Herath likely to recover for Proteas clash

Spinner Rangana Herath is likely to recover from injury to take his place in Sri Lanka's team for their World Cup quarter-final clash against South Africa at the SCG on Wednesday.

Left-arm spinner Herath split the webbing between two fingers on his bowling hand when they played England on 1 March and has subsequently missed the last two group matches, against Australia and Scotland.

The 36 year-old Herath will be a crucial player against the Proteas as they have a history of not playing spin well, and the SCG pitch tends to favour the slower bowlers.

Chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya said: "Rangana is recovering fast and I hope he will be alright. The stitches have been taken off and he'll be ready for the match. That's what I'm thinking, it will depend on today and tomorrow, probably tomorrow."

Although they will attack South Africa with their spinners, Jayasuriya made it clear that their seam bowlers should not be taken lightly.

Jaysuriya continued: "We have fast bowlers, we have spinners, we don't have any concrete plans, we'll just stick to the basics."