Sri Lanka include Dickwella, Gunaratne for Bangladesh Tests

Published: March 1, 2017
SHARES
Email
Niroshan Dickwella joins the Sri Lanka nets in Colombo. PHOTO: AFP

Niroshan Dickwella joins the Sri Lanka nets in Colombo. PHOTO: AFP

COLOMBO: Batsmen Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne have been rewarded for their recent limited-overs success with spots in Sri Lanka’s Test squad for the two-match series against Bangladesh starting next week.

The 23-year-old Dickwella played the last of his four Tests in July 2014. He was impressive in the limited-overs matches in South Africa and Australia this year, prompting his inclusion in the 15-man Test squad, to be led by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in absence of injured regular skipper Angelo Mathews.

Mushfiqur Rahim relishes Bangladesh’s chances against Sri Lanka

Gunaratne, who played both his Tests in Zimbabwe last year, hit his first ODI hundred in South Africa last month and also posted two match-winning fifties in the recent T20I series in Australia.

With all-rounder Mathews missing from the squad, Gunaratne’s slow medium pace bowling could also come in handy against the South Asian rivals, who are ranked ninth among 10 Test teams and two places below Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka recall Malinga for Australia T20Is

The experienced Herath will also lead the spin attack, which also features Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan and uncapped Malinda Pushpakumara.

Squad

Rangana Herath (captain), Dinesh Chandimal (wicketkeeper), Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara.

Facebook Conversations

More in Sports