Athula Samarasekera

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Athula Samarasekera
Personal information
Full name Maitipage Athula Rohitha Samarasekera
Born August 5, 1961 (1961-08-05) (age 53)
Galle
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 42) Aug 25–30 1988 v England
Last Test December 12–17 1991 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 36) Jun 9 1983 v Pakistan
Last ODI Apr 18 1994 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1983–1994 Colombo Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC
Matches 4 39 57
Runs scored 118 844 2737
Batting average 16.85 22.81 33.79
100s/50s –/1 –/4 6/13
Top score 57 76 191
Balls bowled 192 338 3774
Wickets 3 0 46
Bowling average 34.46 39.58
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 2/38 3/31
Catches/stumpings 3/– 5/– 36/–
Source: [1], 5 June 2010

Maitipage Athula Rohitha Samarasekera (born August 5, 1961, in Galle) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who is currently working as a cricket coach in Australia. He was a hard hitting opening batsman and a medium fast bowler, who played four Tests and 39 ODIs between 1983 to 1994. Athula Samarasekera was a member of the Sri Lankan cricket teams participated for the cricket world cups in 1983 and 1992.

Athula Samarasekera started his cricket career at Mahinda College, Galle, where he had his education. Then he joined the Colombo Cricket Club where he subsequently became a permanent fixture of the team.

Athula currently lives in Victoria with his family. He works as a coach and teaches young cricketers in the art of batting and bowling. Tall and correct, he was an aggressive batsman and more than handy bowler, but failed to make his mark in international cricket with the limited opportunities he got.

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