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South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2021

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2021

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Nuwan Pradeep and Dinesh Chandimal also return, alongside new faces who did well in domestic T20s

Kusal Perera makes his return to the Sri Lanka limited-overs squad for South Africa’s tour of the island, following a bout with Covid-19. It is unclear at present, however, whether he will be available for the ODI leg of the tour, or just for the T20 internationals that follow. It is understood that a final decision on this will be made following further medical observation and testing.
Veteran seamer Nuwan Pradeep, and experienced batter Dinesh Chandimal return as well, on the back of good performances in the recently-concluded domestic T20 tournament.
Younger players also found places in the squad thanks to their form in SLC’s Invitational T20 League. Legspinner Pulina Tharanga, who was joint-highest wicket taker, and Kamindu Mendis, who was the second-highest scorer in the league, with 193 runs from three innings at a strike rate of 168, are in. Offspinner Maheesh Theekshana, and seam bowler Lahiru Madushanka did not quite impress to the same extent, but have found places nonetheless.
Omitted from the squad are the likes of left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan, seam bowler Kasun Rajitha, and middle order batter Ashen Bandara, each of whom had modest outings in the limited overs series against India, in July.

Pradeep, meanwhile, had been left out for that India tour, but comes back in after having taken a tournament-topping seven wickets at an economy of 8.18 in the Invitational League. Chandimal had been captain of the SLC Reds team that made the final of that tournament, and had hit 183 runs in six innings, albeit at a strike rate of 120. He has played only three T20 internationals since 2019.

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