Dinesh Chandimal has been recalled to Sri Lanka’s Test squad for the first Test against New Zealand in Galle from August 14. The former Sri Lanka captain was left out of the tour of South Africa and subsequently the World Cup because of poor form.
Also back in the mix is Niroshan Dickwella, the wicketkeeper, following a run of consistent scores for Sri Lanka A on their tour of India in June.
Angelo Mathews, who had missed the Tests against South Africa earlier this year with a hamstring issue, was also picked following an injury-free run all summer. Mathews featured in the World Cup, where he even resumed bowling, and was named Player of the Series during their 3-0 ODI whitewash of Bangladesh at home.
The 15-member squad, pruned from a list of 22 named on Tuesday, has three spinners. Lasith Embuldeniya, the left-arm orthodox spinner, Lakshan Sandakan, the left-arm wristspinner, and Akila Dananjaya, the mystery spinner, were all included, having been part of the tour of India.
There was no place for offspinning allrounder Dilruwan Perera, who was included in the initial 22-member longlist named on Tuesday. Dilruwan, 37, briefly was a Test regular at home along with the now-retired Rangana Herath. Dilruwan, 37, who has 153 wickets, played the last of his 38 Tests in Australia in February. He was overlooked for the South Africa tour.
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