Kandy: Dushmantha Chameera is one of the two major changes to the Sri Lanka squad ahead of the third Test, scheduled to be played at Pallekele from 12 August.
The Sri Lankan pacer was recalled to the squad in order to replace Rangana Herath after the latter's injury.
Chameera has claimed 22 wickets in the 6 Test matches that he played. His last Test was against South Africa in December 2016. He is not the only one who will sport the white jersey for his team after a long break.
Lahiru Gamage has also been recalled to the squad in order to strengthen the bowling unit of the Sri Lankan team. His last Test was against Pakistan in July 2015. In the five matches that he has played so far, Lahiru has just picked two wickets.
Herath's troubled back, which made him a doubt for the second Test, has ruled him out of the third Test. Despite the back ache, Herath played for the Islanders in the second Test but didn't perform at his best. He has failed to impress in the ongoing series. He could bag only five wickets in the two previous matches with an average of 69.40. He also sustained finger injuries while fielding during the second Test.
In addition to Herath, batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been rested for the Pallikele Test. Gunathilaka made his Test debut in the second match against India at SSC. Despite performing decently for his side, he was not preferred for the last match.
Sri Lanka squad for third Test: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage