Sri Lankan First Test XII Named
There were no real suprises with the initial 12 Sri Lankan players named for the first test match against their sub continent neighbours, India, being played in Kandy on the 7th.
Mahela Jayawardene will lead an experienced team including superstars Sangakkara, Muralitharan, Vaas and Jayasuriya against the star-studded Indian line up in what critics believe could be one of the greatest test series of the year.
"The Sri Lankan's are arguebly the second best team in the world at the moment, going off their recent form in both test and one day matches!" said Tony Greig in his column in the second worst newspaper in the world, the only paper that would hire him.
"Their batsmen are in fine form, and well, their bowling attack is second to none with the likes of Murali and Chaminda in there. Malinga is one to watch too, i've heard. I wouldn't know, really, but it's what i've heard."
Sri Lankan 1st Test XII
DPMD Jayawardene (captain), WU Tharanga, ST Jayasuriya, KC Sangakkara, CK Kapugedera, TM Dilshan, LPC Silva, HAPW Jayawardene (+), WPUJC Vaas, MF Maharoof, SL Malinga, M Muralitharan.
Captain for the Blues
FC : 129 matches
281 runs @ 1.76
650 wickets @ 28.86, S/R of 41.75
Best Bowling of 8 for 57
39 5-wicket innings, 7 10-wicket matches.
Test : 12 matches
8 runs @ 0.62
68 wickets @ 27.99, S/R of 40.22
Best Bowling of 5 for 59
4 5-wicket innings, 0 10-wicket matches.