Sri Lanka will kickstart their Champions Trophy campaign against former winners South Africa at The Kia Oval on June 3. However, the Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews is in all likeliness to miss his first game due to an injury.
Mathews didn’t play a single international match since January 2017 due to his hamstring injury and also missed the tri-series in Zimbabwe due to a lot of pain. He is presently suffering from a calf injury.
“Mathews had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the team management to conduct radiographic investigations, which revealed a strain on the muscle,” an SLC release said. “He will engage in supervised recovery over the next few days but will most likely sit out the first group stage match.”
Much to Sri Lanka’s worry, Matthews didn’t even play their warm-up match against New Zealand, which they lost despite putting a good total on the board.
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) May 31, 2017
Matthew’s has been one of the key performers for the team with his all-round performance and his absence will be a huge blow to the side.
In his absence vice captain, Upul Tharanaga is going to be the likeliest choice for leading the side against the Proteas.
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June 2, 2017 at 05:29AM