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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 November, 2003, 14:37 GMT
Sri Lanka profiles
Left-arm fast-medium bowler; left-hand batsman

Chaminda Vaas
DOB: 27.1.74
Test debut: v Pakistan, Kandy, 1994
ODI debut: v India, Rajkot, 1994

The best thing to say about Vaas is that he is the finest seam bowler Sri Lanka have ever produced.

And since the retirement of Wasim Akram, his only rival on the world stage among left-arm seamers is India's Zaheer Khan.

He has been in the side for nearly a decade but is still not in his thirties and will be deeply respected by England.

After all, he made Mike Atherton look a novice in 2001 and almost single-handedly bowled Sri Lanka into the World Cup semi-finals.

In between those performances, he took 26 wickets in the 3-0 rout of West and, against Zimbabwe, claimed the first eight-wicket haul ever in a one-day international.

One major blip, however, was the 2002 tour of England. Was expected to find conditions to his liking, but fluffed his lines.

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