Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chittagong February 3, 2014

Eranga and Herath ruled out with injury


Sri Lanka bowlers Rangana Herath and Shaminda Eranga will miss the second Test against Bangladesh with injuries, team management has confirmed. Herath has suffered a recurrence of a knee injury, while Eranga has strained a quad muscle in the approach to the match. Both will return to Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Their places in the XI is most likely to be taken up by spinner Ajantha Mendis, who has played on one Test since June 2011, and fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep, who impressed during his comeback Test last month.

Batsman Kusal Perera and allrounder Thisara Perera will replace the pair in the Test squad, but with the match starting before they arrive, neither will be available for selection. Kusal and Thisara are in the Twenty20 and ODI squads for the limited-overs leg of the tour.

Herath had also been named in the Twenty20 squad, but his availability is now in doubt. The team has not yet revealed the severity of the injuries.

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

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  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Those who are saying Nuwan Pradeep is a good strike bowler did you watch the match. Im glad he got the opportunity in this game. He show signs of improvement in the Pakistan series, but he is far too inconsistent. He bowled too many no balls. Im impressed with Eranga and lakmal because they just focus on the basics while Nuwan Pradeep has forgotten the basics. If he does not show improvement there are far more talented fast bowlers in Sri Lanka who deserves his spot.

  • Hasib on February 4, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    @Naveed Khan on (February 3, 2014, 23:46 GMT): How is your comment related to the injuries of these players?

  • Rizwan1970 on February 4, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Nuwan Pradeep is good strike bowler, the problem with him is he need to bowl in short burst and not having stamina to bowel long spell. If opposition dig in and try to have long inning, going only with four bowlers we might have trouble Good option is going with 3 pace bowlers and 2 spinners option.

  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Bangladesh should voluntarily give up Test Status. They are simply not good to be in the Test League.

  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    The loss of Herath may represent a great chance for Mendis and if he can shine he can be more valuable to Sri Lanka than Herath. I think if he can address a few things he could be a revelation including the extra variation of a wristy leg-sipinner to completely befuddle those who think they've worked him out in contrast to his wrong-un. To be fair the one Test he has played in 3 years is largely because of poor selection and fewerTtests. Even the test he played was on a terrible pitch for spinners.

  • Ramesh on February 3, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    COme on this is the best time to give Vishwa a chance...He is the fastest we have....

  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Don't know what would have happened if Eranga & Herath had played. But One thing is sure Tigers will come back strongly coz ZACS is one of the luckiest venues for us !!

  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    if i am the sri lanan captain surely will rest rangana n give ajantha mendis a is a great nuwan pradeep is getting a chance too who is in full swing. it is good to see team is having :OPTIONS" .big days to come boys be ready..all the best

  • Android on February 3, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Sri Lanka young blood please if you don't know about cricket just shut up herath is the best spinner we have by some distance so the service he has done and is doing is so grateful with fast bowlers supporting him now I think we can be a great team.

  • Akshay on February 3, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Mendis has failed in the longer version. Its time SL selectors start looking for a replacement for Herath as he is 36 and may not be there for long. Sohan Boralessa, Tharindu Kaushal, Malinda Pushpakumara, Sachithra Senanayake,Roshan Jayatissa,Seeguke Prasanna, Akila Dhananjaya and Upul Indirasiri are the next generation of spinners SL should groom.

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