Suranga Lakmal vice captain of Test team

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By 2018-01-14

Paceman Suranga Lakmal who was the leading bowler in the SL team during recent past has been appointed as Test Vice Captain when SLC named the 16-man Test squad for the two matches to be played in Bangladesh.

The 30-year-old right arm paceman who made his debut in 2010 had played 42 Tests for Sri Lanka claiming 96 wickets. It was his recent success which was highlighted in the Sri Lanka Test series win in Pakistan as well as drawing the first Test in India.

In Sri Lanka's only win during the recent Indian series Lakmal claimed four for just 13 in 10 overs when SL bowled out India for 112 in the 1st ODI. Even during the first Test against India at Kolkata Lakmal's first spell had India rattled as they were left four down for 30 runs in the 18th over.

Even during Sri Lanka's disastrous tour in South Africa, one of the positives was Lakmal's bowling who claimed six wickets in both the second and third matches with some good spells with the new ball.

Meanwhile, proven all rounder Asela Gunaratne has been dropped from the Test team. Gunaratne who got injured during first session of the first Test against India at Galle made a return for ODIs and T20s against India during SL tour in India and also was named to the Tri series against Bangladesh but has been left out from the Test squad.

It was Gunaratne's heroic effort which saved Sri Lanka from blushes of losing a Test against Bangladesh when his unbeaten 80 helped Sri Lanka chase down 388 to become man of the match.

Meanwhile, opener Kaushal Silva who did not have much success in India has been left out while Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Kumara make a return to the Test team.

Mendis who was rested for the India series has been playing well regaining his form during the domestic season but on the contrary Danushka Gunathilaka had done nothing to justify his selection in the Test team.

Gunathilaka who didn't take part in the domestic Premier League scored 1, 16 and 13 in the three ODIs he played against India and only 3 runs in the only T20 he played.

Off spinner Akila Dhananjaya who impressed in T20s and ODIs was named in the Test squad and if he plays it will be his debut.

The first Test match will be played from 31 January to 4 February at the ZACS, Chittagong, while the 2nd Test match will be played from 8 to 12 February, 2018 at SBNCS, Dhaka.

Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal (Vice Captain), Dilruwan Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Gamage, Lahiru Kumara

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