Herath to lead Sri Lanka, uncapped Pushpakumara called up

Herath was in charge for Sri Lanka’s last Test series against Zimbabwe

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Veteran spinner Rangana Herath will captain Sri Lanka in their upcoming Test series against Bangladesh next month.

Herath has taken over as captain after regular skipper Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the series as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

This is the second successive Test series Herath will be at the helm as he was in charge during the national team’s 2-0 win over Zimbabwe in October and November.

Despite the added responsibility, it didn’t affect Herath’s bowling as he finished with 19 wickets in that series at an average of 15.10.

Meanwhile, uncapped left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara has been added to the squad after a strong performance for Sri Lanka A against the England Lions this weekend, where he finished with match figures of 13-205.

The 29-year-old has excelled in domestic cricket for the last few years and the fact that it has taken this long for him to be called up is quite surprising.

Pushpakumara has featured in 99 first-class matches, but already has 558 wickets to his name at an average of 19.85.

“Slow left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara has been included in the test squad,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) release said. “Pushpakumara first represented the Sri Lanka A team in 2012 when he faced South Africa and Zimbabwe during a triangular tournament and made an appearance for the Sri Lanka A team in 2015 against Pakistan.”

The two-Test series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh starts on March 7 in Galle.

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