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Sri Lanka win toss and bat first


COLOMBO, March 15 (AFP) - Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first on the first day of the third and final cricket Test against England played at the Singhalese SC grounds here Thursday.

Jayasuriya won the toss on all three occasions in the series.

Sri Lanka made two changes and England made one from the sides that played in the second Test at Kandy.

Sri Lanka gave a Test cap to left-arm spinner Dinuk Hettiarachchi. He replaced off-spinner Kumar Dharmasena. Fast bowler Dilhara Fernando took the place of Nuwan Zoysa.

England replaced the out-of-form Graeme Hick with Michael Vaughan.

Sri Lanka and England are tied one-all in the three-Test series.

Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Russel Arnold, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dinuk Hettiarachchi, Dilhara Fernando. 12th man: Indika de Saram.

England: Nasser Hussain (captain), Michael Atherton, Mark Trescothick, Graham Thorpe, Alec Stewart, Michael Vaughan, Craig White, Ashley Giles, Robert Croft, Andy Caddick, Darren Gough. 12th man: Graeme Hick.

Umpires: Asoka de Silva (Sri Lanka) and David Orchard (South Africa). TV umpire: Bulathsinghalage Cooray (Sri Lanka). Match Referee: Hanumant Singh (India).







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