Mathews: England will be hurting

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is wary of a potential backlash from England, who suffered a humiliating five-nil Test series whitewash at the hands of Australia in January.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is wary of a potential backlash from England, who suffered a humiliating five-nil Test series whitewash at the hands of Australia in January.

The English, under new head coach Peter Moores and assistant coach Paul Farbrace, will be eager to correct a 2014 record that remains without a Test victory, when June's two-match series gets underway.

"After losing the Ashes, they will be hurting, so it will be a good challenge, especially playing under English conditions, they will be very hard to beat," said Mathews.

The Sri Lankans, meanwhile, have recruited the services of Moores' former colleague Chris Adams.

Adams has been hired as a coaching consultant for the duration of the tour, which will also feature a one-off Twenty20 International and five ODIs.

"He has been given to us to give me the information I need to know, about venues and players, during this tour," added coach Marvan Atapattu.

"We as a support staff will try to pick his brains to get the best out of him to improve our game and lend our support to the players."

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