Mathews recalled for Tests: Can he be part of the final SL Test XI?
Angelo Mathews, who left the Sri Lanka squad to return to the country midway of the West Indies series last month to attend a personal family matter, has been recalled to the Sri Lanka squad for the two-Test series against touring Bangladesh, starting on 21 April in Pallekele.
But the real question is where can Mathews bat in the current Sri Lanka Test team?
That will be an intricate issue now at the hands of the newly-appointed National Selection Committee, headed by Pramodya Wickramasinghe. His committee comprises Hemantha Wickramaratne and Romesh Kaluwitharana in senior national selections. The others in the current committee are Uvais Karnain, Waruna Waragoda, and Thilaka Gunaratne.
During the previous two-match West Indies Tests, that ended in 0-0 draw, Sri Lanka’s entire top and middle order batting were seen coming back to form.
Among those batsmen who are now amongst runs are Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, and Niroshan Dickwella.
The 33-year-old Mathews has played in 88 Tests since making his debut in 2009 scoring over 6,000 runs at an average of 45.54.
Who is to be dropped from the above seven in the final playing XI against the Bangladeshis so that Mathews can return to the side? An interesting yet tricky problem before Wickramasinghe & Co.