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The Surfer

Jayasuriya ends extended lean spell



With a punishing 98 against his favourite opponents India, the 40-year-old Sanath Jayasuriya has, at least temporarily, silenced suggestions that he should end his international career and make way for a younger batsman. Anand Vasu finds no reason why Jayasuriya shouldn't continue to be in the one-day side, arguing in the Hindustan Times that Jayasuriya is fit, and that there's no young Sri Lankan batsman making a compelling case for inclusion at the expense of the veteran.
The fact of the matter is that several young players have been given opportunities, and no-one has been able to seal a place in the team. Even Thilina Kandamby, who showed on Saturday just how efficient a finisher he can be, had managed just one substantial score from 15 matches prior to the game. Tharanga Paranavitana is making a name for himself in the world of cricket, but is possibly some way from replacing someone like Jayasuriya.