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Friday, November 9, 2012

Sri Lanka name rookie Off-spinner for New Zealand Test

Sri Lanka's off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal
Sri Lanka's off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal

Tharindu Kaushal in Sri Lanka's Test squad

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors named uncapped teenager off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal in a 15-man squad for a two-Test home series against New Zealand starting  at Galle on November 17.

Tharindu Kaushal represented Sri Lanka at the under-19 World Cup in Australia earlier this year and is a member of the Sri Lanka one-day squad currently playing New Zealand in a five-match series,but did not figure in the opening three games.
The 19-year-old is one of the three specialist spinners in the team along with Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv for the Tests to be played in Next week.
Sri Lanka currently lead the one-day series 2-0 following victories in the second and third matches. The opening game was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain.

"We will see how the other off-spinner Suraj Randiv bowls in the first test and then decide whether we should take a gamble with Kaushal," chief selector Ashantha de Mel said.

Sri Lanka Test squad:
  • Mahela Jayawardene (captain)
  • Angelo Mathews
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan
  • Tharanga Paranavitana
  • Kumar Sangakkara
  • Thilan Samaraweera
  • Prasanna Jayawardene
  • Tharindu Kaushal
  • Suraj Randiv
  • Rangana Herath
  • Dinesh Chandimal
  • Nuwan Kulasekara
  • Chanaka Welegedara
  • Shaminda Eranga
  • Dhammika Prasad


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