A fit-again Angelo Mathews was on Wednesday named in the 22-member Sri Lanka squad for the two-Test series against England, starting Thursday in Galle. (More Cricket News)
Former captain Mathews, 33, missed the South Africa tour because of a hamstring injury but is expected to be part of the playing eleven in the two Tests against England, which are a part of the ICC World Test Championships.
The series is a resumption of the contest that was halted in March last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sri Lanka will be led by Dimuth Karunaratne
England are without Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes. Both have been rested keeping in mind a long tour to India which follows immediately afterwards. Opening batsman Rory Burns has remained in England for the birth of his first child.
For Sri Lanka a 2-0 Test series defeat in South Africa came at a cost in terms of injuries. Dhananjaya de Silva and Kasun Rajitha are both sidelined, plus Oshada Fernando has had no match practice after a spell out of action.
The second Test will be held from January 22 at the same venue. Both the matches will be held behind closed doors because of the pandemic.
All About the 1st Test match between Sri Lanka and England
Days: January 14 to 18
Time: 10am IST
Venue: Galle Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka
TV Channels: Sony Ten 2, Sony Sports 2 HD
Live Streaming: Sony LIV and Airtel Xstream app (India).
Likley Playing XI's:
England: Joe Root (c), Sam Curran, Daniel Lawrence, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Asitha Fernando
England Squad: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes (wk), Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Janith Perera (wk), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Mendis (wk), Angelo Mathews, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Embuldeniya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Dasun Shanaka, Asitha Fernando, Roshen Silva, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Ramesh Mendis.