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Sri Lanka star replaced after positive Covid test

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After a positive Covid test result, Angelo Mathews has been replaced in Sri Lanka's first World Test Championship against Australia.

The all-rounder return a positive result on the morning of the third day after informing the camp of Covid symptoms, and will now isolate as per protocols.

Oshada Fernando will come in as an approved like-for-like Covid replacement.

Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the news on Twitter.

Fernando will likely be in the thick of action during the early stages of day three, after his teammates bowled Australia out for 321 early in the morning session.

The hosts were 109 runs behind at the end of Australia's first innings with Asitha Fernando cleaning up the tail after Ramesh Mendis' 4/112.

With the second Test beginning on July 8, Mathews' future involvement in the series remains unclear.


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