After facing injuries and an embarrassing defeat from the hands of India, Sri Lanka has made some changes to the squad. The Sri Lankan management has recalled Lahiru Thirimanne, the left-handed middle order batsman back to the team. The management announced some changes for the second test match on August 1. Also, Dinesh Chandimal returns to the team as a full-time captain, Who unfortunately missed the first test due to pneumonia.
The selectors also retained the young Lakshan Sandakan to strengthen the spin department. Suranga Lakmal, on the other hand, had to miss out due to a back injury. Rangana Herath also faced some injury in the first test, but still, he is a part of the squad.
Rangana Herath was not bowling in the nets but is likely to recover before the second test match. Considering the likes of Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, and Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan will have a hard time making it to the playing XI. Sri Lanka has options in the spin department as Lakshan Sandakan is the fourth ace spinner Sri Lanka have in their squad.
Lahiru Thirimanne last played a test match in June 2016.
Lahiru Thirimanne will take Asela Gunaratne’s place in the match, who injured himself in the first test match. He suffered a thumb fracture while fielding at the slips. Lahiru Thirimanne makes his return to the squad after 13 months. The selectors dropped him from the team post the England tour last year. Lahiru Thirimanne scored a half-century against India in the two-day practice match, played on July 21.
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