Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews’ hamstring problem will force him out of the 2nd Test and the Twenty20s to follow, leaving him in doubt for the Nidahas Trophy in March 2018.
Mathews has been in and out of the team since his debut, not because of his form but his calf and hamstring issues.
With batsman in good shape, Sri Lanka will not worry at this hour but will hope to see Mathews back in the side to play against India in the Twenty20s in March.
However, it is highly unlikely that we’ll see him bowl anytime soon.
“He is being treated at the moment, But his case is a bit too complicated. We really need to get to the bottom of the issue to identify what causes it and then start treating it. We are not sure whether it’s because of a biomechanical issue or any other,” said SLC CEO Ashley De Silva to Sunday Times.
“He has a scar and the scar tissue seems to be giving him trouble. So the physio has advised him to rest but the Board is keen to find a permanent solution. We are ready to do anything to get him back on track,” he added.
Even at this moment, Mathews is able to walk and run but it’s still a risk to throw him back into the squad for the ongoing tour. Moreover, the uncertainty over his availability has also had an effect on the overall balance of the team.
In addition to being withdrawn from the ongoing tour, Mathews was removed from last year’s tours to India, South Africa and missed a full tour to Zimbabwe in 2016. Therefore, it’s vital to find a long term solution by identifying issues with Mathews’ technique to help him out of this difficult situation.
Angelo Mathews was re-appointed skipper under Chandika Hathurusingha foreseeing the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.
“It’s being pretty tough to be in and out of the team due to injury. So I do not want to take any risk this time around by rushing through the rehabilitation process. Next week I will have an MRI scan to see the progress,” said Mathews to Sunday Times.
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