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Jayasuriya heads for England


jayasuriyaVeteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya will join his Sri Lanka teammates in England after reversing his decision to quit.

The left-hander, 36, will arrive in England well ahead of the second Test in Edgbaston from May 25 and stay for the third Test and the subsequent five One-day Internationals, Chief Selector De Mel told reporters.

“Jayasuriya indicated a willingness to make himself available for Test cricket again and we decided to send him to England as soon as possible,” he said.

The build-up to the three-Test series, starting at Lord’s later on Thursday, has been overshadowed by Jayasuriya’s dramatic comeback less than a month after he said he was quitting Test cricket to concentrate on one-dayers.

De Mel, who replaced Lalith Kaluperuma as chairman of the selection committee last week, blamed his predecessor for forcing the former captain out of Test matches.

De Mel said Jayasuriya was handed an ultimatum to either quit or be sacked by the previous regime, but the new committee wanted him back because he still had a lot to offer.

“I had a talk with the team management in England and they told me that they were toying with the idea of opening the innings with Tilan Samaraweera, who is essentially a middle-order batsman,” said De Mel. “If Samaraweera is pushed into opening and if he fails, his career would be at the crossroads. Sanath can’t reach England in time for the first Test. But he will have enough time to acclimatise and get himself focussed for the second and third Tests,” he added.

Jayasuriya has scored 6,613 runs in 102 Tests with 14 centuries. He is also the world’s fourth batsman to score 10,000 runs in one-dayers after India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, and Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq.

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