COLOMBO (Agencies) - Sri Lankan selectors on Wednesday left out fast bowler Lasith Malinga and all-rounder Angelo Mathews from the 16-member squad for the three-match Test series in England. While Malinga, known as "The Slinger" for his low-armed delivery, struggles to maintain fitness in the longer version of the game, Mathews is still struggling to recover from a thigh muscle injury. So Sri Lanka will have only one specialist all-rounder in Thisara Perera during the three Test matches. In the absence of Malinga, veteran Dilhara Fernando will spearhead the pace attack, with Chanaka Welegedera, Suranga Lakmal and uncapped Nuwan Pradeep completing the fast bowling unit. And Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath, forming the spin triumvirate. The big guns of the Lankan cricket -- Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera -- will form the strong middle order, while Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, Taranga Paranavithana and left-hander Lahiru Thirimanna would be the specialist openers. There will be no official vice-captain for the newly-appointed captain Dilshan in the tour of England and the selectors have clarified that former captain Kumar Sangakkara would act as cover for Dilshan during his forced absences, if any, from the field. Meanwhile, promising young wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal also finds a place in the team after being excluded from the World Cup squad. The first Test gets underway in Cardiff on May 26. Sri Lanka cricket officials cast doubt on Lasith Malinga's injury claims by saying it is "awkward" that he plays in the lucrative IPL while saying he is unfit for the upcoming Test series in England. Chief selector Duleep Mendis said on Wednesday that Malinga wrote to the board to say he was unavailable for the three Tests starting from May 26. "It looks a bit awkward that he (Malinga) says that he is injured and continues to play cricket," Mendis said.