Jayasuriya in Trent Bridge squad

Sanath Jayasuriya has been selected in Sri Lanka’s squad for the third Test against England. Also in the squad are seamer Nuwan Zoysa and 19 year-old batsman Chamara Kapugedera.

Jayasuriya retired from Test cricket earlier this year, but chairman of selectors, Asantha de Mel persuaded him to return. He was left out at Edgbaston, where Sri Lanka lost by six wickets, but captain Mahela Jayawardene thinks he is likely to make the final line-up.

Talking to BBC sport, Jayawardene said: ?He hasn’t played Test cricket for quite some time so it’s a tough call for him, but he’s played 100-odd Test matches and that should count for something. He’s looking forward to the challenge. Plus, he gives us a different variation with his left-arm spinners if it starts turning on the fourth or fifth day.” It is also expected that he will bat in the middle-order, and that Vandort and Tharanga are retained at the top of the order.

Absent from the squad are Thilan Samaraweera and Nuwan Kulasekera. Samaraweera has performed poorly with bat, averaging under five, while Kulasekera has done little with the ball, despite his Lord’s heroics with the bat. The Sri Lankan side will probably face an unchanged England line-up, with no place for seamer Jonathan Lewis.

Sri Lankan squad Upul Tharanga, Michael Vandort, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Zoysa, Sanath Jayasuriya.

Leave a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they have been approved

More articles by Alex Crampton