England set to face Mathews in warm-up

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LATE-CITY--DM-1-5England are set to face a Sri Lanka Board XI including sacked limited-overs Captain Angelo Mathews when they begin their Test preparations. 

Mathews was an absentee from the limited-overs leg of the tour – which the tourists won 3-1 – but was retained in the Test squad, with the three-match Test series beginning in Galle on November 6.

The 31-year-old, omitted over fitness concerns according to Sri Lanka officials, criticised the country’s Cricket Board for being made a ‘scapegoat’ after his sacking as Skipper, which followed the team’s dismal performance at the Asia Cup.

The all-rounder is joined by fellow Test squad members Kaushal Silva, Roshen Silva, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara in the hosts’ squad for the two-day match at the NCC Grounds in Maitland Place beginning on Tuesday.

Ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Medis, who England have already faced twice on tour, including their T20 victory on Saturday, former ODI Captain Lahiru Thirimanne and one-day opener Sadeera Samarawickrama are also named in a 15-strong group for the warm-up.

The second practice game will be played on November 1 and 2 at the CCC Grounds in Maitland Crescent. 

Squad for the first practice game: 

Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Kamindu Mendis, Manoj Sarathchandra, Ashan Priyanjan, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Nishan Peiris, Shehan Madushanka, Roshen Silva and Pathum Nissanka.


Squad for the second practice game: 

Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Kamindu Mendis, Roshen Silva, Manoj Sarathchandra, Ashan Priyanjan, Shehan Madushanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nishan Peiris, Lahiru Kumara, Pathum Nissanka and Dushmantha Chameera.