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Sri Lanka has lost Sanath Jayasuriya for the upcoming VB Series in Australia. Jayasuriya had a freak injury slipping in the shower after the December 31st One Day International against New Zealand. The 36-year-old all Matara Blaster has dislocated his shoulder and his place has been taken by the tall Colombo Cricket Club opener Michael Vandort. Vandort is almost 26 years and is a left handed bat and had played 2 Tests for Sri Lanka in 2001 and is yet to play an ODI.
The Sri Lankan Selectors have included two youngsters in the 18-year-old Chamara Kapugedera and 23-year-old Nuwan Kulasekara in place of Avishka Gunawardene and Lasith Malinga. Kapugedera is a right handed opening bat and has been picked straight from the U19s with the teenager having played just the 3-First Class Matches. Nuwan Kulasekara had played one Test and six ODIs and is fast medium bowler.
Sri Lanka plays the opening game of the VB Series against Australia at Melbourne on the 13th. South Africa is the other team of this Tri-nation Series.
SL Squad : Marvan Atapattu (C), Chaminda Vaas (Vice Captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakarathe Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Avishka Gunawardene, Malinga Bandara, Jehan Mubarak, Russel Arnold, Ruchira Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekera