Young Sri Lanka newcomers in Test squad

Five uncapped players have been chosen in Sri Lanka’s squad for their Test series against South Africa and England next month, including a bowling prospect Dilshan Madushanka who has only made three first-class appearances in his young career.

Madushanka is a 20-year-old left-arm seamer while 21-year-old batsman Santhush Gunathilake has featured in just six more as the youngsters take their place in a 22-strong squad.

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  1. Not sure why we keep taking Thirimane around for every tour despite failing over and over but I presume he is now a fixture in selections regardless! Also surprised to see Shanaka in the team and no surprises with Mathews – another key series and a fit again Mathews tries to bowl and is out again. I just don’t get the thinking – we know he is a critical batter for our fragile batting order, we know he has a dodgy injury history which has proven each time be bowls, yet somehow we keep bowling him and watch him break down and miss yet another series. Such a waste of a talented batter in the interest of throwing a few pies – lets face it he is never going to win anyone a game with the ball so what are we doing??