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Sri Lanka turn to uncapped Pushpakumara, Pradeep and Dhananjaya recalled

Sri Lanka turn to uncapped Pushpakumara, Pradeep and Dhananjaya recalled”

Here is the squad for the first Test: Rangana Herath (c), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.

Left-arm spinner Pushpakumara is in contention to make his global debut in Galle next week at the age of 30.

Though Pushpakumara, 30, has not played any global cricket yet, he has for always been prolific at the first-class level, where he has 558 first-class wickets at an average of 19.85, and is routinely among the top three wicket-takers in the Premier League Tournament. That he has not already played for Sri Lanka is largely due to the fact that Rangana Herath is the team's incumbent left-arm orthodox spinner. Sri Lanka will miss the services of Dinesh Chandimal, who is now the captain in the longest format for Sri Lanka. The same wrist injury had troubled him during the last Test series against Australia at home.

On the other hand, SLC had given rest to Pradeep, who is yet to recover from a niggle, but Sri Lanka he will be fine before the Galle Test.

He also took 13 wickets in Sri Lanka A's clash against England Lions in Feburary and was named in Sri Lanka's Test squad for their series against Bangladesh in March, although he didn't play.

Going out of the squad that defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets earlier in the week were Lakshan Sandakan, the left-arm chinaman bowler, and Dushmantha Chameera, the paceman, apart from Chandimal.

Herath has already been confirmed as captain for the Test that starts on Wednesday.



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