Sri Lanka named left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardene and 20-year old Kusal Mendis in the 15-man squad for the upcoming Test series at home against West Indies. Upul Tharanga and Jehan Mubarak, who featured for Sri Lanka in the series against India, were the notable absentees in the Angelo Mathews-led side, that is looking to bounce back after successive series defeats to Pakistan and India.
Kusal Mendis, who captained the Sri Lankan side in the Under-19 World Cup in UAE last year, has been earmarked for success at the international level by former cricketers. He will be joined in the squad by the 29-year old Siriwardene, who made his limited-overs debut against Pakistan in July.
The leg-spinner chose Brian Lara as the captain of the side while Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are the only two active cricketers to have made the cut in Warne’s selection.
The Australian legend has been naming the best XI from all the major cricket-playing nations with his home team, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka already completed.
The criteria for Warne’s selection is that he should have played a meaningful game against the player –– something he was quick to point out at the start of the post on his official Facebook account as to why he couldn’t select the West Indies legend and close friend Sir Vivian Richards.
“The great Viv Richards is the one player I really wished I played against, loved everything about him and we’ve become great friends too,” remarked Warne.
I would have played a lot more Tests and got a lot more wickets - Devon Malcolm
Wed, Oct 7, '15
by GANESHBABU VENKAT
You were born in Kingston Jamaica, How did the transition from Jamaica to England happen?
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica. My father had been living in England for a while and I lost my mother when I was six. So I had to stay with my grandmother in Jamaica who brought me up. When I was around 17, I joined my father in England. Around 1979-80 I came to England as a student and joined Richmond College.
Who were your fast bowling heroes growing up in the Caribbean?
I grew up in the West Indies following the great West Indian team of the 1970’s. I used to listen to radio commentary and the commentators described this bowler who used to run in from the boundary and bowled really quick, I was naturally attracted to that description and I tried to mimic the action, That up and coming fast bowler was Michael Holding. I obviously wanted to emulate him and started to run a lot faster when bowling during the early days.
Holder, 23, who leads the West Indies in a test series for the first time in a team without top players like Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, said he is hoping that Simmons returns soon. “No doubt it is a bit of a setback for us, but at this present stage all we can focus on is cricket,” he said.
“I hope the situation with him is solved, and solved quickly because we’d love to have him back. He’s been a wonderful inspiration to our team thus far.”
Simmons is suspended pending an inquiry after his criticism of selection of the limited-overs side for the Sri Lanka tour. Selection committee member Eldine Baptiste has taken over coaching responsibilities in the interim.
Windies and Sri Lanka to play for Sobers/Tissera Trophy
Tue, Oct 6, '15
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – West Indies cricket icon Sir Garfield Sobers will be honoured during the upcoming Test Series between West Indies and Sri Lanka.
The two-match series will be played for the Sobers/Tissera trophy as tribute to the former West Indies allrounder and captain and Michael Tissera, the former Sri Lanka captain.
The announcement was made by Sri Lanka Cricket at the official pre-series launch on Tuesday night. The two teams will play Test matches at the Galle International Stadium (October 14-18) in the coastal town of Galle; and the P Sara Oval (October 22-26) in the capital, Colombo.
Speaking at the launch West Indies captain Jason Holder said naming the trophy after Sir Garry, was a “special touch”.
“Having the trophy named after Sir Garfield Sobers is something truly special. He was one of the greatest to play the game and he still makes a major contribution to the game. Only recently he joined us in Barbados and wished everyone the very best for this tour of Sri Lanka. It is always good to see him and interact with him and it would be great for us to take home the trophy with his name on it,” Holder said.
“We have players in the team who are eager to do very well for West Indies cricket. We all look up to Sir Garry and the legends of West Indies cricket who paved the way for us to be here. We will look to play in the true spirit of the game and look to emulate the great things of our past heroes.”
Sir Garry, 79, is rated as the greatest allrounder of all time. The left-hander played 93 Test matches for West Indies between 1954 and 1974. He scored 8,032 runs with 26 centuries and took 235 wickets. He also held 109 catches.
Tissera, 75, is a high-respected former Sri Lanka captain and team manager. He represented the country in the pre-Test era and played in the first Cricket World Cup in 1975.