Sri Lanka consider mystery man Mendis to sink England
May 12, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara could unleash versatile, young spinner Ajantha Mendis on an England team that has had little experience of playing the talented bowler.
The two teams meet in the semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup on Thursday on a slow surface that could be well suited to spin.
Mendis, who bowls a mixed-up collection of orthodox off-spin and well disguised leg-breaks was left out of Sri Lanka’s reshuffled line-up for Tuesday’s dramatic last-ball win over India a result that sent them through.
Batsmen internationally have been getting used to reading Mendis’s various deliveries but the English, who have only faced the 25-year-old once in last year’s Champions Trophy, have hardly encountered him.
"We’ll have to have a think about that, how that works with our combinations and batting. We would love him to play. I think he’s a top quality spinner and England probably played him once," said Sangakkara.
"It’s a realistic possibility but we’ve got other spinners, even part-timers who are pretty good," he said.