highest Run-getter for SL. He was SCRAPPED just 3 WKS after recording a match winning, career best score 174* v India in Bouncy Kingston-Jul 2013 with a S/R 109. Is this JUSTICE? We need a young experienced, technically sound opener to partner Dil right now and for the future with Thiri. Bring him to life & give him time to regain his KILLED confidence! In Aussie conditions, he would be a significant contributor to bring us 2015 WC.!!!

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | April 27, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Dilshan should be dropped if he continue his current out of form and his place should be given to Thirimanna to open the innings. Also in Australia, Chandimal also scored heavily in past. But if he can improve his current form, Chandimal also be considered for world cup squad.

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | April 27, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Upul Tharanga may be a good Number 5 or number 7 batsman in next year world cup if he continue his good form. But he should not be the opener

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | April 27, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    It is very important to have good fast bowlers within the team when the world cup is holding AUS and NZ. I still can not see our selectors are testing a replacement for malinga. I believe that nuwan pradeep should be tested in ODI s as a replacement for malinga. It is essential to have a good back up of players when preparing for the world cup.And also Dushmantha Chameera is another good fast bowler who can bowl very quickly.I hope he will be given a chance in the England test tour. because he had a good domestic season.

    If i come to the fast bowling all rounders apart from thisara,mathwes and kulasekara i would like to mention the fresh talent like Andy Solomons, a devastating batsmen as thisara and Saliya Saman.these two guya are the ideal talent for all rounders who should be given enough chances.

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | April 27, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Sri Lanka need back up players because world cup like long tournament players can be injured. So need replacement players not only bowlers also batsmen even. Every position should have a back up players. Need good 25 players squad.6 batsmen, including wicket keeper, one spinner, 3 fast bowlers and one genuine all rounder like mathew. Thirasa has to improve his batting and bowling to be a genuine all rounder.

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | April 27, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Janaka Gunarathne, Dilhara lokuhetti & Farveez Maharoof are good options for world cup as they have lot of experience too. Also must look at young talents too.

  • POSTED BY SajithaD on | April 27, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    @Dhoni48, anything you said mate, now I am more than happy about india winning 2011 WC... Disappointed when it happened,but after seeing the incidents after T20 WC, now I'm really happy because if that day has Sri Lanka won, Indian players will be homeless... Including Dhoni... It will be a hard decision for other teams when it comes to matches with indiain 2015 WC... They will have to decide whether to win a WC for their own nation or to secure the houses of indian players from you guys... So for their sake once again lets say "INDIA IS BEST"...

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | April 27, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Thisara Perera is there for that role I think. Sri Lanka needs two genuinely good fast bowlers instead to help Malinga.Aussie pitch offers bounce so i really they pick someone like Lakmal in their playing XI. Another important thing will be form of Dilshan. Dilshan without doubt have been one of the top ODI batsmen in last 5 years but his recent form is not encouraging.His reflexes are slowing down.First choice playing XI should be- 1. K.Perera 2. Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Thiramane 5.Jaywardhene 6. Matthews 7.Perera 8.Kulasekera 9. Herath 10.Malinga 11.Lakmal

  • POSTED BY kartcric on | April 27, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    @Dil_perera:Hello,you are saying none of the Indian players play the short ball well.Then where does rohit,kohli and dhoni go in your books.They play the short ball superbly.And for your kind info 50% of raina's runs in the world t20 came of the short ball.You are saying as if dilshan,k perera,t perera,Chandigarh don't have the short ball weakness.

  • POSTED BY SajithaD on | April 27, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    @CricIndia208 mate, what you need is here Sri Lankans arguing with you about who is better team...I don't think Sri Lankan fans want to do that, because its our team who has proven something in past months(you decide who is better)...In fact nobody has the appetite to argue with the losing team... If you really want a comparison, go look for the last Sri,Ind,Aus triangular series in Aus, last bilateral series between Aus vs Sri Lanka and last ODI series between india vs NZ in NZ... And after that still you are saying the same, you must be correct and I might be living in some other world which those encounters has different result set from your world...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    he has really changed the team by bringing in good young guys and hard work is paying off now. angelo is a high class all rounder. parera is also goodbut his batting needs a bit of consistency. kula can also bat well. but he is right. if they can find more good all rounders then it will give them strong bench. spinners might not be that effective in aus conditions so 1 or 2 spinning options are more than enough.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    maharoof good option for world cup or young player

  • POSTED BY mirandola on | April 27, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    A genuine fast-bowling all-rounder is a pearl beyond price, and one that comes along once in a generation; what Jayasuriya is talking about are bits and pieces players who can bowl a bit, bat a bit but would never be picked solely for either; what Sri need are six top-class batsmen, four top-class bowlers and a wicket keeper who can bat a bit if necessary. This is the model Australia, South Africa, India and England play to; it is also the classic cricketing lineup; and it is classic for good reasons.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Sri lankans must be really happy about all these thoughts. this is just awesome ,for the first time in ever we are planing things well thinking about future and getting ready for it. Sanath played for SL with all his heart and now he is doing the best for Sl cricket again. Non of the past selecting committees looked for a future but sanath is focusing on all areas. Lucky for Sri lanka now we have someone who truly loves SL cricket in the management level. Wish him and the team all the very best :)

  • POSTED BY Dil_perera on | April 27, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    CricIndia208- Why don't you talk about india somewhere else. this is about SL fast bowling. None of the indian batsmen are not good enough to play the short ball. Raina, Yuvraj, Dhawan you name it they all have weaknesses. Also no point even talk about indian bowling. SL lost two T20 finals and won the third one. We will do the same in 50 overs We don't superstars. we play as a team and we play hard.

  • POSTED BY IndianInnerEdge on | April 27, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    good fast bowling all rounders - is the fantasy requirement of Indian cricket for decades.....whatever Sanath said sounds so similar to the lament of indian cricket fans for as long as i've been watching cricket....eerie - the similarity

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | April 27, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    @CricIndia208: For your information: Sri Lanka have recorded 1 50% wining record in ODIs against Aussies in thier home soil since 2008. No other team has achieved that!

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    We need to have bowlers that can bowl in any kind of pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    I can not understand the thoughts of SJ..We have Angelo, Thisara and Kule...Is there any room other fast bowling allrounders..>For future...We have 2 great under 19 fast bowling allrounders ...Anuk Fernando and Binura Fernando...

  • POSTED BY kartcric on | April 27, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    @CricIndia208.Include your stats with srilanka's horror record against India from Icc world cup 2011.It included a 4-1 series loss and that too at home.Hah!Hah!.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | April 27, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Well we have plenty of spin bowling all rounders but not pace bowling all rounders. Anyway, Aussie surfaces for ODIs are not that rocket fast unlike tests. We should be fine with all rounders like Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Ashan Priyanjan, Seekkuge Prasanna and even Kulasekara etc.

    Best thing about our ODI record in Australia is that since 2008, for all Sri Lanka versus Australia ODIs in Australia, Sri Lanka have won 9, lost 9 and 1 no result which is the Sydney abandonment last year due to unfair conditions. Cant think of any team which has a 50% ODI win rate in Australia for the last 6 years against Australia.

    Looking at our domestic tournament recently, I cant recall any fast bowling all rounder. We have ample spinners. Kusal Perera is our fast track bully and I am sure he will be our trump card in the next world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    I didnt know that Matthews, T Perera, Kulasekara were not good pace bowling allrounders. With the exception of Kulasekara, T Perera and Matthews can easily hit half centuries and take a 3 for

  • POSTED BY Ellis on | April 27, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Sri Lanka has rarely, if ever, produced a bowler fast enough to be called that at the International level.. SL has a long history of running their " fast" bowlers into the ground by making them deviate from being strike bowlers. In recent times, Chaminda Vass apart, no SL bowler has managed to remain " fast" for lomg. Vass was essentially a medium paced bowler who managed himself extremely well. Sri Lankans do not possess the physique that consistently produces " fast" bowlers.Jayasuriya is searching for the Holy Grail. Astute medium pacers with batting skills would produce better results.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @diyagama: Kulasekara was really effective in Aus whenever he played. He got his best figures at Gabba. Overall average is also better in Australia. He even scored his best score in Aus. I'm sure he will repeat his good performance. Lakmal is improving really well. He regularly bowls at 135 and swings really well. He has developed a deadly yoker too. Thisara and Angi also bowl well there. Keep faith in the team. They play well in Aus.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    I think we should not try to change our setup. Since lately aussies have been trying to prepare pitches that match south asian conditions. We need to have bowlers that can bowl in any kind of pitch.

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | April 27, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    I don't think SL stand a chance in Australia. The fast pitches there does not suit their game. SL struggled both in 2007-08 and 2011-12 there with India comfortably beating them both the times. SL game is only suited for the low and slow asian pitches. SL also did not do well in 2013 Champions Trophy in England where India again beat them in the semi-finals. Also SL have won one ICC tournament in the last sixteen years, not a great record I would think. India, in contrast, have won 3 in the last 7 years.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    YES, I think we need good fast bowler, if all-rounder is great but very fast bowler we must ensure that we find and should play in team regularly.

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | April 27, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Binura Perera ( Under 19 opening bowler ) will be good choice !!! (fast bowling all rounder )

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    we have enough all rounders..what we need is a tall hit the deck type of quick with pace.. why we are keep ignoring some one like kanishka alvitagala is just baffles me..

  • POSTED BY Lion_96 on | April 27, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    SL needs fast bowling all rounders? gee! its not like we got T.Perera or A.Mathews in our side? :P but i like the fact that hes constantly involved in monitoring the team's performance. Havent seen a selector like Sanath, for a long time.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Every team will have their extra paced bowler, doesn't need to bat, but some some will be able to. Pakistan have bhatti, Australia have Johnson and Starc, England have Finn, Windies should have roach, New Zealand have mclenaghan and milne, India have shami, Sri Lanka need malinga to bowl quick

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    I think SL got very good fast bowling all rounders like Thisara, Matthews and Kule. They were very effective in past Aus tours.

  • POSTED BY diyagama on | April 27, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Except the fact that we need fast bowing all rounders, I believe that we need a fast bowler who can hit 150kmh consistently. The pitches in NZ and Aus are fast and bouncy. Kulasekara, Lakmal type of bowling will not be effective in these pitches. Hopefully, we will find someone.

  • POSTED BY gr.Dedu on | April 27, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Only reason England wanted Paul Farbrace was only because of the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka Vs England... He knows alot of the players strengths and weaknesses... and England is playing dirty with just paying alot to just get him..... Anyway Sri Lanka can do alot better with the help of Marvan and Vaas... just stick to the game not politics and u will win the series...

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | April 27, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    No mention of Angelo Matthews?

  • POSTED BY GihanW on | April 27, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Sanath and Marvan are the best selector and the best coach SL can hv the foreseeable future!!

  • POSTED BY Metro-ant on | April 27, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    We really need to start giving the sort of pitches fast bowlers would actually want to bowl on for a start. The difference between Sri Lanka and many other countries is that fast bowlers are playing against people their age until they are 19-20 (unless exceptionally great) compared to other countries where they play club cricket as early as 15-16 alongside men. Therefore they become more disciplined with line and length a lot earlier. Sana looks like he's in it for the long haul but I doubt much will change since school cricket is still very prestigious to play.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | April 27, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Hope he is around with the team in England.

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  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | April 27, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Hope he is around with the team in England.

  • POSTED BY Metro-ant on | April 27, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    We really need to start giving the sort of pitches fast bowlers would actually want to bowl on for a start. The difference between Sri Lanka and many other countries is that fast bowlers are playing against people their age until they are 19-20 (unless exceptionally great) compared to other countries where they play club cricket as early as 15-16 alongside men. Therefore they become more disciplined with line and length a lot earlier. Sana looks like he's in it for the long haul but I doubt much will change since school cricket is still very prestigious to play.

  • POSTED BY GihanW on | April 27, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Sanath and Marvan are the best selector and the best coach SL can hv the foreseeable future!!

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | April 27, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    No mention of Angelo Matthews?

  • POSTED BY gr.Dedu on | April 27, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Only reason England wanted Paul Farbrace was only because of the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka Vs England... He knows alot of the players strengths and weaknesses... and England is playing dirty with just paying alot to just get him..... Anyway Sri Lanka can do alot better with the help of Marvan and Vaas... just stick to the game not politics and u will win the series...

  • POSTED BY diyagama on | April 27, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Except the fact that we need fast bowing all rounders, I believe that we need a fast bowler who can hit 150kmh consistently. The pitches in NZ and Aus are fast and bouncy. Kulasekara, Lakmal type of bowling will not be effective in these pitches. Hopefully, we will find someone.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    I think SL got very good fast bowling all rounders like Thisara, Matthews and Kule. They were very effective in past Aus tours.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 27, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Every team will have their extra paced bowler, doesn't need to bat, but some some will be able to. Pakistan have bhatti, Australia have Johnson and Starc, England have Finn, Windies should have roach, New Zealand have mclenaghan and milne, India have shami, Sri Lanka need malinga to bowl quick

  • POSTED BY Lion_96 on | April 27, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    SL needs fast bowling all rounders? gee! its not like we got T.Perera or A.Mathews in our side? :P but i like the fact that hes constantly involved in monitoring the team's performance. Havent seen a selector like Sanath, for a long time.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    we have enough all rounders..what we need is a tall hit the deck type of quick with pace.. why we are keep ignoring some one like kanishka alvitagala is just baffles me..