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England name same squad for Headingley Test

— 17 June 2014

England have named an unchanged 12-man squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka, who have called up Kithruwan Vithanage to replace injured wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene.

After a thrilling end to the first Test at Lord’s, Sri Lanka hung on with one wicket remaining to draw.

The second and final Test begins on Thursday at the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Headingley.

While England are unchanged – and may well go into the match with the same starting side – Sri Lanka will be forced to make at least one change.

  • Jayawardene has suffered a broken finger and although he bravely batted during his side’s rearguard at Lord’s, he will now return home.
    Vithanage, a batsman with four Test appearances, six One-Day Internationals and a single Twenty20 International cap to his name, comes into the squad and will arrive in England tomorrow (17th June).

    He scored his maiden Test century against Bangladesh in January and played in the Twenty20 International against England last month.

    Either Kaushal Silva or Dinesh Chandimal are expected to keep wicket in Jayawardene’s absence.

    Silva scored a brace of half-centuries during the Lord’s Test while Chandimal was left out although as Silva already opens the batting, Sri Lanka may decide against burdening him with the gloves as well.

    Kumar Sangakkara, who has kept for Sri Lanka on 48 occasions, but not since 2008, would be another option – albeit an unlikely one – behind the stumps.

    Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes is the player in England’s squad who was not selected at Lord’s.

  • Fast bowlers Dhammika Prasad and Chanaka Welagedara, batsman Chandimal and all-rounder Dilruwan Perera are available to Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and his coaching team as well as Vithanage should the tourists decide on more changes.

    England: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matthew Prior, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Chris Woakes

    Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilruwan Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad, Kumar Sangakkara, Kaushal Silva, Kithruwan Vithanage, Chanaka Welagedara

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