Sri Lanka will select team game-by-game


Sri Lanka chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya says he and his panel will be picking a team ahead of each Test against Australia, rather than naming an overall squad, due to the many injuries they're facing.

The Aussies are in Sri Lanka for a Test series, which starts in Pallekele on 26 July, and the Sri Lankans have very few fit fast bowlers. As it stands, they are without Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera and Suranga Lakmal.

With Nuwan Pradeep the lone fit proper fast bowler, Jayasuriya said: "It is very difficult times as a selector to pick a balanced squad with so many injuries. 

"It's a bit tough but we will try and pick the best possible team. I hope the players picked also know what is expected of them and that they will do their best.

"Whoever is fit and whoever is doing well in the Sri Lanka A team, we'll have to give them the opportunity. It is the feeding place for the senior side. 

"If we feel there is somebody who is very good in the Sri Lanka A, emerging or Under-19 squads, we will not hesitate to pick them.

"I am really happy the way some of the Sri Lanka A players have been performing in England. Fast bowlers Vishwa Fernando and Asitha Fernando, batsmen Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva are quite a few players.

"When we play in Sri Lanka we have a better chance of performing than when you are overseas. I am confident they can do well. But it's a lot of hard work to come out and show their character."

When asked why he thought his players were picking up injuries, the former batsman said the players were not getting enough time to rest due to the busy international schedule.

He added: "At the moment, they are playing a lot of cricket – Tests, ODIs and T20Is. 

"In our days, our cricketing life span would have been about 15 years but now it has come down to about eight years.

"In the present context if you play for 10 years you will have played more than 150 Tests and almost 300-400 ODIs on top of T20Is. A human body cannot take such a workload. 

"The main thing is how the player manages and rehabs himself. It is easy to come and say 'I am injured'. To play with the pain is the key. 

"No fast bowler can play without any pain. They have to play with niggles here and there. We are currently working on the players with one of the best trainers, Michael Mann, who has been trying to get them into shape."