Jayasuriya all set to make comeback against England

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2011, 11:28 AM IST

London: Sri Lankan all rounder Sanath Jayasuriya (41) is set to make a dramatic one-day comeback against England.

With opener Upul Tharanga unlikely to be considered for selection after being embroiled in an alleged doping scandal, Jayasuriya should be an automatic choice to open the innings for the forthcoming ODI and Twenty20 series against England.

The veteran champion who celebrates his 42nd birthday on June 30 is easily the oldest cricketer in international cricket at present.

“If I get the call from the national selectors, I am ready to take the guard. I always place my country above everything else. Whenever I was given the chance, I always gave hundred percent,” he told a newspaper.

“When I had to make sacrifices, I bowed down to the greater interest of the country. If my services are required, I would be glad as always to give my best,” Jayasuriya added.

The left hander assured that he can still match the world’s best.

Jayasuriya retired from test cricket four years ago in 2007, and last played an ODI for Sri Lanka way back in December 2009 against India, but he is confident the one-and-half-year absence won’t affect his potential.

ANI