Lakmal fails fitness test on the eve of Boxing Day Test
Sri Lankan fast bowler Suranga Lakmal is ruled out of the first Test match against South Africa.
“He failed the fitness tests for his hamstring injury which he got in the practice and will not be playing the first Test,” the team manager and the selector on tour Ashantha de Mel said to this Reporter from Pretroria.
The first of the two Tests-Boxing Day Test- begin at Centurion on Saturday.
Unlike the two teams- Australia and India (also playing the Boxing Day beginning on 26th December), Sri Lankan team management has not announced the final eleven.
“It is always good to announce the composition of the final XI on the day of the Test,” the manager added.
“The team had optional training on Friday and few players did go to the ground for practice. All foreign coaching staff members were present.”
“The team members also joined the Christmas Party on Thursday. It is very cool here and we had a bonfire and barbecue,” the manager added.