Jayasuriya in line for recall
Sanath Jayasuriya has been named in Sri Lanka's 12-man squad for the third Test at Trent Bridge, which gets underway on Friday morning, and has a "very good chance" of making the final 11, according to his captain, Mahela Jayawardene.
Jayasuriya, 36, retired from Test cricket after Sri Lanka's last home series against Pakistan earlier this year, but was persuaded to come out of retirement by the new chairman of selectors, Asantha de Mel. He was overlooked for the six-wicket defeat at Edgbaston, as Sri Lanka's think-tank opted to invest in youth, but now - in a must-win match - he seems set for a recall.
"If we have Sanath it gives us more depth and experience, as well as another bowling option," Jayawardene explained to BBC Sport. And on a pitch that looks dry and is expected to turn, that final factor may well be the clincher, as his left-arm spin has been an underrated weapon in the course of his 102-Test career, accounting for 92 wickets at 33.18.
Chamara Kapugedera, the 19-year-old middle-order batsman, could be the man to miss out. England will name their final 11 later, with Gloucestershire's Jon Lewis once again expected to be overlooked.
Sri Lanka (from) 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Michael Vandort, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 6 Chamara Kapugedera, 7 Farvez Maharoof, 8 Chaminda Vaas, 9 Muttiah Muralitharan, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Zoysa, 12 Sanath Jayasuriya.