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Malinga returns to lead Sri Lanka in New Zealand T20Is

Sports News from Sri Lanka: Veteran bowler Lasith Malinga, who recently retired from ODI cricket, will guide Sri Lanka against New Zealand in the three-game T20I series, starting in Pallekele on 1 September.

The left-handed wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella was appointed Malinga’s deputy in the home series ‘ 15-member team. Last time in March this year, Sri Lanka played a T20I series against South Africa, losing each of their three matches.

Avishka Fernando, who scored his maiden international century at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and followed it up with a match-winning 82 in the second ODI against Bangladesh, has retained his spot in the shortest format.

Visitors New Zealand will play a T20 practice match against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, followed by the first T20 international.

Full squad: Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Madushanka

Source : ICC

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