AUS vs SL 2022: Sri Lanka announces a 21-man ODI squad for their upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia. Bhanuka Rajapaksa earned a recall to the squad while Sri Lanka’s U-19 Captain Dunith Wellalage earned a maiden call-up to the 21-member squad. Dasun Shanaka will lead the squad which will be a part of the Cricket World Cup Super League.
Initially Sri Lanka named a 26-member provisional squad for the T20Is & ODIs but later they trimmed it down to 21 ahead of the first game scheduled to be played on June 14. Nuwan Thushara, Ashen Bandara, Janith Liyanage, Dhananjaya Lakshan, and Sahan Arachchi missed out on the squad for the 50-over series after being named in the provisional squad. Opener Pathum Nissanka too has returned to the ODI set-up after having missed out on the Bangladesh & India tests with a back injury.
Rajapaksa had last played an ODI for Sri Lanka against South Africa in Colombo in September last year before announcing his retirement from international cricket. However, he returned to the Sri Lankan set-up on the back of a powerpack IPL where he scored 206 runs in 9 matches, striking at 159.68. However, in the two T20Is so far, he has scores of 0 and 13. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Wellalage has returned 34 first-class wickets in 11 matches.
Sri Lanka’s last ODI series can be against Zimbabwe back in January this year where they won the series with a 2-1 score. The AUS vs SL 2022, ODI series will be played from June 14 to June 24 at Pallakele & Colombo. After the conclusion of the ODI series, the Aussies will take on the hosts in a two-match Test series. The first Test will be played from June 29 to July 3 & the second Test will be played from July 8 to 12. Both the Test matches will be played on Galle.
AUS vs SL 2022: Sri Lanka ODI squad:
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Niroshan Dickwella, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Ramesh Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Madushanka, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan