Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka South Africa 2018
Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side © AFP (file photo)

Sri Lanka have announced a 16-member squad for the 2-Test series against South Africa, to be played from July 12 at Galle International Stadium and Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC). Sri Lanka have reinstated Dinesh Chandimal as captain after his one-Test ban due to ball-tampering allegations. Suranga Lakmal, who had led Sri Lanka to a famous win at Kensington Oval in Chandimal’s absence, has been named his deputy.

Angelo Mathews, who had returned midway from West Indies to be present during his son’s birth, will also make a return. Sri Lanka have also named the injured Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath in the squad, though they will be picked only if they pass the relevant fitness tests.

Sri Lanka had drawn the 3-Test series in June in West Indies 1-1, and will be raring to have a go at the South Africans. In stark contrast to their sub-par recent show in limited-overs cricket, they have done well in Test cricket over their last four overseas series: they won against Pakistan in UAE, lost 0-1 in India, beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh, and held West Indies to a draw.

Sri Lanka squad for South Africa Tests: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Suranga Lakmal (vc), Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Kusal Janith Perera (subject to fitness), Rangana Herath (subject to fitness). Standby: Asitha Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Malinda Pushpakumara, Shehan Jayasuriya.

Before the Tests, South Africa will play a Board XI for a tour match, at P Sara Oval. Sri Lanka Cricket have announced that squad as well. Angelo Mathews will be at the helm.

Sri Lanka Board XI squad against South Africa: Angelo Mathews (c), Kaushal Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Roshen Silva, Minod Bhanuka, Avishka Fernando, Kasun Madushanka, Lasith Ambuldeniya, Vimukthi Perera, Asitha Fernando. Reserves: Ashen Bandara, Vikum Sanjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga.