05 Jul 2022, 11:32

Sri Lanka call up Theekshana, Wellalage for second Test

GALLE, Sri Lanka, July 5, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - Uncapped spinners Maheesh
Theekshana and Dinuth Wellalage were on Tuesday drafted into Sri Lanka's
Covid-hit squad for the second Test against Australia.

Left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama on Monday tested positive for
coronavirus after former captain Angelo Mathews had to pull out on the third
day of the opening Test with Covid.

Both the players are in isolation and the rest of the squad have tested
negative, Sri Lanka Cricket said.

The hosts trail 1-0 in the two-match series after going down to Australia by
10 wickets inside three days last week in Galle.

Theekshana and 19-year-old Wellalage are still to make their Test debuts but
played a key role in Sri Lanka's 3-2 one-day international series triumph
over Australia last month.

Left-arm spinner Wellalage was the leading wicket-taker in the series with
nine dismissals, one ahead of Australia's Pat Cummins.

Uncapped all-rounder Lakshitha Manasinghe is also in the squad for match
which begins at the same Galle venue on Friday, but left-arm spinner Lasith
Embuldeniya has been released after he went wicketless in the first Test.

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