Eranga out of hospital, set to fly home


Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga is out of hospital after his heart scare, and is set to return home to recover further, and also work on his banned bowling action.

Eranga was hospitalised during the second ODI against Ireland in Dublin, when he felt pains in his chest and a elevated heart rate, up to 220 beats per minute at one stage.

It quickly brought to mind footballer Fabrice Muamba, as well as now-retired England batsman James Taylor. The latter was forced to hang up his spikes when similar symptoms revealed a serious heart condition.

The rest of the Sri Lanka team is in Nottingham, with Eranga having remained in Dublin for testing, where they will play in the first ODI. Eranga was unlikely to be part of that side, even before his medical scare and action ban.

Skipper Angelo Mathews said of the paceman: "Eranga will have to go back, work with the fast-bowling coaches, and come back strong.

"We are very confident he will come through both – his condition as well as his action – so we are very supportive of him and the whole team are behind him."