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SLCB President's XI v England XI, Colombo, 3rd day

Lokuarachchi out for two months

Andrew Miller in Colombo

November 27, 2007

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The Sri Lankan legspinner, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, is expected to be out of action for two months after undergoing an operation on his dislocated right index finger.

Lokuarchchi sustained the injury while attempting a return catch off Ravi Bopara during England's first innings of their match against a Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Colombo.

Initially it was feared he had sustained a break, but his coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe, confirmed that the blow had dislocated a knuckle without severing the surrounding tendons. Nevertheless, he is expected to spend three weeks in plaster, and it will be a further month before he is fit to bowl again.

Though Lokuarachchi was not in contention for the forthcoming Test series against England, he was very much in the selectors' thoughts for the CB Series in Australia in January and February. He played in the final two matches of England's recent ODI series in September and October, and has taken 31 wickets at 23.38 in 31 matches to date.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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