Asia Cup 2012 March 14, 2012

Angelo Mathews out of Asia Cup

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Sri Lanka have been dealt a blow as their allrounder Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a calf injury. Mathews had missed the finals of the recent Commonwealth Bank series in Australia due to the same problem. No replacement has yet been named.

"The last couple of days Angelo has had some fitness tests, he hasn't pulled through those well, so we made a call to send him back home," Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said. "He will try to get ready for the Test matches [against England] that starts in about ten days' time. The selectors back home will decide [on] and send a replacement for us."

Sri Lanka are already without another of their allrounders, Thisara Perera, who picked up a back injury in the final league match of the CB series and hasn't played since. That leaves Sri Lanka short of allrounders, and they needed Tillakaratne Dilshan to bowl his quota of ten overs in the opening game against India. They had no part-time bowlers in the XI, and when Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were going strong, had to turn to Chamara Kapugedera, who is used so occasionally that he has only two wickets in his 90-match ODI career.

The team have still not taken a decision on whether another of their injured players, pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, will play against Pakistan tomorrow. "Malinga played through injury in the final two matches of the CB series, so we decided to give him a break yesterday [against India]," Jayawardene said. "Yesterday he bowled a bit, he will be bowling today as well, and after his bowling session we will take a call on him tomorrow."

Sri Lanka had their first full-fledged training session of the tournament this afternoon. Malinga was present at the session, and bowled a spell over which he gradually built up to full pace. He followed that up with some batting practice as well.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on March 17, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka not required dis bowler.... coz they have already good bowler compare to Angelo Mathews... so there are no effect on Sri Lanka... but ya little effect...

  • csowmi7 on March 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Angelo mathews is a good all rounder and definitely a prospect for the future. But if he keeps getting injured like this he is going to be a liability. In his early twenties he has already gotten injured 3-4 times. He should work on his fitness and learn from other youngsters like Kohli and Raina playing non stop cricket and IPL and still giving in all their energy in the field.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 15, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Tuan Asif Rassool. Your team escaped against BD. Your team will not get anything better than the last Asiacup. wait and watch.

  • dummy4fb on March 15, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Minnows will be early to home and will be getting ready to hammered by English.

  • KEVINSL on March 15, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Zaheer,Umesh and Sehwag are horses??? r u kidding me?

  • dummy4fb on March 15, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @maddy 20. Let the best team wins.As long as we can kick indians out like the Lankans did in CB series its Fun. We have to pack indians early to IPL

  • visualdp on March 15, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    @maddy20: Did you play in those games bro ???

  • dummy4fb on March 15, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    we do beat pakistan & finaly get the asia cup easily,pls don't think too much indian & pakistan friends,see the result in near future.again we do have asia cup after beating India in the final,it will be a great revenge against Indian team,we will do it,sorry Indian & Pakistani friends

  • ---lasitha--- on March 15, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    please bring back THILAN SAMARAWEERA to the odi team as well and he is the ideal batsman for the the 6th position instead of tharanga , we really need experience and a solid player with a good technique adn this will be greatest line up ever mahela dilshan sanaga chandi thirimanne THILAN SAMARAWEERA-- mr realiable mathews maharaoof/thisara/jeewen kula malinga herath/....

  • dummy4fb on March 14, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    SL should take lessons from OZ in selections, to be unsentimental and based on talent and form instead of reputations, favouritism, wishful thinking etc. They always try to pull something out of the hat. This is the reason for never finishing with the trophies. Reincarnation of Kapu was mind boggling. They didn't need yet another batsman in that CB final. If they did, it should have been Thilan, already on standby. His batting and bowling as in OZ series in SL would have been ideal. And what about Dhammika? He should have replaced the injured Malinga. The way he already demonstrated, his batting would have been good for that extra 15 runs. Carrying a half-fit Mathews means they are always scrambling for replacements at the tail end of tournaments.

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