Mathews out of Asia Cup

14 March 2012 12:35 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sri Lanka suffered a blow on Wednesday when influential all-rounder Angelo Mathews was ruled out for the rest of the Asia Cup due to a calf injury.

The 24-year-old will return home to Colombo to get fit in time for the two-Test series against England starting on March 26, captain Mahela Jayawardene said.

“Angelo has not pulled through fitness tests well, so we made a call to send him back home,” Jayawardene said ahead of Thursday’s crucial match against Pakistan.

“He will try to get ready for the Test matches. The selectors back home will decide and send a replacement for us.”
Mathews, a right-arm seamer and hard-hitting batsman lower down the order, had also missed the tri-series finals in Australia earlier this month due to the same problem.

Jayawardene said it was unclear if pace spearhead Lasith Malinga will play against Pakistan after he missed Tuesday’s opening match against India.
“Malinga played through injury in the final two matches of the tri-series in Australia, so we decided to give him a break against India,” the skipper said.
“We will take a call on him after he bowls in the nets today.”

Sri Lanka, who lost to India by 50 runs, will need to beat both Pakistan and Bangladesh in their remaining games to stay in contention for the final on March 22. (AFP)

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  • cricketlover Wednesday, 14 March 2012 01:33 PM

    ohhh Anjelo wait and u can fly with team members on 20th...night..

    Dinithi Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:00 PM

    Ok that is the end of asia cup for SL. The problem with the SL team is really its weak bench. There are no replacements for quality players. It cost us the world cup final and the CB series final. Angelo keeps getting injured after long tournaments. SL cricket should create a cricket academy like in Australia to ensure the flow of backup players. With the amount of cricket played now we need 20 players of class. Having just 11 players is not enough.

    jajal Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:52 PM

    angelo got to be more fit...without loosing finals in every series...

    Martys Thursday, 15 March 2012 09:56 AM

    We miss u badly in the middle order batting and bowling. Hope u will get well for future matches.


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