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

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

PTI February 09, 2017 17:38:31 IST
Australia vs Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga returns to T20 squad after a year long absence

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.

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

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 cricket.com.au.

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.

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