Sri Lanka have misplaced Angelo Mathews halfway via their West Indies tour, after he left for residence as a consequence of private causes. The information will get worse for the workforce: quick bowler Lahiru Gamage has been dominated out of the tour as properly, due to a fractured finger sustained on the ultimate day of the primary Take a look at.
Replacements might be flown out, however they’re virtually sure to be unavailable for the second Take a look at, given the size of the flights. Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, who had performed within the Checks in opposition to Bangladesh in February, and allrounder Dasun Shanaka, who had performed in opposition to India final yr, will solely depart Sri Lanka on Wednesday night – the eve of the St. Lucia Take a look at.
Fortunately for Sri Lanka, that they had taken the precaution of carrying 17 gamers, slightly than the standard 15, on tour. This implies they’ve Dhananjaya de Silva and Mahela Udawatte as cowl for an unavailable batsman, and two additional quicks, Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando, available to interchange Lahiru Gamage within the XI.
Mathews has had terrible luck throughout excursions over the previous two years, lacking extra Checks than he has performed – although that was largely as a consequence of harm. Chief selector Graeme Labrooy confirmed that he is not going to return to the Caribbean in any respect, and might be out of the third Take a look at as properly.
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 avoid wasting the Take a look at.