ruled out of first test with hamstring injury
Sri Lanka's leading pace bowler Chaminda Vaas has been ruled out of the
first test against South Africa starting on Thursday with a hamstring
The 32-year-old left
armer has not fully recovered from the injury which he sustained during the
recent tour of England.
bowling three days ago and he is bowling really well but we want to give him
adequate time to recover properly," captain Mahela Jayawardene told
"It is a huge blow for
us considering the experience he possesses with the ball and his batting
during the recent England tour, but we have to manage him properly as we
have lots of cricket coming up,"
With Vaas absent, Sri
Lanka are poised to play Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga and Farveez
Maharoof in a three-man pace attack supported by spinner Muttiah
Sri Lanka have reduced
their 14-man squad to 12 after omitting Vaas and opener Michael Vandort.
Jayawardene is expected to play to allow Kumar Sangakkara to concentrate on
"We feel Sanga will
benefit a lot if Prasanna keeps wickets so that he can concentrate on his
batting, especially in the longer version of the game," said Jayawardene.
"It's a demanding job
and he was finding it a bit difficult because of the amount of matches we