Sri Lanka in England 2016 June 26, 2016

Lower-back strain cuts short Thirimanne's England tour

Lahiru Thirimanne suffered a lower back strain, which restricted his movement © Getty Images

Batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has left Sri Lanka's ongoing tour of England after sustaining a lower-back strain, which restricted his movement. Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, who was in England already with the A team, has joined the national squad as Thirimanne's replacement. Thirimanne played all three Tests, but had not played in the ODIs - against Ireland or England - on the tour.

Angelo Mathews and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal are nursing hamstring injuries, but have been named in the XI for the third ODI in Bristol. An SLC statement said seam-bowling allrounder Farveez Maharoof is also "sporting an injury to his left hand", though he too continues to play.

Dickwella had been in Sri Lanka's Test squad, but did not play a game. He has played one ODI - in India in 2014 - four Tests and three T20 internationals.

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

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  • Mexaman on June 28, 2016, 13:54 GMT

    Gunatilake....his carrier is in line if we does not perform.. both openers are a cause for SL difficulties....fortunately Captain, vice captain and Tharanga are scoring... if the openers are not firing lets get Kapugedara to open....he performed well im the last t20 series... and y was he dropped?

  • Cricinfouser on June 27, 2016, 18:18 GMT

    @Arun caldera as if gunathilaka was performing...

  • armchair_critic007 on June 26, 2016, 15:21 GMT

    Lol. The bowlers are injured

  • indianlankacricfan on June 26, 2016, 13:30 GMT

    does selectors have brain. what will a batsmen do now with up to 9 batsmen we have a fast bowling problem. why don't they select fast bowlers. why was bandara selected when he was not given chance these sanath will spoil the future of srilanka. still how many worldcups they want to loose due to poor bowling. remove sanath as selector

  •   Aruna Caldera on June 26, 2016, 11:11 GMT

    Thank God; Otherwise Gunathilaka could have got dropped for him !

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