Angelo Mathews demands fitness test after snubbed by selectors: Reports

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Angelo Mathews Demands Fitness Test After Selectors Snubs Him – Reports 

Angelo Mathews Demands Fitness Test After Selectors Snubs Him – Reports
Angelo Mathews left out of England ODIs. Credit: Getty Images

Angelo Mathews has demanded a fitness test from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selectors after they revealed that Mathews would not be a part of the squad for the England series.

Meanwhile, the selectors sacked Mathews from the limited-overs captaincy following their dismal run in the Asia Cup. Dinesh Chandimal has now taken over  the reigns from Mathews

According to reports in the Sri Lankan media, Mathews met with Sri Lanka’s head coach Chandika Hathurasingha at SLC’s high-performance centre, where the selectors told him that they had concerns over his fitness and would not pick him for the home series versus England starting October 10.

The reports come a day after Mathews submitted a letter to SLC in which he accused the board of blaming him solely for the team’s exit from the 2018 Asia Cup last week. In his letter dated September 23, Mathews also threatened to retire from ODIs and T20Is following his sacking as the skipper.

The 31-year-old has scored 315 runs in eight ODIs this year, at an average of 52.50 and strike rate of just over 75 with two fifties, and over the past two years averages 59.20 in the format.

Angelo Mathews has played one T20I in 2018, in which he was out for zero. His form in T20I has been poor over the past two years, with 68 runs in five innings of with an unbeaten 54 came in one match in January 2017.

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