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January 29, 2019
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Sri Lanka call up Pacer for Second Test in Canberra

By Himanshu Sharma

Sri Lanka have called up quick for Canberra Test after Lahiru Kumara suffered an injury. The replacement is uncapped right arm fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne. Lahiru Kumara suffered a torn hamstring on the second day of the first Test in Brisbane.

Chameera, Lahiru Kumara to fly home

Earlier, Dushmantha Chameera was ruled out of the series suffering an injury on the left ankle while bowling during the first Test. According to the Sri Lankan selectors, both the bowlers will return home.

Sri Lanka attempt to avoid second straight series whitewash

Sri Lanka lost by an innings and 40 runs in Brisbane. With squad marred by injuries, the visitors have copped a big blow in a bid to level the series in Canberra.

Australia, recently losing a Test series to India for the first time on home soil, would be looking to put weakened Sri Lankan side under pressure and aim for the 2-0 win.

Sri Lanka recently lost a series 3-0 against New Zealand. They now face the unpleasant prospect of being swept in the second Test series on the bounce.

The second and final test of the series begins on February 1.

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Langer hints at same XI

Australia coach Justin “It’s always nice to go with the same eleven back-to-back, and without putting any words in the other selectors’ mouths at the moment, it would be nice to keep some continuity.”

Australia Test squad for 2nd Test: Tim Paine (c/wk), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis

Sri Lanka Test squad for 2nd Test: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha and Chamika Karunaratne.

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