Tuesday 22 July 2014 

Sri Lanka Call Up Niroshan Dickwella

Dinesh Chandimal appeals for a wicket
Dinesh Chandimal (left) has been replaced in Sri Lanka's Test squad by the uncapped Niroshan Dickwella
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Sri Lanka have added uncapped wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella to their squad ahead of the second and final Test against South Africa in Colombo.

After losing the opening match in Galle by 153 runs, Dickwella comes into the squad as a replacement for Dinesh Chandimal.

Chandimal, who toured England earlier this year with the senior squad and played in the second Test at Headingley, has been added to the Sri Lanka 'A' squad currently in England.

The second Test against South Africa begins on Thursday 24th July at the SSC Cricket Ground.

Dickwella has played for Sri Lanka 'A', Sri Lanka Under-23s and Sri Lanka Under-19s as well as a Sri Lanka Development XI and Sri Lanka Emerging Players.

Plying his trade with Nondescripts Cricket Club, he has played just 22 first-class matches, scoring 1,206 runs at an average of 34.45 as well as taking 50 catches and pulling off eight stumpings.

While Dickwella is a specialist wicket-keeper, Sri Lanka do have other options as Kaushal Silva or even Kumar Sangakkara could also take the gloves in the continued absence of Prasanna Jayawardene.

Sri Lanka Test squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-captain), Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Suranga Lakmal, Ajantha Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Kumar Sangakkara, Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kithruwan Vithanage, Chanaka Welagedara

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Fixtures & Results
6th July: 1st ODI, Colombo
South Africa 304-5 (Amla 109, de Villiers 75) beat
Sri Lanka 229 (Sangakkara 88) by 75 runs
9th July: 2nd ODI, Pallekele
Sri Lanka 267 (Dilshan 86, McLaren 4-48) beat
South Africa 180 (Amla 101) by 87 runs
12th July: 3rd ODI, Hambantota
South Africa 339-5 (de Kock 128, de Villiers 108) beat
Sri Lanka 257 (Mathews 58) by 82 runs
16th-20th July: 1st Test, Galle
South Africa 455-9 dec. & 206-6 dec. beat
Sri Lanka 292 & 216 (Sangakkara 76) by 153 runs
24th-28th July: 2nd Test, Colombo
Sri Lanka 421 & 229-8 dec. drew with
South Africa 282 & 159-8 (Herath 5-40)