Aussies target under fire Mathews


Australia believe the wicket of Sri Lanka captain, Angelo Mathews, will be the key to gaining an advantage in the forthcoming three Test series in the Asian nation.

Mathews has been one of Sri Lanka's most consistent performers, but is under pressure as the captain of a misfiring team and Australia feel his wicket will be huge.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc told "It would be (a big wicket) and look, he's under pressure,

"He'd be under pressure after the English tour and as a captain he'll have to go through that pressure and perform as well.

"And that's something that Steve (Smith, Australia's Test captain) for us does really well.

"He's been fantastic as a captain and performed from the front as well, so no doubt we'll put a lot of pressure on Angelo to firstly perform and for him he's got to lead as captain.

"So he'll be a big wicket for us along with (vice-captain Dinesh) Chandamal, and, for their bowlers, (veteran left-arm spinner Rangana) Herath is the most experienced and one that we'll try and counter."

Starc is relieved to not be facing up to recently retired Sri Lankan legends, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene, with both teams looking very different from the last time they met in Test cricket: "It's fantastic not to see the three big names (Sangakkara, Jayawardena and Dilshan) line up against us,

"There was a few tough moments with those experienced batsmen in the line-up.

"They're obviously a bit light on [batting] in the Sri Lankan team and coming off a series defeat in England, but back in their home conditions they know it best and they'll be up for a fight.

"We'll have to be at our best, but at the same time if we can make some early inroads and expose that inexperienced line-up we've definitely got a fantastic bowling attack to go through them."