Arthur suggests injury subs for Tests

Nick Said
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Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur has suggested the International Cricket Council consider injury substitutions in Tests after his side was left with only six fit players against South Africa.

His side trail by 160 runs in their second innings and although they've lost only two wickets, in reality they might be six or seven down for the remainder of the match if they can't get their injured players back to the crease.

A number of players have been hampered by muscle injuries and Arthur has blamed this on the team's inadequate preparation for the match due to COVID-19 restrictions.

"I do sit on the ICC Cricket Committee and I will be having a chat at the end of this test match," Arthur told reporters on Monday.

"I saw India also lost one of their quicks today (against Australia) and I suspect that more teams will lose quicks as the workload will just be too much with COVID around and the quarantine process.

"If the world was normal we would not be in this situation, the conditioning would be perfect. With it being an abnormal world at the moment, I'm pretty sure it will come up for discussion at ICC level.

"We might only have six fit players to finish a test match. That's not good enough for anybody - our team, the TV audience and the opposition."

The Sri Lankans have brought an extended 21-man squad for the two-Test series in South Africa. They then head home for two Tests against England starting on January 14.

"Thank goodness, otherwise it would be (batting coach) Grant Flower at three and me at number four in the next test match," Arthur said wryly.