Mathews returns after short Australian trip for treatment


Sri Lanka’s white ball captain Angelo Mathews has returned home after a brief trip to Australia for medical treatment. Mathews flew down under soon after the bilateral series against South Africa to receive treatment after a series of ankle, calf and quadriceps injuries kept him out of international cricket for a good portion of last 18 months.

SLC sources said that the latest trip is nothing to be alarmed at, but to get a few injections into the system designed to keep him fit. The 31-year-old only plays as a specialist batsman at present. However he has said that he is expecting to start bowling again by the end of this year.

Mathews, the captain of Kandy in the ongoing Inter-Provincial T-20 series, was not available for the first three games due to his trip down under and instead Dasun Shanaka skippered the side.

Kusal Janith Perera was also not available for the first four games of the tournament as he flew to London to consult his lawyers to finalize the compensation package from the ICC having proved his innocence of a drug charge. Perera was wrongfully suspended for doping and the ICC later cleared the player. He is expected miss the Dambulla leg of the tournament as well, but will return ahead of the last two games in Pallekele.

Fast bowlers Nuwan Pradeep and Dushmantha Chameera, who have been injured, will be available for selection for the Asia Cup after being cleared to play the domestic T-20 matches.

Sri Lanka will resume training next week preparing for the Asia Cup and are expected to leave for Dubai by the 10th of September.

They play the curtain-raiser of the Asia Cup on the 15th September taking on Bangladesh. Two days later they will play Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi. India, Pakistan and one qualifier are pooled in the other group. The top two ranked teams will qualify for the second round where all four participants play each other before the finalists are being decided. The final will take place on the 28th of September in Dubai.

Sri Lanka are the defending champions of Asia Cup (50 overs version) having won the last event in 2014 beating Pakistan by five wickets in the final in Dhaka. India, who are placed second in official ICC Rankings, will start the competition as favourites.

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