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Angelo Mathews returns to Sri Lanka squad for India T20Is
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Angelo Mathews returns to Sri Lanka squad for India T20Is

Sri Lanka have recalled former skipper Angelo Mathews to the T20I squad for the three-match series against India scheduled to commence on January 5.

Mathews' inclusion in the 16-member contingent marks an end to a 16-month absence from the shortest form of the game.

The experienced campaigner last turned out for Sri Lanka in a T20I back in August 2018 when he led his team to victory by three wickets over South Africa.

However, Mathews failed to impress with the bat during that match and perished for a three-ball duck.

He subsequently lost his place in the national side while his playing career was derailed due to frequent run-ins with injuries.

The return of Mathews bolsters Sri Lanka's relatively young squad as senior all-rounder Thisara Perera continues to be overlooked for selection.

Right-arm paceman Kasun Rajitha has managed to retain his spot in the team despite grabbing the unwanted record for bowling the most expensive spell in his previous outing in T20Is.

All-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva has been added to Sri Lanka's squad to provide skipper Lasith Malinga an array of spin bowling options to choose from.

Sri Lanka squad

Lasith Malinga (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha