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Sri Lanka cricket selectors have included left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga in the squad for the third and final Test against Pakistan to be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy from July 3.

Tharanga comes in as a replacement for Kumar Sangakkara, who will not be available for selection for this Test.

At the end of the second Test which Sri Lanka won by seven wickets at the P Sara Oval on Monday, skipper Angelo Mathews hinted that Tharanga would be an option to fill Sangakkara’s place.

“We’ve got a few options. We’ve got two sitting outside the team now (Jehan Mubarak and Kusal Perera), and also we’ve got Upul Tharanga. We still have to decide who comes in. Tharanga is not in the squad, but we can draft him in for the last game,” said Mathews.

Tharanga’s last Test was against Pakistan in August last year at the SSC where he made 92 and 45 opening the innings with Kaushal Silva.

If selected he is most likely to bat in the no. 3 slot.

The three-match series is tied at one-all.