Tharanga and Vithanage included in Sri Lanka squad for ODI series against South Africa

Tharanga has only represented Sri Lanka in one ODI in the last year

Tharanga has only represented Sri Lanka in one ODI in the last year

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Sri Lanka’s batting duo of Upul Tharanga and Kithuruwan Vithanage have both been recalled into the national team for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa, which gets underway on July 6 in Colombo.

Pace bowler Suranga Lakmal has also been drafted into the 16-man squad after he tore his hamstring during the recent ODI series against England.

It was also announced that opening batsman Kusal Perera will play if he passes a fitness test.

However, there was no place in the side for wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal and all-rounder Chaturanga de Silva.

Chandimal was dropped due to the fact that he only managed to score 38 runs in three ODIs against England.

Sri Lanka ODI Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Upul Tharanga, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal

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