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Sri Lanka includes Kaushal Silva in Test squad for England tour

Sri Lanka Cricket has also re-appointed former captain Sanath Jayasuriya as chief selector of the new selection committee.

By: AP | Colombo | Published: April 28, 2016 12:47:34 am
Kaushal Silva, Kaushal Silva Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka cricket, SLC, Kaushal Silva batting, Kaushal Silva injury, sports news, sports, cricket news, Cricket Kaushal Silva has played 24 test matches for Sri Lanka and scored 1,404 runs at an average of 31. (Source: AP)

Sri Lanka on Wednesday included Kaushal Silva in a 17-member squad for a three-match Test series in England, a day after he was discharged from hospital after being hit on the head by a cricket ball.

Silva who has played 24 tests for Sri Lanka primarily as an opening batsman spent two days in hospital following his injury while fielding at short leg in a practice match last Sunday.

Doctors said after tests that Silva was in good health and could resume training soon.

The squad led by Angelo Mathews includes nine batsmen, six fast bowlers and two spinners.

The first of the three Test matches starts at Headingley on May 19.

Separately, the cricket body also reappointed former captain Sanath Jayasuriya as chief selector, a year after he resigned from the position. Former wicketkeeper batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana, ex-national players Ranjith Madurasinghe and Eric Upashantha are the other members of the new selection committee.

Sri Lanka Cricket had sacked a previous selection committee just before the World Twenty20 and appointed a committee led by former star batsman Aravinda de Silva to select players for the tournament.

Jayasuriya resigned last year after a new sports minister criticized his selection policy.

Sri Lanka squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal (vice-captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dhammika Prasad, Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, , Dushmantha Chameera, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal

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