Mathews: Herath can play a few more years

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews says Rangana Herath can play a few more years after the 37 year-old produced a match-winning performance in the first Test against the West Indies in Galle.

The left-arm spinner finished with match figures of 10 for 147 as Sri Lanka beat the Caribbean outfit by an innings an six runs to take a one-nil lead in the two-match series.

It was Herath's fifth ten-wicket haul in 64 Tests while the slow bowler now has 288 wickets in the longest format of the game.

Herath has indicated that he will consider retirement after the World T20 in India next year but Mathews thinks he can go on a bit longer.

Mathews said after the match: "I believe, Rangana can play a few more years because he is also working very hard with our trainer and now he has reduced lot of weight.

"We mustn't look at his age but at his performance. That said, I accept the fact that other bowlers also should come up. If they want to achieve what Rangana has achieved, they need to work hard."  

The second Test starts on Thursday at the P.Sara Oval in Colombo.