Friday, June 18, 2010

Jayasuriya out to lift County Twenty20 bid



SANATH JAYASURIYA: All set to make his Worcestershire debut against Warwickshire.

SANATH Jayasuriya has landed at New Road determined to use his 21-year international experience to kick-start Worcestershire Royals’ stuttering Friends Provident t20 North Group campaign.
The Sri Lankan legend goes straight into the side to face Warwickshire Bears this afternoon (4.40pm) at County headquarters.
The 40-year-old is likely to bat at the top of the order after skipper Vikram Solanki was ruled out with a pelvis injury.
Jayasuriya, who will play a minimum of seven matches for Steve Rhodes’ side, has a wealth of experience in limited over cricket.
With 1,785 Twenty20 runs to his name in 82 matches, Jayasuriya has played in all three World Twenty20 tournaments and in the Indian Premier League.
That experience will be vital for Worcestershire having suffered three successive defeats last week.
“Everyone wants to do well when you play your local rivals, it is going to be a tough game but one that we can enjoy,” said Jayasuriya.
“The big club games back home are really tough and it will be a similar against Warwickshire.
“Having played for more than 20 years I want to share my experiences with the youngsters in the dressing room and I’m looking forward to playing alongside them.”
With Solanki out injured, the veteran of 444 one-day internationals says the Royals team will have to work that little bit harder.
Solanki missed the final two games of last week with youngster Jack Manuel replacing the County captain.
Worcestershire have also seen Steve Smith join up with the Australia one-day side and had all-rounder Gareth Andrew ruled out for a week with a back injury.
“It is a big blow for the team that Vikram is out,” the Sri Lankan said.
Rhodes is likely to retain England Under 19 international Manuel in the starting XI given that the injuries to Solanki and Andrew mean the Royals will be missing vital runs at both ends of the innings. The 19-year-old, who went to New Zealand for last winter’s Under 19 World Cup, is expected to come in down the order with the County chief expected to name three seamers.
The Bears will be on a high after their five-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire Outlaws and have only lost one of their five group matches.
Worcestershire Royals (from): Jaques, Jayasuriya, Moeen, Kervezee, Mitchell (capt), Cameron, Manuel, Scott (wkt), Jones, Richardson, Shantry, Imran. 


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