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Sri Lanka pick uncapped Fernando, Aponso for first two Australia ODIs

Nuwan Pradeep returns to the squad after recovering from injury.
Nuwan Pradeep returns to the squad after recovering from injury.
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Sri Lanka have selected the uncapped pair of Avishka Fernando and Amila Aponso in the One-Day International squad for the first two games against Australia in the upcoming series.

Fernando, who is a top-order batsman, has been in good form for the Sri Lanka Under-19 team in England, hitting back to back hundreds to help the team to a 3-0 whitewash.

Aponso, on the other hand, is a left-arm spinner who has put up impressive performances for the Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team in South Africa.

Meanwhile, senior batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan, who missed the tour of England due to personal reasons, has made a return to the squad, so did all-rounders Milinda Siriwardana and Thisara Perera.

However, Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Bandara and Suraj Randiv have missed out on selection for the first two games against Australia.

Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep, has recovered from his hamstring injury and has been picked in the squad and he is the only specialist pacer apart from Suranga Lakmal.

Pacers Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga have not yet recovered from their respective injuries and remain on the sidelines.

All-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva and spin-bowler Lakshan Sandakan, who impressed in the Test series, have been selected in the squad, which will be led by Angelo Mathews.

The first two ODIs between Sri Lanka and Australia will be played on 21st and 24th August respectively at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Sri Lanka ODI squad for first two ODIs: Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Avishka Fernando, Amila Aponso

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