Sri Lanka’s skipper Angelo Mathews blamed the over defensive approach of the Sri Lankan batsmen for their embarrassing loss to New Zealand in the first test. Mathews said that his batsmen respected the New Zealand bowlers much more than expected. The all rounder was also critical about Sri Lanka’s bowling in the game.
“We bowled a lot of loose stuff. To a batting line up like New Zealand, you can’t really bowl loose stuff because they are going to capitalize,” said Mathews. “We lost our way in the first couple of sessions and we let them off the hook. We had to bowl really well to get them on the back foot. We had to take a few wickets early, which we didn’t,” said Mathews.
“We were also way to cautious in our first-innings batting,” Mathews said. “We couldn’t really do much batting in the second innings, but in the first innings we respected them a lot more than expected, which was very disappointing from the batters. As I always say – and not to take away from the New Zealand – but the bowlers they are also human, and we have to capitalize,” he added.
“We definitely could have done better as a batting unit,” Mathews said. “We need to score runs to give our bowlers a chance. Scoring 290-300 is not enough on these tracks. Once the seam movement goes off in the first couple of sessions it gets really good for batting. The batters have to score big to keep us in the game,” said a pragmatic Mathews.