Mathews sidelined with hamstring strain

By Sports Desk December 30, 2018

Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews will miss the remainder of the tour of New Zealand and is a doubt for the Tests against Australia due to a hamstring injury.

The former captain retired hurt after suffering a grade-two strain in his left hamstring during the second Test against the Black Caps in Christchurch.

Mathews batted until tea on day four, but did not return after the interval and was absent as New Zealand wrapped up a crushing 423-run victory on the final day to win the series.

The injury-prone Mathews will play no part in the limited-overs encounters with Kane Williamson's side and could miss two Tests in Australia.

"Angelo had a scan last night, and it's a grade-two hamstring strain," said Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal after the Test.

"The physio said he's out for four weeks."

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    Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said: "He can't hold the bat so hopefully in 24 hours' time we'll know more, 

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    Kurtis Patterson made 157 not out and Doran was unbeaten on 102 as a Cricket Australia XI declared on 316-5, with Sri Lanka 38 without loss at stumps in their opening tour match. 

    Hathurusingha was concerned to see Sri Lanka bowl 12 front-foot no balls. 

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