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Jayawardene replaces Dilshan as SL captain

Tillakaratne Dilshan resigned as Sri Lanka captain in all three forms of the game yesterday following the team's disastrous tour of South Africa, officials said.


Tillakaratne Dilshan. Pic/AFP

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) named former captain Mahela Jayawardene -- who led the side to the World Cup final in 2007 -- as skipper for next month's triangular one-day series in Australia, also featuring India.

Dilshan, 35, took up the captaincy on a series-to-series basis after Kumar Sangakkara stepped down following Sri Lanka's defeat in the 2011 World Cup final against India. "Dilshan has resigned as captain in all three formats of the game," SLC said.

Under Dilshan, Sri Lanka lost Test and one-day series against England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa. SLC also announced the squad for the tri-series in Australia, also involving India.

The Squad: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vc), Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayaka, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Chanaka Welegedera, Dhammika Prasad.

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