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Jayaratne has two practice matches to prove his utility for Team Sri Lanka

Nuwan Pradeep ( L), Oshada Fernando and Ishan Jayaratne posing for a photograph. Photo: srilankacricket.lk

Colombo, June 17 (MNN) A music career option is at present far away from the mind of Sri Lankan player Ishan Jayaratne, who has made it to the 24-member squad that will tour England but will have to prove he is international cricketer material soon.

Of course, Jayaratne will have to make the grade in a challenging cast of several aspirants with just two practice matches on the cards on June 18 and 20 ahead of the England series’ kicking off with the T20 leg on June 23, Sri Lanka cricket reports.

As an aspiring cricketer, he was driven to publicly say that if his big dream of playing for his country did not materialise, he would then regrettably turn to a music career that also beckoned him.

Hence, the late call-up for Ishan at the age of 31 is indeed a joyful turnaround to his career, though he could find himself in a do-or-die situation soon.

The former Wesley College product and Ragama CC all-rounder is a right-hand batsman and right-arm medium fast bowler, who is awaiting a nod in either T20 or ODI cricket, with Sri Lanka slated to play three matches each during their England tour.

It will be interesting to see whether skipper Kusal Janith Perera and the rest of the team management will afford him the opportunity to come good or bank on his performances in domestic cricket on which he won a call-up with some compelling scores and wickets.

Born on June 26, 1989, Jayaratne has a run aggregate of 2,219 first-class runs with one century (123) and nine half centuries from 85 matches, averaging 22.19 and having a strike rate of 72.73.

He has a fair tally of wicket-taking performances – 5 for 31 vs SL Army, 4 for 53 vs Galle CC, 3 for 52 vs NCC, 2 for 52 vs Tamil Union in April.

His career record is 194 wickets from 85 first-class matches with best of 7 for 37 and best match haul of 8 for 116, averaging 29.09 with 4 5-wicket hauls and 6 4-wicket hauls with 3.74 economy rate.

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