SL vs AUS: Sri Lanka opener Pathum Nissanka on Monday tested positive for Covid-19. He has now been ruled out of the ongoing second Test match against Australia.
The second and final Test of the series between Sri Lanka and Australia is being held at the Galle International Stadium in Galle. According to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Oshada Fernando will take Pathum Nissanka’s spot as a Covid replacement for the second Test match against Australia.
Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. The team was able to score 364 runs thanks to incredible centuries from superstar batsmen Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. Prabath Jayasuriya stood out among bowlers, taking home a 6-wicket haul.
In Sri Lanka’s first innings, opener Pathum Nissanka was only able to make 6 runs. Later he was struck out by Mitchell Starc.
Sri Lanka was at 431/6 in 149 overs at stumps on Day 3. Credit goes to stunning innings from captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal.
Sri Lanka Cricket stated that the 24-year-old Pathum Nissanka tested positive on Sunday morning via an Antigen test. A PCR test later that day confirmed the diagnosis, prior to the start of play on Day 4.
“He was found to be positive during an Antigen test conducted on the player yesterday morning, following the player complaining of feeling unwell,” a Sri Lanka Cricket statement said.
“Nissanka was immediately isolated in a different hotel upon identification and will undergo Covid-19 protocols.”
Angelo Mathews rejoined the squad for the second Test, after testing positive during the first game, which the hosts lost. Additionally testing positive were Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, and Asitha Fernando.