Mathews to miss Australia tour

Mathews is still recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered last month

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of his side’s Twenty20 series in Australia later this month as he has not fully recovered from a hamstring injury.

Mathews sustained the injury during his match-winning knock of 54 not out in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa on January 22.

In Mathews’ absence, Dinesh Chandimal led Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 International, while Upul Tharanga has assumed the role of skipper for the ongoing five-match ODI series.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have confirmed that a stand-in captain will be named when the squad for the Twenty20 series against Australia is named on Tuesday.

“The selection meeting on Tuesday will decide the squad and the captain who will lead in the three matches,” a board statement said. “The team will arrive in Canberra on Monday the 13th.”

Sri Lanka will begin their tour of Australia with a warm-up Twenty20 match in Canberra on February 15 before they travel to Melbourne for the first Twenty20 International, which will take place two days later.

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