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Big blow for Sri Lanka as three more players are ruled out of second Test

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Sri Lanka have been rocked with three more COVID-19 cases ahead of the second Test against Australia in Galle, starting July 8.

All-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva, pacer Asitha Fernando and spinner Jeffrey Vandersay have tested positive for COVID-19, ruling them out of the second Test. All three players featured in the first Test in Galle.

The news comes as a further blow for the hosts, who will already be without the services of spinner Praveen Jayawickrama, who also tested positive this week. This has brought the number of cases in the Sri Lankan camp during the series to five. 

The hosts though will be bolstered by the return of former skipper Angelo Mathews, who will be available for selection. Mathews was withdrawn during the first Test after returning a positive test, with Oshada Fernando coming in as his replacement. 

All the other members of the squad have tested negative and the hosts have drafted in spinner Lakshan Sandakan into the team. 

Sri Lanka currently trail the two-match series 1-0, after losing the first Test at the same venue by 10 wickets. A victory will be of vital importance to them in order to draw level in the series, and also to clinch some important World Test Championship points. 

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