Australia vs Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga returns to T20 squad after a year long absence

PTI, Feb, 09 2017

Colombo: Lasith Malinga is set to make a comeback to the Sri Lanka T20 and ODI team, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief has announced. Malinga will return to the team for the team's next T20 tour of Australia.

Lasith Malinga. AFP

File photo of Lasith Malinga. AFP

Malinga returns to the team after playing his last ODI in November 2015 and his last T20 was in February 2016.

The veteran pacer, who was ruled out of team with a knee injury, last played a game in February 2016 at the Asia Cup against the United Arab Emirates in Bangladesh.

Left-hander Upul Tharanga will continue to lead the side in the absence of Angelo Mathews, who was ruled out of the side due to a knee injury, according to

He was out of the selectors' radar owing to injury and was said to be having differences with Sumathipalas administration.

To be led by stand-in captain Upul Tharanga, the squad will also see the return of middle-order batsman Chamara Kapugedera, opening batsman Dilshan Munaweera and batsman Milinda Siriwardena.

Kapugedera returns after being overlooked since the last year's tour of England.

Squad: Upul Tharanga Captain, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Dilshan Munaweera, Milinda Siriwardena, Kusal Mendis, Sachith Pathirana, Chamara Kapugedera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulaasekera, Isuru Udana, Dasuin Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga and Vikum Sanjaya.

Published Date: Feb 09, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 09, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115