Sri Lanka spinner Praveen Jayawickrama tests Covid-positive days ahead of 2nd Test match vs Australia

Sri Lanka have been hit by Covid-19 with spinner Praveen Jayawickrama getting sidelined by the infection ahead of the second Test match

Praveen Jayawickrama (second from right) celebrates a wicket vs Australia. (Courtesy: Reuters)


  • Sri Lanka are 0-1 down in the Test series
  • Dimuth Karunaratne would be hoping for his batters to turn up
  • Nathan Lyon needs seven wickets to go past Ravi Ashwin in wickets tally

Sri Lanka’s left arm orthodox spinner Praveen Jayawickrama has tested Covid-19 positive ahead of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia scheduled to start on 8 July. This comes as a huge hit to Sri Lanka, who were drubbed in the first Test match between the two teams, by a margin of 10 wickets.

“Praveen Jayawickrama has tested positive for Covid-19. The player was found to be Covid positive when he was tested (Rapid Antigen Test) this morning, as he complained of feeling ‘Unwell,’” a statement by Sri Lanka cricket said on Twitter.

“Jayawickrama was immediately isolated from the rest of the team members and now will remain in room isolation for 5 days. Upon identification of Jayawickrama, the rest of the team members were subjected to a Rapid Antigen Test. All of them returned negative results,” it further added.

Sri Lanka were outplayed in their second innings by the spin trio of Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson and Travis Head. While Lyon and Head took four wickets each, Swepson picked up two, to seal the deal.

Barring the bowlers, Usman Khawaja and Cameron Green played good knocks in the first game and the rest of the batting unit, including Steve Smith, would hope to do better in the final Test match.

Australia are unbeaten in the current World Test Championship and are primed to reach the finals of the World Test Championship, scheduled to be held in 2023.

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