Jayawardene backs batsmen to come good against England

LONDON, May 10, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene insisted on Wednesday that his batsmen would have no trouble picking themselves up for the first Test against England here at Lord’s. But later in the day reports from Sri Lanka suggested that veteran left-handed opener Sanath Jayasuriya had been recalled from his Test retirement and was set to arrive in England in time for the start of the second Test at Edgbaston on May 25.

However, Sri Lanka’s tour manager in England, Michael Tissera, told AFP in London he had no information about Jayasuriya’s possible return: “I haven’t been told so I don’t know,” he said.

According to a report on the CricInfo website, Jayasuriya met with Asantha de Mel, Sri Lanka’s recently-appointed chairman of selectors on Wednesday and his decision to return had been ratified by the sports ministry.

Jayasuriya retired from Test cricket in April, midway through a home series against Pakistan, when the previous selection committee, headed by Lalith Kaluperuma, made it clear they wanted to blood new players in England.

He has scored 6,613 runs in 102 Tests at an average of 41.59, including 14 centuries and 29 fifties.

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