Fast bowlers’ injuries has let the team down says Chandimal


Rex Clementine in Canberra

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has admitted that losing three fast bowlers during the tour of Australia and possibly a fourth in former captain Suranga Lakmal was a bitter blow for his team. The tourists played the opening Test in Gabba without Nuwan Pradeep, who suffered a hamstring injury during the warm-up game in Hobart.

After the second Test, both Lahiru Kumara (hamstring) and Dushmantha Chameera (ankle) were ruled out and the Sri Lankans were waiting the result of an MRI scan after Suranga Lakmal complained of back stiffness.

"It is disappointing that that we lost Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera after the first game. We had big hopes on them. We have with us here Kasun Rajitha and Vishwa Fernando along with Suranga Lakmal. Chamika Karunaratne turned up yesterday and we hope to play three of the four seamers on tour,"  Chandimal told journalists.

"Lakmal had stiffness on the back. We are monitoring his situation. No decision whether he will be available for the second Test is made yet," Chandimal added.

"Our preparation has been good. This pitch is different to what we got in Brisbane. Obviously this game will not be pink ball Test as well. We are looking forward for the challenge," he added.

There has been quite a few distractions back home with Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera at dagger’s drawn accusing each other of shady practices. During the tour, the selections rights of Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha was also removed while an ICC investigation into corruption in Sri Lankan cricket has reached its final stages. Chandimal stressed the need to leave aside off the field distractions.

"It’s a challenge for us as players. Whatever happens off the field we need to keep them aside and control what we can control," he said.

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