Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Hambantota July 12, 2014

Mathews bemoans 'awful cricket'

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Missing crucial chances cost us the game - Mathews

Angelo Mathews is not used to his team losing a series. Not this year at least. So when Sri Lanka lost their first trophy of 2014 in their first home assignment, Mathews did not hold back on the criticism of his own side.

Sri Lanka played "awful cricket" on Saturday, he said, when they allowed South Africa to wallop 339 for 5, then fell 82 runs short of that score. There was no talk of "taking the positives" or dwelling on personal achievements. It was a match in which Mathews felt Sri Lanka "didn't do anything well".

First in the firing line was the bowling and fielding, which was particularly lackluster in comparison to South Africa's effort in the field. The hosts dropped Quinton de Kock on 38 and missed a stumping chance when he was on 71. De Kock would go on to top score with 128 and lay the foundation for South Africa's mammoth score.

"We don't deserve to win - the way we played today," Mathews said. "We started off pretty poorly with the ball and in the field. I think they got 20 to 30 runs too many. On the field we were pretty flat once again. Our fielding was not up to the mark. A team like South Africa is going to steal runs from us. We have to sharpen that up. We let a couple of crucial chances go.

"We know our conditions at home, so we should have played better. South Africa is a very good team, and we can't take them lightly, and I said that at the start of the tour."

No score in excess of 300 has ever been chased in Sri Lanka. Mathews, however, felt the hosts had a chance to win the match with the bat, but his team approached the chase poorly. Mathews top-scored with 58 at a strike rate of 72, and perhaps he wanted his team-mates to bat a little more like him - conserving their wickets and rotating the strike, in preparation for a big surge in the final 15 overs.

However, despite a rapid start, Sri Lanka lost three wickets for six runs between the 12th and 14th overs, effectively leaving the lower middle order with too much to do.

"The way we batted - I guess the middle order thought of getting the runs in 40 overs. We tried to get a few too many runs too soon and ended up giving wickets.

"It was a very good wicket. The middle order could have taken the game deep, we could have chased it. We kept losing wickets at crucial stages. There are about four 30s from the top order. When we are chasing 320, someone in the top four has to score a hundred. Two of their batsmen hit centuries."

Among his frustrations with the batting order is the problem of inconsistency. Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan have been prolific for the team over the past two years, but aside from Mathews, no other batsman has strung together significant scores through that period. Lahiru Thirimanne's Asia Cup may be the only exception.

"If we take Sanga and Dilshan, they are among the runs all the time. If the others can be consistent like that, that would be great for the side. We can't expect runs from a couple of players every match, because there are seven batsmen. Someone has to play well on a certain day. If we don't score runs and take the responsibility, the bowlers have nothing to bowl at."

The third ODI became a double blow for Sri Lanka because it put AB de Villiers in even better touch than he had been in, as he hit 108 from 71 balls. Mathews hoped Sri Lanka would bowl better at him in the upcoming Tests.

"AB is a very dangerous player, and when he gets going you can't really bowl at him because he scores 360 degrees. He's one of the best players I've seen and he's in great form, so hopefully we can get him out early in the Test matches."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • POSTED BY gularan on | July 14, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Thirimanne, Thirimanne ,and more Thirimanne ? what is his role in the side Can somebody please tell me and also the selection panel. He is the living embodiment of Chamara Silva who at the best could hardly get the ball off the square and now we are saddled with another Charming Chamara. When there are promising youngsters waiting just outside the door it has to be Thirimanne ,Thirimanne,and more THirimanne. Sri Lanka cricket please wake up and look around.

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | July 14, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Thisara should select over Priyanjan because No 7 batsman should be able to score runs quickly. No 7 rarely need to perform long innings in ODI. Thisara also can bowl specially useful in Australia. Kusal has shots but no consistency. He should try to play long innings. Upul Tharanga is a experienced batsman can use as NO 5 preferralbly and as a opener also..Chandimal should play at no 4. Mahela and Thiri should be dropped. Thirimanna scoring runs very slowly. Bowling Lakmal, Herath and Eranga can join Malinga. Kula has lost his speed now. His 120 km speed is not enough to get wickets. At any cost MAHELA should drop. His aging has slow down his reflexes. He cannot score runs quickly now. He had his good years and remunerated. What more he expects from country? He can play tests. He look like Tendulkar who hang on Indian team in his last year which cost matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Can we now drop Mendis and be done with it? He does get the odd lower order wicket, but he is a liability in that bowling line up. He has nothing to offer in the field too. It is time to try a guy like Prasanna frequently. He is a leggie and he can be used as a wicket taking option. We need a leg spinner in that line up to make the wicket taking impact in the middle overs. Hopefully the remedial work can be done on Sachi and will be back again too.

  • POSTED BY Dambulla on | July 13, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka should not nominate permanent Vice Captain. VC position should be selected every tour based upon performances. If so Thirimanna could be dropped at any cost.

    Further, Test opener Kaushal Silva has good technique so that he could even try as ODI opener. Unlike keep any member at ODI team continuously, if two matches he fails, then he should be dropped.

    As we are closing to WC-2015, team must perform well in all aspects.

  • POSTED BY PDilE on | July 13, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Any opinion on my world cup 15........................... Mathews(c), Thirimanne (vc), Dilshan, Upul, Sanga, Chandi(wk), 2 of Mahela/Kusal/Ashan, Thisara, Mali, Lakmal, 2 of Kula/Eranga/Prasad, Herath & 1 of Sachi (if he is cleared - hopefully befor WC)/Mendis.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    we play bad cricket in specially fielding.it is better to bring kausal silva for middle order then we have four batsman to anchor the innings.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    The mistake SLC did was choosing kusal to open which is not the suited place for him but because he has a similar jayasuriya technique they want him to be sanath and open though he bats in the middle order in the domestic matches

    Tharanga or maybe kaushal silva would be solid openers to partner dilshan and make big hundreds. Bring kusal to the middle order (he batted in aus) where we need batsmen who can accelerate without having thirimanne down there. Thirimanne is only suited at no.3 but sanga is at his prime atm so Thiri should not make it whereas Chandimal is far better and scores well at no.4 which mahela is grabbing and not preforming

    I would like so see this match winning XI as soon as possible if we want to win the world cup in Aus & Nz 1. Tharanga 2. Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Chandimal 5. Kusal 6. Mathews 7. Thisara 8. Kulasekara/Eranga 9. Rangana 10. Malinga 11. Lakmal

  • POSTED BY shanepe2003 on | July 13, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Don't understand the logic behind priyanjan selection over T perera. Only logic would be use him as a spinner & and a batsman but surprisingly AB Mathews used him as a pure low Oder batsman! Question is ? Why Can't T Perera use as a low order batsman if AB insist on using priyanjan as a purely lower order batsman?..need a batsman who can play 50 Runs 30 balls not vic versa! Poor captaincy by AB Mathews!

  • POSTED BY CricketFirst on | July 13, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Sri Lanka's good run on 2014 was bound to end sooner coz some players were not consistent performers. Kusal is a true talent and a match winner useful for the fast bouncy tracks in Aus/NZ for the WC, but as an opener he must be capable of making a big score.

    Though MJ has done a wonderful job for SL over the years, now he has become a burden to the team. Chandimal should bat at No 4 & keep wickets.

    Thirimanne being a slow starter is also a burden unless he bats at No 3, which is already occupied by Sanga. Kula also did a good job in the past but we need to move forward replacing him with Lakmal. For the WC we need a third seemer like Eranga or Prasad who can take wickets and bat a bit.

    It's good to have Thisara in the side as a finisher. SL fielding must be improved, especially catching. Bold decisions are necessary if we are to keep winning and lift the World Cup (WC) 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Its an obvious matter that ODI team should always consist of young players despite in form pioneers.Nothing new can be expected from ageing players. One time they were top but not everyday. Accordingly ,Srilanka cricket has to take up many changes in order to prepare the next world cup otherwise you may loose thousands odd spectators from the ground.

  • POSTED BY gularan on | July 14, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Thirimanne, Thirimanne ,and more Thirimanne ? what is his role in the side Can somebody please tell me and also the selection panel. He is the living embodiment of Chamara Silva who at the best could hardly get the ball off the square and now we are saddled with another Charming Chamara. When there are promising youngsters waiting just outside the door it has to be Thirimanne ,Thirimanne,and more THirimanne. Sri Lanka cricket please wake up and look around.

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | July 14, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Thisara should select over Priyanjan because No 7 batsman should be able to score runs quickly. No 7 rarely need to perform long innings in ODI. Thisara also can bowl specially useful in Australia. Kusal has shots but no consistency. He should try to play long innings. Upul Tharanga is a experienced batsman can use as NO 5 preferralbly and as a opener also..Chandimal should play at no 4. Mahela and Thiri should be dropped. Thirimanna scoring runs very slowly. Bowling Lakmal, Herath and Eranga can join Malinga. Kula has lost his speed now. His 120 km speed is not enough to get wickets. At any cost MAHELA should drop. His aging has slow down his reflexes. He cannot score runs quickly now. He had his good years and remunerated. What more he expects from country? He can play tests. He look like Tendulkar who hang on Indian team in his last year which cost matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Can we now drop Mendis and be done with it? He does get the odd lower order wicket, but he is a liability in that bowling line up. He has nothing to offer in the field too. It is time to try a guy like Prasanna frequently. He is a leggie and he can be used as a wicket taking option. We need a leg spinner in that line up to make the wicket taking impact in the middle overs. Hopefully the remedial work can be done on Sachi and will be back again too.

  • POSTED BY Dambulla on | July 13, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka should not nominate permanent Vice Captain. VC position should be selected every tour based upon performances. If so Thirimanna could be dropped at any cost.

    Further, Test opener Kaushal Silva has good technique so that he could even try as ODI opener. Unlike keep any member at ODI team continuously, if two matches he fails, then he should be dropped.

    As we are closing to WC-2015, team must perform well in all aspects.

  • POSTED BY PDilE on | July 13, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Any opinion on my world cup 15........................... Mathews(c), Thirimanne (vc), Dilshan, Upul, Sanga, Chandi(wk), 2 of Mahela/Kusal/Ashan, Thisara, Mali, Lakmal, 2 of Kula/Eranga/Prasad, Herath & 1 of Sachi (if he is cleared - hopefully befor WC)/Mendis.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    we play bad cricket in specially fielding.it is better to bring kausal silva for middle order then we have four batsman to anchor the innings.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    The mistake SLC did was choosing kusal to open which is not the suited place for him but because he has a similar jayasuriya technique they want him to be sanath and open though he bats in the middle order in the domestic matches

    Tharanga or maybe kaushal silva would be solid openers to partner dilshan and make big hundreds. Bring kusal to the middle order (he batted in aus) where we need batsmen who can accelerate without having thirimanne down there. Thirimanne is only suited at no.3 but sanga is at his prime atm so Thiri should not make it whereas Chandimal is far better and scores well at no.4 which mahela is grabbing and not preforming

    I would like so see this match winning XI as soon as possible if we want to win the world cup in Aus & Nz 1. Tharanga 2. Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Chandimal 5. Kusal 6. Mathews 7. Thisara 8. Kulasekara/Eranga 9. Rangana 10. Malinga 11. Lakmal

  • POSTED BY shanepe2003 on | July 13, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Don't understand the logic behind priyanjan selection over T perera. Only logic would be use him as a spinner & and a batsman but surprisingly AB Mathews used him as a pure low Oder batsman! Question is ? Why Can't T Perera use as a low order batsman if AB insist on using priyanjan as a purely lower order batsman?..need a batsman who can play 50 Runs 30 balls not vic versa! Poor captaincy by AB Mathews!

  • POSTED BY CricketFirst on | July 13, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Sri Lanka's good run on 2014 was bound to end sooner coz some players were not consistent performers. Kusal is a true talent and a match winner useful for the fast bouncy tracks in Aus/NZ for the WC, but as an opener he must be capable of making a big score.

    Though MJ has done a wonderful job for SL over the years, now he has become a burden to the team. Chandimal should bat at No 4 & keep wickets.

    Thirimanne being a slow starter is also a burden unless he bats at No 3, which is already occupied by Sanga. Kula also did a good job in the past but we need to move forward replacing him with Lakmal. For the WC we need a third seemer like Eranga or Prasad who can take wickets and bat a bit.

    It's good to have Thisara in the side as a finisher. SL fielding must be improved, especially catching. Bold decisions are necessary if we are to keep winning and lift the World Cup (WC) 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Its an obvious matter that ODI team should always consist of young players despite in form pioneers.Nothing new can be expected from ageing players. One time they were top but not everyday. Accordingly ,Srilanka cricket has to take up many changes in order to prepare the next world cup otherwise you may loose thousands odd spectators from the ground.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Team selection has much to be desired. As soon as Malinga starts bowling rubbish then we know from past experience for what ever reason SL are going to loose on the day. ICC must watch teams very closely to ensure there is no deviation from the actual game. SL did not arrive for the game. The team selected without Tisara Perera send a clear signal. Thirimanne needs to be relinquished of the burden of VC and made to regain form in first class cricket if necessary. It was a poor show from what can be a very good team. Back to the drawing board SL.

  • POSTED BY Kotuwegogoda on | July 13, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Andrew what you wrote after the match was what I thought Srilanka needed to adopt. But then who cares. Once players feel they are assured of their slot either way, end result is predictable. No doubt when you chase 340, you need some 100 plus partnership and a century or two from front liners. Sadly Angelo's 58 was the highest. Believe it or not in all three games Srilanka didn't last 50 overs! Amazing!

    Seniors and budding players need to take ownership and leadership role when situation demand and perform just like de Kock did today from nowhere. That is taking ownership and leadership in the making at early stage. Why couldn't Kushal Perera convert 30 to a hundred? These are matters coach should instil in the minds of young players.

    Hope Srilanka will rectify these errors before Test matches commence.

  • POSTED BY socalcricketer on | July 13, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Angelo, If you want have some hope about WC2015, take the bold decision to drop the out of form Mahela and underperform Thirimanna and Kulasekara. Bring Thisara,Kaushal, Chandimal and Banuka R to the side.Still you have ample time to Build the team.

  • POSTED BY TissaPerera on | July 13, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    How many times SriLanka lose from a winning position? After 10overs, they were scoring almost 10 an over and all they have to do was to keep wickets, get some singles, score 6 plus an over. But they want to be Heroes and want to win in another 10 overs.

    Why no one want look at this aspect? Changing Players is not the issue. Having a good logical thinking as a team and adjust to situation and score runs accordingly. That will win matches

  • POSTED BY Mid_Wicket on | July 13, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    I really can't understand why selectors always select Mahela for ODIs. According to cricinfo, he has gone past 50 for only 6 occasions in 38 innings during past 2 years. Its 20 for Sanga in 44 innings for the same period. It's absolutely ridiculous selecting MJ for ODIs for just playing two crucial knocks like in the Asia cup finals and the decider in England. He failed to make any impact in other 32 Innings he played during last 2 yrs. Mahela may be good for Tests at times and may have played well in his early days in ODIs.

    How often have seen that Sanga produces match winning or at least closer to win innings ? How rare that MJ produces the same. He is certainly blocking the entrance of a youngster.

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | July 13, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Sangakkara if your wicket keeping standards are going down due to poor reflexes which happen with aging allow young players to do wicket keeping without missing stumping chances which cost matches. Do not forget Now your age is 36 years and 9 months. Adam Gilchrist retires after he dropped few catches after test match understanding his reflexes were slow due to aging. Sanga can continue as a specialist batsman in ODI team.

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | July 13, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    How can you win series with out of form players. How many chances you want to give Mahela to gain form? Mahela not allowing chandimal to play at No 4 position and ruined his batting. Mahela should not be too selfish. If you are not in form please retire from ODI cricket. We can remember what you did Atapattu when you were captain at 2007 world cup. Atapattu became a water boy. Now time has come for you to become a water boy because you are not suitable to include in playing eleven. you should be ashmed about your self. Do not even think to play in 2015 world cup in this form like out of form Jayasooriya try to play 2011 WC. Please retire from ODI cricket without burden to Sri Lanka team and carry on test. Compare South Africa No4 de Villers and Sri Lanka No 4 Mahela. Last 19 innings from July 2013 Mahela scored 422 runs @22.21.Jayasooriya, you should have guts to drop Mahela now. Everybody will accept it. If you did it earlier people would think it may be a personal grudge.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Chandimal should keep wickets and be in the team

  • POSTED BY Galmos on | July 13, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    @ rizwan1981: Blood Banuka Rajapaksa in the national team ? That guy is a total failure in the domestic cricket though he was a star performer for RCC in his school days.

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | July 13, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Please drop MJ and Thirimmanna, They are awfull and bring back Chandimal to No 4 and Thissara in to the team

  • POSTED BY Banneh on | July 13, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    What Mathews missed here was that this is the team he selected. His bowlers are for only Bowling. They won't bother improving their batting. Not valid for ODI's anymore. Mahela and Thirimanna did what they could do at their current form. You can't have two out of form batsmen to be your no 4 and 5. Though Mathews and Priyanjan had a good partnership it had no focus other than filling the gap you were going to lose. Experimenting with Priyanjan has cost valuable opportunity for Chandimal to face the Proteas before the World Cup. He should have batted at no 4 for all this series, with that in mind. Thisara Perera has also performed much better than Priyanjan in the past and furthermore he has been a match winner for us many many times.

  • POSTED BY DreamCricketer on | July 13, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    DreamCricketer: Thanks Mathews for having the guts to say that he and his team did not deserve to win. Get the passengers out of the team it doesnt look good to you as a captain.

  • POSTED BY sl_supporter on | July 13, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    Mathews is a good captain but may be his hands are tight due to obvious reason. It is poor team selection and selectors must have vision for 2015wc and prepare the team for it. In my opinion a player like Tisara is a must what is the point stacking the team with spin bowlers. In the World Cup no point playing more than one player. They need to find a replacement for Attapathu otherwise forget about WC! in Sri Lanka you need a foreign coach.

  • POSTED BY amuni12 on | July 13, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Good remarks from the captain AM. You have to realistic when you loose. That will help fix your problems. When one of your leading bowlers give 85 runs it will be hard to win a match. it put a lot of pressure on batsmen. I think Herath was a good selection and replacement for Kula. One thing I saw at the beginning of SA batting was SL was too conservative in field setting by trying to limit runs. They should have more slip fielders at the beginning. That is how you get wickets with the new ball. Also, SL pace attack need to include a bouncer in every over. Let the batsman think other than line and length. I am sure the team feels pretty bad after the series loss. So, do your fans. However, SL fans support their team no matter what. So, the team should get over with this and concentrate on what is ahead. Good Luck with the test series!

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | July 12, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Angelo, are you kidding me? How could you ever take SA lightly? They are one of the top teams in the World. They have come here on a mission. The ODI series was lost from the first match itself. SL did not complete 50 over's in any match and were bowled out. SL's fielding and bowling was horrible even batting. How could you take the game deep Angelo when you do not have power hitters? Why Tissara was not even tried once? Only Dilshan n Sanga managed to score not sure what others were doing. When you give chances to quality players, you pay a big price. Sanga missed 2 stumping chances and even dropped catches. SL's fielding was so pathetic. There was no mojo in anything what they did. SA is banking on pace bowlers and the test series going to be very interesting. I'm wondering how SL is going to conquer body line bowling. SA has better pace bowlers than England even Imran Tahir bowled very much better than SL's so called spinners. Over all SL continue to play negative cricket.

  • POSTED BY patg on | July 12, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Well said Mathews. I hope you will have the guts to drop players who have not been performing for last 20 ODIs. I mean Mahela, Thirimanne & kulasekera. He needs to give more chances to players like Thisara Perera, Kithuruwa Withange, Suranga Lakmal etc.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Mathew is going to be the most successful true leader of Sri Lanka Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | July 12, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Where are Kithruwan & Tisara? What's the point they are being in the squad if they don't get regular places in the team? Get rid of bits and pieces cricketers like Priyanjan and out of form cricketers including Mahela, Kusal & Thirimanne. Sanga's wicket keeping is very poor in this series. Cricket is a team game and Matthew can't win on his own... Come on Sri Lanka get your act together and fight like lions in the test series... otherwise you are going to loose that as well...

  • POSTED BY rizwan1981 on | July 12, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Bring back THARANGA and KAPUGEDERA and blood BHANUKA Rajapaksha - Send Thirimanne, Priynajan and Kusal back to First class cricket

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Angelo being constructively critical of the team mates. They have to hear his heart for the success of SL one day cricket. He is having a vision at the distant horizon - the hidden " Pot of Gold = CWC 2015" on March 29th at Melbourne Australia.. The team need to surge, they say failures are the pillars of success, Angelo. Your able, talented Seniors, including young Sachithra will take all the new lessons learned during the 3rd ODI and rally around you as one family again... We are and we shall be, again...Take the Two Tests using your new page of guidance.. Great Captain.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    One good thing about Mathews as a captain is that he doesn't make excuses or dwell on ifs and buts. He's quick to realise the mistakes of both his team and himself, and is quick to shrug them off rather that sitting around sulking about it. He prefers to let his bat do the talking. Good signs of leadership shown...

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  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    One good thing about Mathews as a captain is that he doesn't make excuses or dwell on ifs and buts. He's quick to realise the mistakes of both his team and himself, and is quick to shrug them off rather that sitting around sulking about it. He prefers to let his bat do the talking. Good signs of leadership shown...

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Angelo being constructively critical of the team mates. They have to hear his heart for the success of SL one day cricket. He is having a vision at the distant horizon - the hidden " Pot of Gold = CWC 2015" on March 29th at Melbourne Australia.. The team need to surge, they say failures are the pillars of success, Angelo. Your able, talented Seniors, including young Sachithra will take all the new lessons learned during the 3rd ODI and rally around you as one family again... We are and we shall be, again...Take the Two Tests using your new page of guidance.. Great Captain.

  • POSTED BY rizwan1981 on | July 12, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Bring back THARANGA and KAPUGEDERA and blood BHANUKA Rajapaksha - Send Thirimanne, Priynajan and Kusal back to First class cricket

  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | July 12, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Where are Kithruwan & Tisara? What's the point they are being in the squad if they don't get regular places in the team? Get rid of bits and pieces cricketers like Priyanjan and out of form cricketers including Mahela, Kusal & Thirimanne. Sanga's wicket keeping is very poor in this series. Cricket is a team game and Matthew can't win on his own... Come on Sri Lanka get your act together and fight like lions in the test series... otherwise you are going to loose that as well...

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Mathew is going to be the most successful true leader of Sri Lanka Cricket.

  • POSTED BY patg on | July 12, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Well said Mathews. I hope you will have the guts to drop players who have not been performing for last 20 ODIs. I mean Mahela, Thirimanne & kulasekera. He needs to give more chances to players like Thisara Perera, Kithuruwa Withange, Suranga Lakmal etc.

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | July 12, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Angelo, are you kidding me? How could you ever take SA lightly? They are one of the top teams in the World. They have come here on a mission. The ODI series was lost from the first match itself. SL did not complete 50 over's in any match and were bowled out. SL's fielding and bowling was horrible even batting. How could you take the game deep Angelo when you do not have power hitters? Why Tissara was not even tried once? Only Dilshan n Sanga managed to score not sure what others were doing. When you give chances to quality players, you pay a big price. Sanga missed 2 stumping chances and even dropped catches. SL's fielding was so pathetic. There was no mojo in anything what they did. SA is banking on pace bowlers and the test series going to be very interesting. I'm wondering how SL is going to conquer body line bowling. SA has better pace bowlers than England even Imran Tahir bowled very much better than SL's so called spinners. Over all SL continue to play negative cricket.

  • POSTED BY amuni12 on | July 13, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Good remarks from the captain AM. You have to realistic when you loose. That will help fix your problems. When one of your leading bowlers give 85 runs it will be hard to win a match. it put a lot of pressure on batsmen. I think Herath was a good selection and replacement for Kula. One thing I saw at the beginning of SA batting was SL was too conservative in field setting by trying to limit runs. They should have more slip fielders at the beginning. That is how you get wickets with the new ball. Also, SL pace attack need to include a bouncer in every over. Let the batsman think other than line and length. I am sure the team feels pretty bad after the series loss. So, do your fans. However, SL fans support their team no matter what. So, the team should get over with this and concentrate on what is ahead. Good Luck with the test series!

  • POSTED BY sl_supporter on | July 13, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    Mathews is a good captain but may be his hands are tight due to obvious reason. It is poor team selection and selectors must have vision for 2015wc and prepare the team for it. In my opinion a player like Tisara is a must what is the point stacking the team with spin bowlers. In the World Cup no point playing more than one player. They need to find a replacement for Attapathu otherwise forget about WC! in Sri Lanka you need a foreign coach.

  • POSTED BY DreamCricketer on | July 13, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    DreamCricketer: Thanks Mathews for having the guts to say that he and his team did not deserve to win. Get the passengers out of the team it doesnt look good to you as a captain.