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

Eranga and Herath ruled out with injury

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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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  • 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.

  • hasib9 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?

  • Rizwanodayar 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ranilranathunga 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....

  • 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 !!

  • on February 3, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    if i am the sri lanan captain surely will rest rangana n give ajantha mendis a chance..it 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

  • 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.

  • axe_hay 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.

  • 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.

  • hasib9 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?

  • Rizwanodayar 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ranilranathunga 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....

  • 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 !!

  • on February 3, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    if i am the sri lanan captain surely will rest rangana n give ajantha mendis a chance..it 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

  • 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.

  • axe_hay 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.

  • PrasadGunawardane on February 3, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Eranga and Herath are like gold for Sri Lankan modern day TEST Cricket! Nevertheless its a good opportunity for another two youngsters to come and deliver! I still cannot believe why Tharindu Kaushal was not given the chance in this series as SL wont get such a TEST series in near future! Its always a risk to expose Tharindu Kaushal in English soil for the first time! The guy is bowling with big turning offis along with a hard to pick Doosra which has been causing troubles to many batsmen in domestic level and overseas A level! Murali debut at the age of 20 and Tharindu is moving towards age 21 this year with a first class bowling average of 20.13 by bagging 75 wickets in just 13 matches including 9 5's and 2 10 wickets hauls!

  • 2929paul on February 3, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Funniest thing I've seen in ages on this site is the voting for the best ODI side on the home page. Bangladesh has more votes than NZ, who have just thrashed India 4-0 and both those teams top Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Pak is ranked number one by votes, with Aus fourth.

  • pradeep_dealwis on February 3, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    While Injury's to our two best bowlers will be a loss as far as the next game is concerned, frankly they should be given a big long rest anyways. Give them a couple of months off to get fit and ready for the tour ogf England, which should be their primary focus. There are enough bowlers for the World T20, and Kule, Mendis etc are far better shorter format bowlers but lack the class and penetrative ability that Test bowlers require. So this is not all bad news.

  • TheKeeper on February 3, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    It is of course a loss to the team, but it's not too bad because Predeep/Vishwa Fernando are both good bowlers. Also, replacing Herath with Ajantha Mendis is not a bad option because the last time Ajantha played a test match at Chittagong he got 7 wickets.

    Also, we can definitely expect the Chittagong track to be prepared to give turn to the BAN bowlers. Mendis will do well in Chitty, I'm sure.

  • Perera32 on February 3, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Poor Eranga!, Sri lanka really needed him. But Pradeep is much faster than him and can hopefully carry his form from the Pak series onto this on. I really wish SL could give someone like Tharindu Kaushal a game since Herath is injured. Ajantha Mendis won't extract much turn in the first 4 days because he's a finger spinner.

  • yorkslanka on February 3, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Bad news for us on both counts, hopefully Pradeep in for Eranga and mendis in for herath..get well soon guys as we need you for the England tour!!

  • on February 3, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Dammit, Eranga is a huge loss in terms of bowling attack balance. Still, good opportunity for Pradeep to step up.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 3, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Eranga's injury is big lost to SL but not struggling Hearth

  • KingOwl on February 3, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    This will be a big loss. Test matches are won by bowlers and these are SL's two best bowlers at the moment. I am also concerned that given this unexpected loss, the team will go in to a negative mode of thinking again.

  • i_golam on February 3, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Good news for Bangladesh

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  • i_golam on February 3, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Good news for Bangladesh

  • KingOwl on February 3, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    This will be a big loss. Test matches are won by bowlers and these are SL's two best bowlers at the moment. I am also concerned that given this unexpected loss, the team will go in to a negative mode of thinking again.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 3, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Eranga's injury is big lost to SL but not struggling Hearth

  • on February 3, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Dammit, Eranga is a huge loss in terms of bowling attack balance. Still, good opportunity for Pradeep to step up.

  • yorkslanka on February 3, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Bad news for us on both counts, hopefully Pradeep in for Eranga and mendis in for herath..get well soon guys as we need you for the England tour!!

  • Perera32 on February 3, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Poor Eranga!, Sri lanka really needed him. But Pradeep is much faster than him and can hopefully carry his form from the Pak series onto this on. I really wish SL could give someone like Tharindu Kaushal a game since Herath is injured. Ajantha Mendis won't extract much turn in the first 4 days because he's a finger spinner.

  • TheKeeper on February 3, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    It is of course a loss to the team, but it's not too bad because Predeep/Vishwa Fernando are both good bowlers. Also, replacing Herath with Ajantha Mendis is not a bad option because the last time Ajantha played a test match at Chittagong he got 7 wickets.

    Also, we can definitely expect the Chittagong track to be prepared to give turn to the BAN bowlers. Mendis will do well in Chitty, I'm sure.

  • pradeep_dealwis on February 3, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    While Injury's to our two best bowlers will be a loss as far as the next game is concerned, frankly they should be given a big long rest anyways. Give them a couple of months off to get fit and ready for the tour ogf England, which should be their primary focus. There are enough bowlers for the World T20, and Kule, Mendis etc are far better shorter format bowlers but lack the class and penetrative ability that Test bowlers require. So this is not all bad news.

  • 2929paul on February 3, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Funniest thing I've seen in ages on this site is the voting for the best ODI side on the home page. Bangladesh has more votes than NZ, who have just thrashed India 4-0 and both those teams top Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Pak is ranked number one by votes, with Aus fourth.

  • PrasadGunawardane on February 3, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Eranga and Herath are like gold for Sri Lankan modern day TEST Cricket! Nevertheless its a good opportunity for another two youngsters to come and deliver! I still cannot believe why Tharindu Kaushal was not given the chance in this series as SL wont get such a TEST series in near future! Its always a risk to expose Tharindu Kaushal in English soil for the first time! The guy is bowling with big turning offis along with a hard to pick Doosra which has been causing troubles to many batsmen in domestic level and overseas A level! Murali debut at the age of 20 and Tharindu is moving towards age 21 this year with a first class bowling average of 20.13 by bagging 75 wickets in just 13 matches including 9 5's and 2 10 wickets hauls!