Herath to be rested for Pallekele Test

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS - Cricinfo

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Ran­gana Herath will be rested for the third Test at Pallekele af­ter pulling up from the sec­ond Test with a stiff back. Two play­ers will be fur­ther added to Sri Lanka's squad to re­place Herath and the al­ready-in­jured Nuwan Pradeep.

Though there is no in­jury to Herath as such, he has had a heavy work­load over the past three weeks, in which he bowled 71.1 overs in the one-off Test against Zim­babwe, as well as a com­bined 91 overs in the two Tests against In­dia.

Con­sid­er­ing his age, and the fact that Sri Lanka will have to play a Test se­ries against Pak­istan over the next two months, the se­lec­tors have made the de­ci­sion to leave him out.

"This is where our player man­age­ment comes in, be­cause we don't want to break any­one," SLC cricket man­ager Asanka Gu­rus­inha said.

"We made the call not to risk Herath be­cause he's also bowled close to 200 overs in the three Tests. That's a lot for his body."

Herath also con­firmed he will stay in Colombo and re­ceive treat­ment, rather than trav­el­ing to Kandy with the team.

Dil­ruwan Perera will now be the se­nior spin­ner, with left-arm spin­ner Malinda Push­paku­mara and left-arm wrist-spin­ner Lak­shan San­dakan also in the squad.

Herath is the fourth Sri Lanka player to be­come un­avail­able dur­ing the In­dia se­ries, af­ter both Asela Gu­naratne and Pradeep picked up in­juries in the first and sec­ond Tests re­spec­tively, and Su­ranga Lak­mal was ruled out by a back com­plaint.

The Pallekele Test is sched­uled to be­gin from Au­gust 12. It is, how­ever, a dead rub­ber, with In­dia hav­ing al­ready won the se­ries 2-0.

Ran­gana Herath

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