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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal ruled out of England series due to groin injury

Chandimal suffered a groin injury in the 211-run defeat in the first Test against England.

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Sri Lanka's captain Dinesh Chandimal (L) is bowled out as England's Ben Foakes (R) looks on during the fourth day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and England at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on November 9, 2018. (P
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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series against England due to a groin injury, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Sunday.

The 28-year-old spinner suffered the injury – a grade one tear – in the 211-run defeat in the first Test against England on Friday (9 November) in Palle, at the Southwest coast of Sri Lanka. He has been ruled out for at least two weeks.

The second Test against England begins Wednesday (14 November) at the central city of Pallekele, while the third and final encounter will be in Colombo from 23 to 27 November.

Uncapped all-rounder Charith Asalanka has been called-up, while Suranga Lakmal will take over as captain.

Dananajaya reported

Further, spinner Akil Dananjaya, 25, has been reported for suspected illegal bowling actions.

Dananjaya is required to undergo testing within 14 days. He will be allowed to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s team manager, Charith Senanayake has resigned to the position for personal reasons. Jeryl Woutersz has been named as his replacement.

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