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Dilruwan Perera’s last Test appearance was against Australia at Canberra where he returned wicket-less. @ AFP

Offspinner Dilruwan Perera has been added to the Sri Lanka squad for the second and final Test against New Zealand which begins in Colombo on August 22 (Thursday). The 37-year-old had missed the series opener in Galle due to injury, but his addition will boost the spin department.

With Akila Dananjaya reported for a suspect action, doubts remain over his availability for the second Test and therefore Dilruwan’s return becomes a timely one. If the senior pro does get to play, then Lasith Embuldeniya will have to sit out.

Dilruwan, who made his Test debut against Pakistan in 2014, had a forgettable time while on tour to New Zealand and Australia. He snapped just six wickets despite bowling a cumulative of approximately 165 overs through four Tests. His last Test appearance was against Australia at Canberra where he returned wicket-less.

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The situation changes at home. Dilruwan has pocketed 38 wickets in those five home Tests against South Africa and England last year. He was largely responsible for Sri Lanka’s historic whitewash against the Proteas this year.