Proteas in Sri Lanka, day 14

Sri Lankan cricket has had precious little to celebrate over the last couple of years so it was only right and proper that they should make a big deal of the series win against South Africa. A very big deal. It’s not just the victory which is getting everyone excited, it’s the vindication of a ‘fresh start’ policy which has seen stalwarts like former captain Angelo Mathews nudged into touch while six players in the starting XI which clinched the series so emphatically on Tuesday evening were 25-years-old or younger.

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