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Pradeep set to miss Test series

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Graham Onions & Nuwan Pradeep

Sri Lanka seamer Nuwan Pradeep, right, impressed against England Lions but is now set to miss the npower Test series through injury

Sri Lanka have been dealt an injury blow with the news that seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep is likely to miss the npower Test series against England.

The uncapped 24-year-old took 4-29 in the second innings against England Lions last week and was in line to make the starting XI for Thursday’s first Test in Cardiff.

However, following his efforts against the Lions Pradeep began to feel pain in his knee and it has now been confirmed he has suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Sri Lanka’s interim coach Stuart Law refused to rule him out but it appears inconceivable he will feature in the series.

“Pradeep has some damage to his anterior cruciate ligament,” said the Australian.

“He is seeing a specialist at the moment, it’s bad news for the young man.

“If things are okay and he doesn’t need an operation we may opt to keep him here but at this stage it looks like he’s flying home.

“He’s one of the cards up our sleeve and he has a bit more pace than the rest of them so it’s a shame if he has to go home but he was dragging his leg around yesterday.”

Given Pradeep’s predicament, the tourists have summoned Farveez Maharoof as cover.

Maharoof, who is already in the country as Lancashire’s overseas player, has linked up with the squad and will train with them at the SWALEC Stadium.

Maharoof, a seam bowler capable of big hitting down the order, was not in the initial 16-man touring party but featured in Sri Lanka’s first warm-up match against Middlesex as other players remained on Indian Premier League duty.

A spokesman for Sri Lanka said: “Maharoof has been called up and is already with us. He will be cover for one or two nagging injuries which we will be assessing.”

Maharoof has not played a Test since 2007 but has taken to English conditions well this term, averaging 65 with the bat and taking eight wickets at just over 30 for Lancashire.

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