Mathews backs all-round strength
Playing at home gives Sri Lanka will be a big advantage for Sri Lanka, says Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews speaks to the press during the Sri Lankan team's Open Media Session in Colombo on Tuesday, September 11.
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews believes his squad’s all-rounders will play a big part in the ICC World Twenty20.
The 25-year-old will be required to bowl his seamers as well as contribute in the middle order while other members of the squad can also multi-task.
Mathews said: "As far as I am concerned, I have a big part to play as an all-rounder. We actually have quite a few all-rounders. Guys like Jeevan Mendis and Tillakaratne Dilshan are all-rounders. It gives more balance to the team and it helps to get the team combination right and we play a big role for the side.”
Speaking at a press conference in Colombo on Tuesday, Mathews also spoke of the potency of the hosts’ bowling attack.
“It is very exciting with our bowling,” he said. “I think if you take all the teams, we have the best combination. We have Lasith [Malinga] – who has an unorthodox action - and [Nuwan] Kulasekara and then Ajantha [Mendis] and Akila Dananjaya. Kulasekara is returning to the side after injury and so is Ajantha and that has strengthened our side.”
Mathews believes playing on home soil will put his side in a strong position to lift the ICC World T20 for the first time.
He said: “We have the home advantage. We are one of the favourites, but most of the teams are quite even. All the sides have got their best 15 [players] and I think it will be an even contest.”
Sri Lanka get the tournament underway against Zimbabwe at Hambantota on September 18.