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Chaminda Bandara called up to replace Dushmantha Chameera

Chaminda Bandara called up to replace Dushmantha Chameera
Dushmantha Chameera (left) picked three wickets in the first Test against England.
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The Sri Lankan selectors have drafted in uncapped left-arm pacer Chaminda Bandara to replace the injured Dushmantha Chameera for the third Test against England at Lord’s.

Bandara will fly to England along with Kusal Perera, who has been added to the squad as a replacement for Dhammika Prasad and the pair will be in contention for selection for the Lord’s Test.

After the first Test in Leeds, Chameera was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back and was ruled out of the remaining games of Sri Lanka’s ongoing tour of the British Isles.

Having played 51 first-class matches, Bandara has 141 wickets in the format at an average of 29.85 including three five-wicket hauls and a 10-wicket haul.

The 29-year-old has the backing of the Sri Lankan chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, who said that his selection is a result of impressive domestic performances.

"Bandara has been performing well domestically and he is the best choice available at the time for the English conditions," said Jayasuriya.

Sri Lanka have endured a series of setbacks to their pace bowling attack with injuries to Chameera and Prasad while Shaminda Eranga has been reported for a suspect bowling action.

A report on ESPNcricinfo stated that Eranga will undergo assessment on 6th June and if his bowling action is found to be legal, he will be free to play international cricket.

Having already lost the series after defeat in Chester-le-Street, Sri Lanka will be keen to end the Test series on a high note by winning the third match at Lord’s which gets underway on 9th June.

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