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|Full name||Vinothen Bede John|
|Born||27 May 1960 (age 57)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Test debut (cap 5)||4 March 1983 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||23 August 1984 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 27)||12 September 1982 v India|
|Last ODI||30 October 1987 v England|
Source: Cricifo, 9 February 2016
He played for the Nondescripts Cricket Club, Bloomfield C&AC,Moratuwa CC, Sinhalese Sports Club and continuously for over two decades in the Nationalised Services Cricket Tournament, representing the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. John, played six tests between March 1983 and August 1984, during which he claimed an impressive 28 wickets (average 21.92). John is a product of St Peter's College, Colombo.
He made his test debut in Lancaster Park in New Zealand and had the scalps of Glenn Turner and Sir Richard Hadlee. The stocky right-arm seamer opened the bowling for Sri Lanka in the eighties in tests and ODIs.
His Test career ended in the famous Lord's test where he captured four wickets for 98 runs. He took 34 ODI wickets (48.67) in 45 matches in five years from 1982-87 before bidding adieu in a Reliance World Cup match against England in 1987, which Sri Lanka lost by eight wickets.
Test 5 Wicket hauls
|1||5/60||2||New Zealand||Basin Reserve||Wellington||New Zealand||1983|
|2||5/86||3||New Zealand||Asgiriya Stadium||Kandy||Sri Lanka||1984|
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