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MAHELA DEFENDS KAPUGEDERA SELECTION
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardane defended the selection of middle order batsman Chamara Kapugedera to the 15 memeber national squad for the five match ODI series against India. " It was not purely on his performance with the 'A' team. It was based on his good domestic season last year for the NCC in the one day competition.On that basis, we selected him to go to Australia where we had injuries to a couple of guys and ever since he has'nt played a match for us" Jayawardne explained. "What we then decided was that he might not get anopportunity to play against Pakistan, because obviously Thirimanne and Chandimal were in front of him. So we asked him to go to Zimbabwe and play the triangular series. Just because he failed in two matches, it does not mean our selection policy that we adopted for Australia has to change," Jayawardane said. "What we are trying to do is to be consisitant. It is all up to the individual to keep performing consistantly. Obviously, if we find taht he is not able do that, we might change our minds, but right now, form what he did against Australia in February, has to be taken into account. Since then he has had a few failures representing the 'A' team. I don't know if the wickets were difficult or the opposition was pretty good in Zimbabwe." Kapugedera, 25, has featured in 91 ODIs for Sri Lanka, where he has scored 1512bruns at 22:23 with eight half centuries. In his last 22 ODI innings, Kapugedera has managed two half-centuries.
 
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