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Cary Erickson | 15 July, 2018, 17:30

Since the retirement of Muralitharan, Herath has played 68 Tests, and picked up 347 wickets, becoming a menace for Sri Lanka's opponents with his nagging accuracy and skill sets.

He is allowed to be in Sri Lanka's dressing room throughout this South Africa series, but is not allowed to take the field.

Sri Lanka will host England for five matches one-day global series (ODI) and one-off T20 worldwide, later this year. "So it was nice to bowl in these conditions and get a feel of the wickets and pitches", Shamsi told the media on Monday in Galle.

Herath, who retired from one-day and Twenty20 internationals in 2016, is in the squad for Sri Lanka's two-match test series against South Africa, which kicks off on Thursday in Galle.

"This is the first time I am playing against Dale Steyn".

Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis scored half-centuries in South Africa's tour game.

In bowling, Kagiso Rabada Rabada bagged 4 for 50 while Tabraiz Shamsi captured 3 for 91.

The No 1 ranked ICC Test bowler has fully recovered from the lower back injury he sustained in April, and is hungry to return to action after the layoff.

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"In the interim, Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha, who have pleaded guilty, have agreed not to participate in both Tests v SA", cricket's governing body said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, last time the Proteas played in Sri Lanka, two enthralling Tests and eventually saw them win a series on the Island for only the second time, and subsequently first time in 21 years.

"The remarkable thing about KG [Rabada] is how quickly he learns". Rabada was then introduced for his third spell, replacing Steyn from the Dutch Fort End, and he took two wickets in his first three deliveries.

"He knows what he needs to do to get himself up for a Test match and we've had a little chat today about what he needs to do for the remainder of the days building up to the Test match", said the Proteas coach.

Aiden Markram is a class player and South Africa might have finally found a permanent opening partner for Elgar. He averages 52.47 as captain, and had also led Sri Lanka to creditable results in the UAE (against Pakistan), India and Bangladesh.

Rain forced the umpires to take tea early and, when play resumed, Sri Lanka's struggles continued as it slumped to 176-8.

"We realized in West Indies that we had good fast bowlers", said Roshen.