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Sri Lanka likely to play three spinners in Test opener

Dilruwan Perera
Dilruwan Perera

A depleted Sri Lankan camp is determined to get back into winning ways when they take on England in the first Test at the Galle Stadium on Thursday.

The Lankan camp is set to seek the services of two seamers and three spinners. According to reliable sources, all-rounder Dasun Shanaka will share the new ball with either Asitha Fernando or Vishwa Fernando.

Asitha, who made his debut in the second South Africa Test, impressed the team management by maintaining an accurate line and length in his first appearance in international cricket and is tipped to join the playing eleven.

Meanwhile, veteran spinner Dilruwan Perera will spearhead the spin attack, along with Lasith Embuldeniya and Wanindu Hasaranga.

Dilruwan, who is capable of bowling long spells, has played a pivotal role in guiding his team to victory on several occasions.

Left-arm spinner Embuldeniya will support him and is certain to perform well under these conditions.

Wanindu Hasaranga, who impressed in South Africa, has already cemented his place in the team with his fine all-round performances.

Even though he was in some discomfort after a ball smashed his right-leg while fielding, he has fully recovered and is preparing to go.

Meanwhile, ace paceman Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara have recovered from their injuries, but are likely to be rested until the second Test, which will give them time for more practice sessions.

Lakmal failed to play a single game in South Africa, while Kumara played only in the first Test against the Proteas.