Sri Lanka name rookie spinner for Kiwi Tests

Updated: 09 November 2012 14:17 IST

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Friday named uncapped teenager Tharindu Kaushal in a 15-man squad for a two-Test home series against New Zealand starting next week.

Colombo:

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Friday named uncapped teenager Tharindu Kaushal in a 15-man squad for a two-Test home series against New Zealand starting next week.

The 19-year-old is one of the three specialist spinners in the team along with Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv for the Tests to be played in Galle (November 17-21) and Colombo (November 25-29).

Off-spinner Kaushal is also part of the Sri Lankan squad for the ongoing five-match one-day series against the tourists, but did not figure in the opening three games.

The hosts also retained the one-day squad for the last two matches at Hambantota on Saturday and Monday.

Sri Lanka currently lead the one-day series 2-0 following victories in the second and third matches. The opening game was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain.

Test squad: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene, Tharindu Kaushal, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedara, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad.

Squad for fourth and fifth ODIs: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Upul Tharanga, Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya, Tharindu Kaushal.

Topics : Cricket Pakistan New Zealand Sri Lanka
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