Lakmal will replace Chameera in Durham


Sri Lanka fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake has confirmed that paceman Suranga Lakmal will replace injured fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera for the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street.

Chameera picked up the back injury during the first Test in Leeds, and has been sent back to Sri Lanka. Lakmal will form a pace trio with Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep, and the coach is certain they'll do well together.

Ramanayake said: "Chameera's the fastest bowler of the group, so of course it's a blow. But here, because the wickets are helping the seamers, even the others will be good.

"Chameera has been our impact bowler, but sometimes you do get stress reactions once in a way. You can't help it. But the other bowlers can deliver.

"Suranga is bowling really well in the nets and is an experienced guy, so he will fill up that role."

He added: "Suranga, Eranga and Pradeep are quite different bowlers, but they can all move the ball in these conditions. They are good on line and length.

"Hopefully one of them comes up with a very good performance – like taking five wickets. All are the same age and have matured together.

"That experience helps because you don't get rattled when you get hit for boundaries – if you can always come back and bowl a good spell.

"Pradeep is a seamer, and is quite good with the semi-new ball and the old ball. He is very good against left-handers as well. Suranga and Eranga are very good with the new ball and both swing it.

"They bowl outswing to right-handers. These three are quite experienced, having played more than 20 Tests."  

England lead the series one nil after winning the first Test inside three days.