Sri Lanka have been boosted by the news that senior players Angelo Mathews and Suranga Lakmal were both passed fit to tour the West Indies for a Test series starting next month.
Allrounder Mathews and seamer Lakmal had been selected in the original squad subject to a fitness test and it has now been confirmed that they will take part in the three-match series.
Both players have not played a lot of cricket in recent months but were part of Sri Lanka’s eight-day training camp in Colombo.
Lakmal’s return is particularly important as he adds experience to the pace attack while Mathews, it has been by confirmed, will only play as a batsman in the Test series.
Sri Lanka chief selector Graeme Labrooy told ESPNCricinfo: “Mathews will not be bowling, while Lakmal’s inclusion [in the third Test] will depend on how much he bowls in the first two games.
“That however depends on the selection committee on tour, and how much of a workload he undertakes.”
The first Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies starts in Trinidad on 6 June.
Sri Lanka Test squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Mahela Udawatte, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Gamage, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, and Asitha Fernando.
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