Dushmantha Chameera injury blow for Sri Lanka

Chameera took three wickets, including the scalp of England centurion Jonny Bairstow, but was powerless to prevent the tourists from succumbing to an innings defeat inside three days in the first Investec Test at Headingley last week.

And in a fresh blow for Sri Lanka, Chameera seems highly unlikely to feature in either of the remaining Tests or the limited-overs matches that follow as he faces up to four months on the sidelines - although it is understood the length of his absence depends on how he responds to treatment.

The 24-year-old, whose participation in the home series against Australia may also be in doubt, will return home to Sri Lanka to continue his treatment.

A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket read: "Dushmantha Chameera...has sustained an injury to his lower back, and will be returning to Colombo for further treatment and rest.

"Chameera...underwent an MRI/CT Scan this morning, which has indicated a stress fracture to his lower back, and medical recommendation is treatment and rest for as much as four months.

"National selectors headed by Sanath Jayasuriya will meet within the next 24 hours, to decide on a suitable replacement."

Sri Lanka were already a seamer light after Dhammika Prasad suffered a shoulder injury in the opening tour fixture at Chelmsford.

Prasad, who took five second-innings wickets when Sri Lanka beat England at Headingley two years ago, is also highly doubtful to feature in the remainder of the series.

  Dushmantha Chameera took three wickets at Headingley
Dushmantha Chameera took three wickets at Headingley