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Dinesh Chandimal will captain the Sri
Lankan Board President s XI against the
touring South Africans today, ahead of
what may be his first match as ODI captain
against South Africa on Saturday.
As the vice-captain of the national team,
he could be in line to take the reins from
Angelo Mathews, who has been suspended
from the first two ODIs courtesy an over-
Chandimal is Sri Lanka's Twenty20 cap-
tain, but his ODI form has been poor in the
last 16 months---he has averaged 18.19 and
hit only two fifties in 28 matches. He was
dropped from the limited-overs sides during
the latter part of 2012, though he retained
his place in the national squad, and has
been granted an extended run in the XI after
assuming the vice-captaincy in February.
Although he is viewed as a future leader, a
promotion to acting captain may not be
automatic, in light of recent results.
Both Dimuth Karunaratne, and Angelo
Perera, who are in contention for ODI debuts
in the series, will also play in the warm-
up match, as will Thisara Perera, who was
dropped from the national squad for the
West Indies tri-series. South Africa play
five ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals
during their three-week tour.
Chandimal to lead SL Board Presidents XI
Former Australia coach Mickey Arthur has report-
edly claimed in legal documents that Michael Clarke
described Shane Watson and his faction as "a can-
cer" on the national squad, while also alleging he
was the victim of racial discrimination during his
time with the team.
The Seven Network has reported the documents
tendered to the Fair Work Commission in Sydney,
which form part of Arthur's claim for up to AUD 4
million in compensation from Cricket Australia or
his job back after his sacking last month, two years
before his contract was due to expire. The network
reported that the documents claimed "major tension"
between Clarke and Watson, and that Arthur felt he
was "the meat in the sandwich" between them.
Arthur has released a statement on the leaking of
the documents, describing his distress at their details
becoming public. "I am extremely upset and disap-
pointed that confidential documents appear to have
been given by others to the media," Arthur said. "The
matters raised in my application to the FWC con-
cerning issues within the Australian cricket team are
very sensitive, which is why I was at pains to keep
them confidential, especially at this time.
"I have kept them confidential, unfortunately others
have now made them public. I want to stress how
important to me the members of the team were, and
still remain to me. The welfare of the Australian
cricket team is upmost to me."
Arthur's legal representation confirmed allegations
of racial discrimination and scapegoating. "We can
confirm that last week Mickey Arthur filed proceedings
on a number of grounds in the Fair Work Commission
(FWC) Sydney for being sacked and scapegoated," a
spokesperson for Arthur's law firm said. "The grounds
include racial discrimination. This legal action was
filed confidentially with FWC as Mickey was at pains
to resolve this issue privately."
Speaking at Lord's yesterday, Clarke said the airing
of the team's dirty laundry would not be allowed to
derail their preparations for the second Ashes Test.
"First I'm not going to get involved in it, the most
important thing is that we as a team are as focused
as we can be on Thursday," Clarke said. "We've obvi-
ously got a huge game in front of us, the boys are
feeling great, as we showed in the last Test match
we're here to fight and do as well as we possibly can
in this Test series, and I think we showed that the
Arthur also allegedly reported in the documents
that Watson had told him about David Warner's
punch at Joe Root in a Birmingham pub during the
Champions Trophy, which led to Warner's suspension.
Watson previously stated that he was not responsible
for passing the information on to Arthur.
The Seven Network also reported that in the doc-
uments Arthur claimed Cricket Australia did not
support him over the decision to suspend four players
on the tour of India over the so-called homework
incident. Arthur alleged that he was discriminated
against because he was South African and did not
understand the Australian way.
"We're disappointed it has come to this position
but Cricket Australia is confident in its position on
this matter and I'm sure it will get resolved in an
appropriate fashion," CA lawyer Dean Kino said.
Paul Marsh, the chief executive of the Australian
Cricketers' Association, said he was "extremely dis-
appointed by the allegations" and the timing of their
release ahead of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.
"At Mickey's departing press conference he talked
about taking responsibility for the team's performances
and leaving the job with dignity," Marsh said. "I fail
to see how this course of action is consistent with
his words and I am disappointed that this has been
released two days before such an important Test
"Whilst I have genuine sympathy for Mickey's
current situation, I hope he can deal with his issues
with Cricket Australia privately." (ESPNcricinfo)
The ICC has defended the performance
of the umpires and the DRS after criticism
following the Trent Bridge Test between
England and Australia, whilst also admit-
ting to errors in cases involving Jonathan
Trott and Stuart Broad.
The ICC has taken the unusual step of
revealing its assessment of the umpires
and the DRS analysis from the Test, arguing
that the figures vindicate both. Some mit-
igation was provided for the errors that
did occur, the ICC suggesting the "added
intensity" of a first Ashes Test had increased
pressure on the officials.
According to the ICC, the umpires made
a total of 72 decisions, which is well above
the average (49) for a DRS Test match.
The umpiring team, made up of Aleem
Dar, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Eras-
mus, was assessed to have made seven
errors during the match, out of which three
were uncorrected decisions and four deci-
sions corrected using the DRS.
As such, the correct decision percentage
before reviews stood at 90.3 per cent but
climbed to 95.8 per cent as a result of the
use of the DRS. This represented an increase
of 5.5 per cent in correct decisions, which
was the average increase from DRS Test
matches in 2012-13.
The three decisions that were marked
as uncorrected errors included one against
Trott when a correct lbw decision (not out
against the bowling of Mitchell Starc) was
overturned. The others involved Broad,
both the edge that carried to slip via Brad
Haddin's gloves and a leg-before shout
where he did not offer a stroke, but neither
but these could be corrected as Australia
had no reviews available.
"When coupled with the conditions,
with reverse swing and spin playing an
important role, and the added intensity of
the first Ashes Test, it was a difficult match
to umpire," read the ICC statement.
The ICC's chief executive, David
Richardson, added: "The umpires did a
good job under difficult conditions. This
reflects the calibre of umpires Dar, Dhar-
masena and Erasmus who have consistently
performed at a high level. Like the players,
umpires can also have good and bad days
but we all know that the umpire's decision,
right or wrong, is final and must be accept-
"While the ICC has complete faith in
the ability of its umpires, our confidence
in technology is also strengthened by the
fact that there was an increase in the num-
ber of correct decisions in the Trent Bridge
Test through the use of the DRS.
"Technology was introduced with the
objective of eradicating the obvious umpir-
ing errors, and to get as many correct deci-
sions as possible. If it can help increase
the correct decisions by 5.5 percent, then
it is a good outcome, but we must continue
to strive to improve umpiring and the per-
formance of the DRS." (ESPNcricinfo)
ICC defends umpires, DRS
If Steven Finn required any reminder
that his place in the England side was in
jeopardy, he received it with the sight of
Chris Tremlett joining the England squad
for training at Lord s yesterday.
While Tremlett has not been called into
the England squad, his appearance did
underline his continuing interest to the
selectors and was another step towards a
potential return. Tremlett last played for
England in the UAE in January 2012 but
was forced home from that tour through
injury. Since then he has twice undergone
surgery and, after a modest start to the sea-
son with Surrey, has just started to bowl at
something approaching his best form.
Finn endured a chastening final day of
the Trent Bridge Test. Trusted to bowl only
ten overs in Australia's second innings---
that is three fewer than James Anderson
bowled in one spell on the final day---Finn
was hit out of the attack in two overs on
Sunday and missed a tricky, but potentially
crucial, chance in the field.
Monty Panesar, the Sussex left-arm spin-
ner, and Ben Stokes, the Durham allrounder,
also trained with the England squad on
Tuesday, with Tremlett bowling Jonathan
Trott in the nets. The nephew of Bermuda's
Dwayne Leverock, Kamau, who is currently
playing with Horsham, was also involved.
It might be wrong to read much into the
appearance of any of the three players. None
are currently required by their county sides
while others jostling for England places, the
likes of Warwickshire's Boyd Rankin and
Kent's James Tredwell, are currently involved
in games. It was also an optional net, with
only Finn, of the England bowlers utilised
at Trent Bridge, opting to bowl.
Tremlett trains with England
COLOMBO---Captain AB de Villiers
wants South Africa to use the tour of
Sri Lanka to team-build toward the
cricket World Cup in two years, and
says his young players are learning
to perform without the stars.
He said yesterday, ahead of five one-
day internationals and three Twenty
20s, that his team was still trying to
find its feet but was getting used to
being without players such as Jacques
Kallis and Dale Steyn.
"It's important for us to get com-
binations ready when we do lose our
experienced players, especially looking
at the 2015 World Cup. It's a great
opportunity for us to perform without
them," de Villiers said.
South Africa and Sri Lanka were
both semifinalists in last month's
Champions Trophy in England and
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews
will miss the first two one-day matches
because of a suspension for maintaining
a slow-over rate in last week's final of
a tri-series in West Indies also involving
With regular vice-captain Dinesh
Chandimal out of form, it is still
unclear who will lead the side in Math-
The tour starts with a practice game
ahead of Saturday's first one-dayer in
South Africa focus
on team building
for World Cup
Tim Bresnan, left, Steven Finn, second from right, and Chris Tremlett, right, practise in the
nets at Lord's, yesterday under the watchful eye of David Saker, second fron left.
PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
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