It seems like there is no end to the troubles of Sri Lanka in international cricket. They are failing to repeat their mojo across the formats thus watching themselves on the wrong side of the things. Meanwhile, Akila Dananjaya, who was reported for suspicious bowling action in the first Test, will miss the third and the final Test of the series.
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Akila remains unavailable for the third Test
As per the ICC rules and regulations, the spinner has to undergo the test within 14 days of being reported. As he came under the hammer for his bowling action on the 11th of November, he has the date till 25th of November to undergo the test, which made him available for the second game.
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Speaking of the same, Sri Lanka team manager, Jeryl Wouters confirmed they wouldn’t have the services of Akila Dananjaya. Further, he added the time gap certainly didn’t help the youngster to make it for the final Test.
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“We’re hoping to get Akila down to Colombo the day the second Test ends, and send him on from there,” said the team’s manager. “At this stage, it doesn’t seem like he will be able to be back in time for the third Test,’ he added.
Nonetheless, they would dearly miss the services of Akil Dananjaya in the final Test. He has been the consistent performer for Sri Lanka across the formats and has done exceptionally in the ongoing series as well.
Nishan Peiris called up to replace Akila Dananjaya:
Akila Dananjaya, who is set to undergo ‘’Bowling Action Assessment” in Brisbane on November 23 is replaced by the youngster Nishan Peiris for the Third Test. The young lad has been exceptional in the domestic format, which certainly paved him a walk into the national team.
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Coming to the series, Sri Lanka has already lost the series, as England won the first two games of the series pretty convincingly. All they can hope is to avoid a whitewash in the hands of visitors when they lock horns on November 23rd at Colombo.