NUWAN PRADEEP ruled out of Australia tour

Published : 12:01 am  January 21, 2019 | No comments so far |  | 

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web-1-21Sri Lanka will be without the services of paceman Nuwan Pradeep for the forthcoming Test series against Australia, beginning on Thursday (24) under lights at the Gabba.


Pradeep was only able to get through two overs in Sri Lanka’s warm-up fixture against a Cricket Australia XI in Hobart last week, before sustaining a hamstring injury.


“Nuwan Pradeep, who is part of Sri Lanka’s Test squad touring Australia for the two Test series has sustained an injury and will be out of the series,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed yesterday. 


“He has sustained a Grade-1 strain in his left hamstring.”


Pradeep did not play in Sri Lanka’s recent two-Test series against New Zealand, and in fact played the last of his 28 Tests in October 2017. 

 

Nuwan Pradeep, who is part of Sri Lanka’s Test squad touring Australia for the two Test series has sustained an injury and will be out of the series


In Hobart, where Sri Lanka were allowed to play their full squad owing to the unofficial status of the match, Pradeep opened the bowling alongside Kasun Rajitha in the first innings. 
Dushmantha Chameera and Suranga Lakmal were the other quicks to take part for the visitors in the match.


Lakmal, a veteran of 54 Tests, played both recent matches against New Zealand, while Chameera and Rajitha played one Test each. 


Should Sri Lanka opt for three quicks on the traditionally pace-friendly Gabba, that trio – all of whom are right-armers – appears the most likely selection. 


(Agencies)

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