England in Sri Lanka 2003-04 November 25, 2003

Dinusha and Dilhara Fernando included in Test squad

Dinusha Fernando selected for 1st Test
Dinusha Fernando selected for 1st Test
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Sri Lanka's selectors have included Dinusha and Dilhara Fernando in a 15-man squad for the opening Test against England, which starts next week.

The two pace bowlers will be competing for one place as Sri Lanka are set to play only two quicks on a surface that is expected to offer bountiful assistance to the slow bowlers.

Sri Lanka included three specialist spinners - Muttiah Muralitharan, Upul Chandana and Kumar Dharmasena - in the squad, as well as offspinning allrounder Thilan Samaraweera.

Chandana is tipped to edge out Dharmasena and play his first Test for 16 months, although Sri Lanka also have the option of playing all three spinners and batting Romesh Kaluwitharana at number six.

That appears unlikely though considering Sri Lanka's recent vulnerability in the middle order so Tillakaratne Dilshan, Michael Vandort and Thilan Samaraweera are effectively competing for the final batting slot.

Russel Arnold, who captains a Board President's XI against England on Wednesday, misses out on a recall, as does Nuwan Zoysa, who was pushing for a return to the squad.

Sri Lanka, now captained by Hashan Tillakaratne, have not won their last three series but have fond memories of Galle, where they trounced England by an innings when the two sides last met in 2001. They have won six out of the eight Tests played at the south coast venue, losing only to Pakistan in 2000.

Squad Hashan Tillakaratne (capt), Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Kumar Dharmasena, Upul Chandan, Chaminda Vaas, Dinusha Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dilhara Fernando, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Romesh Kaluwitharana (wk), Michael Vandort