Wednesday 24 October 2012 

Mathews Replaces Jayawardene As Twenty20 Captain

Mathews Replaces Jayawardene As Twenty20 Captain
Mathews Replaces Jayawardene As Twenty20 Captain
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All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been named as Sri Lanka's new Twenty20 International captain, replacing Mahela Jayawardene.

Jayawardene resigned from Twenty20 International cricket following the defeat to the West Indies in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo.

Mathews has acted as vice-captain to Tillakaratne Dilshan and Jayawardene, captaining his country on two occasions, against Pakistan in a Twenty20 and India in a One-Day International earlier this year.

He subsequently captained the Nagenahira Nagas during the Sri Lankan Premier League and has to date played 35 T20Is for his country, scoring 414 runs and taking 21 wickets since his debut in 2009.

Lasith Malinga will be the vice-captain of the Twenty20 International team for the next 12 months - the same period that Mathews has been given to lead the side.

Sri Lanka are next in Twenty20 action when they take on New Zealand on 30th October in Pallekele.

© Cricket World 2012

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