Sunday, 03 July 2016 - 12:46
I won't run away from captaincy- Angelo Mathews



Sri Lankan National Cricket team captain Angelo Mathews has said that he will not ‘run away’ from captaincy. He insisted that he wants to help haul the team out of their current trough.

Mathews served as the ODI captain since 2013 and replaced Lasith Malinga to head the T20.

"There will be good times as well as bad. This is a tough time for me as a captain and for the whole unit but you can't run away from it. You have to deal with the issues," he said. "I have a good bunch of players who support me throughout and I'm pretty sure if we keep improving day-by-day we can come out of this hole," he said.

In the one-day series, Mathews admitted England had outplayed his side in every department and bemoaned the same problems being repeated throughout the trip.

"For the past two months we've been having the same problems, either batting, bowling or fielding has let us down in every single game," he said. "In the one-dayers we needed a perfect day to win against England. We didn't have that perfect game and we paid the price. Congratulations to the English boys, they put us under a lot of pressure and didn't give us the slightest of chances. They outplayed us in all three departments."

"A few years back they were in the same situation as us, a rebuilding phase and they have stuck to their plans, they've stuck to their players and now you can see the results," he said. "They've been improving day-by-day and over the last six or eight months they've been playing some fantastic cricket."

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