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Mathews to miss two Tests against Bangladesh

25 February 2017, 8:13:20

Staff Correspondent:The National Selections Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket Board is set to meet on Tuesday to decide on a formidable team that would play the first two Tests against the Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka 2017 which begins on March 7 this year.

Accordingly it has been declared that Angleo Mathews will not be able to play the Test series, said a statement issued by Sri Lanka Cricket today.

“Mathews would likely be available to play the One-day International and T20 matches thereafter. Despite his absence, the selections committee is confident that the lessons learned from the South African series will assist in putting together a formidable young team to take on the first two matches against the Bangladesh team”, the statement also read.

The Sri Lanka captain picked up a hamstring injury in the second T20I against South Africa in Johannesburg and was forced to miss the following Twenty20 International series in Australia.

“I am bitterly despondent with the output after meeting the doctors last night. Since returning home, the doctors in Colombo, who are in consultation with a specialist in the UK wanted to take a further look in four weeks time,” Mathews told Cricbuzz. “I was told last night that it will now take a few more weeks. Now the target for me is somewhere during the one-day series. Let's see how the rehab goes. I am working on it.

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