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Mathews will play as specialist batsman; Chandimal set to return after lacking second Take a look at in South Africa

Batsman Angelo Mathews and quick bowler Nuwan Pradeep are amongst 5 gamers who’ve joined the Sri Lanka bio-bubble since their return from South Africa. They, together with batsman Roshen Silva, spin-bowling allrounder Ramesh Mendis, and left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan have now formally been named within the squad to play England, within the Take a look at sequence that begins Wednesday. The squad announcement was delayed till it was ratified by the nation’s sports activities minister.

Dhananjaya de Silva, who tore a ligament in his thigh on Boxing Day, and Kasun Rajitha, who injured his groin the following morning, are each out of the sequence altogether.

However Mathews’ return particularly will hearten a Sri Lanka facet that had been struck down by harm in South Africa. He’s more likely to take up a middle-order place, with Dinesh Chandimal additionally set to fit again in after lacking the final Take a look at.

Sri Lanka’s staff supervisor Asantha de Mel mentioned that Oshada Fernando was not a certainty to play within the first Take a look at in Galle, nonetheless, as a result of though he has recovered from the harm that saved him out of rivalry for the South Africa sequence, he has not had substantial apply but.

Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara have additionally recovered from the varied strains that had plagued them in South Africa, however in response to de Mel, each could also be in need of conditioning. Like Oshada, they’re technically out there, however will not be sure to be within the XI.

On the spin-bowling entrance, Sri Lanka have legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga, left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, offspinner Dilruwan Perera, and Sandakan to select from. Apart from Lakmal and Kumara, the out there quicks embody left-armer Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera and Asitha Fernando.

Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Embuldeniya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Dasun Shanaka, Asitha Fernando, Roshen Silva, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Ramesh Mendis

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf

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