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Back injury ends Dushmantha Chameera's England tour

Back injury ends Dushmantha Chameera's England tour
Dushmantha Chameera (left) picked up three wickets in the first Test in Leeds.
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Sri Lanka's prospects in the ongoing Test series against England have suffered a fresh setback as speedster Dushmantha Chameera is set to return home due to a back injury.

Chameera took three wickets in the first Test at Headingley including the key scalp of man of the match Jonny Bairstow.

Sri Lanka have already lost Dhammika Prasad due to a shoulder injury and he was replaced in the squad by wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera.

In a media release, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) revealed that Chameera has suffered a stress fracture in his lower back and is expected to be out of action for a period of four months.

"24-year-old right-arm fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera who rattled the England lower order with 3 quick wickets in the 1st Investec Test has sustained an injury to his lower back, and will be returning to Colombo for further treatment and rest," said the SLC release.

"Chameera, who scalped the seemingly unstoppable Jonny Bairstow on 140, underwent a MRI/CT Scan this morning, which has indicated a stress fracture to his lower back, and medical recommendation is treatment and rest for as much as four months."

In the media release, SLC also confirmed that the national selectors will decide on Chameera’s replacement by Wednesday (25th May).

Chameera made his Test debut in June 2015 and has since played five games and has 21 wickets to his name at an average of 27.28.

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