South African XI v Sri Lankans, Benoni, 3rd day

Sangakkara doubt for first Test after hand injury

Firdose Moonda at Willowmoore Park

December 11, 2011

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Kumar Sangakkara turns it to the on side, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 2nd day, November 4, 2011
Kumar Sangakkara won't play at Centurion unless he is fully fit © AFP
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Kumar Sangakkara is a doubt for the opening Test against South Africa after splitting the webbing on his right hand during the warm-up match against an Invitational XI in Benoni. His concerns added to Sri Lanka's problems as they ended the rain-hit three-day match in a more wounded state than when they began having also watched Nuwan Pradeep tear his right hamstring.

Pradeep suffered his injury after bowling ten deliveries on the second day and, while he was not immediately ruled out of the tour, it seems likely he'll soon fly home . Sri Lanka were already without four injured quicks who didn't make the original squad. Sangakkara, meanwhile, faces a tight timeframe to be ready for the first Test at Centurion on Thursday after tearing webbing between the first and second fingers on his right hand while fielding at point and did not bat on the final day.

He has had three stitches in the wound and hopes "it will settle over the next three to four days." However, although the injury was played down by team manager Anura Tennekoon, Sangakkara himself was cautious about his prospects. "We just have to keep an eye on it and see how we go," he said. "That's the annoying thing about these little injuries. We can't say for certain."

One thing Sangakkara was sure of was that he will not take the field next week unless he is declared fully fit, even though he is able to hold a bat with his current injury. "You probably could [play] but you don't want to hamper the side by being half-fit," he said. "You need to be 100% to play in a Test match. I have to be confident that I can handle a bat, otherwise I won't play."

There is a glimmer of hope for Sri Lanka, though. Their bowling reserves may be beefed up by the return to fitness of two of the four injured seamers who are currently back home. Prior to their departure to South Africa, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal were all ruled out of their tour but the former two could be called back into the side.

"It's not been a great few months. We've got eight or nine really top-class fast bowlers but when you have half of them nursing injuries it doesn't help the side's cause," Sangakkara said. "Kulasekara and Dhammika Prasad both have just come back to bowling now so they will stand a good chance of coming back on the tour."

No replacement players have been named yet but Sri Lanka are expected to make assessments in the next two days and take a call about whether they need additional players ahead of the first Test.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

o well then sa 1 sri 0 confirmed these guys were not able to do well except sanga in uae of all places then just dream sof them doing well in sa well this would hurt india rise to top of rankings

Posted by WeeBee on (December 12, 2011, 14:57 GMT)

NO WAY! He has to come back asap due to the damages made to SriLanka in last 12 months. I hope he plays the first game as well, its always delightful to watch him batting, fighting, scoring in the tough times. Srilanka cannot afford this injury because Dilshan is out of form, Jaywerdene has some medical problems , not Sanga now. He is the one whom i admire alot. Even i am a Pakistani supporter but whenever he plays against Pakistan , i pray that he gets out quickly otherwise he is gona make alot more damage to Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

Sanga is one of the best going around.and one of the modern greats.SRT too.no doubt at al both are greatl.you guys need to remember how sehwag struggled in eng.how SRT struggled.after boasting so much about 100th century.both of them coudnt make three figures in 8 innings.but look at sanga who made a match saving century in 3rd test when team needed it most.you dont need a captian in calm sea.but when there is a storm thats where best players rise.handling pressure is the speciality of sanga.and that is why dravid is far better than SRT

Posted by ATIMAYANK on (December 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

Sangakkara's overall average against Australia, England and South Africa:44.27. His overall average:57+ His average against Australia,England and South Africa away:39.18. It comes down to 38 is you also include India. His Overall average away:48.61 His overall average at home excluding matches against Aus,Eng,SA:72.93 His overall average at home against Aus,Eng,SA:48

This shows clearly that Sanga is a great batsman at home. But away he is just ordinary. Jayawardene is the real man whose absense is missed away.

Posted by khiladisher on (December 12, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

SANGAKKARA HAS YET TO PROVE HIS TALENT OUTSIDE SRI LANKA - HE HAS PROVED TO BE A COMPLETE FAILURE IN ENGLAND-INDIA AND SOUTH AFRICA AS HIS RECORD SHOWS- AND IN AUSTRALIA HE HAS JUST PLAYED 3 TEST MATCHES-SO ALL THE ARGUMENTS POINT TO HIM NOT SCORING MANY RUNS AT ALL OUTSIDE SRI LANKA. HE IS HOWEVER THE MAINSTAY OF THIS POOR LANKAN BATTING LINE UP WHICH HAS PLAYERS AVG 50-55 IN LANKA AND 25-30 AWAY FROM HOME-BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LANKAN BATSMAN STATS-EVEN A YOUNGSTER LIKE DINESH CHANDIMAL{ONCE TOUTED AS A BIG HOPE } IS VERY POOR WITH AN AVG OF 28-30 AFTER PLAYING 15 MATCHES.THEY ALSO HAVE NOT WON A TEST MATCH SINCE 2009 WHEN MURALI RETIRED-SO THIS REPRESENTS THE BEST CHANCE FOR SOUTH AFRICA TO WIN THEIR FIRST HOME SERIES SINCE 2008.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

Dinesh Chandimal has a definite weakness fishing at balls outside the off stump. I personally witnessed this very clearly in matches played in UAE. In ODIs he can get away with few edges flying through an unprotected slip-gully-point region. But it will not be the case in tests. Test cricket is not all about lifting the ball over the in-field. However, my suggestion is that even if Sanga is in the playing XI Chandimal could be slotted in as wicket keeper batsman at No. 7 to get a feeling of test cricket. Even if he scores 30-40 runs and run out of partners in the end it does not matter. That exposure will be very good for him. That is how Sanath Jayasuriya was drafted in initially. I can remember on two oaccsions to give Sanath the opportunity to bat at No. 7 he was taken as a frontline spinner against England in 1992 and against India in 1993. Although bowling option did not work out that well batting opportunity was useful to him to get some exposure to test cricket.

Posted by josh2david on (December 12, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

Mr prajith you should understand with sachin you have laxman ,dravid , shewag etc tendulkar had no presurre of scoring and he could look after his statistics but sanga scored most of the match single handed please look at the quality of the innings and if you I disagree if u say only sa , aus are only top team. You can't dismiss pak and kiwi

Posted by Roshini on (December 12, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

OMG!!! Sanga out of all ! How unkind the God's are..hmmmm...Lets move on guys this is not the end of world cause we have new exciting talent to fill-in the all important # 3 slot. But the real despair for SL fans would be to see CS Mendis bringing on that wonderfully gifted striker Chamara Silva as a replacement whose cricketing and other abilities goes beyond one's imagination. Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

@ PrajithR, dude, thats sanga's overall avg against those teams, plz check his avg in AUS,ENG, and SA again,

Posted by yorkslanka on (December 12, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

Sanga will play..why o why is there so many comments about indian players? this series is between SL and SA so why discuss Indians? It is true that our players perform better at home than away but who doesnt?I am sure t hat if you look at all teams, the majority will perform better in their home conditions than away..everybody is writing us off for this series but let's see what happens?We will probably lose, but dont forget SA is probably the equal top test team with England at the moment and a very good odi team also...

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