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CRICKET: Prasanna Jayawardene returns to Sri Lanka Test squad

Published: Tuesday December 24, 2013 | 8:42 am Comments 0

Wicketkeeper-batsman Prasanna Jayawardene will return to Sri Lanka's 16-man Test squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan, after being left out for the home series against Bangladesh in March.

The squad features a raft of young and inexperienced players, as Sri Lanka work towards replacing the seniors over the next 18 months.

Kaushal Silva has also been named, as a replacement for the retired Tillakaratne Dilshan, as an opener.

Left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando has been named in an international squad for the first time, despite missing out on both A team tours in the year.

Offspinners Sachithra Senanayake and Dilruwan Perera are the other uncapped Test players in the squad, though both have played One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s.

Ajantha Mendis was omitted, after he had been part of the squad for the Bangladesh series.

Fast bowlers Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep will make a return to international cricket as well.

The first of the three Tests begins in Abu Dhabi on December 31.

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