The bad race between the wickets, and a particular propensity to get their partners out is one of the main reasons why Angelo Mathews has been left out of the ODI squad of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's head coach Graeme Labrooy told ESPNcricinfo that Mathews had been "lazy" between the grounds during the Asian Cup, but coach Chandika Hathurusingha went further, detailing the number of times he felt that Mathews had been involved in the game. dismissals. He also said that Mathews had a tendency not only to participate in the playoffs, but to eject particularly the opposite hitter.
While Labrooy and Hathurusingha have suggested that Mathews lacks the match's fitness for the field during 50 overs and then performing as a hitter, that Hathurusingha used the phrase "team dynamics" to describe Mathews' shortcomings is especially revealing. Basically, the team management is suggesting that Mathews' teammates have started to see it as a responsibility when it comes to running between the grounds.
"Running between the grounds is a big concern for us right now – for the whole team, not just for [Mathews]," said Hathurusingha. "We want him to get in shape, his average since 2017 is 59. I know, and he scored 97 runs against South Africa three games ago, but there are certain concerns, if you look at his record, he's been involved in 64 outs, and 49 times he's The opposite type is over – it's a world record – those are the things we've been looking at, but I want it to be as fresh as possible, and as clear as possible, to serve the Sri Lankan Team. "
Mathews had He reminded SLC in a letter to the CEO who had in fact been the top scorer in the recent five-game series against South Africa, but Labrooy suggested that those performances were not necessarily meaningful, given that they had come in a series loss. What made other team hitters feel uncomfortable is also something that Labrooy suggested.
"Unfortunately, we lost against South Africa, although [Mathews is] was the top scorer, we ended up on the losing side," Labrooy said. "We would have expected someone who scored the highest runs to be on the winning team with Angelo, we knew he had a right hamstring injury and he's been breastfeeding and treating him." We saw that he had slowed down in the game, and His physical condition for cricket was not up to par, he had the challenge of taking quick singles and running two, he also transferred the pressure to the rest of the batters. "
One of the key problems of the selectors with Mathews was that in his opinion, he was especially slow between the fields when his team was batting second, as they did in the two matches in the Asian Cup. "We were not convinced that Mathews would be able to throw 50 overs and then come and hit for 30 overs, and do both things well, depending on his physical condition," Labrooy told ESPNcricinfo. "So we decided to ask him to retire and focus on his physical condition, without the additional pressure from the captaincy."
Upon learning that the coaches wanted to quit, it is believed that Mathews also demanded a test to prove his fitness. . But the result of such a test would be in addition to the point, Labrooy suggested.
"The problem is not that a yo-yo or a skinfold test has failed," he said. "Our concerns were about the ability of the players to do their jobs on the field, and in the Asian Cup, we thought it was slow between the fields."
Labrooy also said that Mathews had not performed a yo-yo test before the Asian Cup because he had a note from a doctor stating that a fitness test could put him at risk of further injury. According to Labrooy, Mathews had traveled to Australia to receive treatment in the femoral biceps, as well as some injections, four days before the Asian Cup. This recent treatment made it inadvisable to undergo a yo-yo test, even though the selectors would have preferred that he take one at a time. In addition to Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera and Suranga Lakmal were also exempted from a yo-yo test prior to the Asian Cup, in order to minimize the risk of injuries to those players.
The ODI series against England begins on October 10, in Dambulla.