Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 21:50
Mathews and Lakmal declared fit for West Indies tour


Sri Lanka will have two of their senior players Angelo Mathews and Suranga Lakmal fit and available for the Test series in West Indies in June.

Both players had been named in the travelling squad, but the selectors were concerned with their match fitness. However, following an eight-day training camp, SLC now believe both players will be ready for the first Test in Port of Spain from June 6.

Mathews last played for Sri Lanka in an ODI against Zimbabwe in Dhaka in January, where he aggravated a recurring hamstring problem.

That resulted in him missing the remainder of the Bangladesh tour as well the Nidahas Trophy in March, before returning to domestic action last month.

Lakmal, meanwhile, has been in and out of the side in recent times, either through injuries or due to selectors managing his workload.

The 31-year-old fast bowler was rested for most of the Nidahas Trophy, after which a side strain ruled him out of last month's Super Provincial four-day tournament. He has since returned for the Super Provincial Limited Overs matches.

Lakmal's return strengthens a depleted Sri Lankan fast bowling line-up, with Lahiru Gamage, Lahiru Kumara, and the uncapped pair of Asitha Fernando and Kasun Rajitha the only other quicks on tour.
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