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Nuwan Kulasekara Recalled To T20I Squad For South Africa Series 

Nuwan Kulasekara Recalled To T20I Squad For South Africa Series
Sri Lankan cricketer Nuwan Kulasekara gestures after he dismissed Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag during a ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup warm-up match between Sri Lanka and India at The P.Sara Oval Ground in Colombo on September 15, 2012. The two-yearly tournament in cricket's shortest format will be played from September 18 to October 7, with Hambantota holding three matches, Pallekele nine and capital Colombo fifteen. AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/GettyImages)

Nuwan Kulasekara has a made a comeback to the T20I side for the South Africa matches, with uncapped Thikshila de Silva also getting a maiden call-up to the national squad. Surprisingly Lakshan Sandakan, the chinaman bowler who last played a T20 game a year ago has also been named in the squad. He was in the national side for Australia Tests and ODIs last year.

The Angelo Mathews-led side includes regulars Dinesh Chandimanl, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep as well. Jeffrey Vandersay and Dushmantha Chameera are the ones to excluded from the squad, with Isuru Udana, Nuwan Kulasekara and Seekkuge Prasanna making it to the list.

Lasith Malinga has not been named in the squad as the right-arm fast bowler has failed to make a comeback from dengue. He hasn’t played any form of competitive cricket from past 10 months.

The thee-match T20I series between Sri Lanka and hosts South Africa starts from January 20 with the first game to be played at SuperSport Park, Centurion. A five-match ODI series follows the T20I series.

Currently, the two teams are busy playing three-match Test series with hosts South African already have won the first two games. The third Test starts on January 11, with Hashim Amla set to mark his presence in his 100t Test match.

Sri Lanka squad for South Africa T20Is –  Angelo Mathews (capt.), Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya Silva, Asela Gunarathna, Sachith Pathirana, Lakshan Sadakan, Thikshila de Silva, Nuwan Kulasekara.

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