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Andrew Fidel Fernando
August 12, 2014
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. @andrewffernandoFeeds: Andrew Fidel Fernando
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