Lanka axe Jayasuriya for Test series
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Lanka axe Jayasuriya for Test series

Lanka's most experienced player with 100 Test appearances was dropped on the grounds of fitness and poor form.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2005 17:29 IST

Sri Lanka have dropped experienced opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya for their three-Test tour of India next month.

The 36-year-old, Sri Lanka's most experienced player with 100 Test appearances, was dropped on the grounds of fitness and poor form during the current seven-match one-day international series against India.

The left-hander has struggled after dislocating his shoulder in August, scoring just 85 runs in the first six games of the series which India lead 5-1.

It is the first time in a decade that Jayasuriya, a former captain, has been axed since cementing his place in the team with a century against Australia at Adelaide in 1995-96.

"We decided to drop Sanath on the grounds of poor form and a lack of fitness," chairman of selectors Lalith Kaluperuma told reporters.

Sri Lanka's selectors also changed the vice-captaincy, replacing middle order batsman Mahela Jayawardene with experienced seamer Chaminda Vaas.

Teenage middle-order batsman Chamara Kapugedera was called up for the first time and opener Avishka Gunawardene was recalled to the Test squad.

Leg-spinner Upul Chandana and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath were replaced by A team leg spinner Malinga Bandara and uncapped left-arm spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon.

Weerakoon played for the A team against New Zealand and Pakistan this year and Bandara was named Gloucestshire's player of the year after a stint playing county cricket in England.

Sri Lanka return home after the final one-dayer at Baroda on Saturday and travel back to India for a three-day practice match in Bangalore on November 26 before the first test starting on December 2 at Chennai.

Sri Lanka squad:

Marvan Atapattu (captain), Chaminda Vaas (vice-captain), Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilan Samaraweera, Upul Tharanga, Avishka Gunawardene, Chamara Kapugedera, Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Malinga Bandara, Sajeewa Weerakoon

First Published: Nov 11, 2005 16:54 IST