ODI & T20 Squad for the Sri Lanka Tour of Australia

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on 28th  December 2012, the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to the ODI & T20 Squad for the Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2012/2013. 1. Mahela Jayawardena 2. Angelo Mathews 3. T.M Dilshan 4. Upul Tharanga 5. Lahiru Thirimanna 6. Dinesh Chandimal 7. Lasith Malinga 8. Nuwan Kulasekara 9. Thisara Perera 10. Akila Dhanajaya 11. Ajantha Mendis 12. Jeewan Mendis 13. Suranga Lakmal 14. Rangana Herath 15. Kushal Janith Perera 16. Shaminda Eranga   The following were nominated to replace Kumar Sangakkara and Chanaka Welagedara for the 3rd Test Match in Australia. 1. Suranga Lakmal 2. Lahiru Thirimanne The above had been granted approval by  the Hon.Minister of Sports… Read More →

Thirimanne and Lakmal to replace injured players

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that Lahiru Thirimane & Suranga Lakmal will replace the injured Kumar Sangakkara & Chanaka Welagedara who will be come back from Australia .  This Selection is only for the 3rd Test Match to be played in Sydney. Their selection has been ratified by the Minister of Sports  Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Australia clinch series with big win

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Australia beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 201 runs to win the second test before tea on day three at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, and seal their three-match series 2-0. Needing 305 runs to make Australia bat again, Sri Lanka surrendered after adding only 103 in their second innings, with a top order collapse and a raft of injuries cutting the match short. After bowling Australia out for 460 in the first hour, Sri Lanka staggered to lunch at 43-4 and lasted less than 12 overs after the interval. Sri Lanka lost Kumar Sangakkara to injury after lunch when he retired hurt on 27 after being struck on the glove by a searing delivery from man-of-the-match Mitchell… Read More →

Bring it on! Jayawardena says of hostile MCG

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Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena has no illusions about the hostile reception awaiting his team at Melbourne Cricket Ground but insists it will only spur the tourists in the second test against Australia starting on Wednesday. Sri Lanka do not have particularly fond memories of the MCG, where their spin great Muttiah Muralidaran was no-balled seven times when the islanders last played a test here in 1995. The visitors have riled the Victorian fans this time by unofficially accusing local favourite Peter Siddle of ball-tampering in the first test in Hobart. “We have been through a lot of hostile things in the past. 1995 was one and even after that,” Jayawardena told a Christmas Day news conference on Tuesday. “I… Read More →

Sri Lanka look to Herath’s spin to save Australia series

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Sri Lanka will be hoping for help from wickets more suitable for spin bowling in the second two tests against Australia after losing the opener by 137 runs on a Hobart track described as a “minefield” by coach Graham Ford. Spin has always been a key weapon in Sri Lanka’s bowling armoury since they achieved test status in 1981, not least when wrist-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was taking his 800 test wickets from 1992 to 2010. Since Muralitharan’s retirement, Rangana Herath has emerged as the team’s main spin threat and the 34-year-old left arm orthodox bowler has had a stellar year. Even in defeat in Hobart, Herath took a five-wicket haul, which gave him 60 wickets for the year and ensured… Read More →

Siddle strikes to spark dramatic Australia win

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Seamers Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc shared six late wickets to give Australia a dramatic 137-run victory over Sri Lanka in the last hour of the fifth and final day of the first test on Tuesday. Siddle, who finished the match with figures of 9-104, and left-armer Starc, who took 5-63 in the second innings, caught fire in the final session to bowl the tourists out for 255 and give Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-test series. Having been stymied in similar circumstances by a brilliant rearguard action from South Africa in Adelaide last month, Australia were desperate not to repeat the experience in Hobart. It looked like it might be a case of deja vu at tea, however,… Read More →

Sri Lanka National Team Tour to Australia – Team Departure

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Players observing religious rituals at SLC head quarters prior to departure. Sri Lanka left for Australia last night to participate in a 3 -Test series against Australia which begins on the 14th December 2012. Buddhist monks chant prayers for the success of the Sri Lankan cricket team. Sri Lanka Captain Mahela Jayawardena being stormed by local media, hours before their departure for a four-week tour to Australia.                                                                                     Mahela Jayawardena & Angelo Mathews Commenting on the Australian Tour just… Read More →

Sri Lanka Tour of Australia 2012/13 – Fixtures

Fri Dec 14 – Tue Dec 18 23:30 GMT (prev day) | 05:00 SLST 1st Test - Australia v Sri Lanka Bellerive Oval, Hobart Wed Dec 26 – Sun Dec 30 23:30 GMT (prev day) | 05:00 SLST 2nd Test - Australia v Sri Lanka Melbourne Cricket Ground Thu Jan 3 – Mon Jan 7 23:30 GMT (prev day) | 05:00 SLST 3rd Test - Australia v Sri Lanka Sydney Cricket Ground Fri Jan 11 03:20 GMT | 08:50 SLST 1st ODI - Australia v Sri Lanka Melbourne Cricket Ground Sun Jan 13 03:20 GMT | 08:50 SLST 2nd ODI - Australia v Sri Lanka Adelaide Oval Fri Jan 18 03:20 GMT | 08:50 SLST 3rd ODI - Australia v Sri Lanka Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba,… Read More →

Test Squad for the Sri Lanka Tour of Australia

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on 19th November 2012, the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to the Test Squad for the Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2012.  The Minister too has approved same.Please forward to relevant persons. 1. Mahela Jayawardena (Capt) 2. Angelo Mathews (V.Capt) 3. T.M Dilshan 4. Kumar Sangakkara 5. Tharanga Paranavithana 6. Thilan Samaraweera 7. Prassanna Jayawardane 8. Rangana Herath 9. Nuwan Kulasekara 10.Shaminda Eranga 11.Suraj Randiv 12.Dinesh Chandimal   13.Chanaka Welagedara 14.Nuwan Pradeep 15.Dhammika Prasad 16.Dimuth karunaratne Stand By Lahiru Thirimanne Tissara Perera Jeevan Mendis Akila Dhananjaya Ajantha Mendis