JOHANNESBURG: Sri Lanka hope to have not less than three key gamers again after an injury-hampered check sequence defeat to South Africa, their captain stated on Tuesday, as they look forward to internet hosting England later this month.
Veterans Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal and senior seamer Suranga Lakmal are all attributable to rejoin the squad, captain Dimuth Karunaratne stated after his facet had been overwhelmed by 10 wickets by South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium.
It was a second successive defeat for Sri Lanka after being thumped by an innings and 45 runs within the first check in Pretoria final week.
Chandimal was injured within the first check and missed out in Johannesburg; Lakmal by no means recovered from a hamstring niggle; whereas Matthews didn’t journey to South Africa for the temporary tour.
“We’re hopeful they are going to be again. We expect there’s excellent news round their accidents,” Karunaratne informed a information convention after the conclusion of the South Africa tour.
The skipper stated he was assured Sri Lanka might flip round a dismal displaying within the two assessments after they tackle England. They play a two-match sequence in Galle, the place the primary check begins on Jan. 14.
“Taking part in in our residence circumstances can be rather a lot higher for us. We are able to do it in Sri Lanka,” he stated.
“Now we have a superb spinning line-up who can be eager to make full use of our circumstances. Hopefully we will dominate the English.
“They gave us plenty of bother beforehand, however we’re prepared for that. I believe this time we’ve got expertise, and we can be making an attempt to dominate in our circumstances.”
England have solely deliberate a two-day intra-squad warm-up sport to arrange for the primary check, however Karunaratne stated he nonetheless anticipated the vacationers to be well-prepared.
“They’ve plenty of expertise of circumstances on the sub-continent. However finally the sequence could possibly be determined across the psychological facet. That’s my plan, not less than, regardless of the situation we should always again ourselves,” he added.