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Malinga Bandara

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:03 IST

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 Date of Birth: December 31, 1979        
 Test Debut: Against New Zealand at Colombo (RPS) in 1998
 ODI Debut: Against New Zealand at Wellington in 2006
 Bats: Right-Hand Bat
 Bowls: Legbreak

Malinga Bandara was earmarked from an early age as a legspinner of great potential. On the basis of his school performances he was selected for the Under-19 tour to India in 1997, the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, and the Sri Lanka A tour to England in 1999. 

In between, he made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1998-99 but looked all at sea in a disappointing display and did not come into consideration after that. But a match haul of 11 for 126 against England A in March 2005 confirmed his growing confidence and also helped attract the attention of Gloucestershire as they looked for a replacement for Upal Chandana. 

Bandara, like Chandana, is also a useful lower order batsman.