Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day August 10, 2014

Pradeep out of Test series after twisting ankle


Nuwan Pradeep, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, has been ruled out of the ongoing two-Test series against Pakistan after twisting his ankle at a practice session on Saturday.

"Nuwan twisted his right ankle while fielding at practice and had to be helped off the field," Sri Lanka manager Michael de Zoysa said. "He is unable to put his foot down.

"He has gone back to Colombo for a scan but it is unlikely that he will take any further part in the series. Most likely he will be out for at least two to three weeks."

Pradeep was part of the 15-member squad named for the series and his injury is the second blow Sri Lanka has suffered to their fast bowlers.

Sri Lanka are already down to 13 players in the squad as another fast bowler, Suranga Lakmal, was ruled out of the series due to a severe swelling above his left ankle following the second Test against South Africa a fortnight ago.

"We will certainly need replacements for the two injured players before the start of the second Test," de Zoysa said.

The second Test against Pakistan commences on August 14 in Colombo and will mark the farewell appearance of former captain Mahela Jayawardene from test cricket.

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  • Nick on August 12, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Good point @Slinger77. Correction. You're right Prasad did not play vs SA, but vs Pakistan. However, none of the three Lakmal, Eranga or Prasad, have been able to claim a match-winning bag of wickets vs SA or Pakistan. It's Dilruwan and Herath doing the wicket taking. And the selectors are well aware of this, hence the call-up of Binura Fernando. Prasad is probably the pick of the 3 on show recently, but the Pradeep express deserves his chance too.

  • Rizwan1970 on August 12, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    In current Srilanka team two under utilized positions are No 7 and one of opener's p. When we play in next test match we have decide what will be the our strategy should be when compared to there strength. If we play in a spinners friendly pitch then it will be a good idea to play S. jayasuriya at no 7 position instead of vithanaga or if we go with phase friendly pitch can play newly selected B Franadu in that position and hope he will repeat what Kapila Wjagunawardana did in his first appearance against Pakistan at CCC ground. What ever our strategy last thing we want is sit back on our last win and allow an opportunity for repeat another Saja debalance.

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Why not bring in a young bowler from last year's under-19 setup?

  • Rajeewa on August 11, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Hey...! nickexplore, I can't agree with ur comment. Pradeep and Prasad bowling same speed (look at Headingley, both play). Prasad didn't play any of the SA test matches. Both Prasad and Pradeep played in Headingley and Prasad performed far better than Pradeep (match fig Prasad 8wkt@ avg 20.83 and Pradeep 2wkt @ avg 72.5

  • Rajeewa on August 11, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    I don't think Nuwan Pradeep's injury is big impact for SL. Dhammika and Eranga are doing very well. Dhammika is the best performing fast bowler in the recent tests and Eranga has the best average among the fast bowlers. I don't think SL going to prepare fast wicket in SSC. no space for 3rd fast bowler.

  • manjula on August 10, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Like many said in here, he is getting injured far too often. He is a very good bowler. This has been the case for sometime and other fast bowlers. Need some change to the process.

  • Dharaka on August 10, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    When is he NOT injured? He's always injured. Has he ever played a full series for Sri Lanka?

  • Nick on August 10, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Unlucky for Nuwan Pradeep, who is clearly the fastest of the SL quicks. The sooner he is back in action and the sooner the selectors can pick him in the starting eleven all the better. He has the pace to unsettle the very best batsmen in world cricket. Lakmal, Eranga and Prasad have bowled well but were unable to rock the SA top order like Amla and de Villiers. Pradeep has looked very fast practising in the lunch breaks of the recent Tests, under the tutelege of Chaminda Vaas, and needs to be given his chance.

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    All these three fast bowlers are getting injuries very often and not available for crucial matches

  • Prashan on August 10, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    For home series, dont worry about fast bowlers. Must focus on spinners. Give a chance to the best all rounder in the island and it is none other than Shehan Jayasuriya who averages more than 40 with the bat and less than 30 with the ball. Cannot ask for any better stats.

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