Jeffrey Vandersay joins the Sri Lankan squad for the 3rd Test
Vandersay has played 11 ODIs and 7 T20Is for Sri Lanka but is yet to make his Test debut for the island nation.
Updated - Nov 28, 2017 2:51 pm
Team India has dominated Sri Lanka in the ongoing Test series. In the first Test, the home team came very close to winning the match before bad light saved the day for the visitors. In the second Test, the hosts dominated from the start and registered a convincing win to take lead. Sri Lankans have reportedly decided to strengthen their bowling line-up as they have called right-arm leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay into the squad.
Yet to make debut
Sri Lanka suffered a crushing defeat as they lost by an innings and 239 runs which is their heaviest defeat in Test history. The team management has decided to fly in right-arm leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay as a cover for veteran Rangana Herath. The 39-year-old had troubles in his back and the team management doesn’t want to take any chances.
Vandersay has played 11 ODIs and 7 T20Is for Sri Lanka but is yet to make his Test debut for the island nation. The wrist spinner can provide variety to the Sri Lankan bowling attack which failed to put any pressure on the Indian batting line-up in the second Test. Sri Lanka have another wrist-spinner in the squad in left-arm chinaman Lakshan Sandakan who is yet to feature in the series.
Rich FC record
The youngster has taken 168 wickets in 36 first-class games at an average of less than 25. In spite of such an impressive record in FC cricket, the 27-year-old is still waiting for a chance to make his Test debut.
Jeffrey was impressive for Sri Lanka in the 2016 World T20 as he bowled well throughout the tournament. Unfortunately, he picked a hand injury after the tournament and spent a lot of time away from the game on the sidelines. After the injury, he failed to break into the Sri Lankan team in spite of performing well for the ‘A’ team.
The third and final Test of the series will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi from December 2.