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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Atapattu yearns teammates' support

With star batsman Kumar Sangakkarra ruled out of the first Test with a hamstring injury, Atapattu is set to cap a remarkable comeback from the cricketing wilderness.

But he isn't sure if he has been welcomed back into the fold with warmth by his teammates, simply answering: "I hope so." And he admits he only accepted the invitation back into Test cricket because it didn't disrupt his plans. "The sports minister of Sri Lanka came and asked me whether I could go to Australia with the team," Atapattu said. "My answer to him straight away was 'OK I'll go to Australia, if the Australian trip fits into my plans'. "All the problems started in the World Cup. A lot of things have happened but they should not have happened like that.

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