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Sri Lanka opt to bat in second Test against England

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Galle, Jan 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat in the second and final Test against England beginning Friday at the Galle International Stadium.

For the hosts, right-handed batsman Ramesh Mendis is making his debut and he becomes the 154th Sri Lankan player to represent his country in Test cricket. Suranga Lakmal and Oshada Fernando have also been included in the playing XI.

The visitors have made just one change to their line-up, bringing in veteran pacer James Anderson in place of Stuart Broad who has been given a rest ahead of the four-Test series against India beginning next month.

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England had won the first Test by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Playing XIs:

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Ramesh Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando

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England: Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root(c), Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, James Anderson

–IANS

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