Mathews reveals what the future holds for him as captain

“As a captain there is a lot of pressure on me”

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Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is undecided on whether he will captain his country at the 2019 World Cup following their disappointing performance in the ongoing ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Sri Lanka were unable to wrap up the series in the fourth ODI on Saturday and they will now take on Zimbabwe in a decider on Monday as the series is level at 2-2.

“There’s a lot of pressure on all of us, and as a captain there is a lot of pressure on me as well,” he admitted. “In these games, where our batsmen have done well, our bowlers didn’t perform well – both in this match, and in the first one we lost. Our fielding also hasn’t been good at times. Against Zimbabwe, we need to play better than this. If we score 300 and still lose here, there is a big shortcoming.

“I don’t know if I will be going to the 2019 World Cup as captain. Our batsmen are doing well, but sometimes there’s no consistency in our fielding – we don’t do well sometimes. But with the players that we have, we can win these matches. We lost these matches because our bowling wasn’t good. We have to solve this problem quickly.”

Since the 2015 World Cup, Mathews’ record as ODI captain stands at 12 wins and 15 losses. The big concern is that Sri Lanka have only recorded series wins over the West Indies and Ireland.

When going up against more challenging opposition, they have failed to get the job done, as was evident when they took on England, New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan.

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