Angelo Mathews is likely to be ruled out of the South African tour after he suffered a hamstring injury while playing the Lanka Premier League semifinal for the Colombo Kings.
The extent of Mathews’ injury is still uncertain, but the initial prognosis is not so promising. He is all set to miss the two match test series against South Africa that gets underway from December 26. Considering this is Sri Lanka’s first international series after the coronavirus pandemic, the absence of an experienced player like Angelo Mathews will be a huge factor.
“The physio assessed it and said it looks like I will be out of the South Africa series, but I’ll get an MRI today and to confirm,” Mathews told ESPNcricinfo.
Angelo Mathews, captain of the Colombo Kings bowled about 17 overs in the tournament and played all nine matches for his team. While he was approaching the crease during his fourth over on Sunday, he suffered a hamstring injury and left the field immediately.
“[The injury] had been building up,” Mathews said. “I wanted to rest myself and wasn’t able to rest myself during the tournament. Even the previous game I felt it a little bit, and then I felt it go in the last game.”
Mathews has had several issues relating to his hamstring and calf in the past and has been out of the game for long periods at times. The Sri Lankan test team, led by Dimuth Karunaratne would be hoping that he recovers in time for the England test series that will be played in Sri Lanka.