Sri Lanka recall Tharanga for Tests

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Sri Lanka have recalled batsman Upul Tharanga to the Test side after a seven-year absence.

Sri Lanka have recalled batsman Upul Tharanga to the Test side after a seven-year absence, after good performances for the A side this year prompted the selectors to see his as more than an ODI player.

Tharanga was named in the 15-man squad for the Tests against South Africa this month, having last played a Test in 2007. He has 15 such caps to his name, and averages just over 28. He did not play in the ODI series.

Also back in the squad is Suranga Lakmal, who missed out in England due to a hamstring injury, while spinner Ajantha Mendis has been added to the squad. Also called up is batsman Kithruwan Vithanage.

Other changes to the side that won in England are that Nuwan Pradeep and Prasanna Jayawardene are still out injured, while Dimuth Karunaratne has been dropped due to bad form. Veteran paceman Nuwan Kulasekara has also been discarded.

Dinesh Chandimal makes a return to the action after being dropped for the ODI series, and will keep wicket in Prasanna's absence.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad, Chanaka Welagedara

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