Cricket World Cup 2019: Nuwan Pradeep resumes bowling, hopeful for Sri Lanka vs Australia at Kennington Oval
Nuwan Pradeep bowls at Kennington Oval on Thursday during Sri Lanka's training. (Image: SCL)

LONDON: The sight of fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep bowling at Kennington Oval on Thursday will augur well for Sri Lanka, who have not played a match at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 since June 4.

Pradeep, after his match-winning performance against Afghanistan in Cardiff nine days ago, injured himself in the nets in Bristol and was ruled out of Sri Lanka‘s match versus Bangladesh. Sri Lanka have had to sit in Bristol and watch as two consecutive matches were washed out, against Pakistan last week and then Bangladesh two days ago.

While in Bristol, Pradeep met with Indian-origin orthopaedic surgeon Raj Bhatia for assessment on his injury.

Two days before Sri Lanka’s match against Australia at Kennington Oval on Saturday, Pradeep returned to practice and bowled for roughly 25 minutes. CricketCountry has learned that the Sri Lanka team management will take a call on his availability for the match with Australia on Friday.

Sri Lanka are currently at fifth place on the World Cup points table, with four points. Two of those came from the two washouts in Bristol.