Wednesday 10 November 2010 

Silva And Lakmal Included In Sri Lankan Test Squad

Silva And Lakmal Included In Sri Lankan Test Squad
Silva And Lakmal Included In Sri Lankan Test Squad
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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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