‘Fit Again’ Nuwan Pradeep likely to play against Australia

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep is recovering fast from his hand injury and is most likely to play next match against Australia at Oval on June 15.

Pradeep suffered a hard blow to his bowling hand at training on June 9. He was taken to the hospital where it emerged that he suffered “a dislocation and a cut in his small finger on his bowling arm.

Pradeep was bowling to Kusal Perera in the nets, when the batsman hit a ball at Pradeep’s head. The bowler put his right hand up to his face in self-defence, and suffered a blow to a finger. Team-mates who gathered around appeared to be concerned about the seriousness of the injury. Pradeep himself was in visible pain and was subsequently taken to hospital.

“Nuwan has started bowling again from today (Thursday, June 13). The team management will assess his progress tomorrow as well, before making a final call. At the moment, he is looking fine and is likely to play against Australia” a team insider told Cricket Age.

In Sri Lanka’s only victory of the tournament so far against Afghanistan, Pradeep took 4 for 31 and took home the Player-of-the-Match award.

Pradeep has been injury-prone in general, and has often been ruled out for months on account of hamstring complaints.


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