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Sangakkara suffers hamstring injury

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

October 7, 2010

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Kumar Sangakkara answers a question, Dambulla, August 15, 2010
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Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has injured his left hamstring and is fighting for fitness ahead of the tour of Australia which starts later this month.

Sri Lanka team physio Tommy Simsek said that Sangakkara suffered the injury while training on a muddy track on Tuesday, but was confident he would be fit for the Australian tour. "It is a mild grade-one hamstring injury," Simsek said. "He is currently under treatment and requires about two weeks to recover from the injury."

Sangakkara also suffered a hamstring injury during Sri Lanka's last tour to Australia in 2007-08 and missed the first Test at Brisbane. The injury came a day after Sangakkara was named the CEAT-Sri Lanka Cricket cricketer of the year and most popular cricketer. He is also currently the number one ICC ranked Test batsman.

Simsek said that Sri Lanka allrounder Angelo Mathews was also struggling to be fit for the tour with an injury to his left knee bone. "We are monitoring Angelo's fitness daily," Simsek said. "At the moment he cannot put much effort on his left knee and is unable to bowl. He has time until the team leaves for Australia on October 16 to show improvement otherwise we will have to replace him." Batsman Thilina Kandamby has been put on standby for Mathews.

Sri Lanka play a series of three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 international against Australia in addition to three warm-up games against state sides during the short tour.

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Posted by Da-Silva1996 on (October 13, 2010, 9:25 GMT)

Sri Lanka has the best side in the world today although they seem to lack application and be consistent.Forget about how overseas pitches, etc and give the Aussies a 3-0 whitewash.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2010, 12:21 GMT)

Come on Sri Lanka!!! We started 96 world cup winning journey from the Australian tour... Hope we can do the same for the 2011...

Posted by   on (October 12, 2010, 2:36 GMT)

Hope Sanath will get a chance to play now.

Posted by TheDarkLord. on (October 11, 2010, 10:20 GMT)

A great team needs a great captain with great will power. Sanga show the Aussies how it is done by the SL Lions!! Go SL!!

Posted by DwightR on (October 10, 2010, 22:01 GMT)

I hope sanga and angelo are fit for the series, SL hardly ever plays in Aus n we should send our strongest side, winning the series in Aus before the WC would b a big statement and help the confidence of the players. But at the same time even if Sanga n angelo are still injured we have capable replacements, Mahela can take over captiancy, and Chandimal can b given a chance as both a top order batsmen and wicketkeeper, im guessin thissara perrera is going to be our all rounder if mathews is out and even though Kandamby is supposed to replace angelo i would rather give samareweera another chance in ODIs. lets go SL!

Posted by   on (October 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

Stop training on muddy tracks Training cricketers in muddy tracks is similar to army training. It is tough. However, some well known international cricketers have been dead against it. They have pointed out that it creates dangerous results and negative consequences. An example of this is the current unfortunate situation faced by Kumar Sangakkara. Recently the former Sri Lankan cricketer Sidath Wettamuni had mentioned that they did not have even weight training during their playing era. Currently, our cricketers have sufficient facilities to maintain their physical fitness without doing rough muddy track training. To me Sangakkara maintains his fitness as required by doing weight training and other exercises. So please stop training on muddy tracks before we experience more casualties.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2010, 1:41 GMT)

Stop training on muddy tracks

Training cricketers in muddy tracts similar is to army training. However, some well known international cricketers were dead against it. They pointed out that it creates dangerous injurries and negative consequences. An example of this is current unfortunate situation faced by Kumar Sangakkara. Recently Sidath Wettamuni had mentioned that they did not have even weight training during their era. Currently, our cricketers have sufficient facilities to maintain their physical fitness without doing rough muddy tract training. To me Sangakkara maintains his fitness as required by doing weight training. So please stop training on muddy tracks before we experience more casualties.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2010, 8:40 GMT)

come on sri lanka............. this time aussies know well about sri lankan team. snaga i wish you & your team will play beter cricket in australia.

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (October 9, 2010, 7:10 GMT)

@Saurabh Tikam: I'm sorry but it will be SRI LANKA who will be playing the Aussies in Australia not the overrated side INDIA. So I really don't think a whitewash is possible since India is not playing in Australia where the pitches are bouncy.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2010, 1:38 GMT)

@saurabh your dreaming.... about srilanka go be whitewash by aus..... we gona win the series.. after tour we will talk again my dear... *_^

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