Danushka Gunathilaka and Dasun Shanaka will replace Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Gamage in the 2nd and 3rd Test of the ongoing tour against West Indies.
Angelo Mathews will return to the island for the birth of his second child whilst Lahiru Gamage is out with a finger injury he sustained in the 1st Test.
Their replacements will only leave the island today and are not expected to take part in the 2nd Test starting tomorrow at Gros Islet. However, Dhanajaya De Silva is likely to replace Mathews while Asitha Fernando or Kasun Rajitha will take Gamage’s place in the first XI. Mahela Udawatte might also make his debut on top of the order pushing Kusal Mendis to No.3, his usual batting position.
Sri Lanka will try to bounce back and they certainly have the firepower to do so. However, it’s important they learn from their mistakes in the first Test.
Proteas Test squad to Sri Lanka
South Africa announced a strong Test squad to Sri Lanka, captained by Faf du Plessis for the two-match Test series starting next month.
Dale Steyn returned to the side after recovering from a heel injury during the Cape Town Test against India earlier in the year. The squad also included two uncapped players, Tabraiz Shamsi and Shaun von Berg.
“It is very welcome news to have Dale back in our pack of world-class seamers. Particularly in view of the retirement of Morne Morkel. Kagiso Rabada has also made a complete recovery from the injury concerns he had at the end of the Australia Test Series,” said Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Selection Panel (NSC) convener Linda Zondi. (Gulf News).
South Africa 15 Man Squad – Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn , Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram Lungisani Ngidi, Vernon Philander , Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Shaun von Berg.
Dimuth Karunaratne to captain SL A in Bangladesh
The 30-year-old opening batsman will return to competitive cricket with two four-day matches for Sri Lanka A in the forthcoming tour of Bangladesh.
The two match test series will be followed by three ODIs.
Sri Lanka A squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain first two four-dayers only), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Ashan Priyanjan, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Shammu Ashan, Manoj Sarathchandra, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lakshan Sandakan, Nishan Peiris, Shehan Madushanka, Nisala Tharaka, Dilesh Gunaratne.
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