Ahead of the third and final test at Colombo, Sri Lankan skipper, Angelo Mathews has issued a warning to the Australians. Mathews in the press conference openly stated that the visitors should expect a rank turner for the final test as well. Australia head into this game under tremendous pressure and a potential whitewash loom over the Kangaroos.
In the pre-match press conference, Mathews said that the Australian batsmen have struggled on the tour so far and were all at sea against the Sri Lankan spinners. However, Mathews also added that his side deserved all the credits for a dominating performance.
“We had to work really hard to win those two games,” Mathews said. “We played better cricket than them. I’m hearing that the Aussies have not played good cricket, and the wickets were poor – I mean, come on, you’ve got to grow up. We play on the same wicket. They’ve got spinners and we’ve got spinners. They’ve fought really hard, but it’s just that our spinners have bowled extremely well. Our spinners have exploited the conditions and bowled better than them. Credit should go to the whole team, the way they’ve worked extremely hard.”
Issuing a warning about the upcoming game, the Sri Lankan captain added, “It’s going to be a turner once again.” “SSC has traditionally been a very good, batting-friendly wicket. But in the last few games against South Africa and Pakistan, it did take a lot of turns. We hope that it will take a lot of turns again from day one, and we hope that it will be a spinners’ paradise.”
Mathews also mentioned that a prospect of whitewashing Australia was always special. “We are extremely excited at the prospect,” Mathews added. “We’ve trained harder than we had over the past two weeks because we want to win it 3-0. Everyone is all geared up, and we haven’t taken the foot off the gas.”