Sri Lanka have lost Angelo Mathews midway thru their West Indies tour, after he left for home for this reason of personal reasons. The news will get worse for the team: rapid bowler Lahiru Gamage has been dominated out of the tour as correctly, for this reason of a fractured finger sustained on the last day of the first Take a look at.
Replacements will likely be flown out, but they are nearly clear to be unavailable for the 2nd Take a look at, given the scale of the flights. Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, who had performed in the Tests in opposition to Bangladesh in February, and allrounder Dasun Shanaka, who had performed in opposition to India final year, will ultimate beat back Sri Lanka on Wednesday night – the eve of the St. Lucia Take a look at.
Luckily for Sri Lanka, they’d taken the precaution of carrying 17 gamers, as an alternative of the long-established 15, on tour. This means they have Dhananjaya de Silva and Mahela Udawatte as masks for an unavailable batsman, and two additional quicks, Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando, accessible to change Lahiru Gamage in the XI.
Mathews has had awful success at some level of excursions correct thru the last two years, missing extra Tests than he has performed – though that used to be largely for this reason of hurt. Chief selector Graeme Labrooy confirmed that he isn’t any longer going to return to the Caribbean in any respect, and must unexcited be out of the 0.33 Take a look at as correctly.
Gamage’s hurt, in the intervening time, used to be sustained on the the fifth morning in Port-of-Spain, when he used to be hit in the glove by Shannon Gabriel. Gamage had some on-area medication and continued batting, ending with a plucky Three off forty nine balls, as Sri Lanka attempted to set up the Take a look at.