Mathews returns for England Test series

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Angelo Mathews is set for a Test comeback in the two-match home series against England after missing last month’s South Africa tour with a hamstring injury. The former captain was named in the 22-member squad announced by Sri Lanka Cricket, on Wednesday (January 13), to be led by Dimuth Karunaratne.

Mathews was originally named in the Sri Lankan squad for the two Tests in South Africa but later withdrawn after he suffered a hamstring injury in a domestic T20 competition.

The hosts have recalled Nuwan Pradeep, while also calling up the likes of Roshen Silva, Lakshan Sandakan and the uncapped Ramesh Mendis. Dhananjaya de Silva, Kasun Rajitha, Santhush Gunathilake and Dilshan Madushanka – who were all a part of the South African tour, have been left out.

The two-match Test series is set to begin on Thursday (January 14) and will be a part of the ICC Test Championship. England have returned to Sri Lanka after abandoning this tour last March midway through a practice game as the COVID-19 pandemic picked up momentum. Consequently, both Tests will be played in Galle, behind closed doors.

Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, 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

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