Sri Lanka call up Nishan Peiris for England Test as Akila Dananjaya has trials on bowling action

Sri Lanka call up Nishan Peiris for final England Test as Akila Dananjaya heads to Brisbane for trials on suspect bowling technique

  • Akila Dananjaya has taken 10 wickets for Sri Lanka in two Tests against England
  • He’s out of the third Test to head to Australia for trials on his bowling action
  • England have already won the series ahead of the final Test in Colombo 

Pa Reporter

Sri Lanka have called up uncapped spinner Nishan Peiris for the third Test against England, with Akila Dananjaya heading to Brisbane for assessment of his bowling action.

Dananjaya, who claimed 10 wickets in the first two matches of the series, was reported for a suspect action following the Galle Test and will undergo formal trials at Australia’s National Cricket Centre on Friday.

His place has been handed to Peiris, a 21-year-old off-spinner who has played against England in three warm-up matches on the current tour.

Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya is heading to Brisbane for assessment of his bowling action

Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya is heading to Brisbane for assessment of his bowling action

He went wicketless in two of those but managed figures of three for 108 in a two-day match in Colombo last month, accounting for Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali.

England have already wrapped up series victory after their 57-run triumph in Kandy last week took them to an unassailable 2-0 lead.

The third Test, in Colombo, starts on Friday.


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