Mendis & Pradeep included for 2nd Test

Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis and Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep Fernando have been included in the 16 man squad named to take on India in the 2nd Test match scheduled to begin at SSC Grounds in Colombo on Monday.

Ajantha Mendis replaces Muttiah Muralidaran who retired from Test Cricket last Thursday. Nuwan Pradeep, who is rated as one of the fastest bowlers in the country is drafted in as cover for injured Lasith Malinga. Another remarkable move made by the selectors have been the appointment of Mahela Jayawardena to the position of Vice Captaincy, which was left vacant by the retirement of Muralidaran.

Squad:

1.      Kumar Sangakkara                   –           Captain

2.      T.M. Dilshan

3.      Tharanga Paranawithana

4.      Mahela Jayawardana              -           V Captain

5.      Thilan Samaraweera

6.      Anjelo Mathews

7.      Thilina Kandamby

8.      Prasanna Jayawardena

9.      Ajantha Mendis

10.  Chanaka Welagedara

11.  Suraj Randiv

12.  Rangana Hearth

13.  Dhammika Prasad

14.  Dilhara Fernando

15.  Lahiru Thirimanna

16.  Nuwan Pradeep

Vajira Dassanayake for srilankacricket.lk

  • novel

    my wc 2011 tm
    dilshan
    tharanga ( if he fails kulatunga )
    chandimal (wk)
    jayawardane
    sangakkara
    jeewantha kulatunga
    matthews
    kulasekara\ fernando \ prasad
    randiv
    murali
    malinga
    other are jeevan mendis , thissara perera

  • Yohan

    This is the X1 i’m suggesting
    Paranawithana
    Dilshan
    Sanga
    Mahela
    Kandambi
    Chandimal
    Mathews
    Herath
    Welagedara
    Nuwan pradeep
    Mendis

    plz consider this team………………………….

  • http://slc udara

    i think we should give a chance to nuwan pradeep to see how he perform in the internationat stage

  • fh

    yea..Nuwan bowls @ 150kmph woww
    how is that..

    I want Chandimal to replace Prassanna

    Prasanna is may be the best wk but his batting is so poor

    Time to tryout Chandimal
    He is the next Sachin or Lara for Sri Lanka

    if not in the TESTS selectors definitely make him a regular in ODIs
    he has to play a major role in SL team in the WC,if we want to win
    When they are giving him a chance he should bat @ no 4 or 5

    Jeevan Kulathunga is too old

    My WC team

    Dilshan
    Tharanga(if he fails…Thirimanne)
    Sangakkara
    Chandimal(wk)
    Mahela
    Kapugedara
    Mathews
    Tissara Perera/Jeevan
    Suraj Randiv/Murali
    Nuwan Kulasekara
    Malinga

    Pls dont give me thumbs downs ..pleeeeese
    only TUs:)

  • luke

    the bowling attack shud be Mendis,Nuwan pradeep,Dammika Prasad,herath/randiv…..
    god for sake please dont pick Welegedara..he was all over the place..lucky to get the wicket of shewwag twice….
    and dilhara didnt pick up a single wicket in da practice match..
    lets give 1 more chance to prasanna..if he fails…drop him and get in chandimal

  • http://hotmail s kodituwakku Canada.

    Dilhara prenando,and ajanthe mendis not good bolers,thay was good but not now.we need win the game,why don’t choose nuwan kulesekera,he is one of good booler and feelder.I don’t have any co operation with pleyers thi is my idea.you know beter than me.thank you.
    Sam Kodituwakku,Canada.

  • navin

    THIS IS MY XI FOR 2nd test paranavithana
    dilshan
    sangakkara
    jayawardane
    samaraweera
    mathews
    jayawardane
    herath
    prasad
    ajantha mendis( due to his perfomence in warmup match)

    nuwan praddep \ dilhara fernando

  • DANKAN

    NUWAN AND DAMMIKA PRASAD SHOULD BE THE MAIN TWO FAST BOWLERS FOR 2nd TEST.. MATTHEWS SHOULD BE RESTED BEC .. HE IS A VITAL PLAYER TO PROTECT FROM INJURIES.. HE’S SUPPORT MUST NEED FOR WC 2011

  • Amith

    I think they should give a chance to Nuwan Pradeep. He shouldn’t be worse than Welagedara or Prasad. If Welagedara can get a spot in SL team why Nuwan Pradeep can’t?

  • pushpiyha

    i think it’s better to give a chance nuwan pradeep ,he is the fastest bowler in sri lanka

  • harsha

    good, but why not thilan thushara ? i thought not having malinga is a huge blow. selectors picked Nuwan Pradeep. but is he going to play a single match ? because we just lost Murali and Malinga is also not playing, so where is that much needed experience in the bowling attack. i thought Nuwan should play , his pace will be fantastic . with him on the other end you need a experience bowler like Dilhara . all the very best SRILANKA,

  • nmd

    who z tis nuwan prdeep!!! he hasnt done any good performance in domestic arena or in a team tours. he z nt that fast as mentioned either!.he only da pet of “sirasa”

  • Pottu

    Mystery spinner will be action while some mystery professional writer has given sun light towards srilankacricket.lk .
    Hope editor can keep up with ongoing challenge.

  • navin

    selecters should protect vital players like malinga , mathews till the worldcup bec injuries can be happened to them easilly due to their playing roles .. so selecters should give them a rest ..they not need to play test till worldcup… and selecters shoud keep good replacements for malinga , murali , mahela ,tharanga and dilshan before the wc 2011 ….srilanka still sruggling to keep two good openning replacement for tharanga and dilshan ….. i think udawatte and kulatunga should be the replacement for our current openners…. so selecters will have to give some chances to kulatunga and udawatte in international leval or A side before the wc ..

  • Premasiri

    PLEASE IGNORE MY EALIER COMMENT
    Sri Lanka needs 5 genuine bowlers but they don’t want 2 wicket keepers. If Sangakkara don’t want to keep, replace him & Prasanna with a talented young wicketkeeper batsman like KhaushalyaS or Chandimal who are so solid in defence & attack. We badly need another genuine bowler. Mathews’ batting is more precious than his bowling therefore he shouldn’t be considered as a bowler for Test Matches, if not same thing may happen to him as well & A tall fast bowler like Dilhara is a must (Though such bowlers are so scares in the country due to unwanted encouragement given to Rugby by the principals of all leading schools & some media personnel for the last 25 years) who can extract bounce off a good length. We saw, many batsmen were all at sea against that type of bowling by Sharma in the 1st Test when the new ball was in operation.