Angelo Mathews

IND vs SL 2017: Big boost for Sri Lanka ahead of India tour

[caption id="attachment_45916" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Angelo_Mathews Sri Lanka Cricket Board declared Angelo Mathews fully fit ahead of the India tour. File Pic[/caption]

Internet Desk: Sri Lanka gets a big boost ahead of their tour of India later this month, as their star all-rounder Angelo Mathews has been declared fit and he will be considered for selection for the nation’s long series against Virat Kohli & Co.

The former Lankan skipper didn’t play against Pakistan in a two-match Test rubber at the United Arab Emirates due to a calf injury.

"Angelo and Kusal Janith (Perera) have both recovered and they will be considered for selection for the Indian series," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Ashley De Silva was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

"Asela Gunaratne is fit as well," he added.

Sri Lanka registered a rare Test series victory in the UAE but have lost their last 16 limited-overs matches, including one-day and Twenty20 whitewashes at the hands of India and Pakistan.

"It's pretty obvious what the mood will be like when you've lost 16 games," interim coach Nic Pothas said.

"With respect to new faces, that's a conversation that we need to have with the selectors," the South African added.

"But I think it stands to reason that in any walk of life, when you've had negative results for a period of time you need to see some change somewhere."

The Sri Lankan board might announce the name of their new head coach in the month of December.

"We are discussing with about three or four coaches, including Nic Pothas. We hope to finalise the decision by the end of the year," De Silva said.

Sri Lanka to play three-match Test rubber against India, which will be followed by three ODIs and Three T20Is.

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