Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews is not going to bowl in the impending five-match One-day International series against South Africa. In fact, Mathews hasn’t bowled for Sri Lanka in the recent past. The talisman all-rounder has gone through a spate of injuries which has limited his role merely to a batsman.
Meanwhile, Mathews will return as the skipper of the Island nation for the 50-over series. However, it is well known that Mathews can be a handy medium pacer in the middle overs.
The Sri Lankan captain has scalped 114 wickets in the 196 ODIs he has played.
Mathews reiterated he is looking forward to bowling in the nets in the coming time.
“I won’t be bowling in this series. Hope to start bowling in the nets and see how I feel,” Mathews said as quoted by PTI.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka had won the Test series against South Africa by 2-0. The hosts were dominant as their spinners did the job for them. Mathews is hopeful to transcend some impetus in the upcoming 50-overs series.
“We would like to play better cricket than what we have been doing in limited overs,” Mathews said ahead of the first ODI at Dambulla.
“We started very well in the Test series, and hope we can continue with the momentum in the ODIs,” he added.
Furthermore, Angelo Mathews also talked about the Danushka Gunathilaka, who is handed over a six-match ban.
The Sri Lankan skipper said that such players will have to bear the repercussions of their actions.
“It is disappointing to rule out a player when the team is doing well… they can be the best player, but they have to deal with consequences,” Mathews said.
Sri Lanka will take on South Africa at Dambulla in the first ODI on Sunday (29 July). The home side is at the eight place in the ICC ODI Rankings. Therefore, they would like to climb up the table.