South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014 July 21, 2014

Eranga out of Colombo Test


Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been ruled out for the second Test against South Africa, due to the hand injury he sustained in Galle. He was fielding at mid-off when he tore the webbing between the thumb and index finger of his right hand on day one of the first Test. He was immediately taken to hospital, and had eight stitches sewn in and bowled only nine overs in that match.

Dhammika Prasad and left-armer Chanaka Welegedara are in the Sri Lanka squad as fast-bowling cover, and the hosts may also name another bowler to take Eranga's place in the squad - though that decision has not yet been made. Prasad took five wickets in the second innings of Sri Lanka's most-recent Test win at Headingley, but Welegedara has not played Tests since December 2012.

Eranga has been Sri Lanka's most penetrative bowler in 2014, with 25 wickets at 27.64 and his loss would hamper the hosts' chances of bouncing back from a 0-1 scoreline.

The second and final Test begins at Prasad's club venue, the Sinhalese Sports Club, on Thursday.

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

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  • Prashan on July 23, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    @Grant King, sad reality is that there were 3 passengers in the team in Galle and they are Chandimal, Thirimanne and Mahela. Eranga's injury meant it was a 7 11 affair.

    Dont want to look much into the ball tampering affair.

    We have to accept blame for not playing Kithuruwan Vithanage who has the best test batting average of all, simple as that. Glad Chandimal is out.

  • Rizwan1970 on July 22, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    I tend to agree with with nickexplore the question of who are going to take 20 wickets, and the need for find a quality 3rd spin bowler but it should not be in the expense of a fast bowler but expense of a batsmen. Any one can argue that is the bating failed in the first test yes it is true, but traditionally when batsmen were given too much cushion for failure they repeatedly faulted there responsibility.

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    At the beginning of this tour sri lankans wrote this protea team off. England is not a very good side at this moment. they have been beaten a lot lately. So I would not read to much into a win against them. Like the saying go,:"You are only as good as your last game." Lets hope Sri lanka stand up after this tour and choose the best 11 to compete in world cricket. Replacements must be found for sanga and mahela as their retirements are nearing fast.

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @ranilranathunga - You have misunderstood Chandimal's problem. He made is debut against same SA, batting at No. 7 and scored twin fifties. He scored a very impressive unbeaten 62 against Australia as well in last tour also batting at No. 7 and protecting the tail. So you cannot say he is uncomfortable batting at No. 7. He batted up the order at No. 5 basically against Pakistan in UAE and that is when they figured out that he can be bounced out going for the hook shot. When a player first emerges in test cricket it takes time for opposition to figure out his weaknesses. But it will be matter of time they figure out that through video footage. Now you can see how he is lured into hook or pull and get dismissed not only in last test in previous test in England as well. Chandimal has to use his brains to avoid repeatdely falling into this trap.

  • Janaka on July 22, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Cricket or anything without politics and weird stuff is something we cannot have in our countries. So, you have to bear it no matter how bad it is. If not, you have to leave from one place to the other, but still the problem will not be solved. Leaving is not an option. The pain you undergo is temporary, it will not last forever. But, once you leave the country or anything because of painful stuff, that pain will be replaced by something, some mental pain, or some weird feeling, which will make you giving excuses blah blah blah, but in the bottom of your heart, you know it's a pain that you should have not quit. So, Thisara, are you going to quit or are you going to bear this like a brave patroitic man just for a few years, and bring the world cup to our country? I hope it makes sense, that you shall not quit, rather you stay here, in this crazy, just because people love you, our poor Sri Lankans love you. You are a hero to him. Of course you can do both, but we hope you choose us.

  • Jeewaka on July 22, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Please Thisara don't retire and leave our country. Got to know u hv planned to settle in New Zealand. Please don't leave our cricket team even though u hv been maltreated. As a cricket fans we r with u.. We will support u....

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Totally agree with jeewaka9999. Thisara is a good test player. If Thisara get opportunities like Thirimanne, he will perform well. Why this double standard of selectors?

  • Jeewaka on July 22, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Please selectors don't destroy the cricket of Thisara...Don't let him retire and leave the country.... He is great asset to our country... why do u treat differently each player? Triplet get countless opportunities despite failures... but Thisara gets a rarely a chance. SL selectors u destroy our cricket

  • Sachit on July 22, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    If I am not wrong Kaushal Silva is also a keeper so if he could keep wickets too then out of form Chandimal could make way to youngster Vithange.

    Rangana Herath is going to be key for SL in second test. He bowled well in first test but predicted well by SA batsmen. Now he needs to try different tactics.

  • Manoj on July 22, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Sri Lanka will come back fighting to win the Colombo test. Hats off to south afreica and beating SL in SL is a massive victory for anyside and Herath needs to fire and he will in the next test and will make the difference

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