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India vs Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath ruled out of Pallekele Test due to back pain

In Rangana Herath's absence, left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara will be leading the spin challenge in the third Test against India.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, Colombo [Published on:08 Aug 2017, 10:43 AM IST]
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A file image of Rangana Herath.Photo:AP IMAGE

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been ruled out of Sri Lanka's third Test against India in Pallekele owing to back pain. 

With Sri Lanka already losing the series and a hectic Test season ahead, the team management decided to rest the veteran spinner. 

Herath was injured in the first Test while fielding but recovered sufficiently to play in the second Test in Colombo, which the hosts lost by an innings and 53 runs.

Herath joins the list of other Sri Lankan players like all-rounder Asela Gunaratne, pacers Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep, who have all been ruled out of the series. 

In the 39-year-old's absence, left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara will be leading the spin challenge, a role he has been prepared for as and when Herath retires.

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