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SL mulling changes after losing second Test

cricket Updated: Aug 05, 2008 15:34 IST

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The drubbing in the second Test at Galle has forced the Sri Lankan cricket selectors to explore changes in the fast bowling department with old war horses Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Kulasekara in the scanner for their average performance in the match.

It remains to be seen whether the selectors drop the opener Michael Vandort in the third Test beginning in Colombo on Friday after his poor showing in the first two matches.

After seeing India's Ishant Sharma exploding with three wickets in the second Test that added to the Sri Lankan woes as they were capitulating under the spin pressure, the Islanders are also looking for a young fast bowling option.

The 25-year-old uncapped pace bowler Dammika Prasad who troubled the Indian batsmen in the practice game against Lanka Board XI could be one of the options, according to sources.

The axe may fall on Kulasekara, who failed to extract pace in the first two Tests though did manage to force Indian openers to be watchful against him in the initial overs of the previous matches.

Kulasekara was averaging between 114 and 125 kms in the matches against India.

Prasad, capped thrice in One-Day Internationals in 2006, has since suffered a number of injuries before touring England and Zimbabwe with Sri Lanka 'A' last year.

"The selectors are discussing changes in the pace department and whether to continue with Michael Vandort," a source said.