Sangakkara blow for tourists

  • Last Updated: December 28 2012, 8:32 GMT

Star batsman Kumar Sangakkara will reportedly miss the remainder of Sri Lanka's tour to Australia after suffering a hand injury during his side's crushing second Test defeat in Melbourne.

Kumar Sangakkara's fractured hand
Kumar Sangakkara's fractured hand

The reigning ICC Test player of the year retired hurt on 27 after a delivery from paceman Mitchell Johnson hit him on the left index finger on the third and final day of Sri Lanka's humiliating defeat, which saw them go down by an innings and 201 runs.

The left-hander immediately left the field with excessive swelling to his hand and was taken to hospital for scans which revealed a compound fracture.

Sangakkara is now set to miss the third and final Test, where Sri Lanka will attempt to avoid a 3-0 series whitewash, the five-match one-day international series and the two Twenty20 clashes which wrap up the tour.

Sri Lanka were also without Prasanna Jayawardene (broken thumb) and left-arm quick Chanaka Welegedara (hamstring) for their second innings in Melbourne, where the tourists were skittled for just 103.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene admitted the injuries were frustrating but could not be used to excuse his team's performance.

"These are things that we can't control, (but) they are not excuses. Still with those guys playing we probably would have got beaten," he said.

"So we just need to refocus our thoughts and come back strongly.

"We started the tour off pretty well in Hobart with the Test match but here we seemed to never get anything going for us. We just gave up."


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