Sri Lanka in England 2014

Injured Lakmal out of ODI series

Andrew Fidel Fernando

May 25, 2014

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Suranga Lakmal had Joe Root caught down the leg side, England v Sri Lanka, T20, The Oval, May 20, 2014
Suranga Lakmal is likely to be fit in time for the Tests © Getty Images
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Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal has been ruled out of the remaining ODIs against England, after sustaining a grade-two tear on his right hamstring while running between wickets in the first ODI. Lakmal is expected to be available for the first Test, which begins at Lord's on June 12, but is unlikely to play in the practice match in Northampton. He will receive treatment in Sri Lanka, in the interim, the team's manager said.

While Lakmal was replaced by Dhammika Prasad in the playing XI for the second ODI on Sunday, Rangana Herath was added to the squad as Lakmal's replacement. The selectors had intended to preserve Herath for the Tests, in light of his chronic knee condition, but have chosen him despite team management earlier stating seam bowler Shaminda Eranga would be Lakmal's replacement.* Sri Lanka already have two frontline spinners in their ODI squad, in Sachithra Senanayake and Ajantha Mendis, as well as slow-bowling allrounder Chaturanga de Silva.

Lakmal is a key component of Sri Lanka's Test attack, and an injury of this magnitude in the approach to the Test series is a significant concern for the side. He was particularly prone to injury during the early years of his international career, but there were signs Lakmal's fitness had improved, when he bowled more than 130 overs in a three-match series against Pakistan in January.

Tillakaratne Dilshan had suffered a groin strain in the first ODI, but passed a fitness test on Sunday to keep his place in the XI.

* May 26, 1108 GMT. The news story was changed to reflect Rangana Herath's inclusion in the squad

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

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Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (May 27, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Dilshan, Thirimanna Gobbaya, Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Mathews, Priyanjan, Kule, Rangana, Senanayaka, Malinga

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

@sajhera have to agree with you there, Maharoof would definitely come in handy in english conditions; he had a stint in county cricket a couple of years ago, plus he has a couple of 4 wicket hauls against England. Not to mention he is a useful batsman. He would be more effective than Prasad since he has more experience in international cricket. With the seniors retirements on the horizon, experienced players like Maharoof and Tharanga need to be recalled...

Posted by CricketPissek on (May 26, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK - I tend to agree with you too. However, SL management (including the captains) don't seem to have much confidence in Mendis. The biggest problem for me is, whenever the batsmen decide to attack him - he freaks out and bowls all sorts of rubbish. Compare that with Sena who's much more junior, yet is very well composed. Mendis needs some mentoring to build his mental strength. He can do some serious damage to the clueless English if he can only hold his nerve.

Posted by diyagama on (May 26, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

Maharof does not perform in the domestic matches. I wish Mubarak is in the squad.

Posted by SLisBestinEarth on (May 26, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

Lakmal - A legend in molding.. Very sure, Lakmal will come strongly to shake England in Eng & in WC'15.

Posted by sajhera on (May 26, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

Ferveez Maharoof will be a good replacement than Eranga as he got lot of experience in English conditions and international ODI too.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

well lakmal may have potential which is never executed,he may also be tall,but most of the time he goes wicket less but very expensive and he definitely does not have a head for death balling,plus he cannot bat at all,so lakmal injury may be a blessing in disguise for SL,and its high time that we find some decent bowlers other than malinga and kulsekara cos people like lakmal and prasad are never the type thats going to b e threateneing bowlers,they will just be there in team and occupy a spot but will not amount to much,,,

Posted by Lakpj on (May 25, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK totally agree with you. Especially seen how England play Senanayake would tempt you to play another spinner.

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 25, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

Well sad news for a bowler with a lot of potential. Hope he excels in the tests.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (May 25, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

Still don't get it why Sri Lanka don't use BAW Mendis. Spinners dominating the short formats, and England infamously inept at playing spin... Strange decision. He'd be one of the first players down on my team sheet.

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