England opt to field in final Sri Lanka Test

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2007, 12:01 [IST]
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Galle: England captain Michael Vaughan won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in to bat in the third and final cricket Test at the Galle International Stadium here.

The tourists, trailing 1-0 in the series, left out off-spinner Graeme Swann from the 12 announced on Monday and went in with just one specialist slow bowler in Monty Panesar.

Sri Lanka awarded a Test cap to 26-year-old fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara and recalled all-rounder Tillekeratne Dilshan.

The match, the first at this stadium after it was destroyed by the Asian tsunami in December 2004, was due to start at 12 noon (0630 GMT). A wet outfield prevented any play in the morning session.

England: Michael Vaughan (capt), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Matthew Prior (wicket-keeper), Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar, Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Michael Vandort, Chamara Silva, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene (wicket-keeper), Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Chanaka Welegedara, Muttiah Muralitharan.

Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK) and Daryl Harper (AUS)

TV umpire: Asoka de Silva (SRI)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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