Sri Lanka batter Angelo Mathews has been withdrawn from the first Test against Australia in Galle after testing positive for Covid-19.
Mathews was ruled out of the game on the third morning just prior to play starting. Oshada Fernando has been named as his replacement.
“Angelo Mathews tested positive for Covid-19,” an SLC statement said. “He was found to be positive during a Rapid Anti-Gen test conducted on the player, yesterday. The test was done, as the player was feeling unwell. Accordingly, he has been isolated from the rest of the team members and is following Covid-19 protocols.”
It is a major blow for Sri Lanka to lose their most experienced player with the hosts already over 100 runs behind and still needing two wickets to bowl Australia out in their first innings.