Cape Town - Sri Lanka's frontline seamer Shaminda Eranga was ruled out of the deciding second Test against South Africa on Tuesday due to a hand injury, dealing a fresh blow to the beleaguered hosts.
As it happened: SL v SA - Day 5
Eranga, 28, tore
the webbing between the thumb and index finger of his right hand while
fielding on day one of the first Test in Galle which Sri Lanka lost by
153 runs to go down 1-0 in the two-Test rubber.
He bowled just nine overs in the game, with his injury requiring eight stitches.
has been ruled out of the second Test. The selectors have decided
against picking a replacement for him," Sri Lankan media manager Rajith
Fernando told AFP.
The national selectors however brought in
uncapped wicketkeepeer-batsman Niroshan Dickwella in place of Dinesh
Chandimal who will now be flying to England to join the Sri Lanka A
Eranga's absence will be sorely felt by Sri Lanka as he has
been the most effective bowler for them this year, taking 25 wickets at
an average of 27.64.
Sri Lanka, who recently lost the one-day
series against South Africa 2-1, have Dhammika Prasad and left-armer
Chanaka Welegedara as fast-bowling cover in their squad.
South Africa have called in former coach Gary Kirsten for some batting
and strategic advice as they seek their first Test series win on the
island in 21 years.
Kirsten relinquished his head coach position
with the national team last year but he has been used as a consultant on
an ad hoc basis.
"The arrangement (for him to join the team in
Sri Lanka) was confirmed prior to the start of the two-Test series, and
will continue throughout the season," Cricket South Africa said in a
Kirsten, a former South Africa batsman, will be with
the team in Colombo until the second day of the Test match which is set
to begin at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground on Thursday.