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Sri Lanka hoping Kaushal Silva will recover in time for England tour

Sri Lanka hoping Kaushal Silva will recover in time for England tour
Kaushal Silva is expected to return to action between seven to 10 days.
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is hoping that opening batsman Kaushal Silva will recover completely in time for the England tour after being hit on the head by a ball while fielding at short leg in a practice match.

After suffering the injury and undergoing initial scans, Silva was airlifted to a hospital in Colombo where he was considered to be out of danger and was being observed as a precautionary measure.

SLC secretary Mohan de Silva confirmed that the 29-year-old is expected to be discharged soon after the results of another scan are available.

“Kaushal appears to be okay now.

“They were to take another scan today, and depending on that, he may be discharged late this evening.”

Furthermore, the SLC secretary added that according to the team coach Graham Ford, Silva will need at least a week or 10 days to be able to start playing the game again.

De Silva reasoned that the board does not want to take any risks by pushing for a quick return and will wait for a few more days to make a decision regarding Silva’s status.

“Maybe in a week or 10 days, he might be able to start playing again, according to the coach (Graham Ford),” de Silva said.

“He looks good for the tour, but the coach doesn’t want to risk him again immediately.

“We’ll have to wait for another couple of days to determine exactly what the situation is.”

Silva was a regular opening batsman for Sri Lanka between January 2013 and November 2015 before he was dropped for the tour of New Zealand in December 2015.

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