Sri Lanka include Mendis in Test squad


Sri Lanka have included wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis and allrounder Milinda Siriwardana in their 16-man squad for the two-match Test series against the West Indies, starting in Galle on Wednesday.

Siriwardana earns his place on back of some impressive performances in the limited-overs format while the selection of the 20 year-old Mendis is a bit of a surprise as there are already two keepers in the squad.

Mendis captained the Sri Lanka under 19 side at the World Cup last year and has been in decent form with the bat for the Sri Lanka Development XI recently, notching up scores of 156, 52 and 47.

Chief selector, Kapila Wijegunawardana said: "Kusal Mendis has been on our radar for a while. We felt that he earned a spot in the Test squad with the way he has been batting, and the way he batted on the recent tour to India.

"All the selectors have assessed his skill levels to be quite good and are backing him."

Vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne retains his place in the side despite only averaging 21.09 in the home Tests this season while spinner Tharindu Kaushal has been included even though his doosra has been banned for an illegal action.

The team will be lead by Angelo Mathews. After the Galle match the teams will be moving on to the P.Sara Oval for the second match on 22 October.

Sri Lanka Test squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera