PRADEEP DOUBTFUL FOR GALLE TEST

Published : 9:18 am  August 3, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (424) reads | 

Untitled-4Sri Lanka suffered another injury setback ahead of the second test against Australia in Galle with seamer Nuwan Pradeep suffering a hamstring strain during practice, a cricket board official said on Tuesday. Angelo Mathews’ side are reeling from injuries to their fast bowlers with Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera ruled out of the three-match series, while Suranga Lakmal was also absent from the opening test at Pallekele due to an ankle complaint. Another paceman, Shaminda Eranga, was recently suspended for an illegal action. The 29-year-old Pradeep, who has played 21 tests, was the lone frontline paceman at Pallekele, which the hosts won by 106 runs to take a 1-0 lead against the world’s top-ranked side in the longest format.

The victory was a welcome one for Sri Lanka, who lost their two previous test series in New Zealand and England. The right-arm bowler, who took two wickets in the first innings of the series opener, suffered the injury during training on Monday. “He has a slight hamstring strain on his right leg. His fitness will be assessed tomorrow (Wednesday) morning,” Sri Lanka team manager Charith Senanayake told Reuters. “He could be doubtful but we haven’t taken a decision yet.” Sri Lanka fielded three frontline spinners at Pallekele and were always likely to load their attack with slow bowlers for the second test