Angelo Mathews’ role in the ongoing second Test against the West Indies in Galle may be significantly limited after he suffered a thigh strain the other morning.
He sustained the injury while running a single in Sri Lanka’s first round, and ended up having to retire with pain when he was 12th presumably to receive further treatment in the locker room.
Mathews returned to the bat after a gap of just under eight overs, in which four Sri Lanka wickets fell. When Mathews essentially came in as No. 10, he completed only a single meandering single, choosing instead to remain in his fold and try to cross boundaries. He hit two straight sixes and a four in the company of the tail before becoming the last dough to be rejected, scoring 29 of Sri Lanka’s 204s.
When the West Indies came out to strike, Mathews did not take the field. He had been expected to bowl in this match, but it now looks unlikely. He will be assessed within the next 24 hours, but given his long-term problems with buttocks, quad and calf injuries, it is possible that he will not be quiet and only bathe if required.
This is Mathews’ first international series since May. In the first test, he had hit 3 and 69 not out.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf
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