Doctor visited Sri Lankan team to check some players, confirms Pothas

Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas confirmed that a doctor visited to check some of the players on Tuesday.

A paramedic speaks to Sri Lanka's Lahiru Gamage after he complained of short of breath.   -  AP

Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas confirmed that a doctor visited to check some of the players on Tuesday.

“There were some tests done. I have no idea what they were. It doesn’t tell you (what the problem was).  We saw at the end of today that Shami was also struggling. The guys did superbly well to deal with the situation. A situation is a situation so let’s get on with it. The guys did fantastically well throughout the day. I am not a doctor, I have no idea what these tests tell you, what we are testing, why are testing, it doesn’t make anything get away. The guys had great attitude through the day,” Pothas said.

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The doctor was learnt to have been summoned on the request of Match Referee David Boon, who wanted a specialist to check the health of the Sri Lankan players who wore masks when fielding on the fourth day too.

Pothas said, “(Suranga) Lakmal didn’t feel very well in the morning and came off a little bit of steam. It’s not like anything else in the world, there are people who adapt to conditions better than other physiologically. Every human being is different. Our people are in discomfort, it speaks for itself. The rest we cannot control and there is no use talking about it.”

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The Sri Lankan coach felt the loss of three wickets in the last stages of the day’s play was a concern. “It’s not ideal to lose three wickets. It is frustrating at the end of the day. If we look back on the day we did pretty well in the morning to extend our innings and I thought we bowled pretty well upfront. But yet it’s frustrating. I am wondering whether it’s a coincidence that we lose a wicket to a seam bowler and all of a sudden the light turns bad and we lose two wickets to spin and we just come off bit of a coincidence I would have thought,” he said.

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