Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mendis out of Test series

Sri Lanka's mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis will miss the two-Test series against Bangladesh, which begins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on December 26.

Mendis injured his ankle while bowling for Army SC in his first match of the domestic season against Tamil Union last weekend.

Ranjith Nanayakkara-wasam, the Sri Lanka team physio, said Mendis had strained his right ankle and was undergoing treatment.

"The injury will take at least three to four weeks to heal," he said. Mendis is expected to be back for the ODI tri-series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, scheduled to start on January 10.

Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, will take Mendis' place in Sri Lanka's 15-man Test squad. Herath's last Test was in March this year, against West Indies in Guyana and the last time he played against Bangladesh was during the 2005-06 series in Sri Lanka. He had a four-wicket haul in the first Test at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

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