South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Centurion, 2nd day December 16, 2011

Mathews taken for scan with groin injury

Sri Lankan vice-captain Angelo Mathews has suffered a groin injury and will have a scan to determine the severity. Mathews bowled five overs on the second day before leaving the field.

Batting coach Marvan Atapattu confirmed that he was taken for an MRI scan but could not comment on Mathews' participation in the rest of the match, saying that information will only be available after the scan has been conducted. Mathews has only just made his return to bowling after suffering a injury to his quadricep during the World Cup semi-final and with Sri Lanka's casualties in that department growing, was expected to play some role with the ball in this series.

Meanwhile, South Africa also have a walking wounded in their ranks. Jacques Kallis was hit on the side of the head by a Dilhara Fernando bouncer that kept low. He was attended to on the field and appeared unable to continue batting but, after a few minutes, resumed.

"The grill of the helmet caused a laceration to his left ear and we had to glue stitch it together," Mohammad Moosajee, South Africa team manager said. "He was a bit dizzy and disorientated at frst but I am happy to report that he is doing much better."

"Whenever the ball doesn't deflect and go back towards the slip cordon, you know it's a hard hit," said AB de Villiers on seeing Kallis get hit. "I knew it would take a few minutes for him to get going but credit to him that he kept going, It was a really important moment in the game. If Ash [Ashwell Prince] had to come in there, you never know what could have happened."

Kallis will be monitored overnight but is expected to be in good health for the rest of the match.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    They should not have bowled him as he is the best Sri Lankan batter this year after Sanga after a average in the 90s against ausies and over 40 against Pakistan. He has a test average of over 60 this year. We should not bowl him anymore till he is fully recovered or prevent him from bowling ever as he could be our next Sanga.

  • Manesh on December 17, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Current SL team is not better than BD. Even WI won a game against SA in their last series.

  • Al on December 17, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Mathews may not be captain material but who's left? KS & MJ dont want it and Samaraweera is in and out of the team. Ferando? Herath? Welegedara? Chandimal? Paranavitane? Fine captain material these guys would make. No, SL just dont have any new replacements of test standard and their cubboard is dry. Afraid SL are in for a long ride at the bottom of the test tables unless some new & great talent is unearthed somehow by some miracle.

  • Dru on December 17, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    I think Mathes needs to stop bowling. He is going to be a key batsman in the future and his bowling keeps getting him injured. I realise this is a huge dissappointment for SL given their weak bowling attach but the reality is SL cannot afford to have Mathews constantly injured. He is also the vice captain and presumably will captain soon but if he is constantly injured that wont work out well.

  • Johnathon on December 17, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Not sure, but Matthews is NOT captain material. After that extremely close brush in with AB (I still think that AB was out and the sound was woody, plus hotspot did show a momentary mark), he was down. The entire team was down and was not their energetic self. Right after that ball, he produced another beauty which AB could not play but Matthews body language suggested he did not care anymore and continued walking back to the crease. Exactly after that over was when he left the field. I have to question Matthew's commitment and his attitude in the game, and at this level he is not fit for the captaincy

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    @3liteindia Matthews WAS THE WORST batsman in the recent Pak odi series. Though he is a good batsman, he is not better than samaraweera.

  • Amahl on December 16, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    Is it just me or is Mathews getting injured a little too routinely? It hasn't been long since he was injured last and if memory serves me right, it was a groin problem. He's a valuable player but its a real issue if he is constantly being injured like this. He needs to be the guiding light for the batting lineup. Perhaps they need to decide whether or not he should continue bowling. It will definitely be a loss if he can no longer bowl but it would be better to have him playing around the clock as a batter than not at all.

  • Sai on December 16, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Hopefully this is not anything serious, Matthews is probably the best batsman in the current SL line-up after Sanga and Mahela. Dilshan's captaincy is horrible, he should not have given the ball to him. If this turns out to be serious, then I say sack Dilshan from playing totally.

  • M on December 16, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Watch out for Mahela's article. This will be one of the factor for losing the Centurion test (my prediction by an innings) and getting white washed. What a pathetic display by SL cricket team. In my opinion it's very unfair to let SL team face such top quality fast bowling (as their batsmen haven't got a clue and bowling is extremely poor) and wasting time and money on organising a series with two unmatched teams. Only thing interests me is Mahela's column it's very amusing and he has the flair to come out with positives out of total negative.

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