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Mathews and Gamage return home



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Angelo Mathews, who turned 31 a fortnight ago, was making a comeback in West Indies having missed out five months of cricket. He was determined to make an impact, but urgent family needs has forced him home. Dinesh Chandimal (R) and Angelo Mathews (L) walk off the field at the end of day 1 of the 1st Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, on June 6, 2018. Randy Brooks / AFP


Sri Lanka suffered a heavy blow ahead of the second Test match against West Indies as the experienced Angelo Mathews was forced to return home due to personal reasons. Fast bowler Lahiru Gamage, who fractured a finger during the first Test also returned home.


SLC has flown in Dasun Shanaka and Danushka Gunathilaka as replacements. The two players will not be available for selection for the second Test. They were expected to reach the Caribbean only Wednesday night. The second Test begins on Thursday in St. Lucia.


Mathews, who turned 31 a fortnight ago, was making a comeback in West Indies having missed out five months of cricket. He was determined to make an impact, but urgent family needs has forced him home. He made 11 and 31 in Trinidad. He is 44 runs short of completing 5000 Test runs and now will have to wait till the home series against South Africa to complete the milestone accomplished by only seven other Sri Lankans.


Sri Lanka are expected to replace Mathews with Dhananjaya de Silva, whose arrival to the Caribbean was delayed after the shocking death of his father. Top order batsman Mahela Udawatta is also in the squad.


The fast bowling reserves Sri Lanka have in the squad to replace Gamage are Asitha Fernando and Kasun Rajitha. The 30-year-old Gamage failed to pick up a wicket in Trinidad and hurt his finger after being sent as night-watchman during the second innings.


The tourists suffered a heavy 226 runs defeat in the first Test in Trinidad and trail the three match series 1-0.


Last week’s defeat to West Indies was Sri Lanka’s first loss to them in ten years. Sri Lanka have never won a Test series in the Caribbean and now need to win the next two games to achieve the rare feat.


The third and final Test will be played in Barbados. It is a pink ball day-night Test match.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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