Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12

Pradeep flies home with injury

Firdose Moonda in Centurion

December 12, 2011

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Sri Lankan seamer Nuwan Pradeep has been ruled out of the tour of South Africa and will return home to recover from a hamstring tear. Pradeep sustained the injury after bowling 10 deliveries in the tour match against the South African Invitation XI in Benoni on Saturday and will be out of cricket for almost a month.

An MRI scan was done and after examining it, physiotherapist Stephen Mount is of the view that Nuwan will be unable to play for another three to four weeks," said Brian Thomas, Sri Lanka media manager. "Team management have requested a replacement player."

With injuries to four other seamers before the tour even started, Sri Lanka have limited options over who to bring into the squad. Two of the wounded, Dhammika Prasad and Nuwan Kulasekara started bowling again recently and former captain, Kumar Sangakkara said they "stand a good chance of coming back on the tour."

Sangakkara himself joined the injured ranks when he tore the webbing between the first and second finger on his right hand during the tour match. He left the field on the second day's play and took no further part in the match and had three stitches put in. After play on Sunday, Sangakkara said he would be monitored but would not play in the Test unless he was fully fit.

Although he has not been cleared to play, there is some positive news after he was examined on Monday. "Doctors feel the injury will heal enabling him to play in the first Test," Thomas said. The first Test starts on Thursday at Centurion.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Rk_pyramid on (December 13, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

Pradeep has Not much Impressive Against PAK. Welgedra & Dilhara in Good Rhytham. Thissra Perera having good pace & bounce Suitable for SA Firiing Pitch. SL Need Experience Attacke to replace Pradeep like As Nuwan Kulsekra & Thilan Tushra !!!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

SL will be happy with 1-1, 0-0 or even a 1-0 loss. SA will be disapointed if they couldn't win by 3-0 or at least 2-0.

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 13, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

Pradeep flies home almost every away tour.. Wonder why he is picked first of all if not fully fit.. Better they can pick any other bowler and have a settled team traveling..

Posted by TTking on (December 12, 2011, 17:05 GMT)

Sri Lanka lacks fire power in their bowling and will find it difficult to beat SA.....wish both teams the best...

Posted by khiladisher on (December 12, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

SRI LANKA WILL STRUGGLE TO WIN EVEN 1 TEST MATCH IF THEY DO NOT RECALL THE GREAT MURALI. THE LAST MATCH LANKA WON WAS IN 2009SO ITS ALMOST 3 YEARS WITHOUT WINNING IN 2012.LOOKS LIKE THIS SERIES VS SOUTH AFRICA WILL BE THE 4TH STRAIGHT SERIES LOSS.GREAT CHANCE FOR SOUTH AFRICA TO WIN FIRST SERIES AT HOME SINCE 2008.

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