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Jayawickrama has been ruled out of the second Australia Test due to a positive COVID test

Praveen Jayawickrama, a Sri Lankan spinner, tested positive ahead of the second Test against Australia in Galle and has been ruled out. It is a huge setback for the hosts, who were looking for balance after losing the first Test by 10 wickets in three days.

“The player was found to be Covid positive when he was tested (Rapid Antigen Test) this morning after he complained of feeling unwell,” SLC stated in a statement on Monday (July 4). “Jayawickrama was immediately separated from the rest of the squad members and will now be quarantined in a room for five days.”

The rest of Sri Lanka’s team has returned negative tests and will compete to tie the series. Jayawickrama became the second Sri Lankan player to test positive during the first Test, following Angelo Mathews. SLC is hoping Mathews will be able to recuperate in time for the second and final Test of the series, which is set to begin on Friday.