Samaraweera has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career after following up his first innings score of 31 with an unbeaten 87 for which he has been rewarded with a jump of four places which puts him in ninth spot.
The Sri Lanka team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third and final Test against England at Southampton.
Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar Thursday pulled out of the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) citing personal reasons, and said he does not want play the game any more.
England will be a step towards their dream of top spot in the world if they beat Sri Lanka in the third Test at the Rose Bowl starting on Thursday.
three first-class matches and five list A games between July 20 and August 16.
“The game against Essex has proved very useful because it has allowed a couple of our batsmen to get amongst the runs.
Opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne warmed up for his likely Test debut next week with a century as he and Kumar Sangakkara enjoyed valuable time in the middle on the first day of Sri Lanka’s tour match against Essex at Chelmsford.
Sri Lanka Premiere League kicks off in July
Kaushal Silva to lead
“I’ll retire after playing a one-day and a T20 game,” he said.
in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers
Sri Lanka all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya on Wednesday said that he is fit enough to play international cricket and is waiting for an opportunity to play in the ODI series against England later this month.
No sooner had Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan been named man-of-the-match in the drawn second Test against England at Lord’s on Tuesday he was doubting his prospects of playing in the series climax.
for the tour of England
Thilina Kandamby as Vice Captain