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Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka celebrates with Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka after dismissing Eoin Morgan of England during the 4th Royal London One Day International match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's Cricket Ground. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

London - Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Monday.

Senanayake, who has twice recorded career-best figures in the ongoing Royal London series against England, was reported by umpires Ian Gould and Marais Erasmus at the end of his team's victory at Lord's on Saturday.

He will be free to bowl again in the fifth and final Royal London one-day international series at Edgbaston on Tuesday, but will face further scrutiny under ICC regulations.

“The umpires' report cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be suspect,” an ICC press release read.

“Senanayake's bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to bowlers reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

“The off-spinner is required to undergo testing within 21 days, and, during this period, he is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”

England, who have twice led the one-day Royal London international series, face a decider on Tuesday after Sri Lanka held their nerve to inch a seven-run win at Lord's.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, named their squad on Monday afternoon for the two-Test series against England in June, from which Senanayake is omitted.

The 29-year-old made his Test debut, and won his solitary cap to date, five months ago.

But Sri Lanka have preferred his fellow off-spinner Dilruwan Perera to partner left-arm orthodox Rangana Herath in a 15-man squad.

Sri Lanka (v England for two Tests In June):

Angelo Mathews (Captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (Vice Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Prasanna Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana

Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Chanaka Welagedara, Dhammika Prasad

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