Uncapped off-spinner Nishan Peiris called up as Dananjaya replacement

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The off-spinner Nishan Peiris has been called up to the Sri Lanka Test squad as a replacement for Akila Dananjaya, who was reported for a suspect action in the first Test against England.

Dananjaya is set to undergo an assessment at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on Friday. He was given 14-days to respond to the charge, which allowed him to feature in the second Test. The mystery spinner claimed eight wickets in the match, and contributed a vital 31 with the bat in the first innings.

Dananjaya has been reported for a suspect action
Dananjaya has been reported for a suspect action

Peiris, 21 years old, has only featured in 12 first-class games, but has picked up 38 wickets at 29.52, including two five-wicket hauls. In his last first-class outing, for Galle against Kandy, he picked up first innings figures of 6/67.

Peiris has represented Sri Lanka Under 19s and Sri Lanka A in the past, and has form against England, having picked up three wickets in a warm-up game against them before this series.

Sri Lanka’s third Test against England starts in Colombo on 23 November.

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