Sri Lanka include uncapped duo in Test squad


Sri Lanka have included uncapped duo Udara Jayasundera and Jeffrey Vandersay in their 15-man squad for the two-match Test series away to New Zealand next month.

Jayasundera is an opener who has scored 10 centuries in 56 first-class games, and replaces Kaushal Silva who has been dropped after a poor run of form.

Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay is the third spinner in the squad, joining the more senior pair of Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.

Chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardene said: "Udara Jayasundera has been among the runs and has been batting very well.  

"We're just following our policy of picking players on form and giving youngsters who show potential the opportunity, whenever the situation warrants.

"With Rangana and Dilruwan as our main, frontline spinners, we just thought Vandersay would give us another option. We do have our reasons for picking three spinners for the tour. We'll wait and see."

Test squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Mendis, Udara Jayasundera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay