In addition to the three Tests, Sri Lanka (above) will also play five ODI matches and three T20 games against the Proteas © AFP
In addition to the three Tests, Sri Lanka (above) will also play five ODI matches and three T20 games against the Proteas © AFP

Colombo: Sri Lanka‘s cricket selectors Thursday named rookie fast bowler Vikum Sanjaya Bandara in a 15-member squad for their three-Test series against South Africa later in December. The uncapped 24-year-old Bandara is one of four pacemen in the squad led by Angelo Mathews and his deputy Dinseh Chandimal. Both Mathews and Chandimal missed Sri Lanka’s recent tour of Zimbabwe due to injuries, but they have now been declared fit to play in South Africa. In addition to the three Tests, Sri Lanka will also play five ODI matches and three T20 games against the Proteas. Earlier in december, Sri Lanka secured the services of legendary Pakistani paceman Wasim Akram to mentor local fast bowlers in preparation for the South African tour.

Meanwhile, former Australian batsman Michael Hussey could be team’s stand-in coach for their three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka, scheduled to be played in February. With head coach Darren Lehmann to accompany the Test squad to India for their four-match tour to India which overlaps with that of the series against Sri Lanka, Cricket Australia have confirmed they will need a caretaker coach for three-match T20I series at home, reports cricket.com.au. According to a report, Hussey appears to be the front-runner for the post. It is noteworthy that the likes Jason Gillespie, Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne have indicated varying degrees of interest in taking the reins, reported ANI.

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Mr. Cricket, who had travelled to India earlier this year as a batting consultant with Australia for the World T20 tournament, was enlisted as an assistant coach with Australia A for their four-day games against South Africa A and India A over the winter, added ANI.

Sri Lanka Test squad: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (vc, wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya Bandara, Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.