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Murali out of first test against Pakistan

SRI Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan will miss the first test against Pakistan due to a knee injury.

Muralitharan, who holds the record for the most test wickets, has injured his patella tendon and will require two-to-three weeks rest. The offspinner suffered the injury while fielding on Wednesday and the decision was made after scans revealed a slight tear. Muralitharan could return for the third and final test but it is more likely he will target their one-day series or a series against New Zealand starting in August. Selectors have called up off-spinner Suraj Kaluhalamulla (formerly known as Suraj Mohamed) and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath as cover for the opening test, which starts today.


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