Senior pro Mathews to bat at four: Chandimal
Kolkata: Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal today confirmed that their seniormost batsman Angelo Mathews will bat at the important number four position in the first Test against India beginning here on Thursday.
"He gives us confidence as a batting unit. He will bat at number four. He has all the experience and at the top of the order and we will get maximum out of it," Chandimal said on the eve of the opening Test against India at the Eden Gardens.
Mathews is yet to score a Test hundred since August 2015 and in that phase he has aggregated 917 runs in 32 innings at 28.65 with his overall average slipping to 44.93 from 52.06.
Incidentally his last hundred came against India -- a knock of 102 in Colombo in August.
"We are looking forward to his experience. He was unbelievable in 2013-14. Hope he will put his hands up and do best."
Having missed the entire Pakistan series because of a calf injury, Mathews is back in action, albeit only as a batsman.
"We will miss Mathews as a bowler as he gives us more confidence and can balance the side really well. Unfortunately with his injury he can't bowl in Tests."