Injured Malinga could miss one-day matches against Australia

Colombo: Australia`s hopes for winning the limited- overs matches against Sri Lanka have received a boost after injured paceman Lasith Malinga was ruled out from the team squad for the limited-over matches.

It is also doubtful whether Malinga would feature in the one-day series against Australia as he is battling to be fit ahead of the five-match one-day series starting on August 10.

Sri Lankan Cricket’s National Selection Committee Chairman Duleep Mendis said Malinga was struggling with a back injury and needed to rest for "at least for one week".

"We are monitoring his condition. However, we cannot definitely say at this stage how his condition will be," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Mendis, as saying.

Malinga`s absence would be a major lift for the Australian cricket team, given his fiery quickness with his lethal yorkers.

He has already retired from Test cricket and won`t feature in the three-match Test series starting on August 31, which implies that his injury could prevent him from playing all formats of the game against the Australians.

All-rounder Angelo Matthews was named as vice-captain of Sri Lanka`s T20 squad while Shaminda Eranga earned a call-up after encouraging performance for Sri Lanka A in England.

Tillakaratne Dilshan will captain the Sri Lankan cricket team.

Sri Lanka squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Thisara Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Suranga Lakmal, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Chamara Silva, Shaminda Eranga.

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