May 24, 2016 / 5:15 AM / a year ago

Sri Lanka's Chameera out of England tour with injury

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan paceman Dushmantha Chameera will return home from England with a lower back injury, his country’s cricket board announced on Tuesday, compounding the team’s woes on the tour.

Britain Cricket - England v Sri Lanka - First Test - Headingley - 20/5/16 England's Stuart Broad is bowled by Sri Lanka's Dushmantha Chameera Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic

The islanders lost pace bowler Dhammika Prasad to a shoulder injury even before the first test at Leeds, which England wrapped up inside three days.

Even in that innings and 88-run defeat, the 24-year-old Chameera managed to impress by dismissing top scorer Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad in England’s first innings.

“Chameera ... underwent an MRI/CT Scan this morning, which has indicated a stress fracture to his lower back, and medical recommendation is treatment and rest for as much as four months,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

The team would name a replacement soon, it added.

Prasad, who has since been replaced by stumper-batsman Kusal Perera, had been undergoing treatment, the board added.

The second match of the three-test series begins at Chester-le-Street on Friday.

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Peter Rutherford

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