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Mendis, Kulasekara recalled for West Indies ODIs

Ajantha Mendis returns to the Sri Lankan squad after a gap of 13 months.
Ajantha Mendis returns to the Sri Lankan squad after a gap of 13 months.
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The Sri Lankan selectors have recalled off-spinner Ajantha Mendis and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara to the 15-man squad to play West Indies in the upcoming three-match One-Day International series.

Kulasekara was dropped from the Sri Lankan side after the 2015 World Cup, wherein he only accounted for four wickets from the three matches that he played.

On the other hand, Mendis was unable to make it to the 2015 World Cup squad and last featured in ODIs for Sri Lanka in December 2014 against England.

Sri Lanka squad

Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Milinda Siriwardana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandersay, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Danushka Gunathileka

Lahiru Thirimanne who scored 203 runs in the five-match ODI series against Pakistan in July has retained his place while Lasith Malinga has also been persisted with despite averaging 61.50 with the ball in the same series.

Uncapped players, Shehan Jayasuriya, Jeffrey Vandersay and Danushka Gunathilaka have also been included in the squad. 

Gunathilaka, who is an opening batsman, made his case for selection by hitting consecutive fifties against New Zealand A in Christchurch.

Off-spinner Jayasuriya impressed with six wickets from four games against New Zealand A, whereas leg-spinner Vandersay picked six wickets in the unofficial Test series in the tour of New Zealand.

Among the players that did not make it to the squad are Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana and Nuwan Pradeep.

Sri Lanka and West Indies will play three ODIs, two in Colombo and one in Pallekele, between 1st and 7th November. 

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