Sri Lanka vs New Zealand: Sri Lanka’s batting all-rounder Angelo Mathews is likely to miss their upcoming two-match Test series against Australia owing to left hamstring injury. The 31-year-old, who has already been ruled out of Sri Lanka’s limited-overs leg of New Zealand tour, sustained the injury during their recently-concluded second Test against New Zealand. Also Read - IND vs AUS 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket Tips Dream11 India tour of Australia 2020-21: Pitch Report, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's India vs Australia T20 1st T20I at Manuka Oval, Canberra 1.40 PM IST Friday December 4
Confirming the development, Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal that Mathews has suffered a grade two hamstring strain and would be out of action for four weeks. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 T20 Series: Brett Lee Questions Australia's Decision to Rest Pat Cummins After Two Games
“Angelo had a scan last night, and it’s a grade two hamstring strain. The physio said he’s out for four weeks,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Chandimal, as saying. Also Read - ICC T20 Rankings 2020: England's Dawid Malan Attains Highest-Ever Rating Points in T20I History
He played a pivotal role in saving the first Test as his unbeaten 120-run knock including a gritty partnership with Kusal Mendis helped Sri Lanka to end the match in a draw. It’s a big blow for Sri Lanka ahead of the ODIs and upcoming Australia tour.
Over the last two years, Mathews has been prone to injuries and four weeks is slight a less time for him to recover.
Sri Lanka are trailing the three-match series 0-1 against New Zealand having lost the opening Test by 423 runs. Both the teams are slated to play their second Test from January 3 in Tauranga, New Zealand.
(With ANI Inputs)