Murali included for Aussie tour

Champion spinner Muttiah Muralidharan is selected to feature in the upcoming tour of Australia commencing on the 22nd of October. Sri Lanka will play 3ODI’s and a solitary T20 match against the Australians.


1.      Kumar Sangakkara  –           Captain
2.      Mahela Jayawardana –        V. Captain
3.      T.M. Dilshan
4.      Upul Tharanga
5.      Chamara Silva
6.      Jeewan Mendis
7.      Angelo Mathews   (subject to fitness, if not to be replaced by Thilina Kandamby)
8.      Chamara Kapugedara
9.      Thisara Perera
10.  Lasith Malinga
11.  Nuwan Kulasekera
12.  Dilhara Fernanado
13.  Muttiah Muralitharan
14.  Suraj Randiv
15.  Dhammika Prasad
16.  Dinesh Chandimal


Rangana Hearth
Ajantha Mendis
THilina Kandamby
Thilina Thushara
F. Maharoof

  • Amo

    Mr.Aravinda De Silva

    Please do not forget the subcontinental specialist – THE ROCK (Thilan Samaraweera), he would be really handy for the world cup held in the sub continental.

    Irrespective of the wickets gone, he would hang in the crease, as long as the overs are due, provided another batsman is disciplined enough to pair up with a partnership.

    Keep an eye on him, He is a gem, when it comes to subcontinental, and his game mode is also aggressive.



  • api srilankan

    what the hell? kapu all matches fail? but he is still in pool? tharanga also micrmax cup not good batting? what are the doing aravinda???????????????????????????

  • Ashan

    Pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaase Dont forget KAUSAL LOCKUARACHCHI and HERATH and SACHITHRA senanayake .Loku is good ODi player (See His Profile)Why he is Droped.Aravinda and selectors Must give Him Chance .Play and Win herath the Games he played win by srilanka.we need him to use in World cup.Sachithra will be beter than any one wonderfull bowler.please give him up comming test matches vs west indians.KAPUUUUUUUUUUU this man shuld open The batting with Dili .he is good but not taking chanses.



  • Arnold

    moderate plz reply

  • Arnold

    SLC Moderator

    Please tell me.
    This is a question & so too a suggetion.
    Please Include Dinesh Chandimal To the test squad as well because if you have watched his recent inning of 244 which he batted 528 mins & faced 401 diliveries means that he has the ablity to resist as well. please Include him in the test side as well. He could be agressive so too he can bat patiently theirfore please reply you thoughts for my suggestion.
    Moderator Please give this massage to Aravinda De Silva as well.
    SLC moderator I am waiting for a reply..
    meanwhile this is a great seletion to be honest I mean squad for Aussie or.

    • fan

      he is in the squad…..cant u see

  • Asanka

    SLC Moderator,

    Please reply to my previous question.

  • Asanka

    SLC Moderator,

    To play a world cup match, a ground should stage atleast one international match.
    But Pallekele stadium doesn’t have single match in West Indies series. So how could Pallekele stage world cup.

    • SLC Moderator

      The 3rd Test match against the West Indies will be played in Pallekele.

  • vajira

    dear moderator….. please tell
    we have 1 t20 match…..which is the squad ???? aren’t their any t20 specialist vaas , kulatunga, indika de saram ( aravinda’s favorite) to play aussie t20 match…….bec silva. tharanga , jivan mendis not suit for t20 leval

    • SLC Moderator

      The squad selected for the tour will represent in T20 & ODI matches both.

  • gayantha nissanka

    i thik thi is best team.but we can use c. vas.

  • Sanjaya Ekanayake

    Kapugedara, Dilhara and Tharanga pick again & again is that any relationship between Aravinda & those players or any other intervention of Sanga for selection. Dhammika Prasad & Chamara Silva also should not include the squad. I think Aravinda & group of selectors are doing same as ealier. Another important thing is Sana should be in the squad because of he must be play in next world cup team for Sri Lanka.
    My Squad of tour of Australia;
    * Dili & Sana for opening the innings
    * Chandimal in no.3
    * Jayawardane
    * Sanga
    * Jewan Mendis
    * Mathiews & Thisara Perera as allrounders
    * Kulasekara & Malinga as fast bowlers
    * Muralidharan
    ### Extra : Suraj Randiv, Kandambi, Thilina Thushara and Ajantha Mendis

    • upasantha

      stupid sanga…wat he said tharanga paranavithana..???? he is not suit for oldies.even tharanga is inconsistent….there are lot of youngsters namely…munaweera,dimuth karunanayake, kulatunga , i think sanga confirm players base on his relationship…why sanga always try to add only kandy team players to national side namely kapugedar, mendis,paranavithana????

  • Ben

    kapu critics – the reason for kapu not showing enough runs on the board is due to the number pf position he bats, in the line up, He always use to come below the order, and coming in that line up too, he makes valuable 30 + and 40 +, with te limited number of balls he gotta face, he cant be playing for him, he has to play for the nation, and he cannot always have the not out tag……

    out of the 70 odd matches he has played, I think most of the times he had come no – 7 position, which is hard to enlighten the limelight….

    am with Kapu….

    • Da Game

      ya kapu s best in the field..he can save lot of runs in outfield..but m really worried SLC gav him lot of chances..if we drop him for one tournament and i blv we can get more from him after that..tactics..

      • 123

        i totally agree with u Ben ..see how many times when srilanka wins kapu always there to finish the match..he is a good match finisher

    • Dinesh

      Look at his excellent average as No. 6 Batsman.. 22.95. :D He is a total failure..

  • Ashen

    team should play

  • 123

    kapu = out for +0 and save +50 in fielding = total +50
    but kandamby out for +50 and gives -50 in his poor fielding= total 0 ……so who is the best?

    • Sanjaya Ekanayake

      Your argument is 100% wrong. Definetely Kandambi is better than Kapugedara.

      • sameera


      • 123

        @Sanjaya see what happened in the Asia cup ..kandambi did well with the ball & bat but his poor fielding let the team down .

        • Sanjaya Ekanayake

          Eventhough Kandambi did not play in good form in Asia Cup, What happened to Kapugedara in last 10 – 15 matches. Check overall records for both players. Kapugedara played 82 matches with average only 22.95 but Kandambi played 33 matches with 32.56 Then there are no question, definetely Kandambi is better than Kapugedara.

  • ashanthi

    chandimal shoud come one down,,,,also vaas & samaraweera / Kandamby shoud be there to protect middle order,,,we doubt very much about kapu’s abilities as he fails frequently in the latest outings…,.,,,,

  • Malinda

    Wat! happen to sachitra senanayaka

  • sameera

    problem is ….kapuva,tharanga … t20 players for t20 match…wonder abt it……but final 11 should be….. mahela ,dilly, chandi, sanga,silva,mathews, jeewa, male, kule,muraliaiya, randiv( or fast bowler)

  • sandun

    I think that Chandimal should open the batting wit dilshan. mahela shuld bat at no.04

  • Akila

    Should’ve included Vaas because of his english cricket performances or Thusara. Also drop Kapu and Fernando maybe they should’ve included Pradeep to. Good selection though.

  • fan


    Chandimal Should bat @ no 4

    my bating order …….

    & bla bla

    • Madhawa

      nope… tharanga should be drop. my openers are dili and mahela/chandimal. sanga prove that he is good at no4 at final against india. so, if mahela play as a opener, chandimal can play at no3 position.

  • Yasas

    my playing XI

    1. dilly
    2. mahela
    3. sanga
    4. dinesh chandimal
    5. chamara silva/upul
    6. mathews/ kandambi
    7. kapuwa/jeewan
    8. thisara
    9. kula
    10. murali
    11. mali

  • sandun

    Its great to see that u ar brave enough to drop sanath.Anyway this selection would have been much better if dimuth karunaratna and thilan were picked instead of tharanga and kupu.
    Further, don’t be afraid to give chances to up coming youngesters such as chathura peiris,Angelo perera,bhanuka rajapaksha, sachith pathirana etc. in future as all these players have potential to play in the national team
    Anyway good luck for our team…………… and Aravinda for his good selection
    keep it up….

  • Dian

    Kapugedera critics, see how good a player would he be, one day…

    Chamara Silva / Thilan Samaraweera – fights for one place
    Jeewan Mendis / Thilina Kandamby – one place

    kapu – permanent
    chandimal – permanent

    tharanga 12th man, cause this time, the openers gonna be mahela and Dilshan, having said that gotta see, the strength of the middle order in the absence M.Jayawardena…

    Good Selection, Mr Aravinda De Silva….

  • Manula

    I think Thilan Thushara should have been selected instead of Dihara. We don’t have any left arm fast bowlers in the squad. Apart from that I don’t see anythin wrong with this selection.

    My Playing 11 :D lol I like to do this..

    3. Dinesh Chandimal
    4. Sangakkara
    5. Mathews
    6. Jeewan Mendis
    7. Chamara Silva/ Kapugedara
    8. Thisara Perera
    9. Kulesekara
    10. Malinga
    11. Murali

    • Madhawa

      agreeeeeeed……!!! Good selection

  • Asela

    Aravinda you done good job…95% Ok with me. but I want to tell you something chamara Kapugedara not suitable for Australia Tour if i am not correct please check his last ten matches records you can understand what I am trying to say….!
    If you give chance for Thilina Kandambi it is very good sir…..anyway thanks for your selection.
    ASELA from Dubai

  • Kushan Nirash


    Add Vaas


    GOOD SELECTION… 4 Bowlers and 3 Batsman were Autonomic Choices… Murali,Malinga,Kula n Randiv… Mahela,Dilshan,Sanga….so looking at the FINAL 11 We Need to Pick 3 of our Next Best Batsmen and 1 All Rounder in Regard to Consistensy,Ability,STRIKERATE,Commitment… Right now Silva,Tharanga,Matthews,Jeewan,Kapu,Thisara,Chandimal are All in the Race…it will be G8 to watch these Talented Lot… Dilhara and Prasad have been also given a go due to their Pace and Commitment maybe Vaasy could have got instead But Kula has Taken his place as a Bowler,VAASY CAN FIGHT AND GET THE ALLROUNDER SPOT at number 7,maybe in the WestIndies series he’l get a shot if Matthews or Thisara Fails…Overall you cant pick everyone and I Think this is a Good Selection…if Our Batters can Fire, we Might Pull the Series..Also hope we bowl a spinner in the Powerplays,Aussies always fall with the Introduction of Quality Spin! God Bless! =] Weldone Selectors!

  • navin


    ( jeevantha kulatunga should be in but he didn;t show his class last clt20 unluckly so no chance that’s ok for onedayers…but t20????????)

  • Zaharan

    I think the selectors should have included Sanath and Vaas for this all important tour due to their experience factor.

    Their inclusions should have easily come at the expense of Kapugedera or Randiv for Sanath and Dilhara or Prasad for Vaas.

    Maharoof is also unfortunate to miss a place.

  • Heshan

    good Selection Mr aravinda !we ar with u.KAPUGEDERE hasent shown enough improvement with the aduquate chance he was given 50 matches and test matches he is superb bats man and good fielder GOOD LUCK

  • BCA

    well done Aravinda!!! Except for few selections I’m with u… Kapugedera hasn’t shown enough improvement with the adequate chances he was given. (0ne 50 for about 20 matches… won’t do for a international cricketer) Dilhara (who showed potential since his arrival but never achieved it), bcos u don’t hav any experienced FAST bowlers u must hav included him… but when he starts bowling his regular NO balls …… we’ll see…. Giving a chance to Dhammika who can bat a bit was really good..Selection of Chandimal & Jeevan was long overdue… Suraj should be selected ahead of Ajantha not only due to his batting & fielding skills but also his commitment to game…he is a real fighter. Ajantha is not a mystery anymore for the International world …..No matter what anyone says, exclusion of Sanath & Vaas is 100% CORRECT…. Keep up the good work.

  • akash

    kapugedar and tharanga pick again & again …are their any relationship…..which one is the t20 squad…….vaas and jeevantha kulatunga should play t20 …..

  • akash

    kapugedara and tharanga include again and again……are their any relation ship..????? which is the t20 pool …where is vaas , kulatunga, ..these two should play t20


    t20 squad???? chamara silva not suit for t20 format….tharanga????/ jeewantha kulatunga should be in t20 squad bec tharanga not suit for t20 ..also vass should play t20…..

  • chatur

    hey what is the t20 squad…??????????

  • Sajith

    Where is Thilan Samaraweera . Who would hold the middle order if we loose few wickets early.

  • zahri

    Dinesh chandimal & farveez maharoof should be included wot u guys say??

  • Sajith

    What is the use of Dammika Prasad and Dilhara fernando.They should choose Thilina Thushara.He is talented and young.Otherwise they should choose Chaminda Vaas who recently done a good job in English country cricket.If they want to try a young one they must choose Nuwan Pradeep.But they got worst choices at the recent time.I dont say they would surely fail in Australia.But if Dammika Prasad and Dilhara fernando want to succeed they should do something they never done before.The question is can they do it?

    • Pubudu

      Well said Sajith!!! about Dilhara & Dhammika also I think Thilina thushara was failing in recent past so therefore the inform Vassy should have been given a go, yes you are correct should have tried Nuwan Pradeep as well.

      • SLC Moderator

        Nuwan Pradeep is recovering from a hamstring injury

  • Dushan Srimantha

    Ahhhhhh. This is wonderful to see. This is a great team. Winning team. Having chances for every youngsters to perform well. Thanks Mr. Aravinda.

    Squard should be..**

    01) U. Tharanga
    02) T.M. Dilshan
    03) K. Sangakkara
    04) M. Jayawardena
    05) C. Kapugedara
    06) J. Mendis
    07) A. Mathews
    08) T. Perera
    09) N. Kulasekara
    10) L. Malinga
    11) M. Muralitharan

    • GTJ

      where’ s CHANDIMAL???????????????????????

    • Arnold

      yup Chandimal shuld play insted CAPU !!!

  • shenal

    very good selection.well done mr.aravinda.keep it up with good works.for me vaas should be there.

  • rok

    a very good selection. only player should have been omitted is kapugedara. like to see chandimal plays against aussies. good luck SL

  • ishan

    what has Samaraweera done wrong not to be in the team? and what has kapugedara done right to be in the team???

    • Pubudu

      Both should not be in the team. Selectors got one correct there.. leaving Thilan, should have left Kapugedara out as well kapugedara had so many chances…

  • Dinesh

    What happened to Thilan Samaraweera? What happened to Vaasy ? Why Kapugedara is in the squad? Is Prasad good enough to play against Aussies? So many questions to be asked about this selection. Nice to see some solid young players in the Squad though..

  • 123

    hmm y not a left hand fast bowler ?i think we need a good left hand fast bowler if we need to win the WC yes VASS or Thushara would be a nice selection.. anyways a good team and all the best

  • Arnold

    Great selection..Mainly about Chandimal well done. but please do not make him warm benches & give him to play all the matches..& I agree with pubudu coz Vassy should have been included

  • Kasun

    All da best sri lanka! Letz bcome no. 1 by defeating aussies!!!! v r da chzmpzzzzzzzzzzz…………. Best of the best Squad!

  • Isuru Jayawardana

    Good team. Good to see youngsters getting their chances.

  • Asanka

    May be Vaas for Prasad. Otherwise very good team.

  • Pubudu


    • sameera

      i like to ask one question from u..pubudu..u always said about kulatunga….again kulatunga subject to inustice ahhh??????

      • Pubudu

        Yeah you are correct there Sameera..Kulatunga has been subject to injustice for a long time I also strongly feel that they should have tried this option only thinking about the world cup. but he somewhat blew his chances in the recent Wayamba T 20 matches what ever said and done Kulatunga & Vassy won’t be recalled by the selectors don’t know why they are against those 2 players, at least we can be happy they have given chances to young Chandimal & Jeewan which is a positive move.

        • Pubudu

          Kulatunga should have been given a go instead of Kapugedara as Kulatunga is a far more steady player than Kapugedara. which would increase our chances in winning the world cup. Kapu has failed 99% when the team is in trouble I can only remember one instance he played superbly that was world cup T20 match against India other than that he hasn’t put any noteworthy performance.

  • Pubudu

    Chandimal & Jeewan included Well done!!! but no left arm seam bowler in the side.. maybe should have looked at the option of Vassy other than that good squad .Three cheers to the selection committee & the Captain!!!!

    • Danta

      Good team selection……..but you should have picked Thilan instead of Kapu.
      Why I’m saying bcoz Kapu hasn’t been in any good form except the 50+ he got against India and also with his technique I wont think he will suite for Aussie conditions.On the other hand Thilan is more a reliable player and he has been in good form both tests and in ODI’s and he will do better than Kapu for sure.

      It’s good to see that Dhammika has been included in to the team….he is the fastest among the others and I wish him best of luck.