Lahiru Thirimanne and Suranga Lakmal have been named replacements for injured Kumar Sangakkara and Chanaka Welegedara in Sri Lanka squad for the third and final Test match against Australia.
Sangakkara and Welegedara sustained injuries during the second Test match at Melbourne, which Australia won by a huge margin of an innings and 201 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) informed on its website that both Sangakkara and Welegedara will return to Sri Lanka for treatment.
Welegedara didn’t bowl in the remainder of the Boxing Day Test after sustaining a hamstring injury on day two in Melbourne.
Welegedara has had an injury-plagued year, as he was out of action for eights months due to a groin strain sustained during the series against England in March, and had suffered a torn shoulder muscle in June, according to a report.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka's gloom over their shattering innings capitulation to Australia deepened with news that star batsman Sangakkara will miss the rest of the tour with a fractured finger.
Sangakkara, who only joined the exclusive 10,000-run Test club with his 58 in the first innings of the second Melbourne Test, is booked in for surgery on a fractured left index finger after being struck on the glove by rampant Mitchell Johnson, AFP reported.
Sangakkara will be out for between six to eight weeks, meaning he will miss Sri Lanka's final Test in Sydney, along with five One-Day internationals and two Twenty20 games over the next month.
First Published: December 31, 2012, 4:25 pm