Archive for June, 2016


Avishka Gunawardene on Future Players and the A Team to England

June 23, 2016

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, courtesy of ESPN cricinfo, where the title is “Sri Lanka A coach Gunawardene eager to work with the next generation”

AVISHKA Pic from www.ft.lkAvishka Gunawardene, who was appointed Sri Lanka A’s coach for their tour of England in July, has earmarked a few young players for the senior side. Among them were Charith Asalanka, who led the country in the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year, fast bowler Asitha Fernando, who picked up 11 wickets at an average of 16.45 in the same tournament. “We have long-term plans and include them in the A team,” Gunawardene said. “Even if they don’t find a place in the eleven, being with the A team and training with them in the same atmosphere gives them some sort of experience.

Read the rest of this entry ?


Odds and Ends from England

June 22, 2016

Desultory Chatter from Keen Cricket Bloggers

Ilanks: “Isn’t there a Ben Foakes being discussed as a potential keeper for England. If he’s selected, England could have Stokes, Woakes and Foakes in the line-up!” Yes indeed. And wouldn’t that be A Thing?


Pradeep to Buttler, 2 runs, flicked off the pads to get things going once again

This is now the second-highest seventh-wicket partnership in ODIs… behind only Buttler and Adil Rashid’s tub-thumping stand against NZ at Edgbaston last summer

plunkett Plunkett’s Magical Moment 


Pradeep to Woakes, no run, back and across, worked to midwicket but a tight line keeps the damage down. A protracted over, but a good one for Sri Lanka

This stand is mildly reminiscent of Broad and Bopara’s rescue act to beat India at Old Trafford in 2007

Read the rest of this entry ?


Two Essays from MAHINDA on Two Moments in the Test Series in England

June 16, 2016

Mahinda Wijesinghe


ONE: The Sun smiled and the batsmen obliged at Chester-le Street … 31 May 2016

At the end of Day 3, in the second Test being played at Chester-le-Street, in Durham, the Sri Lankan batsmen, being sent for a follow-on, had so far made 310 for 5 at a pleasing 3.67 runs/over. For a team that had, during this series totaled a miserable 311 in 3 completed innings – or 30 wickets – this is indeed a remarkable turnaround.

The icing on the cake, after fighting half-centuries by Kaushal Silva (60) and skipper Angelo Mathews (80), is the unbroken 87-run partnership between Dinesh Chandimal (54*) and Milinda Siriwardena (35*). Currently, the tourists need to add another 88 runs to make England bat again. Maybe their skipper Cook, who has added a mere 36 runs in his last three Test innings, has an opportunity to complete 10,000 Test runs by scoring only 5 runs more. Read the rest of this entry ?


Ireland’s Old/New Generation await Lankans and Pakistanis

June 15, 2016
Tim Wigmore, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 15 June 2016, where the title differs
Ireland are set to play more matches against Full Members, but it comes at a time when their golden generation is well into their 30s © AFP

Ten years and two days ago, Ireland welcomed England to Stormont. It was Ireland’s first ever one-day international. This was a heady day, but also a faintly incongruous one. Ireland’s best player, Ed Joyce, was playing for England; their next best, Niall O’Brien and Eoin Morgan, were unable to play because they had been retained by their counties. In the circumstances Ireland’s margin of defeat – 38 runs – was far better than feared, but the match felt more like an exhibition game than a fully-fledged ODI.


Read the rest of this entry ?


From Tuk-Tuk to Lords Cricket Ground

June 7, 2016

Courtesy of The Island, 4 June 2016, where the title is different ……

Indian scientist Dr. Abdul Kalam told youngsters to dream. He went on to add, “Dream is not what you see in sleep. Dream is something which doesn’t let you sleep. In Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis, millions of youngsters have a role model to look up to and chase their own dreams. The eldest son of trishaw driver, Mendis pursued his cricketing talents amidst many hardships.

kusal mendis

Read the rest of this entry ?