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SL name Chameera, Gamage in squad for Third Test

12 August 2017

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been named in the squad for the match.

"Obviously there is excitement". Bhuvneshwar has done well in the few chances he has got in the Test team during the Kohli era.

In such a situation where the unhappy fans leave the stadium in the middle of the game, the Cricket Sri Lanka officials are trying their best to anchor the audience. The day after their only training session in Pallekele, India went to visit a temple that originates from the mythological book Ramayana.

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"You can not walk into the team so easily, and you have to wait; that's the rule of cricket", he said. The Indian skipper believes that if the players are clear about what kind of behaviour warrants the ICC demerit points, they can conduct themselves according to those guidelines in the future. "They take lot of workload during a Test match". In any case, Chandimal said the meeting, which had also featured a pep talk by Aravinda de Silva, had helped raise spirits. The wrist-spinner was included in the side for the fourth and final Test that was played in Dharamsala.

And in all likelihood, 22-year-old Kuldeep is slated to make his second Test appearance in the dead rubber. Then the captain, manager and the selectors... "As a captain, I don't like to lose, we are giving out our full effort but we can not control the ultimate result". As a captain, he said he would be in the thick of things.

Prior to this series, Sri Lanka failed to reach the semi-finals of the eight-team Champions Trophy in June and humiliatingly went down 3-2 in a home one-day global series to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe.

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"I have been working with Bharat Arun for the past 10 years", he said, "ever since I was playing in Under-16, in Under-19 also".

While on Friday morning you could scarcely tell the pitch from the outfield, so green was that strip in the valley, things had changed by afternoon. I know what to speak about to the committee. "It is very easy to work with him so I am happy to continue to work with him". He has taken as many as 13 wickets and scored 85 runs as he and his fellow slow-bowling partner Ravichandran Ashwin have tormented the Sri Lankans.

Sri Lanka can also look back at how they chased down an improbable 390 against Zimbabwe last month and beat the Indian ODI side by chasing down 321 runs in the Champions Trophy.

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A series of poor results, the early departure of coach Graham Ford and accusations against players and the country's cricket chief have made for a hard few months for the 1996 world champions. In their team, fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Gamage have been added to Sri Lanka's squad for the third Test, while batsman Danushka Gunathilaka - who played in Galle - has been omitted.

SL name Chameera, Gamage in squad for Third Test