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London: Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has been ruled out of the third cricket Test against England with a broken thumb.

Dilshan was struck on the thumb by a Chris Tremlett delivery on day three of the drawn second Test at Lord’s.

The third Test starts at the Rose Bowl stadium on June 16.

“The doctors have told me it will take three to four weeks to heal but I have an outside chance of being ready for the one-dayers,” Dilshan was quoted as saying in the media.

The ODIs will start from June 28 following a Twenty20 match between the two sides on June 25.

In Dilshan’s absence, former captain Kumar Sangakkara will lead Sri Lanka in the third Test.

Dilshan scored 193 in Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 479 but did not bat during the second innings.

Sri Lanka, set a victory target of 343 runs, reached 127-3 and the match ended in a draw.

Sri Lanka had lost the first Test by an innings and 14 runs after being bowled out for 82 on the last day on Tuesday.

Dilshan said he was happy the way the team responded in the second Test.

“Overall I am happy. It was all round a very good performance after the Cardiff match.” (IANS)

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