Injured Jayawardene to leave after Lord's

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Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene will be returning home at the end of the first Test against England at Lord's, after damaging his finger during training ahead of play in the Test.

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene will be returning home at the end of the first Test against England at Lord's, after damaging his finger during training ahead of play in the Test.

Prasanna will be replaced by Kithruwan Vithanage, who will fly out on Tuesday, ahead of the second Test which takes place on 20 June at Headingley. Prasanna batted in both innings, and kept wicket, despite his injury.

When he picked up the injury, Kaushal Silva kept wicket while Prasanna went to the hospital for scans, though the latter took up the gloves again later that morning. Vithanage is not a wicketkeeper, so Silva should take the gloves in Leeds.

The SLC said: "Sri Lankan wicket keeper batsman Prasanna Jayawardene will be returning home at the completion of the ongoing 1st Test match played against England. He will be returning due to a finger injury suffered in the current Test Match.

"Prasanna's place in the touring squad will be replaced by Left hand Batsman Kithruwan Vithanage. The replacement was decided by the National Selectors which received Ministerial approval. Vithanage will be joining the rest of the squad tomorrow (Tuesday)."

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