Sri Lanka Women in New Zealand November 9, 2015

Siriwardene injured, Atapattu named SL captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo: Shashikala Siriwardene broke her thumb in the third ODI against New Zealand in Lincoln © BCCI

Shashikala Siriwardene, the Sri Lanka women's captain, has injured her thumb and has been advised four weeks of rehabilitation. She was struck on the hand during the third, of five, ODIs against New Zealand in Lincoln.

"A delivery crushed her right thumb resulting in a displaced fracture. As advised by the doctor she will be immobilised for 4 weeks," an SLC press release said. Opener Chamari Atapattu will lead the side for the remaining matches, and Oshadi Ranasinghe, who was part of the three stand-by players on tour, has been drafted into the main squad.

The first three ODIs, which Sri Lanka have lost to concede the series, contributed to the ICC Women's championship. They are already the bottom-ranked team with nine losses in 12 games.

The fourth and fifth ODI are not part of the championship. The tour also includes three T20s.

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