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Thursday, 17 January 2013 - 8:18
Mathews praises Sri Lankan rising star
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Captain-in-waiting Angelo Mathews has rated young batsman Lahiru Thirimanne a future star of Sri Lankan cricket.

Thirimanne has been the surprise packet of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia, turning himself from an injury reinforcement into last-start match-winner in Adelaide, to bolster hopes of a one-day series upset.

The 23-year-old also scored a fighting 91 after being rushed into the third Test loss at the SCG and is the tourists' form batsman heading into Friday's pivotal ODI in Brisbane.

Vice-captain Mathews felt Thirimanne's unbeaten 102 at the Adelaide Oval, bringing up his maiden international century and the eight-wicket victory with a boundary, highlighted the left-hander's immense potential.

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