Ajantha Mendis faked injury, report says
By Ryan Francis
September 10, 2011 (Island Cricket): Sri Lanka's mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis opted out of the second Test match at Pallekele after faking his injury, according to a report on a Sri Lankan newspaper.
Mendis was in line for selection when Rangana Herath was ruled out due to a finger injury.
"The cricket hierarchy suspected Mendis of faking the injury ..." a report on The Island newspaper stated.
"Mendis was named in the playing eleven on the eve of the second Test, but had complained of back pain to a senior member of the Sri Lankan side on the morning of the Test Match," the report added.
To the amazement of many, selectors omitted the mystery spinner for the opening Test match of the three-match series at Galle, on a surface that would have greatly assisted him, and instead picked him to play on a flat-track at Pallekele.
Due to inconsistent selection policies that do not provide the 26-year-old with a regular place in the side, Mendis finds himself constantly being forced to justify his selection when he is picked to play.
"Mendis is in Colombo to do a scan in order to ascertain the exact condition of the back problem," his manager Roshan Abeysinghe told Island Cricket today.
"Once the scan is done, the reports will be shown to the team management to ascertain the situation even further."
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