Mathews expects strong England response

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is not taking England lightly ahead of the third ODI in Manchester, and expects the hosts to act like wounded lions and fight back strongly.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is not taking England lightly ahead of the third ODI in Manchester, and expects the hosts to act like wounded lions and fight back strongly.

Sri Lanka won the second game in Durham by 157 runs, bowling England about for 99, and thus leveled the series. Mathews knows not to underestimate a side needing to restore pride.

Mathews said on Tuesday: "We've got to keep our heads level, and can't be complacent against the English team because they can bounce back really hard at us.

"Senior guys like (Tillakaratne) Dilshan, Mahela (Jayawardene), Sanga [Kumar Sangakkara], Lasith (Malinga) all know how to handle the situation. They've been through it so many times.

"We all talk to each other – we're like family. It has to be a level-headed series, but we've got to play some positive and aggressive cricket."

He added: "We've gained some confidence from the other day. We played some positive cricket, and I personally believe that is the way to go against the English team.

"We had to come back hard, pull our socks up – and I thought it was a great performance. The bowlers came to the party and got us through."

The skipper went on to say they were considering adding another spinner to the side, considering Old Trafford's lack of pace, saying: "The Manchester pitch looks pretty similar to a sub-continent wicket.

"It might play a bit slow – so now Rangana is fit, we thought of adding him. We've got enough cover in our pace attack, but needed another spinner."

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