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Sangakkara out of the rest of tour

Thirimanne, Lakmal replacements:



Suranga Lakmal


Lahiru Thirimanne

The Sri Lanka cricketers are a brigade of wounded soldiers. They lost Prasanna Jayawardene with a broken thumb, Chanaka Welgadera with a torn hamstring, Nuwan Kulasekera with a rib damage and now Kumar Sangakkara.


Kumar Sangakkara retires hurt after injuring his left hand. Getty Images

Left hand batsman Sangakkara took a delivery on his left index finger and the Xray showed a broken bones and a dislocation as well. He was to undergo surgery late in the day and has been ruled out for the rest of the tour.

The 16-member Sri Lankan squad is down to 12 with four injured and replacements have been called for. Now that the Lankans earned themselves two extra days off by losing the Second Test inside three days,will have more time to get the replacements conditioned.

According to manager Charith Senanayake the replacements are Lahiru Thirimanne and Suranga Lakmal who will be flown out immediately. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene who faced a large media contingent after the game, said that it was big disappointment to lose the Test the way they did.

‘It was the poor batting in the first innings on a good wicket after winning the toss that proved a disaster.

‘We should have shown more character and more responsibility. We are not trotting out any excuses. We came into this game with a lot of confidence after our effort in Hobart although we lost’ he said.

When asked whether the spat with Sri Lanka Cricket where he and manager Charth Senenayake were accused of breaching their contracts had made the team lose confidence, he again showed the diplomat in him by saying no.

But it was apparent. The skipper also said that had the two catches of Michael Clarke and Shane Watson that went ground when Australia was a bit wobbly been taken it would have brought them back into the game.

Jayawardene said the squad will sit down and discuss where they went wrong and how well they can come back in the Final Test. He also praised the bowling of Mitchell Johnson and debutant Jackson Bird for their hostility. MCG, Friday.

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