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Mendis out of Test series

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Sri Lanka's mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis will miss the two-Test series against Bangladesh, which begins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on December 26.
Mendis injured his ankle while bowling for Army SC in his first match of the domestic season against Tamil Union last weekend.
Ranjith Nanayakkara-wasam, the Sri Lanka team physio, said Mendis had strained his right ankle and was undergoing treatment.
"The injury will take at least three to four weeks to heal," he said. Mendis is expected to be back for the ODI tri-series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, scheduled to start on January 10.
Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, will take Mendis' place in Sri Lanka's 15-man Test squad. Herath's last Test was in March this year, against West Indies in Guyana and the last time he played against Bangladesh was during the 2005-06 series in Sri Lanka. He had a four-wicket haul in the first Test at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
But he will have a lot to live up to as the man he replaces has had a successful run in 2008. Announcing his arrival with 26 wickets at 18.38 apiece in his debut Test series against India earlier this year, Mendis also had a superb run in ODIs as well taking 48 wickets in 18 matches.
He is set to become the fastest to 50 ODI scalps: Ajit Agarkar achieved the milestone in 23 games.
Mendis became the ICC Emerging Player of the Year
after a stellar year in which he dazzled batsmen with his 'carrom ball'.
But his collection against Bangladesh has been poor. He played against the Tigers in two one-dayers in this year's Asia Cup in Pakistan where he took two wickets in the second meeting.

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