Jayasuriya to rejoin Lankan ODI side

Published: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 12:16 [IST]
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Jayasuriya to rejoin Lankan ODI side

London, June 9: If you thought veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was over the hill, here's a surprise - the dashing left-handed opener will emerge out of retirement as he has been recalled into Sri Lankan side for the upcoming limited-overs leg of the tour of England.

The 41-year old has ostensibly been named to replace Upul Tharanga who was ruled out the series as he faces a disciplinary hearing following reports of a failed drugs test during the World Cup.

Jayasuriya last played for Sri Lanka in Dec 2009 and his international career seemed all but over after he was omitted from the World Cup squad.

However he now returns for the one Twenty20 international and five ODIs against England. The Lankans have also named Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews in their 16-man squad regardless of fitness doubts.

Captain Dilshan must sit out the final match of the Test series with a fractured thumb, while all-rounder Mathews must prove his fitness.

Test players Thilan Samaraweera, Farveez Maharoof, Chanaka Welagedara and Tharanga Paranavitana have not been asked to stay on for the limited-overs matches, however Lasith Malinga returns for the limited overs series.

Sri Lanka one-day squad: T Dilshan, T Kandamby, K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, D Chandimal, J Mendis, D Karunaratne, T Perera, Malinga, N Kulasekera, S Lakmal, D Fernando, S Randiv, A Mendis, A Mathews, S Jayasuriya.

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