Angelo Mathews is our best batsman-Chandimal

October 9, 2018

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal admits the dropping of predecessor Angelo Mathews for the one-day series against England has robbed the hosts of their best batsman.

England plays the first of five ODIs in Dambulla tomorrow, with the islanders looking to overturn a dire run of form.

They are winless in their last nine bilateral series and exited the Asia Cup last month after back-to-back defeats by Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

The Selectors reacted by installing Chandimal as captain and dropped Mathews on fitness grounds.

Speaking on the eve of the series, Chandimal said: “We all know he is our best batsman, especially when it comes to the shorter formats. I hope he will identify what he needs to do to come back to the side and come back strongly. It is mainly his fitness.”

A day before England’s tour of Sri Lanka gets underway with the first of five one-day internationals, the whole outfield at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium was seen covered after another burst of the rain.

Sri Lanka’s final training session was disrupted but, with the weather set to improve, Eoin Morgan’s England team, who opted to train under lights, were expected to be able to practise.

They lost one of their two warm-up matches to the weather — winning another rain-disrupted game by eight wickets — as persistent rain has followed them from Colombo to Dambulla.

Better weather is forecast for tomorrow in Dambulle.

But the outfield was today sodden after steady rain in the area on Monday, and another long burst this morning.

The stadium is also hosting the second ODI on Saturday.