England Tour: Sri Lanka’s Schedule and the Squad of 17

Courtesy of IslandCricket.com

Sri Lanka will arrive in England on Wednesday where they will feature in a Test, ODI and T20 series against the hosts in a two-month-long tour. The tourists are also scheduled to play two ODIs against Ireland in June. Angelo Mathews’s men will prepare for the three-match Test series with three-day fixtures against Essex from May 8-10 and against Leicestershire from May 13-15. The first Test gets underway on May 19 in Leeds. The teams then head to Chester-le-Street for the second Test, which begins on May 27, and the final Test of the series will be played in London at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on June 9.
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Sri Lankan T20 cricket captain Angelo Mathews (C) looks on during a departure ceremony in Colombo on March 8, 2016. Sri Lankan cricket Team departure to India for the ICC T20 World Cup Tournament. Defending champions Sri Lanka said Lasith Malinga was stepping down as captain of their World Twenty20 side March 8, after the team's disastrous Asia Cup showing, with Angelo Mathews to skipper the team in India. The announcement comes only hours after Sri Lanka's sports minister sacked the country's cricket selectors and appointed a new panel headed by former player Aravinda de Silva. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

Sri Lankan T20 cricket captain Angelo Mathews (C) looks on during a departure ceremony in Colombo on March 8, 2016.
Sri Lankan cricket Team departure to India for the ICC T20 World Cup Tournament. Defending champions Sri Lanka said Lasith Malinga was stepping down as captain of their World Twenty20 side March 8, after the team’s disastrous Asia Cup showing, with Angelo Mathews to skipper the team in India. The announcement comes only hours after Sri Lanka’s sports minister sacked the country’s cricket selectors and appointed a new panel headed by former player Aravinda de Silva. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

The Sri Lankans will then travel to Dublin for two ODIs against Ireland, which will be played on June 16 and 18. The five-match ODI series against England begins in Nottingham on June 21, while the sole T20I of the tour will be played in Southampton on July 5.

Full schedule below:

May 4 – Sri Lanka arrive

May 8-10 – 3-day Tour Match v Essex – Chelmsford
May 13-15 – 3-day Tour Match v Leicestershire – Grace Rd, Leicester

May 19-23 – 1st Test – Headingley
May 27-31 – 2nd Test – Durham
June 9-13 – 3rd Test – Lord’s

June 16 – 1st ODI v Ireland – Dublin
June 18 – 2nd ODI v Ireland – Dublin

June 21 – 1st ODI (D/N) – Trent Bridge
June 24 – 2nd ODI (D/N) – Edgbaston
June 26 – 3rd ODI – Bristol
June 29 – 4th ODI (D/N) – London
July 2 – 5th ODI – Cardiff

July 5 – Only T20I – Southampton

July 6 – Sri Lanka depart

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Sri Lanka Test Squad for England tour (17-member): Angelo Matthews (captain), Dhananjaya Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dhammika Prasad, Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal (vice captain), Dushmantha Chameera, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal.

Sandipan Ghosh at http://sportzwiki.com/cricket/sri-lanka-announced-test-squad-england-tour/

On Wednesday, Sri Lanka announced their 3-match Test series squad for the England tour which will be played in May. Sri Lanka announced a 17-member Test squad comprising 8 batsmen, 2 wicketkeeper batsmen, 5 pacers and 2 spinners. Sri Lanka named two new all-rounders in the Test squad as Dasun Shanaka and Dhananjaya Silva, who are yet to make a debut in the Test cricket. On the other hand, a fast bowler, Dhammika Prasad, who was ruled out from the last Test series in the New Zealand tour in December 2015 due to injury, is added to the squad.

Also, Sri Lanka added left-handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella and pacer Shaminda Eranga in the 17-member squad who were left out in the last Test series. Angelo Mathews is retained as captain of the team while Dinesh Chandimal is selected as vice-captain for the upcoming Test series against England.

From the 15-man Test squad in the last Test series against New Zealand in New Zealand, Sri Lankan selectors have dropped Vishwa Fernando, Udara Jayasundera, Jeffrey Vandersay and Kithuruwan Vithanage for the upcoming England tour.

Sri Lanka’s latest Test form is not good as they lost both the Test against New Zealand in the last Test series while they had only won 4 Tests out of 11 Tests (lost 7 Tests) in 2015. However, the last time Test series against England in the England tour was historic as Sri Lanka won the Test series by 0-1 (it was a two-match Test series). Sri Lanka will play 3-match Test series against England which will begin on 19th May. Before the beginning of the Test series, Sri Lanka will play two 3-day practice matches against the county teams. Apart from the Test series, Sri Lanka will also play 5-match ODI series and only T20I against England. In between a 2-match ODI series against Ireland in Ireland is also scheduled.

Sri Lanka Test Squad for England tour (17-member): Angelo Matthews (captain), Dhananjaya Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dhammika Prasad, Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal (vice captain), Dushmantha Chameera, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal.

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