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Monday, 16 April 2012 - 8:33
Kapugedara wants to open batting
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Sri Lanka’s hard-hitting middle order batsman Chamara Kapugedera said that he would like to see the selectors give him a consistent opportunity to bat higher in the ODI and T20 batting line up.

The 25-year-old Kapugedera has played 91 ODIs for Sri Lanka but has managed only eight half-centuries since making his ODI debut six years ago.

He has, however, borne the brunt of inconsistent selection policies that have seen him bat as low as number nine.

Kapugedera earlier this month in the premier domestic tournament, batting at number four, smashed 86 off 39 balls including eight sixes and four boundaries.

Likewise, in the sixth match of the Asia Cup last month, he stroked a more subdued but responsible half-century that helped Sri Lanka after Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara were back in the hut in only the eighth over of the match.

The right-hander said that he prefers to bat at number four or five but would gladly accept the challenge of opening the batting.

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