Dhammika Prasad to miss first Test due to injury
Prasad was initially ruled out of the second tour game against Leicestershire but Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford revealed that the speedster will not play the first Test.
“He’s not available for the first Test and it’s an ongoing assessment, on a daily basis,” Ford said.
“I am hoping that we can get him bowling again fairly soon.
“Then we’ll have to build him up and get quite a number of overs bowled in the nets in order to prepare him for potentially the second and third Test.”
In the 2014 Sri Lanka tour of England, Prasad returned figures of five for 50 in the fourth innings in the second Test as England were bowled out for 249 runs, giving Sri Lanka a series clinching victory.
Dasun Shanaka was one of the most impressive players for Sri Lanka during the tour match against Leicestershire with a 132-ball knock of 112 runs.
Shanaka also bowled 16 overs in Leicestershire’s first innings and Ford is impressed with what he has seen of the all-rounder.
Stating that it was important to have an all-rounder in the line-up while playing in England, Ford is hoping that Shanaka will be given a chance to show his talent in the upcoming Test series.
“Shanaka has shown he can bat positively but still play good cricket shots.
“With the series we have ahead of us, it’s very important we develop him as a player.
“If he’s in the line-up, it does give us more bowling options.
“The boy’s in very good form and so much of being successful is players walking out with confidence.
“Again, we’ll chat more with the selectors, but he has just come off a hundred and feeling pretty good about himself.”
The first Test of the three-match series between England and Sri Lanka will get underway at Headingley on 19th May.
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