Double trouble! England set to face ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis in Sri Lanka tour opener against Board XI on Friday
- England will come up against ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis on Friday
- The tourists take on a strong a strong Board XI in their tour opener in Colombo
- 20-year-old Mendis bowls both slow left-armers and right-arm off-breaks
- The first one-day international takes place next Wednesday in Dambulla
England will face one of the rarest talents in cricket in the first match of their Sri Lankan tour – ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis.
The tourists will take on a strong Board XI at Colombo’s P Sara Stadium on Friday, with Sri Lanka’s one-day captain Dinesh Chandimal getting an early look at his opponents in the forthcoming five-match series.
But the most intriguing prospect by far is that of 20-year-old Mendis, who is capable of bowling both slow left-armers and right-arm off-breaks.
England will come up against ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis (pictured) on Friday
20-year-old Mendis offers and intriguing mix of both slow left-armers and right-arm off-breaks
The Galle native shot to attention in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup when he switched bowling actions during matches, alternating depending on whether he was facing left or right-handed batsmen.
One video captured during the competition in Bangladesh has garnered more than 430,000 views on YouTube, with viewers marvelling at this remarkable versatility.
All-rounder Mendis went on to captain his country at this year’s edition tournament.
Speaking to the ICC ICC about his unusual talent in January he said: ‘I just tell the umpire and let the batsman know.
‘Sometimes they look at me like… what are you going to do now?’.
Also in action in the warm-up match are ODI squad member Sadeera Samarawickrama and Test call-ups Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis and Kasun Rajitha.