Sri Lanka Captain Angelo Mathews has called on the coaching system to raise its game.
Speaking at a media brief, Angelo Mathews stated that Sri Lanka’s quicks have been among the most injury-prone in the world over the past few years, with several spending up to 12 months in triage, and others regularly missing entire series with recurrent complaints.
While many of these injuries have been difficult to avoid thanks to a busy schedule, Mathews said, there remained room for improvement in player production.
Mathews said “The coaches in the back end have to do a lot of work to produce players, and also try to get them fit. We need more players coming through the ranks, so the coaches have a bigger job to play for the next one-and-a-half years. If the fast bowlers are injured, we need fast bowlers. At the international level, I can’t go as a captain and say we don’t have bowlers. If we don’t have them, we need to know how to produce them.”
In addition to the absence of Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera, Sri Lanka are also without Shaminda Eranga, who was recently suspended for an illegal action.
The selectors have had no choice but to pull two seam bowlers out of the ongoing A team tour of England, to replace the absent front-liners in the national squad.
With Suranga Lakmal also in doubt for the first Test due to a hamstring complaint, either Asitha Fernando or Vishwa Fernando may make their Test debut.
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