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Dilshan named Sri Lanka captain Published: 18 April 2011

Sri Lanka have named Tillakaratne Dilshan as captain in all three formats of the game for their upcoming tour of England.

The 34-year-old all-rounder replaces Kumar Sangakkara as skipper and will lead the side in the second Test at Lord’s.

Sri Lanka are yet to name a replacement for vice-captain and double Lord’s centurion Mahela Jayawardene, who stood down alongside Sangakkara after the ICC World Cup.

Experience

Dilshan was favourite to take the vacant captaincy post, with young all-rounder Angelo Mathews the other name touted as a potential successor.

Mathews, 23, is suffering a leg injury which kept him out of the World Cup final and may struggle to make the early stages of the tour to England.

As one of the finest opening batsmen in world cricket, Dilshan's place in the side for all three forms of the game is secure.

His experience could also prove vital in smoothing the transition from Sangakkara’s successful two year reign - which culminated with their World Cup final defeat to India.

Dilshan has previously filled in as captain in two one-off Twenty20 Internationals in 2008 and 2009 and for a five One Day International series against Zimbabwe in 2010.

Thrills

Dilshan has built a reputation as one of the most exhilarating batsmen in the world game.

His patented 'Dilscoop,' helped make him the man of the tournament in the 2009 ICC World Twenty 20 in England, where Sri Lanka lost out to Pakistan in the final at Lord's.

That year cemented Dilshan's place at the top table of international batsmen after an inconsistent start to his career, as he registered 11 international centuries in the calendar year.


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