Udawatte, Rajitha, Vandersay picked for West Indies Tests

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Sri Lanka Cricket NewsThirty-one year old opening batsman Mahela Udawatte has broken into the Sri Lanka Test squad more than 10 years after his international debut, along with three other uncapped players, Kasun Rajitha, Jeffrey Vandersay and Asitha Fernando.

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  1. Only deserving choices in
    Only deserving choices in this squad on current batting form merits seen in Super Provincial 4-day tournament are; Mahela Udawaththa, Roshen Silva & Dickwella.

    Upul Tharanga (FC av 40 – Test av 32) is the only player to make a ton (from 4 innings -134 runs @ 34 av) among all senior players who participated in that high-profile tournament.

    Most of them totally failed to make any impression at all in it (Chandimal- 4 ings- 72 runs@ 18av / injury prone useless Mathews- 2 ings – 28 runs @ 14 av / Dimuth- 6 ings -149 runs @ 24 av – but made big test runs last year like overlooked Tharanga did in ODIs)….. yet these lucky bunch automatically get selected to every squad despite poor form & repeated failures in recent times.. Only 2 others Roshen Silva & Dickwella made centuries among current regular international guys participated in that Super4 tournament.

    Totally Overlooking a senior front order batter like Upul Tharanga again, despite his immaculate form to make big scores in both formats shows the obvious disparity/partiality in selections (Tharanga made another match winning big 127 today with 16x4s & 6 for the champion Galle team). Hathurusinghe’s tilted policy of backing only his favorites like Chandimal to get automatic selections cross all formats, despite repeated failures/unsuitability & poor form is so clear to everyone.

    If SL is seriously thinking about improving the ICC rankings, this disparity/favoritism (merit-less COLOMBO based gratis selection preferences) got to be STOPPED.!

  2. No wonder why! selections
    No wonder why! selections couldn’t be any different from rest of the despicable happenings repeatedly occurring all around. Mustn’t forget, today we are living in a totally messed up island paradise under sickly admins….. making a heaven for buddies & pushing the rest to hell :((

  3. Nisala Tharaka should have
    Nisala Tharaka should have been picked instead of lahiru Kumara.

    I think this is the right time to go for young spinners rather than sticking with herath and dilruwan.

  4. Lol!! The usual conspirators
    Lol!! The usual conspirators are back. Tharanga scores a century against a lackadaisical bowling yesterday and today they all come out from the caves. Today is Andrew Silva AKA Julius Ceaser. Tomorrow it will be See Through will be back. Andrew I can feel your pain. But I think selection committee made the right choice. Tharanga made himself unavailable for Test so blaming the selectors is bit rich. Hopefully he will be in the one day squad. Let’s hope so.

  5. What is it with Chameera and
    What is it with Chameera and injuries! Unearth a paceman after yonks and he can’t stay on the park. He has hardly played any international cricket but is constantly injured. Also what has happened to Asela Gunaratner?

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