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Cricket: Sri Lanka opt to field against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and sent Bangladesh in to bat in the third and final one-day international in Dhaka on Saturday. Sri Lanka, enjoying an unassailable 2-0 lead, were without either of their three veterans, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, for the first time in a one-dayer since 2000. Jayawardene and Dilshan are nursing injuries, while Sangakkara was rested ahead of the five-nation Asia Cup which opens in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Cricket: Sri Lanka's Jayawardene back for Pakistan Test series

Former captain Mahela Jayawardene has returned to Sri Lanka's squad for the three-Test series against Pakistan starting in the United Arab Emirates later this month, the cricket board said on Monday. Jayawardene, who opted out of the ongoing limited-overs series for personal reasons, was named in the 16-man squad led by all-rounder Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. Jayawardene, 36, is one of 11 batsmen worldwide and only the second Sri Lankan alongside current team-mate Kumar Sangakkara to score more than 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

Cricket: Mathews named Sri Lanka's new Test, ODI skipper

All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been appointed Sri Lanka's new Test and one-day captain for next month's home series against Bangladesh, selectors announced on Thursday. The 25-year-old replaced prolific batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who stepped down after leading on a recent tour of Australia where Sri Lanka lost the Test series 3-0 and drew a one-day series 2-2. Dinesh Chandimal, named Mathews's deputy in Tests and one-day internationals, will lead the side in T20 matches.

Cricket-Angelo Mathews takes over as Sri Lanka captain

COLOMBO, Feb 14 (Reuters) - All-rounder Angelo Mathews was appointed captain of the Sri Lankan test and one-day international teams on Thursday for a period of 11 months beginning with next month's home series against Bangladesh. Mathews succeeds Mahela Jayawardene, who accepted captaincy in January 2012 for a period of one year so that Sri Lanka could groom their next skipper.
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