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Mathews feels Australia look lost against spinners

Mathews feels Australia look lost against spinners
Angelo Mathews made useful contributions with the bat in the second Test.
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Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews observed that the Australian batsmen seemed out of place while batting against the spinners in the ongoing Test series.

Australia succumbed to a 229-run defeat in the second Test in Galle as Sri Lanka took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy.

In the entire game, Sri Lanka only bowled five overs of seam – two overs from Vishwa Fernando and three from Angelo Mathews.

The remaining 78.3 overs were bowled by the spinners across both the innings and no Australian batsman was able to score a fifty in the entire game.

While admitting that Sri Lanka also face troubles in overseas conditions, Mathews said that Australia bowled well in the series but looked lost while batting on turning wickets.

“They look a bit lost when it comes to our spinners,” Mathews said

“It’s never easy when you’re facing good quality spin on a turner like that.

“We have good quality spinners.

“They know exactly how to bowl on these kinds of wickets.

“Sometimes when we go to overseas conditions we struggle as well.”

Prior to this ongoing series, Sri Lanka had the lone Test match win against Australia in 1999, and they currently have a chance to register a historic 3-0 clean sweep if they secure a victory in the third Test.

Though Mathews is not taking Australia lightly, he asserted that Sri Lanka certainly will aim for a 3-0 clean sweep in Colombo.

“They have struggled in the last two games.

“We are not writing them off. We want to win three-nil.

“We want to go for it in Colombo as well.”

Meanwhile, Australian captain Steven Smith acknowledged that the selectors and team management will need to look for specialist players who can tackle the spin-friendly pitches.

“Yeah it certainly needs to be looked at,” said Smith.

“If there are guys that can play spin well in these conditions then it’s certainly got to be a chance.

“It’s been too long now, so whatever we’re doing it’s not working.

“So yeah, there might be a need for some changes.”

Since 2006, Australia have played 19 Test matches in Asia and have won just three games while losing 12, including their last eight matches.

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