Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day December 28, 2012

Hand injury puts Sangakkara out of Australia tour


Sri Lanka will be without batsman Kumar Sangakkara for the remainder of their tour of Australia, after scans revealed a fracture to his left hand, where he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer during the Boxing Day Test. Sangakkara will undergo surgery this evening and will be unavailable for six to eight weeks, as he recovers. Fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara has also been ruled out of the Sydney Test with a hamstring injury, and will likely fly home, having not been named in the limited overs squads.

Sri Lanka are also waiting on the fitness of wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who are both suffering from hairline fractures. Jayawardene sustained his injury during Sri Lanka's first innings, when Johnson hit him on the right thumb. Kulasekara meanwhile had been complaining of soreness in the ribs after being hit there while batting on the fifth day in Hobart, before scans on Thursday revealed he had a cracked rib.

Sangakkara was hit on the bottom hand while fending a short ball after lunch, and immediately called for the physiotherapist upon crossing for a single. The removal of his glove revealed significant swelling on the bottom of his index finger, and he left the field for the hospital soon after.

The three injuries in the game meant that Sri Lanka only had eight batsmen who could complete their innings in the second dig. Their innings ended at 103 on day three, when they slipped to an innings and 201-run defeat. Sangakkara is the side's leading batsman, while Welegedara is considered the leader of Sri Lanka's pace attack and had been their top wicket-taker in the first Test.

Dinesh Chandimal is the only reserve batsman on tour, and is almost certain to be included in the XI for the Sydney Test that begins on January 3. He has also kept wickets for Sri Lanka in Tests, and will take the gloves if Jayawardene is unfit to play. Lahiru Thirimanne is on stand-by for the tour, and may also be flown in as cover.

Among the fast bowling reserves, Nuwan Pradeep may earn a start in Sydney, if three seam bowlers are required and Kulasekara cannot play, while Thisara Perera may also be brought into the squad. Perera is already in Australia, playing for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    May be Australia made extra bouncy pitches unsuitable for Sangakara and othet Sri Lankan batsmen so why not just give the series to Australia without playing rather than getting half the team injured. Pakistani fan of both Sri Lanka and Australia

  • Vihanga on December 29, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @fan_2_fans- Forget it man. We ignore those guys you mentioned. You should too.and i m not Indian. But i loved Tendulkar in his prime days. But it's just politics nowadays isnt it? Remember when Jayasuriya kept on playing and playing when he was well above 40 and fans kept getting angry at him. It's just a reaction some of these SL fans are having on Tendulkar. Just ignore them. But there are are some from India who are having a go at SL whenever they are doing bad for no obvious reason. Hopefully this'll all wear off and sub-continent team supporters can be brothers once again. Peace :)

  • Sammy on December 29, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Where are the arrogant SL fans GerrardLK and SolidSnake hiding now? @GerrardLK ,you wanted to see middle stump of Sachin uprooted,hope you enjoyed bone cracking. @SolidSnake ,you always gave indias stats in Aus,so I think SL team has toured Aus,to lose better than india.

  • Rajkumar on December 29, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Aus trouncing SL needs to be seen in proper perspective.Glad to note this is the case with almost all the Aus fans.When punter amassed tons of runs against Indian attack(?) last summer I had mentioned the same.See what SA did to his career.He should have retired earlier.Hopefully selectors note the difference in oppositions' class w.r.t Johnsons's performance.We all want Mitchell to be the X factor and NOT what he turned out to be in Ashes2009 come next summer.One reason for Jhonsosn's no show and consequent Aus failure was the burden of expectation o him after SA tour.The next Aus tour to SA will define him...hope the point gets noted...

  • Peter on December 29, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    I wonder if they'll make an SOS call to other Sri Lankans in the Big Bash, such as Malinga, Mendis or even Murali? Would be an interesting scenario to see any of those just for one test.

  • Roo on December 29, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    Seems some posters have not read Michael Clarkes & other players commiserations (& mine) for Sangakkara in being injured... No real Aussie fan would ever welcome any injury to any player, no matter the circumstances...

    The loss of so many players in the last 5 Tests in Oz shows that we shold savior every moment we get to see the top players in the world playing for our enjoyment...

  • Nimmie on December 29, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    they have been sent to bat at wrong places, after the over-inflated 3 had spoiled the party. The jokers are yet to realize that the reckless hitting is not the medicine to demoralize the confidence of quality bowlers. We need Amlas, Trott, Alistaire Cookes class batters as front-liners. We have enough of such young batters in the country. The Country doesn't need Jokers that have no faith in top grade batters like Attapatus, Roy Dias & Tennakoone and quality spinners.

  • Nimmie on December 29, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    This is what happens when the Jokers try to drag the cart with the same old horses. Due to the incompetency & ignorance, the Jokers have failed to pick the highly talented schoolboy Cricketers, that come out of schools every year though they have always done exceptionally well at the Youth WCs. These young talents are sent there straight from schools (with few henchmen as well) with zero training given without a single 1st class experience, compared to players of other nations. These promising youth are completely ignored just to carry on with these old horses till the next WC. The Jokers are more concerned about the interests of 3 seniors rather than the Future of the country's Cricket. The local media and some ignorant fans too try to compare these reckless risky (false, edgy, lofted,) stroke makers that offer 2-3 straight-forward chances to score a 50 with Bradmans, Laras &Tendulkars. The classy players like S'weera&M'thews too were unable to perform well, since (to be CNTD)

  • Andrew on December 29, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    @PFEL - What are you suggesting? That our bowlers should go easy on one of the world's best batsman? Sanga's injury is a hazzard of the trade. Test cricket is tough for eveyone. The Sri Lankan bowlers also enjoyed bowling the short ball in this match. Australians are not delighted that Sangakkara is out, Johnson included. They enjoy playng against quality opposition and know that that game is poorer without him.