Mahela Jayawardene named in Sri Lanka Test squad to face Pakistan
Sri Lanka have recalled veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene to their squad for the Test series against Pakistan.
Last Updated: 23/12/13 1:03pm
The former captain declared himself unavailable for the current one-day international series due to personal reasons, but he will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the three-Test series which starts on New Year's Eve in Abu Dhabi.
The 36-year-old, one of only two Sri Lanka batsmen alongside Kumar Sangakkara to score more than 10,000 Test runs, has been named in a squad that includes young paceman Vishwa Fernando.
The 22-year-old left-arm seamer, who has played only 15 first-class matches taking 37 wickets, is the only uncapped player in the 16-man party.
All-rounder Dilruwan Perera and off-spinners Sachitra Senanayake and Dilruwan Perera have yet to play Test cricket although they have featured in one-day internationals, while Ajantha Mendis has been overlooked.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is also back in favour along with paceman Shaminda Eranga, who was rested for the limited-overs clashes against New Zealand and Pakistan.
Angelo Mathews retains the captaincy for the series, which also includes Tests in Dubai and Sharjah in January.
Test squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Mahela Jayawardene, Prasanna Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Vishwa Fernando, Sachithra Senananyake, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera.