View Full Version : Sanath back in team, but won't open

06-02-2006, 03:25 AM
Sri Lanka recalled old hands Sanath Jayasuriya and Nuwan Zoysa for the third and final cricket Test as they attempted to square the three-Test series against England starting at Trent Bridge, Nottingham here Friday.

Having lost by six wickets at Edgbaston, Sri Lanka are trailing 0-1 in the series and although they are still persisting with their youth policy, the team management have thought it fit to bring in a little bit of experience to tip the scales over England.

"We are looking at the Test in a very positive way, where we have to win. Whether we lose 1-0 or 2-0 we still lose the series. We'll have to go flat out to see where we stand," said Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene.

"We were probably outplayed in the first Test but managed to fight and get a very positive result. In the second Test we made mistakes. We didn't put the runs on the board. If we had done so we would have a definite chance of winning it. We competed really well and we managed to bowl them out. We fought well in the second innings for a decent score and we showed that we can definitely compete in the fourth innings," Jayawardene continued.

"In this Test we have to minimise those mistakes especially batting in our first innings where we have in the past six months or so we lacked the consistency. We have to look into that and make sure we do it right this time," he said.

Jayasuriya who is certain to play will not open the innings but will bat at no. 6 or 7 to strengthen the middle order.

"We are thinking more of Sanath's bowling options as well. The wicket looks very dry to start off with. Usually it does swing a bit as well. The last Ashes Test here the wicket did spin a lot in the last two days," said Jayawardene.

"Bringing Sanath into the team gives us a bit more experience plus variety in the bowling with his left arm spin, and more depth in our batting. The management had a chat with him and he's happy to take the challenge. We told him that this is where we felt that he could come in. He is quite pleased to do the job for the team. He's been like that ever since he played for Sri Lanka. A good team player," he said.

"Tharanga and Vandort have shown they can handle the job especially Michael the way he batted. We want to give them more opportunities as a pair to compliment each other and hopefully go forward," said Jayawardene.

Lanky left-arm seamer Zoysa also makes a return to the Test squad after a period of time. Jayawardene said that Zoysa was suffering from a slight niggle in his hamstring and was hopeful that he would be fit tomorrow.

"Nuwan bowled yesterday at the nets and they want to test him today to see whether he is 100 percent fit for the Test. He's been bowling quite well. It was unfortunate that last week he got this problem at practice," said Jayawardene.

Making way for Jayasuriya and Zoysa are Tilan Samaraweera and Nuwan Kulasekera.

"We feel that there's nothing wrong with Tilan. He is lacking in a little bit of confidence right now. He's been a brilliant middle order batsman in the last two years and on this tour he has not found his rhythm and momentum going forward. We thought of giving him a break. He will definitely come back," said Jayawardene.

Kulasekera's lack of pace and height sees him left out for the tall Zoysa.

The Lankan captain admitted that England were having the edge over his team because of that extra pace and bounce they are able to extract from the flat surfaces.

"England has a consistent fast bowling attack. They have all four bowling around the 80s, with three of the in the mid 80s. We have a different set up.

Vassy is a swing bowler brilliant with line and length, Malinga is the quickest at over 80 and Maharoof usually bowls in the mid 80s but he is having trouble with his rhythm and and he is not right up there yet," said Jayawardene.

The other key factor where Sri Lanka is giving England the advantage is the influx of left-handers they have in the top order. All three openers and the one-drop batsman are left-handers. When they flew Jayasuriya across he was also a southpaw. This has made it easier for England's pace bowlers especially Matthew Hoggard who revels bowling to left-handers. He has of late developed a clever outswinger to them.

In an effort to overcome this situation Sri Lanka had even approached right-hander Tilan Samaraweera to fill in as opener. But according to Jayawardene he had indicated that he was not happy in that position.

England are more or less likely to play an unchanged side unless they want to give fast bowler John Lewis a break in Test cricket.

06-02-2006, 06:37 AM
yeyyyy sana is back :D :D :D...not lyk i watch cricket nw...but yey...thx hellbuster for da info :yes:

06-02-2006, 07:13 AM
i really like to see SANA playing...but i think he is too old to play cricket. he have to give chance to other new players. but seems news players are not good enough so that SANA have to play..

06-02-2006, 08:19 AM
Sana i a gud batsman but will he perform to day..wel its kindda hard to think so cuz he i scumin 4rm retirement and he is old.nw...but all the best for him...gudluck