Sri Lanka drop Chandimal, Herath and Perera for final ODIs against Australia

Sri Lanka have dropped young batsman Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera and Rangana Herath from the squad for the final two one-dayers against Australia.

Seekkuge Prasanna, the 26-year-old legspinner, has been called up and has to fly back from England, where he was representing Sri Lanka A. He impressed for Sri Lanka ‘A’, claiming six wickets in a match against the English Lions on Sunday.

Chandimal, who had made an unbeaten century at Lord’s and 54 in the deciding game of the ODI series against England last month, has only managed to score 41 runs in the last four innings. He has proven particularly susceptible to Australia’s pace attack of Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger.

Perera, who has played only one ODI since the World Cup final, has been left out as the role of third seamer will be filled by either Mathews, Suranga Lakmal or Shaminda Eranga, who claimed two wickets on debut in Sri Lanka’s 78-run win in game three on Tuesday

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has also played in only one ODI since the World Cup, with other spinners Jeevan Mendis, Ajantha Mendis and Suraj Randiv making the competition tough for him.

Vice-captain Angelo Mathews is also expected to return to the line-up after missing the third ODI due to an injury.

“He should be alright for the rest of the series,” Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said.

“He could have even played on Tuesday, but we didn’t want to take a risk. If something had happened he would have been ruled out for two months. He has got three more days to recover from the injury. Angelo is a key member of our side and when he goes out it’s a big loss.”

Australia lead the five-match ODI series 2-1.

Sri Lanka squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Chamara Silva, Nuwan Kulasekera, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Suraj Randiv.

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