Sri Lanka have sprung an amazement by dropping Dinesh Chandimal for the SA Tests. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been designated as the captain for the two-game test series.
While declaring the 17-man squad, the SLC uncovered that Chandimal has been approached to come back to Sri Lanka with the goal that he can play local cricket and recapture his form in front of things to come universal assignments. Last captain Angelo Mathews keeps on being missed from the squad in the wake of harming his hamstring in New Zealand before the finish of 2018.
Chandimal had a terrible time in Australia where Sri Lanka was battered in the two Tests. In four innings, Chandimal made just 24 runs while batting at No. 3 as his side totally surrendered to the Australian pace attack, crossing 200 only once in the whole series. 32-year-old opener Kaushal Silva come back to the squad in the wake of scoring two gigantic touble hundreds in domestic cricket recently.
Aside from this, the pickers have likewise rolled out five more changes to the squad. Roshen Silva, who played one Test each in New Zealand and Australia, has been forgotten with Sadeera Samarawickrama additionally getting the boot in spite of not highlighting in any of their four recent abroad Test matches.
Pacers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara and senior spinner Dilruwan Perera have likewise been hacked out with the selectors picking some new faces for the testing visit. Allrounder Milinda Siriwardana, batsmen Oshada Fernando and Angelo Perera, seamer Mohamed Shiraz and left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya are the five substitutions. Out of these five, just Siriwardana has played Test cricket so far with his recent appearance in the test cricket coming in May 2016.
Sri Lanka will trust that any semblance of Fernando and Perera can capture their ongoing batting droop. Fernando hit two fifties and three centuries, incorporating a double hundred in his last three domestic games though Perera stood out as truly newsworthy in the wake of crushing two double hundreds of years in a solitary first class game.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been named the vice skipper. The 1st Test will be played in Durban, beginning from February 13 with the second Test booked to be played in Port Elizabeth from February 21. The island country will likewise play five ODIs and three T20Is following the Tests. The South African team is in closing phase of the series against Pakistan with the successful victories. (Pak vs. SA)
Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Niroshan Dickwella, (VC), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohamed Shiraz, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Embuldeniya