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Captain Mathews back for India tests after injury scare

August 7, 2015

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has recovered from a wrist injury to be included in a 16-man squad to play three tests against India starting next week.

Also included were uncapped left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando, and strike bowler Rangana Herath, who was dropped for the recent third test against Pakistan, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Friday.

Mathews was doubtful for the first test starting next Wednesday in Galle because of a wrist sprain.

The 23-year-old Fernando has taken 98 wickets in 34 first-class matches.

Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera has been included subject to a fitness test.

Kumar Sangakkara will play the first two tests, after which he will retire from international cricket.

The squad has eight specialist batsmen, three specialist spinners and four fast bowlers.

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Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga, Jehan Mubarak, Kusal Perera, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera.

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