Fernando replaces injured Pradeep in Sri Lanka squad

A hamstring injury suffered by Nuwan Pradeep could give Vishwa Fernando the opportunity to make a third Test appearance.

Fernando's last Test appearance came against India in 2017.   -  AP

Vishwa Fernando has been called up to the Sri Lanka Test squad to face Australia as a replacement for Nuwan Pradeep.

Seamer Pradeep was ruled out of the two-match series due to a grade one strain of his left hamstring.

Fernando, who has not featured for his country in Test cricket since winning his second cap against India in August 2017, will head to Australia to take Pradeep's place.

Sri Lanka has never won a Test on Australian soil and captain Dinesh Chandimal is desperate to make history in the series, which begins with a day-nighter at the Gabba.

 

"One of my dreams as a captain and player is to win a Test match here," said Chandimal.

"But that's not an easy thing coming here. You have to do a lot of hard work, that has to come from all 11 players for all five days.

"That's what we are looking at as a team. It is a really good opportunity to make history and we just want to do that as a team."

Opta facts

- Australia has not lost a Test at the Gabba since 1988, West Indies the opponent on that occasion, and is currently enjoying a 29-game unbeaten run at the venue in Brisbane.

- Sri Lanka has lost 10 of the 12 Test series it has played against Australia, but it did win the most recent encounter, 3-0 in 2016, on home soil.

- Australia goes into the series with just one win in its last nine Test outings, losing six times and drawing twice.

- Mitchell Starc is in line to make his 50th Test appearance - he has 199 wickets to his name. The paceman has taken 34 scalps in Tests against Sri Lanka at an average of 19.1.