Lanka likely to ring in changes for third Test

Published: Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 18:19 [IST]
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Colombo: The thumping at Galle has prompted the Lankan selectors to make some changes in the fast bowling department with seasoned Chaminda Vaas and rookie Nuwan Kulasekara in the scanner for their below par performance in the match.

Democles sword hangs over the out of sorts opener Michael Vandort for the third and final Test beginning here on Friday, sources claimed.
"The selectors are discussing changes in the pace department and whether to continue with Michael Vandort," a source said.

It remains to be seen whether the selectors drop the opener Michael Vandort in the third Test beginning here on Friday after his poor showing in the first two matches.

After seeing India's Ishant Sharma exploding with three wickets in the second Test that added to the Sri Lankan woes as they were capitulating under the spin pressure, the Islanders are also looking for a young fast bowling option.

The 25-year-old uncapped pace bowler Dammika Prasad who troubled the Indian batsmen in the practice game against Lanka Board XI could be one of the options, according to sources.

The axe may fall on Kulasekara, who failed to extract pace in the first two Tests though did manage to force Indian openers to be watchful against him in the initial overs of the previous matches.

Kulasekara was averaging between 114 and 125 kms in the matches against India.


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