Skipper Mathews not afraid to make mistakes


Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews says he is not afraid to make mistakes as the leader of the national team but he has to learn from them and move forward.

Mathews took over the captaincy of the Sri Lanka Test side in 2013 when Mahela Jayawardene stepped down. He says he never knew that he was earmarked to lead the side.

The 27 year-old Mathews said: "Till I was made the vice-captain, I never knew I could become captain one day. Even if you are a captain, you are still a player and you have to keep contributing with bat and ball.

"So I kept concentrating on that, and how to improve myself as a player. In cricket, you make mistakes every day, and I'm not afraid of making a few.

"But as long as you admit them, you can be a better player and captain. I consider going to a press-conference and addressing the media as a perk of captaincy. That gives you a chance to stand tall and face the music."

Sri Lanka's next assignment is when they host the West Indies in October.