Law rules out Vaas for Test at Lord's

Chaminda Vaas pictured during a net session AFP

By Julian Guyer

London: Jun 2, 2011

Sri Lanka coach Stuart Law said there would be no SOS sent to paceman Chaminda Vaas ahead of the second Test against England at Lord’s here on Friday.

Vaas, who played the last of his 111 Tests two years ago, was in superb form for English County Championship Second Division leaders Northamptonshire as he completed a 10-wicket haul in their crushing innings and 177-run County Championship win against Glamorgan on Wednesday.

Vaas took five for 60 in Glamorgan’s second innings to finish with match figures of 10 for 82.

It was a reminder to Sri Lanka, who have arrived in England without off-spin great Muttiah Muralitharan and slinsghot seamer Lasith Malinga, both of whom have retired, of what they were missing.

The 37-year-old Vaas has hinted at being available for an international return and, with Sri Lanka beaten in the first Test in a match where they were without seamers Nuwan Pradeep and Dilhara Fernando through injury, a bowler of his class would not go amiss.

“It’s good to see Vaasy going strong, and he looks after himself,” former Australia batsman Law told reporters at Lord’s here on Wednesday.

“But we’ve picked a squad, and settled on it, so to draft someone in to make up the numbers wouldn’t be the right way to go about it.

“We’ve got to put faith in the players we’ve got in the squad now, and try to go forward, although if there’s an injury then we’ll consider (calling up Vaas),” he added.

Sri Lanka’s attack in the first Test in Cardiff looked largely unthreatening as England piled up 496 for five declared.

However, it was their batting in the Welsh capital that cost them dear, a collapse to 82 all out on Monday’s final day handing England an innings and 14-run win as the hosts went 1-0 up in the three-match series.

“We didn’t really compete on that last day,” Law said. “It was obviously very disappointing but embarrassing as well, to get bowled out in 25 overs with some of the world’s best batsmen in our line-up.

“We sat down for a good 40 minutes after the day’s play and spoke about different aspects and ways of coming back. We didn’t dwell on the negatives.

“We batted well in the first innings, we batted well in the second innings in Derby (against the England Lions), but in each game we haven’t batted well in both. That’s what we need to do in this Test.”