Sri Lanka captain Mathews ruled out of Australia matches


Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was on Friday ruled out of the fifth and final One-Day International (ODIs) and the two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against Australia due to a calf injury.

Mathews suffered the injury during the fourth match that took place on Wednesday. He had hobbled off the field during his innings and, though he returned to bat towards the end of the innings, had been substantially hampered by the injury.

“Angelo’s MRI and clinical symptoms are both consistent with a medial calf muscle injury. He is not expected to be available for the remainder of the Australian series,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.

“His rehabilitation programme will be aimed at having him ready for the start of Sri Lanka’s next series,” it added.

The Islanders have already lost the five match ODI series 1-3 against Australia following their six-wicket defeat in the fourth match at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Wednesday.

The final match is set to be played in Pallekele on Sunday.


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