Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jayasuriya's experience vital for Worcestershire Royals

WORCESTERSHIRE captain Vikram Solanki has been sidelined for up to four weeks with an injury to his pelvis.

Solanki is expected to be replaced at the top of the Royals’ batting order by new overseas signing Sanath Jayasuriya.

The Sri Lankan legend is expected to arrive tomorrow and is likely to go straight into the side for Friday’s derby clash with Warwickshire Bears (4.40pm) at New Road.

The arrival of the 40-year-old could not have come at a better time for director of cricket Steve Rhodes following three successive Twenty20 defeats.

“With no Vikram in the side we have got an ideal international class opening batsman to come in who can also bowl some left-arm spin,” Rhodes said.

“Sanath might be the shake-up we need with the batting and give us some sparkle.
“I think Sanath himself will admit that he has got something to prove, having been left out of the Sri Lankan set-up for the Asia Cup.”

The experience of Jayasur-iya will be vital to the Royals following the loss of Solanki, but also the departure of Australian leg-spinning all-rounder Steve Smith.

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