Sri Lanka Test Squad for South Africa tour 2011-12 ...

Sri Lanka Test Squad for South Africa tour 2011-12 Series

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Published on: Nov 23, 2011

Sri Lanka on Wednesday recalled unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis for next month's Test series in South Africa as the selectors grappled with injuries to key players.

Sri Lanka on Wednesday recalled unorthodox spinner AjanthaMendis for next month's Test series in South Africa as the selectors grappled with injuries to key players.

Mendis was included in a 16-man squad for the three Test matches after being excluded for the recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, which Sri Lanka lost 1-0.

Fast bowler Dilhara Fernando, who also missed the Pakistan Tests before being selected for the ongoing one-dayers, was given the nod to join the touring party.

Mendis replaces off-spinner SurajRandiv, while Fernando comes in for the injured Dammika Prasad in the squad announced in a Sri Lanka Cricket release.

Sri Lanka were also forced to exclude fast bowlers NuwanKulasekara and ShamindaEranga, and first-choice wicket-keeper PrasannaJayawardene, due to injuries. "We have had to reshuffle the squad because of injuries," said chairman of selectors DuleepMendis.

Sri Lanka open the six-week tour with a practice match against South Africa 'A' in Benoni from December 9 to 11.

The back-to-back Tests will be played at Centurion, Pretoria (December 15-19, Durban (December 26-30) and Cape Town (January 3-7).

Sri Lanka Test squad: TillakaratneDilshan (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), TharangaParanavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, MahelaJayawardene, DineshChandimal, Kaushal Silva, LahiruThirimanne, DimuthKarunaratne, ChanakaWelegedara, Dilhara Fernando, NuwanPradeep, SurangaLakmal, ThisaraPerera, AjanthaMendis, RanganaHerath.

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