Nuwan Pradeep ruled out of Australia tour

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Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been ruled out of the two-match Test series against Australia after sustaining a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring.

Pradeep bowled only two overs in Sri Lanka’s three-day warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI before hobbling off the field in the first innings. He did not come back to bowl in the second innings.

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“Nuwan Pradeep, who is part of Sri Lanka’s test squad touring Australia for the two test series, has sustained an injury and will be out of the series,” a Sri Lanka Cricket media release said. “He has sustained a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring. The injury has occurred, while Pradeep was bowling during Sri Lanka’s warm up game played against Cricket Australia XI.”

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Sri Lanka have not named a replacement for Pradeep, given they already have four fast bowlers – Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera and Kasun Rajitha – in the squad.

The first Test, a day-night affair, begins on 24 January in Brisbane followed by the second Test in Canberra from 1 February.

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