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by John Pennington Wednesday 7 January 2015
Sri Lanka have included Lasith Malinga in their 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup 2015, provided the fast bowler can prove his fitness following a long injury lay-off.
Should he recover from surgery on an injured ankle, he will join fellow quick bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal and Dhammika Prasad in a strong squad.
Sri Lanka, runners-up in both 2007 and 2011, start their campaign against New Zealand on 14th February in the tournament's opening game in Christchurch.
They also play Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, Australia and Scotland in Pool A.
The squad includes two spinners in Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake as well as Jeevan Mendis as an all-round option.
Packed with experience, it will be led by Angelo Mathews and he will have Mahela Jayawardene - already a veteran of four World Cups - to call on as well as Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara.
Dimuth Karunaratne (six ODIs) is the least experienced member of the squad.
Jayawardene and Sangakkara will retire from ODI cricket following the World Cup.
Sri Lanka World Cup squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga (fitness permitting), Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake
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