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have recalled Stephen O Keefe as a
second spinning option and given
paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile a
chance to push for his test debut
in a 15-man squad for the three-
match series in Sri Lanka.
Cricket Australia announced the
squad yesterday, with Mitchell Starc
expected to return to the test format
following ankle surgery to lead a
pace attack also containing Josh
Hazlewood and Jackson Bird. Peter
Siddle and James Pattinson were
unavailable due to injury.
The 28-year-old Coulter-Nile is
coming back from a shoulder injury
that forced him out of the reckoning
for selection for his test debut against
the West Indies last December. He
has played 13 limited-overs inter-
nationals and 17 Twenty20 Inter-
nationals for Australia since 2013.
Left-arm orthodox spinner
O Keefe could offer backup to
Nathan Lyon if Australia goes in with
two spinners, and Moises Hen-
riques---who played all three of his
tests so far in India in 2013---was
added as an allrounder.
The first test starts July 26 at
Kandy, with the series following
Australia s tour to the Caribbean for
a limited-overs tri-series against the
West Indies and South Africa.
"Henriques comes into the squad
to give the flexibility of an additional
all-rounder option, having already
shown he plays and adapts well to
spin-friendly conditions," Australia
selector Rod Marsh said. "Jackson
Bird and Nathan Coulter-Nile join
the squad and will give us good con-
trol and pace."
Marsh said the 31-year-old
O Keefe, who has played two tests,
would complement Lyon and would
play an important role in the sub-
continental conditions if he makes
the starting XI.
"We know his ability, he takes
wickets continually in first-class
cricket and he impresses when we
select him to play test cricket."
The batting order retains the same
players involved in most of the
domestic tests last season.
Marsh said the team was selected
with sub-continental conditions in
mind. Top-ranked Australia has won
four of its five series in Sri Lanka,
including the last two in 2004 and
11, but has struggled generally on
tours to the region in the past decade,
including a record in India of eight
losses, two draws and no wins in its
last three test series there.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes
underwent knee surgery yesterday,
while fellow international Reece
Topley has been ruled out for three
months with a partial stress frac-
ture.Stokes suffered a cartilage tear
in his left knee during the com-
manding innings win at Head-
ingley and, while he has already
tweeted that he expects to miss
the remainder of Sri Lanka s
tour, the England and Wales
Cricket Board have not offered
The news for Topley is
clearer, and more worrying,
with "a partial stress fracture
of the lumbar spine" likely
to keep him sidelined for
most of the season.
Stokes is unlikely to be
seen again until the start of the Pak-
istan series in July, though England
are not yet committing to a timescale.
An ECB statement read: "Ben
Stokes has undergone surgery this
afternoon to address a cartilage tear
in his left knee. Full details on the
length of his rehabilitation will be
confirmed in due course."
In his absence Warwickshire s Chris
Woakes, who took nine wickets on
Monday to celebrate his call-up for
the second Test against Sri Lanka,
and the uncapped Jake Ball will have
the chance to impress.
Hampshire seamer Topley, who
was in England s World Twenty20
squad and in contention to feature
in all this summer s white ball cricket,
has been out since April 16 with a
fractured thumb but now has much
bigger problems to contend with.
"Reece Topley has been diagnosed
with a partial stress fracture of the
lumbar spine and will require a sig-
nificant period of rehabilitation.
"He will miss the next three
months and will aim for a return for
Hampshire before the end of the sea-
There was better news for David
Willey, who has a small abdominal
tear and is aiming to make his return
to action in Yorkshire s NatWest T20
Blast match at Worcestershire on June
2. Mark Wood, who missed the win-
ter tour of South Africa as well as
the World T20 with a recurring ankle
problem, is also working towards a
comeback. The Durham paceman is
said by the ECB to be "progressing
well" and will return to a bowling
programme this week.
Sri Lanka fast bowler Dushman-
tha Chameera s tour of England is
seemingly over after an MRI scan
revealed he has suffered a stress frac-
ture to his lower back.
Chameera took three wickets,
including the scalp of England cen-
turion Jonny Bairstow, but was pow-
erless 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 fol-
low as he faces up to four months on
the sidelines - although it is under-
stood the length of his absence
depends on how he responds to treat-
The 24-year-old, whose partici-
pation in the home series against Aus-
tralia may also be in doubt, will return
home to Sri Lanka to continue his
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.
"National selectors headed by
Sanath Jayasuriya will meet within
the next 24 hours, to decide on a suit-
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.
Yorkshire have had no official
contact from Cricket Australia
over their head coach Jason
Gillespie has been consistently
linked with the vacancy of Aus-
tralia bowling coach, which Craig
McDermott vacated in March,
but reports from Down Under
yesterday suggested there had
A story in the Sydney Morning
Herald said that discussions
between CA and Gillespie were
"at an advanced level".
But a Yorkshire spokesman told
the Press Association there has
been no formal approach for the
man who has brought the last
two County Championship titles
Gillespie, who was interviewed
for the position of England head
coach before fellow Australian
Trevor Bayliss appointment last
year, has previously said he is
committed to pushing for a hat-
trick of titles with Yorkshire.
With former South Africa
seamer Allan Donald currently
working as interim bowling coach
with Australia, it is possible that
any appointment could still wait
until the end of the current cam-
link up with
South Africa all-rounder
David Wiese will link up with
Sussex for two of their NatWest
T20 Blast games next week.
The 31-year-old has signed a
short-term deal to play a pair of
games at Hove, against Somerset
on June 1 and Surrey two days
Wiese has been a regular in
South Africa s Twenty20 side over
the last year, and was part of their
squad for the World Twenty20
in India earlier in 2016.
He said: "I am really excited
to be joining Sussex and taking
part in the NatWest T20 Blast
"I have always wanted to play
County Cricket and from speak-
ing to Chris Jordan here in the
IPL and my discussions with
Mark Davis, I have heard a lot of
very good things about the club."
Head coach Davis added: "It s
great to have David joining us
fresh from the IPL. He is an
accomplished cricketer in T20,
having played a key role for South
Africa in the format.
"He can bowl at any stage of
the innings, and is a hard-hitting
batsman, which makes him a
valuable cricketer and we look
forward to him being an asset to
us whilst he is here at Hove."
Nathan Coulter-Nile ...gets a chance to push for his test debut in a 15-man
squad for the three-match series in Sri Lanka.
Steve Smith (captain), David
Warner, Joe Burns, Usman
Khawaja, Adam Voges, Shaun
Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Moises
Henriques, Peter Nevill, Mitchell
Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan
Lyon, Stephen O'Keefe, Nathan
Coulter-Nile, Jackson Bird.
Coulter-Nile, O'Keefe in
Aussie squad for Sri Lanka
Chameera blow for Sri Lanka
England's Ben Stokes
undergoes knee surgery
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