England Test spots against Sri Lanka up for grabs

Nov 24, 2007 (AFP) – England start their lone first-class match on the Sri Lankan tour here on Sunday hoping to fill the blanks in the Test squad for the series starting in a week’s time. Sri Lanka Cricket XI: Tillekeratne Dilshan (capt), Upul Tharanga, Mahela Udawatte, Malinda Warnapura, Jehan Mubarak, Chamara Kapugedara, Kaushal Silva (wicket-keeper), Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Chanaka Welagedera, Ishara Amerasinghe, Sujeewa de Silva. The three-day match against the Sri Lanka Cricket XI at the Nondescripts Club is the tourists’ last opportunity to strike form ahead of the first of three back-to-back Tests starting in Kandy on December 1.

The tour opener earlier this week against the same opposition, where all 16 England players were allowed to take the field, saw the hosts pile up 500-5 and restrict the tourists to 315-6.

But on Sunday only 11 will play and England captain Michael Vaughan said performances in the match will help him finalise the team for the Kandy Test.

“There are still a couple of places up for grabs and we have to make sure that, come Kandy on December 1, we get our eleven right,” said Vaughan.

“So there might be a couple of spaces where we can gi