Sri Lanka will be buoyed by the fact that their former captain Angelo Mathews will play the One-Day International series against India as an all-rounder. Mathews returned to international cricket in June after a lay off of five months having sustained a hamstring injury, but only played as a specialist batsman.
“It’s a big relief that Angelo will be able to bowl for us again,” Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya told Cricbuzz on Thursday (August 17).
“We have to manage him carefully and he is at the moment not ready to bowl full quota of ten overs, but he he will certainly be able to bowl five to six overs. That’s a big plus point for us as it helps us to balance the side.”
Mathews, who stepped down from captaincy after Sri Lanka’s stunning loss to Zimbabwe last month, has taken 111 wickets in 187 ODIs at 34.04.