Sri Lanka squad to Australia announced

By Hilal Suhaib

Photo: Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan on farewell tour to Australia, Ajantha Mendis dropped. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S. KODIKARA.

October 01, 2010 (Island Cricket): Sri Lanka's squad for the limited overs series scheduled to take place later this month against Australia has been announced. The islanders begin a three week long tour of Australia with a warm up fixture against Queensland on October 22.

The tour gets under way officially with a solitary T20I followed by three ODIs, and just five months ahead of the ICC World Cup, 2011, this is a short but important series for both teams.

Legendary spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan, has been selected for the tour, according to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) website.

Chaminda Vaas and Sanath Jayasuriya, although available for selection, and having expressed their interest to take part in the tour, have not been selected.

Interestingly, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath have also been dropped, but remain on a list of standby players as a replacements in case of injury.

The selectors have picked Suraj Randiv, Jeevan Mendis and Muralitharan as their spin attack.

Dhammika Prasad and Dilhara Fernando join Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga as the main pace bowling options, while Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera play as all rounders who bowl medium pace.

Dinesh Chandimal, 20, has been selected in place of the experienced Thilan Samaraweera.

The squad: Kumar Sangakkara (C), Mahela Jayawardana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dilhara Fernanado, Muttiah Muralitharan, Suraj Randiv, Dhammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal,

Standby: Rangana Hearth, Ajantha Mendis, Thilina Kandamby, Thilina Thushara, F. Maharoof.

Fixtures:

Oct 22 v Queensland, Brisbane (d/n, 50 overs)
Play starts at 0530 BST

Oct 24 v New South Wales, Sydney (d/n, 50 overs)
Play starts at 0420 BST

Oct 27 v New South Wales, Sydney (d/n, 20 overs)
Play starts at 0900 BST

Oct 31 Twenty20 international, Perth (d/n)
Play starts at 0935 GMT

Nov 03 1st ODI, Melbourne (d/n)
Play starts at 0320 GMT

Nov 05 2nd ODI, Sydney (d/n)
Play starts at 0320 GMT

Nov 07 3rd ODI, Brisbane (d/n)
Play starts at 0320 GMT

Comments

Nalin Nuwan's picture

How can they leave Sanath out????

WarunaP's picture

koheda vaas????

Hussein's picture

I really hope Aravinda matures fast as a selector. He has left Herath and Mendis out based on the CLT20 performance for wayamba. Thats not fair. Mendis would have been great in Australia. Those guys will struggle against him! Why are they taking Fernando?? Boru wadey this many fast bowlers. Lanka going to lose badly this time too.

Anonymous's picture

huuuuuuuuuuuu.Some one must be very disappointed.

Ashen's picture

I think Aravinda dont want to expose Mendis in Australia

Sujan's picture
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Very disappointed with the squad announced. This time it'll be Australia chopping us like cucumber :(

Zaharan's picture
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I think the selectors should have included Sanath and Vaas for this all important tour due to their experience factor.

Their inclusions should have easily come at the expense of Kapugedera or Randiv for Sanath and Dilhara or Prasad for Vaas.

Maharoof is also unfortunate to miss a place.

Anonymous's picture

What is the use of Dammika Prasad and Dilhara fernando.They should choose Thilina Thushara.He is talented and young.Otherwise they should choose Chaminda Vaas who recently done a good job in English country cricket.If they want to try a young one they must choose Nuwan Pradeep.But they got worst choices at the recent time.I dont say they would surely fail in Australia.But if Dammika Prasad and Dilhara fernando want to succeed they should do something they never done before.The question is can they do it?

david's picture

droppping mendis was a blunder

Anonymous's picture

EASY. HE IS PAST IT AT AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. IT IS HIGH TIME THE STUPID INTERFERING POLITICIANS AND SENTIMENTALISTS REALISE THIS. IN ANY CASE HE HAS OTHER MORE PRESSING DUTIES LIKE LOOKING AFTER THE ELECTORATE THAT WON HIM A SEAT IN A PARLIAMENT.

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