Malinga not named for solitary T20I against South Africa
Thursday, 09 August 2018 - 14:38
Lasith Malinga's heroics for the Montreal Tigers in the Global T20 League in Toronto hasn't been enough to secure a first international call-up since September last year.
The fast bowler was ignored as Sri Lanka announced a 15-man T20I squad for the one-off game against South Africa on August 14.
Malinga, who still harbours hopes of playing for his country, was the third highest wicket-taker in Canada and had the best average (11.84) and economy rate (6.41) among all bowlers in the tournament with more than five wickets.
Left-arm fast bowler Binura Fernando could be in line to play his first match in over three years after being called up. The 23-year old played two T20Is in 2015 against Pakistan but hasn't played any international cricket since.
Dhananjaya de Silva has been called up to the T20I squad, having last played an international in that format in January 2017. A string of impressive performances against South Africa has been rewarded after the 26-year old has stood out as one of the best performers of the tour.
Angelo Mathews returns to the T20I side having missed the home tri-series that also included Bangladesh and India, because of injury. It ended in disappointment for Sri Lanka, after they were dramatically knocked out before the final at the hands of Bangladesh in the final over.