Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Sachithra Hopes Success At New Road Can Lead To More Test Action

Sachithra Hopes Success At New Road Can Lead To More Test Action

Sachithra Senanayake hopes a successful spell with Worcestershire will boost his chances of playing more Test cricket for Sri Lanka.

The spinner enjoyed helping the county secure their first LV = County Championship win of the season against Somerset at New Road after picking up six wickets in the previous game against Sussex at Hove.

He is ranked third best bowler in the world in the ICC T20 rankings and 25th in the ODI rankings.

But Senanayake is keen to add to the one Test appearance he has made for his country and believes doing well for Worcestershire will enhance those chances.

Senanayake, who is contracted for 10 weeks with the county, said: "One of my dreams is to be a good Test bowler, and it will help me to get into the Test team if I do well in county cricket.

"We all know Rangana Herath became a good spinner, almost the number one spinner in the world and he played a lot of county cricket.

"He got given the challenge and he became the (Sri Lankan) number one spinner. I want to take that challenge and I want to be part of the national Test team as well.

"In Sri Lanka it is a bit hard to bowl but I have a good record in first class cricket. I played with lots of legends like Jayawardene, Samaraweera on good flat wickets so I got enough wickets.

"I had four or five years of first class cricket and the last couple of years with the national team. I want to play more Tests. I have only played the one so far.

"So far I'm doing well in 50 overs and T20. I'm the number three spinner in the world in T20. But the cricket is Test cricket and I want to be part of that format.

"Hopefully my best years are still to come and I can do some more and more good things in the future."

Senanayake unsurprisingly is a big fan of Sri Lanka spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan.

He said: "He is a big hero and he helped me a lot. He was an incredible player. I can't even touch his shoes!"