Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014 August 12, 2014

Gamage called up as cover for Eranga

Right-arm seam bowler Lahiru Gamage has been called up to the Sri Lanka squad as injury cover for Shaminda Eranga, who has developed inflammation in his hip following the first Test against Pakistan. Gamage was with the Sri Lanka A team on their tour of England, but will arrive in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, and is available for selection for the match, which begins on Thursday.

Sri Lanka are likely to go in with a two-man pace attack at the SSC, with Dhammika Prasad and Chanaka Welegedara the frontrunners to be in the XI, if Eranga is unfit. Gamage and rookie Binura Fernando are the other quicks in the squad.

Gamage, 26, plays for Chilaw Marians Cricket Club and has 93 first-class wickets at 33.58. He had taken 3 for 59 against England Lions in a high-scoring match in Taunton on August 6, and had had a five-wicket haul against Durham in another one-dayer two weeks prior.

Eranga is the third Sri Lanka fast bowler to have his place put in doubt by injury during the series. Nuwan Pradeep injured his ankle at training during the Galle Test, ruling him out of the SSC match, and Suranga Lakmal had already been ruled out of the series, also with an ankle injury.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Amila on August 13, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    I don't think giving a chance to youngster would do any harm. Next test series is in New Zealand in 4 months and even 4 seam bowler attack is even possible. Eranga, Pradeep, Prasad, and Lakmal all are more or less similar and if we could use Binura it would definitely add some variety. Pakistan brought Mohammad Amir to the test at the age of 17 so why can't we bring him to the playing XI.

  • Johnathon on August 13, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    I would like to see Binura get his debut. 6 foot 7 inches and left handed? Would be great international exposure to help develop him for long term.

  • udendra on August 13, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    This rises serious questions about Sri Lanka's fitness/training staff. One may say that these bowlers were "over-worked" this year. But that should not be an excuse.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka could do the good thing, bring in Binura for this second test. With his 6 feet 7 inch frame and left arm bowling, he could easily unsettle Pakistan. Also Pakistan probably have no films to to review his type of bowling at this moment.

  • Anver on August 13, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    I like to see tall Binura makes his debut at SSC !!!! SL team is without a left arm fast bowler for some time now, so selectors can try him at SSC and see how he goes...

  • Rajeewa on August 13, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    I think SL has done mistake selecting Eranaga to Galle test. He has thrown in to the 5 day test without getting proper practice. Eranga is a tough cricketer, he accepted it, without think his injury. Angi used him more than Prasad (Eranga 45overs vs Prasad 32 overs). Angi may thought, give him a opportunity to get his 50th wicket. He did bowl very hard on slow flat wicket and end up with 1-122 and another injury.

  • Ron on August 13, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Although I don't think Kulasekara is a wicket taking bowler, on the SSC flat track, all you need from a fast bowler is containment and he would have been a safer pick than a couple of unknown commodities

  • Janaka on August 13, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Oh man! Sri Lankan fast bowlers need some help from a professional to correct their movements to bowl injury free, like they did with Brett Lee. Otherwise, bowlers will keep on getting injuries.

  • manjula on August 12, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Include Prasad and Binura - two fast bowlers if it is a spin friendly pitch.

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