Archive for the ‘Angelo Mathews’ Category

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Rex Clementine’s Appraisal of World Cup Selections

April 19, 2019

Rex Clementine, Island, 19 April 2019, with the title SLC justify Malinga axing”

Sri Lanka Cricket big wigs justified the axing of Lasith Malinga as the captain of the national cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 during a media briefing yesterday. The fast bowler was named captain in December 2018 but after the team failed to win a single game under his charge, the national selection panel promoted Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne as the ODI skipper for cricket’s showpiece event in England and Wales. Under Malinga, Sri Lanka had suffered 12 straight losses in New Zealand and South Africa in ODI and T-20 cricket.

Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva, flanked by captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel, stresses a point during a media briefing to announce the squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup in Colombo yesterday.

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Harin Fernando’s Clarification on SL World Cup Selections

April 19, 2019

N. Krishnamurthy in Cricket Age, 18 April 2019

As some people in social media are questioning the appointment of Dimuth Karunaratne as the captain for the Sri Lanka’s world cup campaign, young and dynamic Sports Minister Harin Fernando has issued a statement, clarifying all the baseless allegations [accusations, it seems, that are rooted in (A) personal malice and muckraking and (B) Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist thinking and (C) perhaps the tactical moves by outsiders from neighbouring lands seeking to create dissension .. …….. Editor Roberts’ NOTE]

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Premature Thoughts on Sri Lanka’s World Cup Squad: The Fifteen

March 24, 2019

Michael Roberts

 PREAMBLE: On the 21/22nd March I organised my thoughts on Sri Lanka’s potential ODI squad for the World Cup in England. This was a premature move – before the final two T20 matches in South Africa and without inside information of what had transpired behind the scenes in New Zealand and Australia in ways that led the new selection Committee headed by Ashantha de Mal to insert some radical changes in the squad for South Africa.  

I sent some queries to cricketing friends as soon as this draft was completed; while also posting it confidentially to some of them. Since then a searching interview with Ashantha De Mel by Champika Fernando in the Daily Mirror has provided some crucial information on the events that led them to recall Chandimal. More vitally, it has provided illuminating insights into the new Selection Committee’s thinking. His comments should serve as a testing yardstick for my reflections below so that we can then move further forward in the light of the second and third T20matches against the Safs.

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Rex in Q and A with Michael Holding …. Whispering Death

March 11, 2019

Rex Clementine

The countries that possess weapons of mass destruction are feared by all and sundry. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is the most dreaded man in the world at the moment as he is believed to be armed to the teeth with nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological weapons. So was Clive Lloyd. He ruled the cricketing world with an iron fist capable of striking at anytime. His weapons being – Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall.  “How the **** could you get back into form when you were playing Roberts, Holding, Garner day after day,” Ian Chappell once lamented during World Series Cricket.

Holding was said to be the fastest. He was nicknamed ‘the Rolls Royce of fast bowlers’ for his smooth run-up and delivery. The batsmen who were troubled by him, however, had other names. Geoff Boycott called him, ‘whispering death’.  He bowled at lightning speed but his run up, you couldn’t hear him coming. Normally a fast bowler comes up with lot of aggression, power and lot of effort, but Michael you just didn’t realize he was coming. That’s the whispering part. Death, boy, he could hurt you,” Boycott once said. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Further Reflections on Sri Lanka’s Cricketing Defeats in Australia

February 8, 2019

Michael Roberts

Many factors contributed to the resounding defeats suffered by the Sri Lankan squad in Australia, A few were dictated by the dice of the gods. But as many were due to serious shortcomings in the capacities displayed by individuals in the team on the field.

Dimuth Karunaratne being attnded to after being hit on the helmeted head

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Profound Problems for Sri Lanka Cricket

February 5, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 4 February 2019, where the title is “No quick fixes, Sri Lankan cricket needs a bottom-up overhaul”

Sri Lanka have lost 16 of their last 18 international matches, so there are rumours floating around about replacing the coach again. Rumours that Sri Lanka Cricket has inquired about the availability of top coaches overseas. That the island’s sports ministry – essentially running cricket in the country at present – has consulted lawyers about the legal ramifications of firing or demoting Chandika Hathurusingha. Perhaps they will remove him from the national side and send him to the High Performance Centre. This is what they have just meted out to batting coach Thilan Samaraweera, who was replaced in the national set-up in December.

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Evaluating Sri Lanka’s Prospects in Australian Test Matches

January 22, 2019

Andrew MCGlashan, in ESPNcricinfo, 22 January 2019

Sri Lanka have never won a Test in Australia, losing 11 of their 13 encounters and many by a considerable margin. On this tour they are without the experience of Angelo Mathews while still adjusting to life after Rangana Herath. However, they may never have a better chance of success down under and here are three reasons why.

Kusal Mendis reaches century at Wellington

The better batting line-up?

Sri Lanka have toured Australia with stronger batting line-ups than this squad – in 2012 their No. 2 to 5 read Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera and Mathews – but the difference this time is that you could argue what they have is stronger than what the Australians can offer. Even without the injured Mathews there is proven quality in the top order. Kusal Mendis (second) and Dimuth Karunaratne (sixth) were both in the top 10 run-scorers last year and both were above Australia’s only entrant Usman Khawaja (seventh). You would go past two further Sri Lankans (Mathews and Roshen Silva) before reaching Australia’s next-best run-scorer in captain Tim Paine. Read the rest of this entry ?