Kusal Mendis was summoned in the ODI squad of Sri Lanka for the remainder of the series against England, as a substitute for Kusal Perera, who suffered a quadruple strain in the second ODI and, therefore, was excluded from the series. 19659002] Sri Lanka had initially hoped that Perera could recover before the series concluded, but scans have revealed that the injury is more serious than originally thought. There is still the possibility that it will be available for the sole T20 on the 27th in Colombo, however.
Mendis had been a regular member of the ODI XI of Sri Lanka this year, but had withdrawn from this series due to a modest stretch of returns in the format. He had gone 21 innings without a half century and had fought especially in the Asian Cup last month, where he picked up two ducks in so many games.
Sri Lanka already has a replacement batter in the squad, in Sadeera Samarawickrama. But if Mendis gets to play, it can serve as an opportunity to win some batting before the series of tests, in which he will probably hit number 3 or 4 for Sri Lanka. His most recent entries in competitive cricket yielded 22 of 28 balls, in the one-day game of touring against visitors.