Mathews wants SL to have a fearless approach


Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews wants his young side to continue to play fearless cricket as they prepare for their tour to England later this month.

The Asian side will play three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I against England and they will also take on Ireland in two ODIs in a marathon tour that ends early in July.

Sri Lanka beat England in a Test series away from home for the first time in 2014 but the team is much changed since then with Mathews (56 Tests) and spinner Rangana Herath (67 Tests) the only players with more than 50 Test caps.

However, Mathews feels the only way to achieve success in the UK will be to play with as if they have nothing to lose.

Mathews said: "When you have a young and inexperienced side you have nothing to lose but go out there and perform, that's what the team will do. The key is their fearless attitude to take up the challenge and deliver.

"We came close to beating New Zealand twice and we won the Test series against West Indies. This team has the potential to perform and win.

"The two warm-up games will be crucial for us to acclimatise ourselves to the conditions we are going to come up against.

"We are going into two extremes of temperatures, from the high we have been experiencing at home to almost freezing point in England. The need to adjust very quickly to the changes is the key. If we can do that we can overcome a major hurdle."

Sri Lanka play county sides Essex and Leicestershire in warm-up matches before the first Test starts on 19 May at Headingley.