Sri Lanka Cricket Board has announced the 22-member squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against England. The first Test match will start on Thursday. At the same time, Veteran batsman Angelo Mathews, who missed his recent tour of South Africa due to a hamstring injury, has made a comeback to the Test team for a two-match home series against England.
The Test series was earlier postponed in March, as the England team returned home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the first match under the ICC World Test Championship will be played from 14 to 18 January. At the same time, the second Test match between the two teams will take place from 22 to 26 January.
Sri Lanka’s bowling department:
Talking about Sri Lanka’s bowling department, the team has leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, offspinner Dilruwan Perera, and Sandakan to choose from. Apart from Lakmal and Kumara, other bowlers include left-armer Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera and Asitha Fernando.
Sri Lanka Test Team is as follows
Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Embuldeniya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Dasun Shanaka, Asitha Fernando, Roshen Silva, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Ramesh Mendis.
Probable XI for both sides:-
Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal.
England – Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Dominic Bess, Jake Leach, James Anderson.