Mathews to lead Sri Lanka at Champions Trophy

All-rounder returns to the ODI side after missing series against South Africa, Australia and Bangladesh


Afp April 24, 2017
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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Angelo Mathews will return as Sri Lanka skipper for the Champions Trophy after missing the ODI series against South Africa, the tour of Australia and the home series against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka Cricket on Monday announced a 15-member squad led by the all-rounder, who cut short his tour of South Africa after twisting his ankle in January. "I am 100% fit now and I also hope to be able to bowl," said Mathews.

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He said he was "very happy" with the squad chosen for the tournament and hopeful of making a good impression.

"I have got the best squad." he said. "We can do well with this team. I am very happy. I have a lot of confidence. We have an opportunity to bring an ICC trophy to Sri Lanka."

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Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said Lasith Malinga was also being inducted into the squad after nearly two years and was fully fit to play in England.

"All the other players will be able to benefit from Malinga's experience," said Jayasuriya. "He has said in writing that he is fully fit to play."

Squad:

Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga (vice-captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekera, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan and Seekkuge Prasanna.

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