Thursday, 08 January 2015 - 8:28
Malinga provisionally picked in Sri Lanka's 15
Lasith Malinga has been included in Sri Lanka's World Cup fifteen subject to fitness.
Sri Lanka named an almost identical squad to the one that will play an ODI series in New Zealand later this month - the exception is fast bowler Shaminda Eranga, who has been left out.
Given the conditions in Australia and New Zealand, the selectors picked only two specialist spinners for the showpiece tournament, in left-arm spinner Herath and offspinner Sachithra Senanayake.
They will be backed up by legspinning allrounder Jeevan Mendis.
The other allrounders in the squad include captain Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Thirimanne and Chandimal join Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Karunaratne as the specialist batsmen, while Dhammika Prasad and Suranga Lakmal are the specialist fast-bowling options in addition to Malinga and Kulasekara.