Mathews: We don’t have a set batting order yet


Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews admits the void left by Kumar Sangakkara will take a while to fill but has the belief that the current team can move on quickly.

Hosts Sri Lanka play India in the third and deciding Test, starting in Colombo on Friday, with Sangakkara having retired from international cricket after the second Test at the P. Sara Oval.

Mathews confirmed that batsman Upul Tharanga will replace in the Sangakkara in the team but is not yet sure where the left-handed player will bat.

The 28 year-old Mathews said: "After Sangakkara's retirement, the rest of us that are left have not played too many Tests. It will take a long time to fill the gap that he has left. But I think the team we have now can do that.

"It has to be Tharanga definitely. In the last match, he hit a couple of 45s (46 and 48 vs Pakistan). He went out only because Sangakkara came in. We're trying to find a good batting order. We don't have a set batting order yet."

Asked if their would be any other changes to the team for the match at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Mathews was tight-lipped about any players that were knocking on the door, saying there is no perfect time to bring a player in.

There have been calls for exciting batsman Kusal Perera to replace veteran Jehan Mubarak in the starting line-up.

Asked about the inclusion of Perera, Mathews said: "You can't really find a perfect time to bring a player into the team. Whenever he gets the opportunity, I'm pretty sure that he will come good.

"He is also a young exciting player. We are not afraid to take chances with that kind of player. Let us see if he plays."