Angelo Mathews wary of Australian challenge
It will be the first time Australia are playing Test matches in Sri Lanka since the 2011 Warne-Muralitharan Trophy where they claimed a 1-0 win in the three-match series.
Speaking to Sri Lanka Cricket’s website, Mathews said that though Sri Lanka have the home advantage, the ability of Australia to thrive in all conditions will be a challenge for the home side.
“Sure the home advantage is a plus factor for us, but having said that we must be mindful that Australia have been successful in their game in any conditions including the sub-continent.
Since 2013, Sri Lanka have just 10 wins from 29 Test matches and have struggled to succeed after the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
Mathews believes that the rebuilding phase which Sri Lanka are going through will be a long term process and he isn’t shying away from the responsibility.
“This rebuilding voyage is definitely long term,” Mathews told the Sri Lanka Cricket website.
“It would be a progressive phasing of getting the right combinations in place.
“You have two options. Either you run away from reality or stay and get your team back to winning ways.”
Against Australia, Mathews averages 49.88 and he has 449 runs from six Test matches making him one of the key batsmen in the upcoming series for Sri Lanka.
The 29-year-old said that having the pressure on his shoulders is a good thing and further added that he will back his instincts while batting.
“It is nice to have that pressure,” Mathews said.
“For life is all about pressure. It is nice for people to have expectations, but when you are the captain I don’t think much about expectations.
“Expectations are always there. You need to back your instincts as a player.”
Mathews has played 33 of his 59 matches in Sri Lanka and has scored 2279 runs at an average of 55.58 including four centuries and 12 fifties.
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