Worcestershire news February 14, 2013

Samaraweera signs with Worcestershire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Worcestershire have signed Sri Lanka middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera for the 2013 county season. Since his Test debut in 2001, he has gone on to play 81 Tests for Sri Lanka, the latest being the New Year's Test at the SCG. He has an impressive average of 48.76, though he was less consistent last year than the four years before that.

"Playing county cricket has been one of my long term career ambitions," Samaraweera said in a release issued by the county. "I am extremely grateful to Steve Rhodes and Worcestershire CCC for giving me the opportunity to fulfill this ambition and I look forward to repaying this faith by making significant contributions on the field this season. I can't wait to arrive in April and get started with the boys and pull on the Worcestershire shirt for the first time."

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "We have been searching for an overseas batsman once we realised that Phil Hughes was not going to be available. Thilan's record of a batting average of 48 in Test cricket speaks volumes for his ability with the bat. His wealth of experience is a big boost for the squad in general, but particularly our young talented batsmen who will benefit from his wily words of wisdom."

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  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Thilan, I have been watching how SLC handling you. 2 years ago, they wanted to dump you but you were fortunate enough to get drafted to the side due some injuries and helped SL win first ever test match in SA. Since then you managed to be in the side without much difficulties. Now again they have dumped you. My suggestion for you is to have a long term relationship with Worcestershire and keep playing for them till you retire. To my knowledge it is very unlike SLC calls you back unless they fail miserably with newly selected team. At one point, I thought you were even good enough to lead the Test side but you know how things work in SL better than me.

    All the best and I am sure you will do well!

  • Andy on February 15, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    Thilan maybe a bit slow in the field and won't fancy the icy April/May temperatures in the UK, but he will bring steel and plenty of ability to a brittle middle order.

  • chami on February 14, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Excellent man keep it up !!!!

  • Nilantha on February 14, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    He should do well here and it will be nice to see him again ..good luck to him for the season...

  • Al on February 14, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    This Worcestershire offer has gone to one of the most deserving players ever. Thilan is a cricketer who has let his bat do the talking. Unassuming and modest he has done equally well and even more than his more talked about colleagues in the SL Test team.

  • Lokesh on February 14, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Good way to prove the selectors that you can score runs overseas. He has made hundreds in South Frica and they were world-class.

  • udendra on February 14, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    congrats Thilan. you are SL's 'wall'.

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