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Jayawardene to miss Test series

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will miss next month's Test series against Bangladesh due to a dislocated finger.

The veteran batsman, who recently passed the captaincy reigns over to Angelo Mathews, had been named in the initial squad but is not now fit enough to take part in the two-match contest.

With an expanded 20-man panel already convened for the matches, no replacement has been summoned.

A statement by Sri Lanka Cricket read: "Mahela injured his finger and will be ruled out of the home series against Bangladesh starting in the first week of March.

"Jayawardene dislocated the middle finger of his left hand while attempting a catch on Sunday in a domestic first-class game for SSC against NCC at his home ground. Scans had later shown a fracture.

"His scan reports have already been dispatched to Australia for further investigations but experts said that the forecast is not very good for the veteran batsman to play the Bangladesh series.

"Usually a fracture like the one Jayawardene sustained needs 2-4 weeks to heal, but due to the severity of Jayawardene's injury the doctors have estimated it to require 4-6 weeks to heal completely."