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Herath has joined Sri Lanka’s growing injury list

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Updated: 10:32 GMT, Aug 10, 2017 | Published: 05:28 GMT, Aug 9, 2017 |
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Key bowler Rangana Herath has joined Sri Lanka’s growing injury list ahead of the start of the third and final Test against India starting Thursday (tomorrow), in a blow to their hopes of a consolation win.

The 39-year-old spinner, Sri Lanka’s number one and the world number three in Tests behind India’s Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, is out with a back injury, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said.

“Herath will not be able to play in the third Test,” Jayasuriya said. “He is suffering a stiff back.”Sri Lanka has already suffered crushing defeats in the first two Tests and losing Herath compounds their problems.