Sri Lanka have misplaced Angelo Mathews halfway by their West Indies tour, after he left for residence as a result of private causes. The information will get worse for the crew: quick bowler Lahiru Gamage has been dominated out of the tour as nicely, because of a fractured finger sustained on the ultimate day of the primary Test.
Replacements shall be flown out, however they’re nearly sure to be unavailable for the second Test, given the size of the flights. Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, who had performed within the Tests towards Bangladesh in February, and allrounder Dasun Shanaka, who had performed towards India final 12 months, will solely depart Sri Lanka on Wednesday night – the eve of the St. Lucia Test.
Thankfully for Sri Lanka, that they had taken the precaution of carrying 17 gamers, reasonably than the same old 15, on tour. This means they’ve Dhananjaya de Silva and Mahela Udawatte as cowl for an unavailable batsman, and two further quicks, Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando, readily available to exchange Lahiru Gamage within the XI.
Mathews has had terrible luck throughout excursions over the previous two years, lacking extra Tests than he has performed – although that was largely as a result of harm. Chief selector Graeme Labrooy confirmed that he won’t return to the Caribbean in any respect, and shall be out of the third Test as nicely.
Gamage’s harm, in the meantime, was sustained on the the fifth morning in Port-of-Spain, when he was hit within the glove by Shannon Gabriel. Gamage had some on-field remedy and continued batting, ending with a valiant three off 49 balls, as Sri Lanka tried to save lots of the Test.