Madushka, 23, has seemingly compelled his method into the selectors’ minds following a string of spectacular performances in opposition to the England Lions earlier this yr. Turning out for Sri Lanka A, he produced innings of 241 and 100, whereas he additionally hit 150 in opposition to the identical opposition whereas representing a Board President’s XI.
Alongside Nissanka, additionally out are Maheesh Theekshana, Lakshitha Manasinghe, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dunith Wellalage and Dilshan Madushanka. Apart from Nissanka and seamer Madushanka, the remainder are all spin bowlers with solely Wellalage providing one thing with the bat. With New Zealand situations anticipated to favour seam and bounce, Sri Lanka have understandably sought to forego spin in favour of tempo.