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Matthews says concentration is the solution to batting woes


2017-01-12

Skipper Angelo Matthews ahead of the third test against South Africa has prescribed concentration as solution the sides batting woes, irrespective of the method Batsmen use.

Sri Lanka’s batsmen have employed varying approaches to the Test series, however none of which have been too succeful.

Aside from opener Kaushal Silva, and perhaps Dimuth Karunaratne as well, each of the other batsmen in Sri Lanka’s top order is of an attacking bent.

Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva all strike at more than 60 in domestic cricket.

And though Angelo Mathews and Upul Tharanga are capable of defending, as they have generally fared better when they have attacked.

The Sri Lanka top order knows that they must pare back some of those attacking instincts, but Mathews is also wary that his men don’t trim so much from their natural game as there is not much of it left.

Matthews said “You’ve got to play on merit.

When the bowler is bowling well you’ve got to respect him, and whenever you get the loose ball, you try and capitalise on it.

It’s a bit of a balance of both. You can’t go negative, you can’t go over-positive. Cricket is a game where you have to score runs.

Whether you score 100 off 300 balls or whether you score 100 off 70 balls it doesn’t matter, as long as you work your game out.

You just need to score runs.” Mathews suggested that Sri Lanka would retain the same XI from the Newlands Test, and also that Kusal Mendis and de Silva will remain at No. 3 and No. 4. Mendis has had more success at second drop, and de Silva has been good in the lower middle order, but a vacuum in the no. 3 position has forced both batsmen up.

The third test gets underway at 1.30pm this afternoon.