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Mathews confident SL can build on CT run

Published 26 June 2013
Mathews confident SL can build on CT run

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is confident of the team building on its Champions Trophy form in the tri-series in the West Indies.

Sri Lanka play the hosts in the opening game of the triangular tournament with India the third team in the fray.

Mathews’ team had a good run in the Champions Trophy, bowing out to eventual winners India in the semi-final and the skipper said the team was eager to do well in the Caribbean.

"We have played some really good cricket in the Champions Trophy, beating England and Australia to reach the semifinals and so the confidence is pretty high," Mathews said after the team arrived in Jamaica.

"The West Indies and India are two very good teams in the shorter format of the game and I think that we really need to play some really good cricket to win against them." 

Mathews was disappointed with the absence of senior batsman Tillakraratne Dilshan, who injured his calf during the CT semi-final.

"It's unfortunate that Dilshan picked up an injury, but it is a good opportunity for our youngsters to try and prove themselves," Mathews said. 

"The West Indies are a strong team when it comes to the shorter format of the game and so we need to be on our guard from ball one and also we need to play some good cricket to beat the West Indies." 

"I think our main challenge is to try and adapt to the conditions as soon as possible because the wicket might turn and so you never know," Mathews pointed out. 

"We are looking for a good start, so hopefully we can beat the West Indies and start on a winning note."