Sri Lanka news April 27, 2014

SL need fast-bowling allrounders for World Cup - Jayasuriya


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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Android on April 30, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    we have mathews perera kulasekara

  • ESPN 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dark 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Alex 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.

  • Nadeem 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.

  • chami on April 28, 2014, 16:20 GMT

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

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