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Mathews rearing to go against Proteas

Having missed a major portion of the three-Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean, former Test captain Angelo Mathews is keen to prove his worth as a senior statesman of the Sri Lanka team in the upcoming two-Test series against South Africa starting at Galle on July 12.

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Chandimal named captain pending ICC hearing

Sri Lanka named Dinesh Chandimal as captain for the upcoming two-Test series against South Africa despite the fact that he has a charge sheet hovering above his head for refusing to take the field on the third day of the second Test against West Indies at St Lucia after the umpires had informed the team that he had been charged with ball tampering.

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Suranga Lakmal joins a rare list of captains in Test cricket

109 wickets in 46 Test matches at an average of 42.46. These are the bowling numbers of Suranga Lakmal, the latest player to lead Sri Lanka in Test cricket. Dinesh Chandimal bagged a one-Test ban for ball-tampering during the 2nd Test between Windies and Sri Lanka. This meant the vice-captain Lakmal got the chance to captain his country for the first time in his career during the recently concluded Bridgetown Test. Keeping his past record aside, Lakmal made most of the opportunity and led his side from the front in the first day/night Test in the Caribbean which Sri Lanka won by four wickets to share the three-Test series one-all. He dismissed Devon Smith in the very first over of the game and sent back the other opener Kraigg Brathwaite in his 3rd over. The hosts lost five wickets for just 53 before Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder rescued them out of trouble with an unbeaten 77-run stand for the sixth wicket on day one.

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