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Angelo Mathews says beating England was 'a great feeling'
Angelo Mathews says beating England was 'a great feeling'

Sri Lanka's cricketers have arrived home after their recent limited overs and Test series victories over England, which Angelo Mathews says gave him a 'great feeling'.

After winning the one-off Twenty20 International and wrapping up the One-Day Interantional series 3-2, both Test matches went down to the wire.

At Lord's Sri Lanka hung on with one wicket remaining to defy England and at Headingley, England lost their final wicket with one ball remaining as Sri Lanka took a 1-0 series win.

"We've played a lot of cricket so we've got nothing to hide," Mathews said at a press conference after arriving back on home soil.

"So I think it's just the way we played. The amount of encouragement that we get from the support staff and also the selectors... and I feel there is no secrets when it comes to international cricket.

"It all went down to the wire and fortunately we ended up on the winning team. So it was a great feeling.

"And I am pretty sure we can take it forward from here and look forward to the South African series," he added.

Sri Lanka host South Africa for three ODIs and two Tests in July and new coach Marvan Atapattu paid tribute to his the way his captain has led the team in England.

"We have a captain in Angelo who has tremendous willpower and confidence," Atapattu said.

"It would be very hard to find anybody who copes with pressure compared to Angelo these days."

Reflecting on the close nature of the series and the importance of a first Test series win in England, team manager Michael de Zoysa added:

"We have a tremendously good side, so we are going to go from strength to strength.

"I am very confident this side will continue to win matches and win them well, and they have tremendous spirit, tremendous fighting spirit, they don't give up at all.

"There is no such thing as a match is over until the last ball is played. And as you can see, (in) the two Test matches the penultimate ball in both was key."

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