Kusal Perera Declare Fit to Bat in 2nd Innings

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka’s dashing left-handed batsman, has declared fit by doctors to bat in the second innings of the ongoing second test against Australia at Canberra.

Perera left the field in the second Test against Australia on Sunday, 3 February, after he was hit on the helmet, the second Sri Lankan player in two days to leave with a head injury.

Perera ducked into a ball from Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson and received treatment on the field, with play stopping for several minutes. He tried to continue and add to his 29 but play was stopped again shortly after as Perera left the field, which ended a promising 37-run partnership with Dhananjaya de Silva.

Perera was replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne, who had retired hurt on day two after being hit in the neck by a bouncer. Opener Karunaratne was cleared to return to the crease, less than 24 hours after being felled by a Pat Cummins delivery.


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