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Sri Lanka Recall Pradeep For Pakistan Tests

Nuwan Pradeep bowls
Nuwan Pradeep returns to Sri Lanka's Test squad
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Sri Lanka have recalled fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and left out spinner Ajantha Mendis for the two-Test series against Pakistan, which begins on 6th August.

That is the only change to the squad that was named for the second Test against South Africa, which was drawn earlier this week.

Pradeep, who helped Sri Lanka earn a 1-0 series win in England earlier this year, adds fast bowling cover to a squad which also includes Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad and Chanaka Welagedara.

Both Eranga and Lakmal face fitness tests ahead of the opening match.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is the leading specialist slow bowler in the squad with support expected to come from Dilruwan Perera, who took five wickets in the second Test against South Africa.

The opening Test takes place in Galle before the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo hosts Mahela Jayawardene's final Test match starting on 14th August.

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

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Fixtures & Results
6th-10th August: 1st Test, Galle
Sri Lanka 533-9 dec. & 99-3 beat
Pakistan 451 & 180 by seven wickets
14th-18th August: 2nd Test, Colombo
Sri Lanka 320 & 282 (Sangakkara 59) beat
Pakistan 330 & 165 (Herath 5-57) by 105 runs
23rd August: 1st ODI, Hambantota
Pakistan 277-6 (Sohaib Maqsood 89no) beat
Sri Lanka 275-7 by four wickets (D/L)
26th August: 2nd ODI, Hambantota
Sri Lanka 310-9 (Mathews 93, Jayawardene 67) beat
Pakistan 233 (Mohammad Hafeez 62) by 77 runs
30th August: 3rd ODI, Dambulla
Sri Lanka 104-3 (Dilshan 50no) beat
Pakistan 102 (Perera 4-34) by seven wickets