It was a delighted Angelo Mathews who faced the media at the end of
the day after having scored his maiden Test century against Australia in
the Final Test at the SSC yesterday.
‘It has always been my ambition to play for team and country and help
them win matches. That I was able to finally make my maiden hundred was
great and I am delighted’, he said. ‘When play began in the morning, the
plan was to get a lead of about 200 and have the Aussies under pressure.
But the lead of 52 and with the Aussies losing three wickets, we are in
with a great chance of forcing a victory and squaring the series.
To a question about his injury and is not bowling he said that he is
now playing as a batsman until he recovers sufficiently from the injury.
He is there to make runs and that he will do. He said he received good
support from his team mates.
When play began on the fourth morning, the plan was with the help of
the remaining batsmen to get a good lead. The 157 we got seems to be
enough He also said that as vice captain, he has no pressure when
Asked about his chances of captaining the country he said that, that
he has no ambition but at the moment he wants to represent the country
and see that they do well. He was convinced that if we could get a
couple of wickets early wickets in the morning on the final day we can
force a win a square the series.
‘Rangana Herath is bowling threateningly and if he uses the rough,
gets spin and bounce, we can win’, he concluded.