Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya back for South Africa ODI series after action is cleared

Sudhir Gupta 21:26 18/02/2019
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Akila Dananjaya.

Spinner Akila Dananjaya has been recalled to the Sri Lanka squad for the first time since being banned for an illegal bowling action.

The off-spinner was suspended from bowling in international cricket after being reported during December’s first Test against England.

He was able to play in the second while awaiting biomechanical testing, and took six second-innings wickets.

Dananjaya was required to modify his action before undergoing further tests, which cleared him to resume bowling. He has been named in a 17-man squad for a series of five one-day internationals against South Africa.

Dananjaya’s inclusion is one of a number of changes. Opener Upul Tharanga returns to the side after missing out on selection for the tour of New Zealand, while Oshada Fernando, who made his debut during Sri Lanka’s one-wicket win in the Durban Test, has received his maiden ODI call-up.

There is no place in the squad for regular captain Dinesh Chandimal, who was also left out of the ongoing two-Test series between the two teams.

Sri Lanka won a thrilling first Test by one wicket, with the second starting on Thursday in Port Elizabeth followed by the ODIs from March 3.

Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dikwella (v-c), Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Angelo Perera, Oshada Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Isuru Udana, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha and Lakshan Sandakan

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