Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews, who has been suffering from injuries in the recent past, will not be bowling in the five-match ODI series against South Africa which starts from Sunday at Dambulla. Also Read - India vs Sri Lanka 2020 3rd T20I: Lasith Malinga Wins First Toss of The Series, Sri Lanka Opt to Field In Pune
Mathews was reinstated as Sri Lanka’s limited-overs captain in January this year but was hit by injury less than two weeks into his new leadership stint. Since then, he has been out of both ODIs and T20Is for Sri Lanka. Also Read - IND vs SL: Angelo Mathews Returns to Sri Lanka T20 Squad For Three-Match Series vs India, Lasith Malinga to Lead 16-Member Side
“I won’t be bowling in this series. Hope to start bowling in the nets and see how I feel,” said Mathews who has taken 114 wickets in 196 ODIs. Also Read - Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal Return as Sri Lanka Announce 16-Member Test Squad For Two Match Series in Pakistan
Sri Lanka would be going into the series with a lot of confidence as they whitewashed South Africa in the two-match Test series. And Mathews expects his team to continue with the Test form and to show new signs of recovery after a disastrous 2017.
“We would like to play better cricket than what we have been doing in limited overs,” Mathews said. “We started very well in the Test series, and hope we can continue with the momentum in the ODIs,” he added.
The five-match ODI series ends at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo on August 12. A one-off T20 is to be played in Colombo on August 14.
(With agency inputs)