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The Sri Lanka captain labels his side's innings-and-118-run loss to the Proteas their worst defeat since he became captain

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has labelled his side's defeat inside three days to South Africa as the worst loss of his captaincy career.

Mathews' men lost 16 wickets in a day as the hosts' fast-bowlers sealed victory by an innings and 118 runs on the third day of the third Test at the Wanderers Stadium, sealing a 3-0 series whitewash.

The tourists were bowled out for 131 and 177 as the Proteas quicks provided a relentless challenge on a pace-friendly pitch.

"I have been part of many defeats, but as a captain it is certainly the worst defeat," said Mathews.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, meanwhile, hailed a dominant performance and said his long-term goal was to take South Africa back to the number one ranking in Test cricket.

The series victory lifted them from fourth to third.

Mathews said that he could not blame poor preparation for their failure to cope with fast, grassy pitches.

"We did our best by preparing pitches in Sri Lanka with lots of grass but unfortunately we couldn't handle it. We also prepared by practicing on bouncy surfaces."

The Sri Lanka skipper said he had no quibble with home teams preparing pitches that suited them and pointed out that it was a young and inexperienced team.

"All teams want to win so you use home advantage to win games," Mathews said. "Teams come to the sub-continent and they struggle.

"We beat Australia 3-0 but we need to find a way to win overseas as well.

"Maybe we need to play with more grass on our wickets at home."

"Only three of our guys have played in South Africa before.

"We need to give these young players a chance. It is not easy to play in these conditions against four seamers of this calibre."


Du Plessis said South Africa had produced consistent cricket throughout the series and was unapologetic for asking for lively pitches.

"You expect in these conditions to be on top of Sri Lanka at times," he said.

"For me is was about making sure that 90 or 95 percent of the time we can string together consistent performances and we did that with our batting, bowling and fielding."

"Especially when you play against sub-continent teams you want to make it uncomfortable for them because when you go there, like the tour of India (in 2015) there was not a lot of grass on those wickets.

"We wanted to take them out of their comfort zone. But they are a very young batting unit and they will learn from this and hopefully become better players."

In a dismal day for the tourists, Sri Lanka were able to add only 51 runs to their overnight first innings total of 80 for four and seldom looked like providing sustained resistance in the second innings, despite a fighting 50 by opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne.

South Africa new cap Duanne Olivier took five wickets for 57 runs for the match, while left-armer Wayne Parnell, in his first Test in three years, took six for 89.(AFP)

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  • Coconut Republic Sunday, 15 January 2017 09:18 AM

    Learn to become more aggressive as a captain. You are very diffensive all the time. Also, when you bring in fast bowler's, let them use the new ball , not you.

    gobbaya Sunday, 15 January 2017 09:20 AM

    there are no bad soldiers only bad officers - NAPOLEANit applies to the stinking pile thats called SLC via DM Android App

    Jans Sunday, 15 January 2017 09:29 AM

    AM please tender your Resignation Inability to performance your Team Great loss via DM Android App

    acn Sunday, 15 January 2017 09:30 AM

    It's about time we stopped glorifying a bunch of idiots who hit a ball with a stick for a living.

    ANTON Sunday, 15 January 2017 09:58 AM

    MY PROBLEM IS , HOW ARE WE GOING TO FACE MIGHTY AUSSIES LIKE THIS , BETTER TO GO TO AFGHANISTAN OR UAE FIRST.

    Selvyn Sunday, 15 January 2017 10:01 AM

    There are many prominent cricketers at administration level as captains batsmen and bowlers etc but still we are struggling. It seems nothing has been done with commitment via DM Android App

    Jude Sunday, 15 January 2017 10:04 AM

    Sana boy please resign!!!?? Thanks For being chief selector!!!But the best contribution to SL Cricket team you can do now would be resign before they ask you to leave!!!??

    Jude Sunday, 15 January 2017 10:09 AM

    Sri Lanka's Cricket in grave danger as big wigs have no proper planning!!!!

    Jude Sunday, 15 January 2017 10:29 AM

    I totally Agree!! Sad part, not groomed the successor!!??

    Jude Sunday, 15 January 2017 10:34 AM

    Capable people don't want to be part of SLC!! Just ask Roshan Mahanama!!??

    Manushya Sunday, 15 January 2017 11:30 AM

    We need to take short term pains for long term gains.Thats why experimenting with younger/new players are essential if we have any hope of winning the next World Cup.

    Nihal Amarasekera Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:33 PM

    Better move on undaunted.

    Mandy Monday, 16 January 2017 10:20 AM

    No we must correct course and move on - otherwise no future just moving without aim.


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