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Injury scare for Jayasuriya

Jayasuriya retired with a painful right arm while batting in a warm-up game, raising concerns over his fitness ahead of the ODI series.

india Updated: Oct 24, 2005 19:55 IST
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Sri Lanka all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya retired with a painful right arm while batting in a warm-up game on Saturday raising concerns over his fitness two days before the start of a one-day series in India.

The 36-year-old left-hander had collided with the team physiotherapist while playing water polo earlier this week, hurting the shoulder he had dislocated while fielding in August.

Jayasuriya, playing in his first game since the accident, had made a breezy 34 when he was forced to retire in pain.

"Sanath felt a slight pain down his right shoulder. We didn't want to take any chances," said team manager Mike Tissera, adding: "He should be okay."

Jayasuriya was seen applying an ice pack to the shoulder in the dressing room. On Friday, he had looked uncomfortable playing leg-side shots while batting in the nets.

Captain Marvan Atapattu is hopeful his team's most capped player can play at least as a batsman in the seven-match series even if he is unable to bowl his useful left-arm spinners.

The first one-dayer is scheduled in Nagpur on Tuesday.

First Published: Oct 22, 2005 15:30 IST