Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 1st day December 26, 2012

Prasanna Jayawardene injures thumb


Prasanna Jayawardene has suffered a hairline fracture to the top of his right thumb after being hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer during Sri Lanka's first innings at the MCG. That delivery was the last Jayawardene faced, as the ball caught the shoulder of the bat after hitting his thumb, and ballooned to Phillip Hughes in the slip cordon. Jayawardene made 24.

Team management are yet to determine whether Jayawardene will keep wickets on day two, but in the meantime Kumar Sangakkara has taken the gloves in his stead, and will keep for the remainder of day one.

Sri Lanka's 12th man Dinesh Chandimal also keeps wickets, but cannot stand in behind the stumps as he is a substitute. A year ago, he replaced Jayawardene on Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa as wicketkeeper-batsman.

"There was some bruising on his thumb after his innings, so we thought we'd better check," team manager Charith Senanayake said, before X-rays revealed the extent of the injury.

December 26 5.35am GMT This story has been updated to include news of Jayawaradene's hairline fracture

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    this is not only problem for srilanka, even india, pakistan, bangla all are suffer because all our asian grounds are flat track. now latest the T20 league are affect our longer version ( test) matches. definitely these things will make a problem for our asian test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Now we have some injuries Sri Lankan selectors have another chance to choose a Sri Lankan side most likely to win the 3rd Test and ODI's and Twenty20's. It is the last chance to bring back Thisara Perrera and Acanthi Mendis. How ridiculous that the selectors choose under-performing players while better players are left at home.

  • palitha on December 26, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Hard hits are part of the game. But vicious hits meant to debilitate players.

  • Pasan on December 26, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Chandimal will be getting a chance for sure in the next test.Hope he'll perform well there!

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    maybe a blessing in disguise, Chandimal is a better option it seems

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Lack of bouncy pitches is a huge handicap for all subcontinental players. Yet none of the boards looks at it as a lacuna. Instead they think they are building on the natural characteristics of the soil - low bounce and spin - to create different abilities that give them 'home advantage' against tourists like Australia, South Africa etc. A holistic development of skills is missed in the bargain. This results in the sc teams being satisfied with reasonable success at home and forget their poor record overseas. Pride in becoming formidable and respectable opposition anywhere in the world seems an alien goal. It is hence a tragedy that the huge passion and talent to which sc is home to (as Sangakkara indicated in his Cowdrey Lecture) gets squandered due to lack of vision, strategy and right infrastructire in place.

  • kanas on December 26, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @gsingh7: Not so soon, our next assignment is against Bangladesh, we don't want Mortaza and others to exploit bouncy pitches against us in our own backyard, hoping for a great series!!

  • gurinder on December 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    lack of talent of paying in bouncy pitches caused this injury , slc should prepare bouncy wickets to prepare for aus and england in future .

  • narbavi on December 26, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Don't worry, my brother Sinhaya will give u positive energy to recover and win this test for us!!

  • Andrew on December 26, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Bad luck for Prassanna, that was a pretty good ball from MJ. The cost of that delivery now extends beyond the dismissal, the injury has indirectly led to Watto getting a reprieve on 5, when Sanga dropped him. Sang having to field as keeper, may also impact on his batting - the last thing SL need.

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