Sri Lanka pacer Lahiru Kumara dropped from Test squad after breaking team curfew

Sport360 staff 00:32 06/11/2018
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Lahiru Kumara has been axed from the Test squad.

Sri Lanka pacer Lahiru Kumara has been dropped from the Test squad for the series against England after he was found to be in breach of the code of conduct for players.

Kumara is said to have broken the team curfew on Sunday, just two days before the start of the opening Test against England at Galle.

The pacer has now been replaced by Dushmantha Chameera in the Test squad. 21-year-old Kumara has played 12 Tests for Sri Lanka so far, picking up a total of 40 wickets.

He was Sri Lanka’s most impressive pacer in their recent tour of the West Indies where he finished as the second-highest wicket taker in the series behind Shannon Gabriel

The right-armed fast bowler had picked up 17 wickets in the three-Test series at an average just below 20.

Kumara has been his side's best pacer in the tour of West Indies.

Kumara has been his side’s best pacer in the tour of West Indies.

Kumara is not the first Sri Lanka player to run afoul of the team’s code of conduct for players in recent times.

During the series against South Africa, batsman Danushka Gunathilaka was found to have breached the team curfew during the Colombo Test. He was subsequently suspended for the limited-overs clashes against the Proteas.

In the tour of the West Indies, Jeffrey Vandersay was found guilty of the same offence and he was subsequently sent home ahead of the start of the third Test at Barbados.

The first of three scheduled Tests between hosts Sri Lanka and England gets underway at the picturesque Galle International Stadium on Tuesday.

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India and Windies tussle in Lucknow. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

A sparkling, brand-new Ekana stadium will greet India and the West Indies at Lucknow when the two sides meet for the second T20 on Tuesday.

In what will be the first international match hosted in Lucknow since 1994, there will be plenty at stake for both teams in the pivotal match of the series.

The hosts have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series courtesy of their five-wicket win at the Eden Gardens. As such, the visitors have it all to do on Tuesday to keep the series alive after their comprehensive defeats in the preceding Test and ODI series.

BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR SET TO RETURN FOR INDIA

India had to make do without the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the opening T20 after the pacer complained of gastric pain just moments before the start of the game.

The premier fast bowler for India is now all set to return and should replace Umesh Yadav in the playing XI. With Jasprit Bumrah his usual self and Khaleel Ahmed impressing on his T20 debut, India’s fast-bowling battery is looking pretty good with Bhuvneshwar’s return.

Bhuvneshwar himself looked a little scratchy in the ODI series and three wickets from the four games was not the returns the right-armed pacer would have liked. With the much-anticipated tour of Australia coming up next, he will want to get back into full rhythm as quickly as possible.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back for India.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back for India.

KL RAHUL’S SCRATCHY FORM IN THE SPOTLIGHT ONCE AGAIN

KL Rahul was backed to establish himself in India’s middle-order ever since his stupendous individual campaign for the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL earlier this year. However, it has not really gone to plan for the classy right-hander since then and he now finds himself on the fringes of the ODI squad.

Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu has been given an extended run at the number four spot in the one-day team and the batsman has very much made that role his own with some excellent displays in the Asia Cup and the ODI series against the Windies.

With Rayudu not featuring in the T20 squad, the series represents another chance for Rahul to stake his claim for the World Cup squad spot. He did himself no favours in the opening T20 after he was dismissed following a 22-ball 16.

Time is running out for Rahul with each passing game and he cannot afford to continue blowing hot and cold.

Time running out for Rahul. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

Time running out for Rahul. Image – BCCI/Twitter.

VISITORS MUST DO-OR-DIE

The Windies were expected to put in a much better showing in the T20 series given their prowess in the format. as well as the fact they are the reigning world champions.

However, their Kolkata display was anything but worthy of that tag with the batting order collapsing like a house of cards. They did much better with the ball in hand to run India close, debutant Oshane Thomas particularly impressing with his raw pace.

Carlos Brathwaite was excellent as a bowler too but the T20 stalwart, along with Kieron Pollard, failed to come to the party with bat in hand. The Lucknow T20 is must-win game for the visitors if they are to salvage anything from what has otherwise been a disappointing tour.

They have a fine collection of youngsters honed in the T20 format but they will need some of the senior stalwarts to step up if they are to stop the dominant hosts in their own backyard.

The likes of Pollard will need to step up for Windies.

The likes of Pollard will need to step up for Windies.

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India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed.

West Indies: Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Fabian Allen, Khari Pierre, Oshane Thomas.

WHEN: November 6, Tuesday

WHERE: Ekana Stadium, Lucknow

TIME: 17:30 GST

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Rory Burns is set for his England debut.

Sri Lanka and England prepare to lock horns in what promises to be an enticing Test battle with the series opener at Galle which gets underway on Tuesday.

All eyes will be on the weather for the five days with the forecast for the opening Test not looking so good. The focus will also be on Rangana Herath with the Sri Lanka veteran spinner set to big goodbye to international cricket after the Test.

The inclement weather notwithstanding, we take a look at three players each from both sides to watch out for in Galle.

SRI LANKA

ANGELO MATHEWS

With all the hoopla surrounding Herath’s farewell Test for Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews’ return to the Sri Lanka squad has gone somewhat unnoticed.

The experienced head was recently axed from Sri Lanka’s limited-overs outfits after the team’s poor showing in the Asia Cup with coach Chandika Hathurusingha publicly questioning his fitness while bringing up his infamous record of being involved in run-outs.

Now, Mathews is looking much leaner than before after spending plenty of time in the gym. The veteran will be itching to shut up his detractors and Galle will be the perfect place to start that quest.

Mathews (r) is looking fitter and hungrier.

Mathews (r) is looking fitter and hungrier.

KAUSHAL SILVA

The Galle Test should mark the return of Kaushal Silva after more than a year out from the team. The opening batsman’s last Test appearance for the islanders came in October last year against Pakistan.

A veteran of 37 Tests, the right-hander brings plenty of experience with him and is not a bad opener either as shown by his three tons and twelve half-centuries in the format.

Silva warmed up for the series with a well-made 62 against England in the warm-up game and is looking in fine knick.

Silva went well in the warm-up game against England.

Silva went well in the warm-up game against England.

AKILA DANANJAYA

While Akila Dananjaya’s stock continues to rise in limited-overs cricket, the mystery spinner is still an unheralded name in the Test arena.

Since making his Test debut against Bangladesh at the start of the year, the 25-year-old has already claimed 17 wickets in four matches at an average of just over 16.

The spinner kept getting better and better as the ODI series against England progressed and he will now be hoping to bring that form in red-ball cricket.

Dananjay (r) could prove to be a handful for England.

Dananjay (r) could prove to be a handful for England.

ENGLAND

RORY BURNS

Life after Alastair Cook begins now for England and as such, the spotlight is firmly set on their openers. Rory Burns will make his Test debut on Tuesday and should open the innings alongside Keaton Jennings.

The Surrey skipper led by example as his side lifted the County Championship for the first time in 16 years. The 28-year-old has been churning out runs at the domestic level for some time now with each of his past five seasons in county cricket yielding more than 1,000 runs.

He will be desperate to make that opening spot his own.

Burns will want to make the opening spot his own.

Burns will want to make the opening spot his own.

BEN FOAKES

Another Englishman who could make his debut on Tuesday will be wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. With first-choice wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow ruled out of the opening Test, Foakes and Jos Buttler will be in contention to take the gloves.

While Buttler has kept wickets in the past for England, Foakes will present a safer set of hands behind the stumps.

The 25-year-old is no mug with the bat either with eight first-class county tons to his name. The Essex man will want to put in a good show before Bairstow’s inevitable return.

A chance for Foakes to make his mark.

A chance for Foakes to make his mark.

JACK LEACH

It has been a frustrating year to say the least for Jack Leach, who was finally handed his Test debut against New Zealand in March. Having made his return to competitive cricket after correcting his faulty action, Leach was set for a big summer with England before he broke his thumb ahead of the start of the home season.

Having watched his Somerset team-mate Dom Bess then play instead while he watched from the sidelines would have frustrated the 27-year-old spinner. Now, he has the chance to put those frustrations to bed in a full series.

A second Test for England beckons for Leach.

A second Test for England beckons for Leach.

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