Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has ruled himself out of the two-match Test series against Bangladesh at home confirmed Sri Lanka on Saturday (February 25). The all-rounder sustained a hamstring injury during the second T20I against South Africa and has been on sidelines since then.
His side missed him during the ODI and T20I series against South Africa and Australia respectively, which the visitors lost.
Talking to Cricbuzz, Mathews shared his disappointment saying he is taking a bit too longer to get back on track and that’s a bit frustrating for him too. He said few more weeks will be added to his rehab process and that he aims to return somewhere between the ODI series.
He also said, ‘I twisted my ankle as well, but that’s fine. The problem is with my hamstring.’
“I am bitterly disappointed with the outcome after meeting the doctors last night. Since returning home, the doctors in Colombo, who are in consultation with a specialist in the UK wanted to take a further look in four weeks time. I was told last night that it will now take a few more weeks. Now the target for me is somewhere during the one-day series. Let’s see how the rehab goes. I am working on it. “
In his absence, veteran spinner Rangana Herath is expected to lead the side in both the matches. This is not the first time the slow left-armer will take the baton, as during Zimbabwe tour last year, he was named the stand-in captain. As Mathews tore his calf muscle during the fourth ODI against Australia, he was ruled out and paved way for Herath, who then became the oldest man to captain Sri Lanka in Tests.
The bilateral series will begin with a two-day warm-up match in Moratuwa before both the sides battle it out in two Tests in Galle and Colombo respectively, which begins on March 7th. Three ODI’s and two T20Is will follow after that.