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Mathews determined to put past failures behind him

Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep bowling at practices at the Oval Thursday. Pradeep suffered a dislocation of his right bowling hand three days ago but seems to have recovered ahead of the match against Australia here on Saturday.
Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep bowling at practices at the Oval Thursday. Pradeep suffered a dislocation of his right bowling hand three days ago but seems to have recovered ahead of the match against Australia here on Saturday.

LONDON, THURSDAY – Former Sri Lanka captain and a key member of the Sri Lanka World Cup team Angelo Mathews is prepared to put the disappointment of two batting failures behind him and determined to score the runs that he is capable of for his team.

Of the 11 balls he has faced in the ongoing 2019 World Cup so far, Mathews has yet to get off the mark being dismissed for back to back ducks against New Zealand and Afghanistan.

“It was disappointing I was out early in the first two games. In the first game I got a good ball and in the second game I was playing half-heartedly,” said Mathews after a rain-shortened practice day at the Oval on Thursday.

“Look, I am training so hard. I feel good and I am sure it will come good. Doing the processes right and not thinking too much about what happened in Cardiff. When I go to bat I need to be positive and score runs,” he said.

Looking at his team’s prospects in the World Cup Mathews said, “Now comes the business end of the tournament. We have got five games coming up and all against top teams. All these teams are very much even and they are a great challenge moving forward.

“We need to be on top of the game and a win here will be great. We will obviously take it one game at a time. A win here will stand us in good stead in our march towards the semi-final.”

“The last couple of games were bitterly disappointing that they got washed out. It is what it is. We have to deal with it. We cannot control the weather. We have to do our best tomorrow (Saturday),” he said.

Sri Lanka have four points from four matches and are currently placed fifth in the table.

With rain all over in England, Sri Lanka’s match against Australia here at the Oval on Saturday is also doubtful of getting a start.

“Especially an event like the World Cup, getting a few games washed out was disappointing. Weather has not been great. But we cannot moan about it. I saw a few opinions here and there about reserve days. Yes, it’s a big tournament. I understand the fact that it will get even longer if we had reserve days,” said Mathews.

The last time Sri Lanka played at the Oval was in the game against India in the Champions Trophy in 2017 where they chased down a tall target of 322 and won by seven wickets.

Mathews’ contribution was an unbeaten half-century, the other contributors being Danushka Gunathilaka (76), man of the match Kusal Mendis (89), Kusal Perera (47) and Asela Gunaratne (34 n.o.).

“So many fond memories come to me especially the last win we had over India here at The Oval. It’s a fantastic feeling. But it’s a whole different game on Saturday. It’s a World Cup and it’s going to be challenging. We are up for the challenge,” said Mathews.


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