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Fernando and Clementine Wrap-up the Galle Test Match

March 12, 2017

I. Andrew Fidel Fernando: “Herath a fourth innings force of nature”  in ESPNcricinfo, 10 March 2017,

Sri Lanka’s slow bowlers imposed their familiar chokehold over another fourth innings of a home Test match, uprooting batsmen as early as the second ball of the day, before sending the Test hurtling to its conclusion by the middle of the afternoon session.
Sri Lanka 494 (Mendis 194, Mehedi 4-112) and 274 for 6 declared (Tharanga 115, Mehedi 2-77) beat Bangladesh 312 (Mushfiqur 85, Perera 3-53) and 197 (Liton 35, Mushfiqur 34, Herath 6-59) by 259 runs.

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ASELA fades away from Mark Nicholas

February 19, 2017

For Asela, Henriques, Cummins, Rabada, Chris Morris et al are not a major concern, But Mark Nicholas is! He has a microphone and words of praise!

Yuk! Fearsome! Terrible?

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Vale Radley Claessen: A Tribute from 2011

February 2, 2017

Radley Claessen passed away recently in Adelaide and many a Lankan Australian and many Adelaidian Aussies were at the simple ceremony at the Anglican Church he attended to bid him farewell

Dr Nihal D Amerasekera, writing on 21st March 2011

At school Radley was a vibrant, energetic personality with a devouring passion for cricket. His Brylcreemed hair was firmly combed back. He had a strong respect for Wesley and great loyalty to his friends. Radley Claessen was a fine cricketer at Wesley College and captained the team in 1952. In that year Wesley College remained unbeaten, a rare achievement indeed when Royal and St Thomas’ had such strong teams. Radley’s cricket epitomised the best traditions of the school game. Not simply his ability, but also the way he conducted himself, both as a cricketer and as captain of Wesley. Whether batting in a crisis or dominating bowling, Radley’s steely resolve never wavered. Although I used to watch Radley play cricket bewitchingly at Campbell Park in the early Fifties, I didn’t get the opportunity to speak to him until 57 years later in Adelaide, South Australia. At Wesley he was recognised to the point of adulation for his immense contribution to the game.

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Lanka’s Durban Heroics in 2011

December 19, 2016

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 18 December 2016, where the title isThe Durban drubbing” … The highlighting emphasis is by The Editor, Cricketique.

With Sri Lanka’s cricketers touring South Africa, supporters reminisce the team’s stunning success in that country five years ago when Tillekeratne Dilshan’s side surprised many by recording their first ever Test win on South Africa soil. South Africa is perhaps the hardest place for Asian teams as conditions heavily favour the host country’s fast bowlers. All three sub-continent teams have poor records in South Africa and Sri Lanka has the worst. Prior to the 2011 series, Sri Lanka had played seven Tests in South Africa and had lost six games, three of them by an innings. Very few gave the tourists a chance. The first Test at Centurion was an absolute nightmare as the hosts completed an innings win inside three days.

aakumar-s-in-durban Star batsman Kumar Sangakkara is all fired up after his sensational century set up Sri Lanka’s maiden Test win on South African soil in 2011.

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Mr. Equanimity. Accolades for Kusal Mendis

July 30, 2016

Rex Clementine, deploying Graham Ford, Island, 30 July 2016

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has done some high profile coaching jobs with the South African national team and English counties Surrey and Kent. Speaking after close of play on day four in the first Test against Australia, he said Kusal Mendis’ outstanding 176 was one of the best knocks he had ever seen. “It’s one of the best innings I’ve ever seen. It was an absolutely brilliant knock. He seemed to have a plan against all the bowlers – he had an option for all the bowlers. He showed real composure. The odd one did explode and turn on him but he didn’t bother about the previous delivery. He just focused on the next ball and got on with the job. He is an amazing talent. He works really hard and really loves the game,” Ford said.

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An Emotional Return for Kusal Perera

May 13, 2016

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in Daily News, 13 May 2016, where the title reads ” Emotion-filled Kusal says: First priority is to get into the team”

A relieved and emotion filled Kusal Janith Perera said that his first goal was to get back to the national team and the financial losses he suffered during the ICC ban was only secondary. Addressing a packed press conference at Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters yesterday Perera who was freed of the disciplinary charges brought against him and the provisional suspension imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) said, “My primary goal is to get back into the team as quick as possible. To do that I must start practicing the more I practice the greater chance I have of regaining my form. I must also look into my fitness as well. During the period of my ban I wasn’t allowed to train with any SLC trainers.

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Horrendous ICC Procedure: Andrew, Kumar and Mahela Comment on Kusal Perera Case

May 12, 2016

I. Kumar Sangakkara: “Sangakkara wants Perera for England tour”

kusal-perera“Before this tour he’d have been at the T20 World Cup, opening with [Tillakaratne] Dilshan which would have been a huge advantage for us because he’s a fantastic player,” Kumar Sangakkara said during an event in London. “I’m extremely confused as to what has happened, the labs in Qatar came back with an adverse finding in one of his urine samples and named the steroid that was found, then over the last few days they have withdrawn that, saying there’s been a mistake. The poor boy has been out for quite a long time. [He’s] 24-25, one of the most exciting talents we have, a wicketkeeper, a strong batsman. I hope they do [fly him out for the England tour] because when you’ve got through something like that the best support is to be allowed to play cricket again. He’s good enough to be here. But the sad fact is that when you are provisionally banned, you can’t even train, using the facilities that international teams use.

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