Jan 14, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s cricket selectors on Monday named a pace-oriented squad for the upcoming one-day series in Australia also featuring India. Sri Lanka’s one-day squad:
Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Dilruwan Perera, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Chanaka Welegedara, Ishara Amarasinghe. Muttiah Muralitharan, Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker, is the only specialist spinner in the 15-man squad that includes six pacemen.
Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya’s left-arm spin and all-rounder Dilruwan Perera’s off-spin will serve as back-up to Muralitharan for the World Cup finalists.
Chairman of selectors Asantha de Mel said team balance, rather than the nature of the Australian pitches, determined the pace-heavy selection.
“We generally play only one spinner in the one-day team, with seven batsmen and three fast bowlers,” de Mel told AFP. “So Murali was enough.”
The one-day series starts in Brisbane on February 3 with each team playing eight preliminary matches bef