Kusal hopes to be vindicated at Lord’s

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Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera hopes to get back onto the Test stage in the third Test against England at Lord's, and to make a good impression after being out of the game for six months because of an incorrect drug test result.

Kusal fought for six months to clear his name after testing 'positive' for a banned substance late last year. Further testing, and a polygraph, proved his innocence, and he hopes to make a triumphant comeback.

Kusal, who was called to the side as an injury replacement, said: "I haven't been told if I'm playing yet, but I was thrown into trouble and to come back from that at Lord's would be a great opportunity.

  Even the time I was out of the team I knew I hadn't done anything wrong. But these things can happen in life."

Kusal said he wasn't really sure what his form would be like, given his legal troubles had kept him out of the nets for months, and only time would tell.

He added: "I couldn't really think about cricket much in those months, because my focus was on the problem I was facing.

"I didn't have any time to think about whether I was in touch, or whether I could train, or even what was happening in cricket.

"I started training the day after I was cleared. Before then I didn't do much batting – just some fitness work."

England lead the series two nil, so Kusal's main objective will be to help his side avoid a whitewash.

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