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Jul 24, 2010

Lasith Malinga out of 2nd Test, Mendis returns

In a major gust to Sri Lanka, fast bowler Lasith Malinga was ruled out of the squad for the 2nd Test because of ‘stiffness in his knee’.

Lasith Malinga was off the field for large parts of the fifth day of the 1st Test, and walked with clear trouble on occasions. Chairman of selectors Aravinda de Silva said Malinga was rested on the advice of team physiotherapist Tommy Simsek.

Malinga will be replaced by Dilhara Fernando in the squad.

"We have to be cautious with Malinga. He was not feeling quite fit to go through a five-day Test. He complained of stiffness in his knee," de Silva said. "We are closely monitoring Malinga's fitness and we are hopeful he will be fully fit for the third Test starting in ten days time."

The second Test starts on July 26, while the third is scheduled from August 3.

In other changes, unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis made his way back into the team after picking up 6-67 against the Indians in a practice match, while Mahela Jayawardene was made the vice-captain of the squad. The earlier vice-captain had been Muttiah Muralitharan.

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