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COLOMBO---Sri Lanka has shifted
the venue of the second test against
Pakistan next month by request to
enable star batsman Mahela Jayawar-
dene to bow out of test cricket at his
club ground in Colombo.
Sri Lanka Cricket in a statement yes-
terday says the request was made by
Jayawardene's Sinhalese Sports Club.
The test was originally scheduled to
be at P Sara Oval, also in Colombo,
from August 14-18.
Last week, Jayawardene informed
SLC he will retire from test cricket
after the Pakistan tour, but has
promised to continue playing one-day
He has played 145 tests since 1997,
scoring 11,506 runs, seventh on the all-
Meanwhile Sri Lanka will start the
second test against South Africa at
Sri Lanka like to begin Test series
in Galle because they feel they can win
there. In the past they have arrived at
the SSC on a 1-0 cushion, and been
happy to see a flat deck on which they
can suck the life out of the series, and
demoralise the opposition attack.
In the past few years, however, there
has been a shift. Sri Lanka no longer
have a bowler who dominates visiting
batsmen from the first day of a series
until its final session. In the post-Mut-
tiah Muralitharan era, Sri Lanka have
taken four 1-0 leads in Galle, and blown
that lead three times, losing matches
in Colombo. The P Sara Oval has been
their least favoured venue, but as Sri
Lanka arrive in the big city needing to
win to level the series, Angelo Mathews
knows the SSC could become a site of
disappointment against South Africa
"It is usually a flat wicket here,"
Mathews said. "It does a little bit in
the morning session and then turns
out to be a batting paradise. I hope it
will be different. But whatever pitch
we play on we've got to find ways to
beat them. The wicket and the toss
won't make a massive difference."
The task of taking 20 South Africa
wickets has been made tougher by the
injury to Shaminda Eranga, but Math-
ews suggested that while changes in
personnel were likely, Sri Lanka will
continue to play seven batsmen in their
"I would like to go 7-4 on any wick-
et," he said. "The batters need to score
runs to give the bowlers a chance. We
haven't done that properly in the last
few games. It's just that we have to be
a bit more cautious. There will be phas-
es in the game when the South Africa
bowlers will be steaming in, and they
will be reverse-swinging the ball. Those
little phases we've got to win. They
won most of those situations in the
Among the drawbacks of playing
seven batsmen, is occasionally finding
yourself a bowler short, as Sri Lanka
did in Galle, when Eranga was rendered
unfit to bowl after the first day. Math-
ews is the only reliable bowling option
in the top seven, but he bowls only
sporadically in Tests. He delivered 11
overs in Sri Lanka's first innings, but
did not bowl at all in the second.
"I am trying to manage my bowling
because I am still struggling with my
knee," Mathews said. "There's a little
bit of a niggle, especially in Test match-
es."Mathews may also re-evaluate his
place in the batting order, particularly
after a spot opens up in the top five.
He has averaged 81.69 since becoming
captain, but has been hampered by
middle-order collapses that have often
left him having to bat with the tail.
"Going up the order is an option.
Especially after the Pakistan series I
might bat higher up, because Mahela
Jayawardene is also retiring. Regardless
of being the captain you are still a player
in the team. You need to contribute
with either bat or ball. I am just trying
to keep it simple and score runs when
I go to bat and pick up a few wickets
when I bowl."
Angelo Mathews: "We will go all out to try and win this Test. If we lose 2-0 it
doesn't matter, as long as we play well."
end test career
on home ground
Faruque Ahmed, Bangladesh s
chief selector, has a full plate to
deal with ahead of the meeting to
pick the squads for the upcoming
tour of the West Indies.
The limited-overs side is likely
to be announced in the next few
days after he submits it to the BCB,
along with the players included in
the Test squad.
Changing conditions in the
Caribbean, Bangladesh's worrying
batting form and bowling resources,
and the absence of their top crick-
eter are among the many factors
he will have to consider.
Shakib Al Hasan's six-month
suspension means that for the first
time Bangladesh will not select him
though he is fully fit. "Shakib is a
very important player but this is
part of cricket," Faruque said.
"Some players get injured, though
Shakib has been suspended. We
have played without him in the
recent past. From the point of view
of the chief selector, we have to
add an extra player when replacing
Shakib. I think we can fill his place
by picking an extra batsman or
Bangladesh won eight out of 21
ODIs that Shakib missed in the last
six years; four since March 2013.
However, they have lost all their
ODIs in 2014. Tamim Iqbal's form
is a major concern, as are Mah-
mudullah and Nasir Hossain's lean
Faruque did not explicitly say he
is considering Tamim, but he is
making arrangements with an eye
on the opener's form. "Tamim is
one of our best players. We hope
that most of our key players return
to form before the World Cup.
When they go through a bad patch,
we keep an eye whether they are
doing the other things properly. He
is working hard, trying. But it is
not clear when he will return to
form. We have options, so we are
making a team in that way."
Thirteen players out of the pre-
liminary squad of 25 were part of
the ODI series against India in June,
with only Ziaur Rahman being cut.
There will be talk of Imrul Kayes,
who scored a Test hundred and an
ODI fifty in his only opportunities
this year, while also top scoring for
Bangladesh A in their largely unsuc-
cessful tour of the West Indies in
May and June. Robiul Islam and
Shafiul Islam will also be consid-
ered, though Robiul only for Tests.
Rubel Hossain could be consid-
ered, though he hasn't played com-
petitive cricket since March, while
Arafat Sunny will also be discussed
due to Shakib's absence. Faruque
all but ruled out picking an
uncapped player for this tour.
all-rounder Kane Williamson has
been banned from bowling
because of an illegal action.
Williamson, who bowls occa-
sional off spin while predominantly
playing as a top order batsman,
was reported by umpires during
the second test between New
Zealand and the West Indies at
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on July
6. New Zealand Cricket said inde-
pendent analysis of his action,
conducted this month at Cardiff
Metropolitan University, concluded
his elbow extension exceeds the
15 degrees of tolerance permitted
under ICC regulations.
Williamson has been suspended
from bowling until he has "sub-
mitted to fresh independent analy-
sis and satisfied assessors of the
legality of his action," NZC said.
The 23-year-old, currently with
Yorkshire, has 24 test wickets at
an average of 40.
Williamson suspended over illegal action
Bangladesh starts prep for
WI tour without Shakib
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