Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews ruled out with Calf Injury for Pink-ball Test in Dubai
Injury-marred Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews on Wednesday has been ruled out of the imminent Pink-ball affair which is scheduled at Dubai International Stadium in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, due to a long-standing calf injury which was aggravated during the training session in the last week of September.
Hobbled by injury, Mathews missed out on the first Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Dubai which was eventually won by visitors by 21 runs following the dramatic collapse of Pakistan.
Earlier, Mathews also revealed that he was in doubt for the final Test, as he is disappointed to fail during the rehabilitation process.
“Last week wasn’t that great. I have to get through the rehabilitation program before facing a fitness test. I don’t think I can make it to the second Test,” Mathews told Lankan media.
The second Test will be beginning from October 06 (Friday), as Pakistan has already clinched a day and night Test at the same venue against Windies in 2016.
The 30-year-old Colombo-born Mathews has been struggling to recuperate from the injury as it has re-aggravated many-a-times in the recent past.
Interestingly, Dinesh Chandimal-led side is having an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the two-match Test series.
Earlier, the management was hopeful to see the senior campaigner recovering in time to feature in the second Test at Pakistan’s adopted home in UAE.
After winning the first Test, it’s expected the skipper won’t rely more on much of the tinkering of a side even after Kaushal Silva has a meek outing in the first Test alongside Lahiru Thirimanne.
As the Lions team management would severely feel the services of Mathews, it is the third time since October 2016; the former Lankan skipper would miss out the full-fledged Test series.
Earlier in January, Mathews was ruled out of Bangladesh Test series while nursing hamstring injury after he missed Zimbabwe tour last year.
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In August 2014, struggling Mathews picked calf strain when he was playing against Australia, in the fourth ODI of the five-match series in Dambulla.
The incident took place in the 27th over when Mathews scampered for a single before the batsman developed pain which eventually forced him to receive the treatment from the physio Stephen Mount.
The recurrence of injuries had made things further miserable for Mathews, who is now playing more of a batsman in the five-day format.
After making his Test debut in 2008, Mathews played 69 Tests in which he scored 4,718 runs at an average of 44.93.
In 79 Test innings, the right-arm medium pacer bagged 33 wickets. He has also played 192 ODIs and 69 T20Is.
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