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Welegedara woe but Mathews returns

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Sri Lanka, like England, have lost one of their leading fast bowlers for the second Test, with Chanaka Welegedara being ruled due to a groin injury.

The tourists yesterday had Stuart Broad ruled out of the game in Colombo, which starts on Tuesday, by a right calf strain.

Chanaka Welegedara

Chanaka Welegedara, centre, has been ruled out of the second Test match at Colombo, which starts on Tuesday, due to a groin injury

Left-armer Welegedara has been replaced in Sri Lanka’s squad by right-arm seamer Shaminda Eranga, whose only Test was versus Australia last September.

However, fellow seamer Dhammika Prasad, already a member of the hosts’ party, would appear more likely to replace Welegedara.

Sri Lanka's chief selector Ashantha de Mel said: "Welegedera bowled with some discomfort during the Galle Test and an MRI scan revealed that he had a groin strain."

Sri Lanka have made one other change to their 14-man squad with fit-again all-rounder Angelo Mathews coming in for batsman Chamara Silva, who did not play in the 75-run win at Galle.

Prior to that match, Silva took the place of Mathews who failed a fitness test on a calf muscle. Vice-captain Mathews, who is only fit enough to bat at Colombo, could replace Dinesh Chandimal at number six.

De Mel added: "Mathews has been declared fit and we have brought him in, but he will only bat."

Sri Lanka squad: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene (wicketkeeper), Rangana Herath, Suraj Randiv, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga.

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