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Michael Graydon Vandort (born 19 January 1980 in Colombo) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler. He is one of the tallest batsmen ever to play test cricket and stands at 6 feet 5 inches.
|Full name||Michael Graydon Vandort|
|Born||19 January 1980|
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Test debut (cap 87)||6 September 2001 v Bangladesh|
|Last Test||26 December 2008 v Bangladesh|
|Only ODI (cap 128)||13 January 2006 v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
|1998–||Colombo Cricket Club|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 December 2009
Having emerged in 2001 after impressive club performances, he was picked against Bangladesh in September 2001 after an impressive century. His Test average was 36.90. He scored a century in Sri Lanka's defeat to England on 28 May 2006. He nearly became the first batsman since Javed Omar in 2001 to carry the bat through the whole innings. In his one day international debut against Australia he scored a Test-like 48 off 117 balls in a run-chase of 318, and did not play an ODI for the remainder of his career. However, he was selected to play in the tests against Australia and scored a gritty 83 against Australia in the first test in Brisbane. He is considered a good slips fielder but less effective in the outfield.
He was dropped from the Sri Lankan Test team following a string of poor performances, especially against India in 2008-2009, and has not played in international tests since.
The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Michael Vandort
- In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
- The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
|Test Centuries of Michael Vandort|
|||140||2||Bangladesh||Colombo, Sri Lanka||SSC||28 July 2002|
|||105||5||England||Birmingham, England||Edgbaston||25 May 2006|
|||117||9||Bangladesh||Colombo, Sri Lanka||SSC||25 June 2007|
|||138||12||England||Colombo, Sri Lanka||SSC||9 December 2007|