Mathews: Moving on, focused on Test

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Sri Lanka Test captain Angelo Mathews is looking to keep his focus on the field for the first Test against England at Lord's, and is hoping everyone stops taking about the Mankad incident in the ODI series.

Sri Lanka Test captain Angelo Mathews is looking to keep his focus on the field for the first Test against England at Lord's, and is hoping everyone stops taking about the Mankad incident in the ODI series.

With the Test starting on Thursday, Mathews was still being asked about Jos Buttler being Mankaded in the fifth ODI more than a week ago, and he said he was not thinking about that any more, and his players were excited for the Test.

Mathews said: "We want to be focused, concentrate on what we can do. There are so many things happening around but we want to stick to our basics, try and do our best and win against England.

"We played pretty well in the ODIs and confidence is pretty high. We all know it is going to be a hostile series, but we are up for the challenge and we just want to enjoy ourselves and play some good cricket.

"They are coming to beat us and we want to beat them, it's going to be a good series."

Of the Mankading, Mathews again explained that Buttler had been warned, but said he did not want to see it happening again, and hoped the England batsmen had learned from the incident.

He added: "I don't want to see that happening again. Buttler was warned a few times, he did it in the Lord's ODI and we analysed it after that, and they have taken 21 twos in the last 10 overs.

"He was backing away but we did nothing about it, we just couldn't let him do that in every game. We warned him twice and, as I keep saying, I don't know how to stop a batsman doing that consistently so we had to go for it.

"I don't want to keep talking about it, we've been talking about it ever since the ODI series so we just want to put it to bed and move on.

"After the game we (Mathews and Cook) had a chat but it was all heat of the moment and no-one really talked about it too much, but certainly we don't want a repeat.

"We want to put it to bed and concentrate on what we can control and, like I said, enjoy ourselves. He was obviously disappointed after losing the series but we didn't want to talk too much about it."

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