Mathews fit for clash against India

“I won’t be bowling, but I’m fully fit to play as a batsman”

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has confirmed that he will be feature in his side’s Champions Trophy match against India on Thursday, but won’t bowl.

Mathews missed Sri Lanka’s opening game against South Africa, which they lost by 96 runs, due to a calf injury.

When asked about his injury, Mathews told ThePapare.com: “The injury is much better now. I could have probably played the last game, but there was a chance of risk, so the management and the selectors decided that I shouldn’t play. But I’m fully fit now. I won’t be bowling, but I’m fully fit to play as a batsman.”

With Mathews missing the first match, Upul Tharanga stepped in as skipper, but due to maintaining a slow over-rate, he received a two-match ban.

The 30-year-old admitted that Tharanga’s absence will be a huge loss, but added he was disappointed his side took so long to bowl their 50 overs against the Proteas.

“It is a big loss, and there’s no excuses,” Mathews said. “You need to try and support the captain on the field. Rather than him planning to bowl the 50 overs in that time, the others have to look after that and the captain has to get on with the game and make decisions in the middle.”

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