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Angelo Mathews resigns from captaincy

Angelo Mathews had a tough last two years as captain
Angelo Mathews had a tough last two years as captain

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has decided to step down from his role following his team's dismal performance against Zimbabwe.

The 30-year-old, who took over the reins in 2013 at the age of just 25 has been enduring a tough year that includes series defeats against England, South Africa and Australia.

Sri Lanka also failed to beat Bangladesh at home with both the ODI series and Test series ending in a drawn result and the 2-3 series defeat to Zimbabwe recently was described as "lowest points of his career" by Mathews.

"It's one of the lowest points in my career, and a hard one to swallow," Mathews said after losing to Zimbabwe.

"Everything went against us, from the toss to misreading the wicket. But there are no excuses. At the end of the day we were not good enough to beat them. They played better cricket."

Even in the Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka were knocked out in the group stage losing two out of the three games they played.

Also injuries hampered his progress as an all-rounder as a hamstring injury prevented him to be part of the ODI series in South Africa and also forced him to miss the home series against Bangladesh. Even though, he returned back to action during the Champions Trophy, he was unable to bowl that severely affected the balance of the side.

With the top eight teams in ICC ODI rankings before the cut-off date of 30th September set to gain automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup, Sri Lanka, who are at eighth will have to battle with the ninth positioned West Indies for the final berth.

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