Sri Lanka in England 2014 June 16, 2014

Prasanna Jayawardene out of second Test


Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene will be unavailable for selection for the second Test, thanks to a finger injury to his right hand, which he sustained while keeping during the first day at Lord's.

He will be replaced in the squad by batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage, with Dinesh Chandimal likely to take over the gloves at Headingley. The injury will not prevent Jayawardene from batting in the second innings of the first Test.

Jayawardene had had an X-ray on the second morning, leaving Kaushal Silva to keep wicket for a few overs, but that had not revealed a fracture. The bruising around the affected area has not receded, however, prompting the change in personnel as a precaution. Jayawardene will return to Sri Lanka after the Lord's Test.

A Test specialist, Jayawardene had also missed Sri Lanka's Tests in Bangladesh this year due to a family bereavement. There are two keepers in the Sri Lanka squad as well as Kumar Sangakkara, who can take the gloves at a pinch.

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

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  • Thilan on June 20, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    His keeping can't be compared to other players and some wickets should be credited to his account than the bowler. It is very important to have a good keeper like him for test cricket. Sanga did keeping more times for Murali even he made a lot of mistakes. If you drop a catch or a stumping of a good batsman, he never give another chance and it might be the turning point especially in test cricket. When Prasanna was young he was not given a chance. Even for last few years he was out from the side (even after he got the Man of the Series in England). He has decent average and most of his innings gave a strength to the later in the inning to draw..good example is the last innings..Some players are older than him but still playing..Unfortunately last time his father was passed away and this time he got a finger injury (good keepers always get injuries)..It is shame to ask for young blood without giving him a chance.He should be given chances continuously for another year to decide ret'ment

  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Why not try rotating Kaushal, Chandimal and Sangakkara session by session. This way all the 3 will remain fresh for batting. The shortest session between lunch and tea could be given to Sangakkara for he is a senior.

  • Buddhika on June 18, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    It's high time to 35 year old specialist wicket keeper Prasanna to retire. He might be superb in wicket keeping but rarely get good score even 50. We have more than enough of wicket keeping options. Chandimal may be be the best option but can't forget Kusal,Kaushal and Niroshan Dickwella. But Senior Friendly Selection Committee of Sri Lanka will keep Prasanna for another 2 years.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    @InternationalCricketFollower, prasanna is far from useless and was once considered the best wicket-keeper (in terms of glovework) in the world.His batting has proven important, match saving and matchwinning, and for someone who has had been chosen for his glovework and not his batting, 4 test centuries in the lower order is pretty decent.the thing is hes about 35 now, and his skills are waning and injuries are common.

  • Lakpriya on June 17, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Prasanna was once considered the best keeper in the world but his batting never matched his glove work. now it seems that he is slowly fading away with both bat and gloves. so better to replace him with a young fellow and look into the future. But the touch innings he played in the 2nd innings really needs to be admired. Who ever takes the gloves should bat at no 6 or 7 because keeping gloves and batting in the top 4 is very tough in tests.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Chandimal Should Take over!!

  • Chatty on June 17, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Although Prasanna did not make runs, he did occupy the crease for a long time in the second innings, with a broken finger. That was guts. But we have plenty of wicket keepers (Sanga, Sliva and Chandimal could even share the gloves - that would be a record of some sort, I am sure!). I think it will be a good opportunity to give a chance to Chandimal. I have a hunch that he will make runs. Dimuth deserves more chances. He went to a soft dismissal in the second inning. Otherwise, he was good in defense. Thirimanna is more of a worry. But he is a tough guy and I hope he overcomes his doubts. It won't be easy in a two match series, though.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Bad luck prassanna. have a rest and be more strong...

  • Ranil on June 17, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    A unsung hero holding over for about ten overs with Mathews with an injured finger at the most crucial stage of the game when Anderson was at the top of his rhythm accounting for Sanga & Mahela etc all should hail him for his bravery.

  • Amindha on June 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    shame . bad luck for him . he did a good job with the gloves and held off the eng attack for 1 1/2 hrs with a broken ffngr . hope he recovrs soon

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