Silva And Lakmal Included In Sri Lankan Test Squad
Sri Lanka have included fast bowler Suranga Lakmal and wicket-keeper Kaushal Silva in their 16-man squad for the opening Test against the West Indies in Galle.
The match gets underway on 15th November as one of three Tests and represents a quick turnaround for the Sri Lankans, who have recently returned from Australia, where they won the One-Day International series 2-1.
Uncapped Silva has played 85 first-class matches and offers back-up to regular gloveman Prasanna Jayawardene, despite Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan - both capable and experienced with the gloves - also being named in the squad.
Lakmal has played six One-Day Internationals for Sri Lanka but is yet to make his Test debut and has played 30 first-class matches.
Sangakkara will continue to lead the side with former skipper Mahela Jayawardene as his vice-captain while one of the heroes of the tour of Australia - Lasith Malinga - is left out of the squad.
Dammika Prasad, Thilan Thushara, Lakmal and Dilhara Fernando will compete for the fast-bowling berths with three spinners - Ajantha Mendis, Suraj Randiv and Rangana Herath also in the squad.
Sri Lanka Test squad: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Mahela Jayawardene (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dilhara Fernando, Rangana Herath, Prasanna Jayawardene, Thilina Kandamby, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Tharanga Paranavitana, Dammika Prasad, Suraj Randiv, Thilan Samaraweera, Kaushal Silva, Thilan Thushara
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