Wicketkeeper Kusal Perera will sit out the first Test against the visiting England due to a finger injury, Sri Lanka's cricket board said Sunday. Perera suffered a contusion to his right middle finger during the second T20 against the West Indies on Friday, the board said in a statement. "He is expected to be fit in two weeks," it added.
The first Test against England starts on March 19 in Galle. The second and final Test is due to begin on March 27 in Colombo. Perera's last Test appearance was in August when he played against New Zealand in Colombo.
The two Tests will be part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC), with 120 points up for grabs. A whitewash for either sides will see them jump to the third spot in the table. The top two sides will go on to play the final at Lord's in 2021.
The last time England toured Sri Lanka, the Joe Root-led side completed a 3-0 whitewash with wins at Galle, Pallekele and Colombo.