Vol. 5 Num 694 Sat. May 13, 2006  

Moody wary of Sanath return

Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody gave a cautious welcome to the prospect of veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya coming out of Test retirement to join the squad ahead of this month's second Test against England.

"I understand he's coming here in the next few days," said Moody after seeing England score 318 for three on the first day of the first Test at Lord's.

"But my focus right now is on the squad of players I've got here.

"Sanath's obviously had some deep thought about his decision to retire. If he's fit and back in form, it can't be a bad thing can it?" Moody said of the 36-year-old former captain.

"He's a devastating player, he has been for Sri Lanka for many, many years. He's obviously still a very key component to our one-day campaign and he was due here anyway in two or three weeks' time for the one-dayers.

"Him coming early, the positive is that he's going to get used to English conditions a little bit earlier for the one-day series if not before then."

Jayasuriya has scored 6,613 runs in 102 Tests with 14 centuries. He is also the fourth batsman to have scored 10,000 runs in one-day internationals after India's Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, and Pakistan's Inzamamul Haq.