Chronic injuries have plagued the recent career of former Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews. But now it seems that the dark cloud of injuries have finally started to disappear as it’s confirmed that the experienced all-rounder will be returning in the away series against India for three Tests, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 International in November. Kusal Perera and Asela Gunaratne who had been out with hamstring and thumb injuries respectively, have also recovered in time to be considered for selection.
SLC CEO Ashley De Silva said, “Angelo and Kusal Janith [Perera] have both recovered and they will be considered for selection for the Indian series. Asela Gunaratne is fit as well”.
Sri Lanka did win the tests series 2-0 but lost all of the matches in the ODI &T20I series. Ahead of a challenging India tour, Sri Lanka’s interim head coach Nic Pothas mentioned that a few changes to their outfit could serve them better: “It’s pretty obvious what the mood will be like when you’ve lost 16 games. With respect to new faces, that’s a conversation that we need to have with the selectors. But I think it stands to reason that in any walk of life, when you’ve had negative results for a period of time you need to see some change somewhere.”
Pothas added, “On the Test series, let me remind you that we made history. We did something that no other nation has ever done in the UAE. It tends to have been forgotten due to the fact that ODIs follow the Tests. But we have to give huge credit to the team and to the captain. Overall across the whole tour we can certainly glean a lot of positives. The fielding has improved out of sight and certainly was one of the shining lights throughout the month that we were out there. And the bowling as well was of a very high standard; the execution of the plans was very pleasing.”
Pothas concluded by saying, “Obviously, some of the batting didn’t go according to plan, but that’s the cricket world and other teams are allowed to play well. It was also one of the best bowling attacks in the world so it’s always going to be tough, but I think on the whole the series started off very well with that Test win. Certainly the attitude, the character and the fight shown by that team was very, very pleasing.”