After a very long injury lay-off, Angelo Mathews is all set to return to domestic cricket and he will play in the final match of the ongoing Super Provincial Four-day Test series starting 21st of April 2018.
Mathews was left out of the first two Tests. His provincial side Kandy was led by wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella. All four games failed to produce a result. Particularly, due to the prevailing bad weather in most parts of the island. Angelo Mathews was reinstated as skipper of the limited overs side last year but he was forced to return home after one game in the tour to Bangladesh. He missed the Nidahas Trophy and was in doubt for the upcoming tour to the West Indies.
Not keen on bowling just yet
However, he is back but only as a batsman for the time being. If he manages to get through the final domestic test, the selectors will surely want him back in the side for the Carribean tour.
“I am looking forward to start playing again. I am thankful to all the people who have helped me out. All the physiotherapists, trainers, doctors and Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me the best option,” Mathews told Cricbuzz on Tuesday (April 17).
“For the next few months, I’m not keen on bowling. The selectors are of the view that we start with batting only. I’m confident that if I get through the next few tours, approaching the World Cup, I will be able to bowl again. Not bowling is only going to be temporary and won’t be permanent. There are concerns about my workload and that has to be managed,” he added.
Some time back, Aravinda De Silva identified Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal key for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. If the side is to make any progress, these two will have to step up and deliver.
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