Prasanna Jayawardene Recalled By Sri Lanka

Prasanna Jayawardene in training kit
Prasanna Jayawardene spent the 2013 English summer playing club cricket in Lincolnshire.
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Sri Lanka have made several changes to their Test squad for the forthcoming three-match series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Mahela Jayawardene is back after missing the series against Bangladesh in March due to injury and will help offset the retirement of Tillakaratne Dilshan.

The wicket-keeping department is perhaps the one that has seen the biggest shake-up, with Prasanna Jayawardene back after a gap of a year, and Kaushal Silva back after a gap of two after impressing recently in domestic cricket for Sinhalese Sports Club.

There are two uncapped off-spinners in the 16-man squad, with Sachithra Senanayake included after strong recent performances in ODIs alongside Dilruwan Perera. Ajantha Mendis and Tharindu Kaushal are the men to miss out. Senanayake and Perera will complement the experienced left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who returns for the Test leg of the tour after missing the ODIs.

The pace-attack sees a return for Nuwan Pradeep after he wasn’t considered for selection for the series against Bangladesh due to injury. 22 year-old left-armer Vishwa Fernando is the surprise inclusion ahead of the likes of Chanaka Welegedara. The Bloomfield CC bowler doesn’t have a particularly strong domestic record, but the Sri Lankan selectors have clearly seen something they like.

Other men to miss out from the Bangladesh series are leg-spinning all-rounder Jeevan Mendis and batsman Kithruwan Vithanage.

The first of the three Test matches begins in Abu Dhabi on 31st December, with matches in Dubai and Sharjah following from 8th and 16th January.

Sri Lanka Test squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Prasanna Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Vishwa Fernando.

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Fixtures & Results

8th December: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Sharjah
PAK 138-4 beat AFG 137-8 by 6 wickets
11th December: 1st T20I, Dubai
PAK 146-7 beat SRI 145-5 by 3 wickets
13th December: 2nd T20I, Dubai
SRI 211-3 beat PAK 187 by 24 runs
18th December: 1st ODI, Sharjah
PAK 322-5 beat SRI 311 by 11 runs
20th December: 2nd ODI, Dubai
SRI 287-8 beat PAK 284-4 by 2 wickets
22nd December: 3rd ODI, Sharjah
PAK 326-5 beat SRI 213 by 113 runs
25th December: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
PAK beat SRI by 8 wickets
27th December: 5th ODI, Abu Dhabi
SRI 235-8 beat PAK 232 by 2 wickets
31st December-4th January: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
SRI 204 & 480-5d. drew with PAK 383 & 158-2
8th-12th January: 2nd Test, Dubai
SRI 388 & 137-1 beat PAK 165 & 359 by 9 wickets
16th-20th January: 3rd Test, Sharjah
PAk 341 & 302-5 beat SRI 428-9d. & 214 by 5 wicket