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Sri Lanka name Suranga Lakmal vice-captain for Bangladesh Test series

Sri Lanka name Suranga Lakmal vice-captain for Bangladesh Test series

Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal has been named the vice-captain for the Bangladesh Test series, Sri Lanka Cricket announced here on Saturday.

After ending 2017 on a below-par note, which saw the Islanders being outplayed by India both at home and away, the Islanders under new coach Chandika Hathurusingha, have already made a few changes, including re-appointing Dinesh Chandimal as the leader of the Test team. Dananjaya is Sri Lanka's vital cog in limited-overs cricket. He will be playing amongst spinners like Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan and Dilruwan Perera.

There are notable omissions as well with pacemen Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando and all-rounder Dasun Shanaka, being left out.

Out goes Sadeera Samarawickrama, the right-hand opener who managed a mere 74 runs in five innings in India, while Danushka Gunathilaka, whose only Test appearance came against India in Galle previous year, has been called back into the Test squad. However, Sri Lanka's top-order looks sorted with the return of Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis.

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Lakmal's promotion to vice-captaincy comes after a stirring tour of India where he took eight wickets in the three-Test series, and four in the three-match One-Day International series.

Sri Lanka played seven batsmen in the drawn Delhi Test and selections for the opening Test match against Bangladesh will be interesting as they have to decide which batsman to leave out. The 32-year-old was sidelined for five months after fracturing his thumb while fielding during the Galle Test against India. Meanwhile, Asela Gunaratne who is named in the ODI squad for Bangladesh tri-series is dropped for the Tests.

Sri Lanka are now in Bangladesh and will start off the tour with a triangular series which also involves Zimbabwe.


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