Sri Lanka cricket captain: senior players like family

LONDON, May 27, 2014 (AFP) – Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is banking on his side’s core of vastly experienced players to continue the tourists’ recovery in their one-day international series with England. Having lost a rain-affected opener at The Oval, Sri Lanka hit back in stunning style at Chester-le-Street to dismiss England for 99, with seamer Nuwan Kulasekara starring, on the way to a crushing 157-run victory that saw Mathews’ men draw level at 1-1 with three to play in the five-match series.

But all-rounder Mathews insisted complacency wouldn’t be an issue come the third ODI at Manchester’s Old Trafford on Wednesday.

“We’ve got to keep our heads level, and can’t be complacent against the English team because they can bounce back really hard at us,” Mathews said Tuesday.

“Senior guys like (Tillakaratne) Dilshan, Mahela (Jayawardene), Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara), Lasith (Malinga) all know how to handle the situation. They’ve been through it so many times.

“We all talk to each other — we’re like family. It has to be a level-headed series, but we’ve got to play some positive and aggressive cricket.”

With Old Trafford known for taking turn, Sri Lanka could field two specialist spin