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Akila Dananjaya set to miss third Test in order to have action tested

Akila Dananjaya bowls in the nets AFP

Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya is likely to miss the third Test against England in Colombo, as he is set to travel to Brisbane to undergo biomechanical testing after having his bowling action reported. He will be available for selection for the second Test, which begins on Wednesday, however.

Team management had hoped Dananjaya could fly the short distance to the ICC-approved testing centre in Chennai in between the second and third Test in order to complete his biomechanical examination there. However, they have been made aware by the ICC that the Chennai centre is currently unavailable due to ongoing upgrades. Centres in Loughborough in the UK, Pretoria in South Africa, and Brisbane are the only options that remain.

SLC is likely to send the spinner to Brisbane, largely because an Australia visa will take the shortest time to obtain. "We're hoping to get Akila down to Colombo the day the second Test ends, and send him on from there," team manager Jeryl Woutersz said. "At this stage it doesn't seem like he will be able to be back in time for the third Test."

The fifth day of the second Test, in Pallekele, is schedule to take place on November 18. There is only a four-day gap before the third Test, which starts on November 23.