'I hope to be selected for the England one-day series' - Jayasuriya

By Staff Writers

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya hopes to be selected for the upcoming ODI series against England. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S.KODIKARA.

June 3, 2011 (Island Cricket): Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya said that he is eyeing a comeback and hopes to be selected for the upcoming ODI series against England.

"I was disappointed when I was not picked for the World Cup. I have been part of the team and also in the [30-man preliminary World Cup] squad and when I missed it, I felt very disappointed," Jayasuriya told Gulf News in an interview.

"Our chief selector Aravinda De Silva said that he picked the best 15 players for the World Cup, which I don't think was the best. However, I don't want to comment on that much."

The 41-year-old, who has 444 ODIs under his belt, made his debut in 1989 and is now also a member of parliament. He last played an ODI for Sri Lanka in 2009, but appeared to be nowhere close to contemplating retirement.

"I hope to be selected for the England one-day series. I have been playing in the provincial series and have played well and got most runs in the domestic season," Jayasuriya said.

"If I get a chance I will give my best again for my country or I will continue with my preparations for the coming Sri Lankan Premier League (SPL) in July, which is going to be a big and interesting tournament."

The ODI series between England and Sri Lanka gets underway with the first ODI at the Kennington Oval in London on June 28.

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does any one have stats of sanas domestic runs as mentioned here. it says he has been in good form. I would like to see for myself, but then is he on form when the first fifteen players are not playin the domestic matches as they are in uk and some others are not playing as they are at IPL.

I would like to see these stats and see what the teams are

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Unless this some kind of sick joke recalling Sanath will do little for him, the team and most importantly for the future. What on earth is he trying to prove? We alreday know he is past his best when we saw him in the 20/20 WC and how long ago was that? Also what about the future and the youngsters. Sanga and selectors have all resigned to build for the next WC and here we have a guy at 42 wanting to make a comeback. There is a limit to how absurd one can get but this is insane and surely its all about personal glory than the love of the game or country. Besides how on earth will Sanath carry out his duties as a MP if he is touring England, but I guess none of this really matter's to him? Typical politician if you ask me.

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