Sri Lanka will feel the pain of their Boxing Day trouncing well into the new year with their best player Kumar Sangakkara ruled out for the final Test in Sydney and the entire one-day series.
The reigning ICC player of the year retired hurt on 27 after paceman Mitchell Johnson hit him on the left index finger on the final day of Sri Lanka's humiliating innings-and-201-run loss to Australia.
The left-hander immediately left the field with excessive swelling to his hand and was taken to hospital for scans which revealed a compound fracture.
Sangakkara's blow wasn't the only pain Johnson inflicted on the tourists.
In his next over, Johnson hit Dhammika Prasad on the hand and the batsman had a long on-field discussion with medical staff before batting on.
And the left-armer added insult to injury by claiming match figures of 6-79, an unbeaten 92 as well assisting in the run out of opener Dimuth Karunaratne - the trigger for Sri Lanka's second-innings slide.
Sangakkara's value to the Sri Lanka's team is enormous and he will now miss the next eight weeks.
He played a lone hand in the first innings, contributing 58 in Sri Lanka's miserable total of 156, and then without warning had to keep wickets throughout the 138.4 overs of Australia's innings because Prasanna Jayawardene had broken a thumb on Wednesday while batting.
Sri Lanka may also be without Prasanna Jaywardene and left-arm quick Chanaka Welegedara (hamstring) for next week's Sydney Test after both didn't bat in the second innings.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene admitted the injuries were frustrating but could not be used to excuse his team's performance.
"These are things that we can't control, (but) they are not excuses. Still with those guys playing we probably would have gotten beaten," Jayawardene said.
"So we just need to refocus our thoughts and come back strongly.
"We started the tour off pretty well in Hobart with the Test match but here we seemed to never get anything going for us. We just gave up."
First Posted 28 December, 2012 5:34PM AEST