World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga to make brief trip home following family bereavement

Sri Lanka quick Lasith Malinga will make a brief return to his homeland following the passing of his mother-in-law.

Lasith Malinga is expected to be back in time for the contest against Australia.   -  Getty Images

Lasith Malinga will fly home after Sri Lanka's Cricket World Cup match against Bangladesh due to the death of his mother-in-law, but the quick is expected to return before its next game.

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Malinga will leave the squad following Tuesday's encounter with Bangladesh in Bristol to attend Kanthi Perera's funeral in Colombo two days later. The 35-year-old paceman is due back in England in time to take on holder Australia at The Oval on Saturday.

Malinga took 3 for 39 in the victory over Afghanistan last week after failing to strike in a hammering at the hands of New Zealand.