Sri Lanka captain frustrated as 2 more players injured

Sri Lanka's cricket team captain, Angelo Mathews, attends a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against Australia in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Monday, July 25, 2016. Australia will play three tests, five one-day internationals and two T20 matches in the series against Sri Lanka.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka's injury problems worsened ahead of Tuesday's opening test match against Australia, with fast bowler Suranga Lakmal and allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva joining the list of absentees.

Fast bowlers Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay were injured during Sri Lanka's recent tour to England while seamer Shaminda Eranga was suspended by the International Cricket Council after his bowling action was found to be illegal.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said that Lakmal, who had recovered from a knee injury he had sustained in England, has hamstring stiffness and that De Silva was hit on a finger while bowling.