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No Malinga, Mathews in Test squad

Posted by on April 21, 2011 0 Comment

Sri Lanka have excluded Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews from the their Test squad to take on England.

All-rounder Mathews is still recovering from the quad muscle strain that ruled him out of the ongoing Indian Premier League, while the injury-prone Malinga’s ability to last a five-day game is constantly in doubt.

The 16-strong touring party contains four fast bowlers in Nuwan Pradeep, Dilhara Fernando, Chanaka Welegedara and Suranga Lakmal, while batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal have also cracked the nod.

Right-arm seamer Pradeep is the only new cap in the squad.

Tillakaratne Dilshan will lead the side, while a vice-captain to Kumar Sangakkara’s successor is yet to be named.

Sri Lanka will play three Tests against the English followed by a Twenty20 International and five ODIs. The first Test commences in Cardiff on 26 May.

Squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene, Thisara Perera, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Dilhara Fernando, Chanaka Welegedara, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep. Cricket365

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