Mathews Looking Forward To Facing 'Formidable' Australia
Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews has called the Australian team that is preparing to tour his country for two Twenty20 International, five One-Day Internationals and three Tests 'formidable'.
Although the side now led by Michael Clarke and Cameron White were dumped out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage having been beaten 3-1 on home soil by England in the Ashes, Mathews is expecting a tough test.
Speaking to the ICC Cricket World radio show - the entirety of which you can hear during this week's Cricket World Around The World show - Mathews said:
"The Australians are always a very formidable team and we need to play really well to beat them. I am trying to do my very best whenever I get the opportunity and I am trying to be consistent with my performances."
Mathews, who missed the recent Test series in England, has backed captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, to get the best from a team that is having to adapt quickly to life without the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas, while fast bowler Lasith Malinga is absent through injuries.
"He is a very positive player when he goes into bat and he always tries to dominate the bowler. He will be a very good captain," he said.
"We always turn to the senior guys whenever we need them and they are willing to help us right throughout so I think we are gelling nicely together.
"Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralidaran are exceptional people and I think that while we have got talent, nobody can replace them. There are good youngsters coming up though."
The series gets underway with the first of two Twenty20 Internationals in Pallekele on 6th August, the One-Day International series begins on 10th August while the first Test starts on 31st August.
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