Angelo Mathews Wants Positive Attitude From Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews urged his side to come out with a positive attitude when they face South Africa in the World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
While speaking on the pressure surrounding the occasion, Mathews opined that his side’s attitude during the match would decide their fate in the tournament.
"I think as a team we shouldn't put a lot of pressure on ourselves," said Mathews.
"We just have to approach it positively and aggressively just as we did early in the last first-round games.”
The 27-year-old, who is leading Sri Lanka in a World Cup for the first time, is aware of the challenges during a knockout match.
"I think that when you come to the knockout stages most of the things, most of the teams will think that you can't afford to do mistakes or you'll be out of the tournament.
“That kind of attitude is hard to get rid of.”
"You have to play good cricket back ourselves and go out there and enjoy ourselves."
Injury issues have plagued Sri Lanka throughout the World Cup with as many as four players sent home already.
While Mathews who suffered from a heel injury last week is expected to take the field on Wednesday chances look grim for the left-arm spinner Rangana Herath who has been sidelined for a while now with a finger injury.
"He's (Herath) still 50-50. He hasn't had a bowl yet, so we gave him a couple of more days from two days before," Mathews said.
"But the physio has to have a look at him once again today.
“If he bowls at practice today he'll be in contention for selection. If not, he won't be playing."
Both Sri Lanka and South Africa ended their league assignments with four wins from six matches.
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