Sri Lanka to campaign in Third Test with new pace options

 . Last updated on August 11, 2017, 2:13 PM
Sri Lanka to campaign in Third Test with new pace options
40 years old Rangana Herath complained a stiff back after the second Test at Colombo.


Team Sri Lanka will play an uncapped bowler in the Third Test. The team has become devoid of its top batsmen as well as bowlers to play the dead rubber match of the series. The team was with a wobbly batting order since the first Test. But it had a strong support of bowlers until the second. In Galle, the team played with more spinners, while, in the next, they boosted the attack with a mixed ensemble of seamers, spinners, and fast bowlers. But before the third fixture, the top bowling options had to exit from the tournament. Nuwan Pradeep and Rangana Herath are drooped from the team being injured. This leaves the team short of bowlers in their primary XI.

Lahiru Gamage is named in the 15 men squad. It will be his international Test debut if selected for the primary team. Another player to debut is Dushmantha Chameera. The latter is a fast bowler, while Gamage is medium fast bowler. Including these two bowlers, Sri Lanka will boost its pace attack. The Test match starting on August 12 will have several new players in the team. Additionally, Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando might also find a chance. Kumara player the first fixture at Galle, but Fernando did not enter the top XI in the last two matches.

Nuwan Pradeep was injured in the first day of the second Test at Colombo. He teared the hamstring as he suffered the grade 1 injury. Rangana Herath is rested as he complained a stiff back. Another reason of the 40 years old player being rested is the upcoming schedule of tournaments. He is currently the top spinner of the team and his participation will be crucial in the next series. Sri Lanka will play Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakaran as the spin attack, in absence of Herath.

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