COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will welcome back opener Tillakaratne Dilshan for the second and final test against New Zealand in Colombo starting today after he recovered from a back injury.
Dilshan, whose last innings was an unbeaten 102 in the third match of the five-game ODI series, missed Sri Lanka's 10-wicket win inside three days in the first Test in Galle.
"Dilshan is pretty much 100 per cent fit and Dimuth Karunaratne will make way for him," captain Mahela Jayawardene told reporters yesterday. "We want to get Dilshan back into things ready for the Australia tour, which is very important for us and we wouldn't take a risk with him. "When he left he was in pretty good form and now he feels ready and comfortable and the physio has given him clearance. He wants to play, he is happy and eager."
There was also good news for New Zealand with fast bowler Tim Southee likely to play after recovering from a groin injury that prevented him for bowling on the final day in Galle.
"He has been having a lot of rehab and participated in training yesterday, did the fitness work and pulled up well so he has been named in the 12 and he is looking good to play," said Kiwi captain Ross Taylor.