A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Matthews likely to take place of injured Welegedara

Welegedara has been ruled out of the final Test at Colombo


Sri Lankan pace bowler Chanaka Welegedara, could be replaced by all-rounder Angelo Matthews, after suffering a groin injury in the first Test against England.

Welegedara, only claimed one wicket in the entire match, but, did make a valuable contribution of 32 when coming in down the order, in the team’s 75 run victory.

Sri Lanka chief selector, Ashantha de Mel, said: “Welegedara bowled with some discomfort during the Galle Test and a scan revealed that he had strained his groin.”

With his groin injury, Welegedara, will be forced to miss the final Test of the series.

Shaminda Eranga, who had only made one Test match appearance in his career, is likely to replace him on the roster, but, Matthews, has also been recalled, after suffering a calf injury.

If Matthews is selected, he will not be able to bowl, due to his injury, which he developed in the Asia Cup.

“Mathews has been declared fit and we have brought him in but he will not bowl” de Mel added.

According to sources, if Matthews does play in the final Test at Colombo, he will replace out of form batsman, Dinesh Chandimal, who made scores of 27 and 31 in the first Test.

Sri Lanka, will be hoping to secure a 2-0 Test series victory, when they face the world number one Test nation on the 3rd of April at Colombo.

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