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Jayasundera, Vandersay included in Sri Lanka squad for New Zealand tour

Kaushal Silva has been left out of the Sri Lankan squad due to poor form.
Kaushal Silva has been left out of the Sri Lankan squad due to poor form.
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The Sri Lankan selectors have called up uncapped opening batsman Udara Jayasundera and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay to the 15-man Test squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

Kaushal Silva, Tharindu Kaushal and Lahiru Thirimanne have been left out of the squad while Kusal Mendis and Kithuruwan Vithanage have been included.

In total, the selectors have chosen a squad consisting of eight batsmen, three spin bowlers and four fast bowlers to deal with the New Zealand conditions.

The fast bowlers selected for the tour are Dushmantha Chameera, Dhammika Prasad, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep.

The spin attack consists of Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Vandersay, apart from all-rounder Milinda Siriwardana.

Sri Lankan Test squad for New Zealand tour

Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Mendis, Udara Jayasundera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay

A consistent domestic performer, Jayasundera finds himself among the squad after hitting two fifties in two games against New Zealand A in October.

Sri Lanka chief selector, Kapila Wijegunawardene, stated that the board has stuck with the policy of giving deserving youngsters a chance at the international level.

"Udara Jayasundera has been among the runs and has been batting very well.

"We're just following our policy of picking players on form and giving youngsters who show potential the opportunity, whenever the situation warrants."

Wijegunawardene also reasoned that the selectors opted for a variety in the attack by including a leg spinner in Vandersay.

"A wrist-spinner brings a different dimension and lot more attacking possibilities to any side.

“With Rangana and Dilruwan as our main, frontline spinners, we just thought Vandersay would give us another option.

“We do have our reasons for picking three spinners for the tour.

“We'll wait and see.”

Dissatisfied with the recent performances of Silva, Wijegunawardene is hoping that the 29-year-old can find form and fight his way back into the side.

"Over the last few games Kaushal was not giving us the expected performances.

“We felt that Kusal Mendis or Udara Jayasundera would be a better option.

“Of course we would like Kaushal to find his form and return to the side.”

Sri Lanka will tour New Zealand to play two-Test matches, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals between 10th December and 10th January.

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