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Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews doubtful for away Tests against Bangladesh

Angelo Mathews, who has been ruled out of the ongoing tri-series between Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh due to a hamstring injury, could miss the two Tests against Bangladesh, starting January 31.

cricket Updated: Jan 22, 2018 13:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Angelo Mathews’ ongoing injury concerns have become problematic for Sri Lanka cricket. (Twitter )

Sri Lanka could be without their senior cricketer and limited-overs captain Angelo Mathews, when they take on Bangladesh in a two-Test series -- starting January 31.

Mathews, who was earlier ruled out of the ongoing ODI tri-series between Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, has returned to Colombo for treatment and is in ‘serious doubt’ for the Test series, reported ESPNCricinfo.

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Mathews had once again suffered a hamstring issue which forced him out of the tri-series. The senior all-rounder, whose has been severely restricted due to recurrence of several hamstring niggles, has in the past spent a lot of time away from action. The current injury is an ‘irritation of the scar tissue sustained from previous injuries’.

The 30-year-old all-rounder was recently made Sri Lanka captain in ODIs following the appointment of Chandika Hathurusingha as the head coach.

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However, Mathews, who had resigned from this post following Sri Lanka’s ODI series defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe at home last year, returned to the role with the national side struggling on all fronts.

Sri Lanka suffered a 12-run defeat to Zimbabwe — the game in which Mathews’ hamstring niggle resurfaced once again — and went on to lose to the hosts Bangladesh by as many as 163 runs.

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The senior Sri Lankan cricketer has spent plenty of time away from action nursing leg injuries. In February 2017, Mathews was ruled out of T20I series in Australia due to a hamstring injury. Later on, in September, he was ruled out of the Abu Dhabi Test against Pakistan due to a calf strain.

He had also returned home early during Sri Lanka’s tour of India in late 2017, missing the final T20 at Mumbai due to a grade 1 tear to his hamstring.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 13:41 IST