Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Recall Ajantha Mendis For ODIs, T20Is

Sri Lanka have named their squads for the One-Day International and Twenty20 International series in Australia, recalling a fit-again Ajantha Mendis. The 16-man squad includes four spinners with Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya and Jeewan Mendis joining Mendis while uncapped wicket-keeper Kushal Perera is given a call-up.
2 January 2013

Thirimanne And Lakmal Drafted Into Sri Lanka Squad

Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Thirimanne will join Sri Lanka's Test squad ahead of the third and final Test against Australia, which starts on 3rd January. Lakmal will replace fellow fast-bowler Chanaka Welegedara, who picked up a hamstring tear during Sri Lanka's comprehensive defeat in the second Test, while Thirimanne, who was originally named as a standby player for the tour of Australia, will replace Kumar Sangakkara.
29 December 2012

Australia and Sri Lanka Name Squads For Women's World Cup

Australia Women and Sri Lanka Women have named their 15-player squads for the forthcoming ICC Women's World Cup, which begins in Mumbai on 31st January. Australia start their campaign against Pakistan and have added pace bowlers Holly Ferling, Julie Hunter and Megan Schutt as well as batter Elyse Villani to the squad which won the Rose Bowl series against New Zealand before Christmas.
28 December 2012

Australia Take Series Following Sri Lanka Collapse

The news that Kumar Sangakkara has been ruled out of the remainder of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia rounded off a thoroughly miserable Boxing Day Test for the tourists - one which had begun with Prasanna Jayawardene's finger injury on day one; continued with Chanaka Welegedara's hamstring tear yesterday; and reached its zenith today when they were bowled out for just 103 in their second innings midway through the second session to hand Australia a comprehensive win.
28 December 2012

Australia Call Up Bird And Recall Khawaja For Second Test

Australia have called up uncapped fast bowler Jackson Bird and recalled Usman Khawaja to cover for injuries ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Melbourne. Ben Hilfenhaus has been ruled out with a side strain and although captain Michael Clarke is in the squad, a hamstring strain picked up in the opening Test in Hobart, means his participation at the M.C.G is in doubt.
18 December 2012

ICC Rejects Hobart Ball-Tampering Allegations

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has moved quickly to quash media reports of ball tampering during the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Hobart. ICC Elite Panel match referee Chris Broad issued a statement confirmed that no charges would be laid against any of the players.
18 December 2012

Siddle And Starc Bowl Australia To Victory In Hobart

Australia completed a 137-run win over Sri Lanka on the final day of the first Test in Hobart to go 1-0 up in their three-match series but only after Sri Lanka took the game into the final hour. Set 393 to win, the tourists were bowled out for 255 and their wait for a Test win on Australian soil goes on as Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle took nine of the 10 wickets to fall with the last six coming in the final session.
18 December 2012

Hughes Aiming To 'Cement' Number Three Position

On the back of his accomplished half-century on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart, Australia's Phil Hughes has set his sights on becoming Australia's first choice number three batsman. David Warner and Michael Clarke also scored half-centuries but Hughes top scored with 86 out of his side's total of 299 for four having been recalled to take over Ricky Ponting's spot in the squad.
14 December 2012

Tough Decision To Leave Johnson Out - Clarke

Australian captain Michael Clarke says the decision to leave Mitchell Johnson out of the team to take on Sri Lanka in the first Test in Hobart was a tough one. With Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus back in the side, Johnson misses out as he was preferred to fellow left-armer Mitchell Starc despite enjoying an impressive comeback against South Africa in Perth.
13 December 2012

Jayawardene To Step Down As Sri Lanka Captain

Mahela Jayawardene has confirmed his intention to stand down as Sri Lanka captain following his country's tour of Australia, which begins with the opening Test in Hobart tonight (14th December). Jayawardene is currently in his second spell as captain after he replaced Tillakaratne Dilshan and vice-captain Angelo Mathews is the early favourite to replace him in all three formats.
13 December 2012

Sri Lanka Name Preliminary World Cup Squad

Sri Lanka have named their preliminary squad for the Women's World Cup, which gets underway in India on 31st January. No captain has yet been named as Sri Lanka bid to improve on their previous showing when they finished eighth in 2009 having previously fnished seventh in 2005 and sixth in 2000.
11 December 2012

Sri Lanka Draw Tour Game With Chairman's XI

Sri Lanka opted for batting practice on the final day in Canberra as their tour game against Cricket Australia's Chairman's XI was drawn. Prasanna Jayawardene (71) and Dinesh Chandimal (57) scored half-centuries, adding to a century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and 55 from Kumar Sangakkara on day two.
8 December 2012

India End Sri Lanka's World Cup Unbeaten Run

India ended Sri Lanka's unbeaten start to the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup with an emphatic while elsewhere there were wins for Australia, England and West Indies. India handed Sri Lanka a 168-run defeat as Prakash Reddy smashed 149 off just 54 balls while the victories for Australia and West Indies were over Nepal and Bangladesh respectively before England beat South Africa.
6 December 2012

Hughes Lined Up To Replace Ponting Against Sri Lanka

Phillip Hughes has been handed a recall to Australia's Test squad ahead of the three-match series against Sri Lanka as Ricky Ponting's replacement. Ponting retired from international cricket following the third and final Test against South Africa in Perth and Hughes has beaten off competition from Usman Khawaja, Rob Quiney and Alex Doolan to fill the vacancy.
6 December 2012

Sri Lanka Hand England Third World Cup Defeat

Sri Lanka's perfect start to the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup continued with a 13-run win over England on the fourth day of the competiton. They were pushed hard by England, who are still chasing their first win following two defeats and a washout against Bangladesh.
5 December 2012

Khawaja To Captain Prime Minister's XI Against Sri Lanka

Usman Khawaja will captain the Australian Prime Minister's XI in a three-day tour game against Sri Lanka which begins on 6th December in Canberra. Khawaja is the only player in the squad with Test match experience although Glenn Maxwell has played limited overs cricket for Australia.
30 November 2012

Australia Decide To Rest Hilfenhaus And Siddle

Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle, whose lion-hearted efforts so nearly earned Australia a Test victory over South Africa in Adelaide, will not feature in the third and final match in Perth. The pair will be rested, meaning one or both of quick bowlers John Hastings or Josh Hazlewood will make their Test debut while South Africa also have some important selection decisions to make.
29 November 2012

New Zealand Win Despite Mathews Defiance

A determined innings from Angelo Mathews wasn't quite enough to help Sri Lanka escape with the draw on the final day against New Zealand. He perished for 84 well into the evening session to end what has been an absorbing Test match. Once Thilan Samaraweera had been run out early on, much depended on Mathews and he didn't disappoint, taking 178 balls over his fifty and finding support from Prasanna Jayawardene and Nuwan Kulasekara.
29 November 2012

Dilshan, Karunaratne Make Squad For Australia Tests

Sri Lanka have named a 16-man Test squad ahead of their three-Test tour to Australia, which begins with the opening Test in Hobart on 14th December. The only changes to the squad from the New Zealand series are the return of Tillakaratne Dilshan and the exclusion of uncapped spinner Tharindu Kaushal in favour of an extra pace bowler in Nuwan Pradeep.
20 November 2012

Sri Lanka Charge To Victory Inside Three Days

Left-arm-spinner Rangana Herath and debutant opener Dimuth Karunaratne played the starring roles as Sri Lanka wasted little time in wrapping up a ten-wicket win over New Zealand in the opening Test in Galle. Herath took six for 43 to bundle the Black Caps out for 119 in their second innings before Karunaratne's unbeaten 60 made light work of a victory target of 93 on just the third day of the match.
19 November 2012

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