Mathews targets one-day success

  • Last Updated: February 16 2014, 15:48 GMT

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has targeted success in the three-match one-day international series in Bangladesh by players concentrating on their own roles.

Angelo Mathews: Has demanded focus from Sri Lanka
Angelo Mathews: Has demanded focus from Sri Lanka

The tourists open the series with the first of three games in Dhaka on Monday and Mathews, who also captains Sri Lanka's Test side, wants his players focused from the first ball.

"You just have to concentrate on your role, whether you're a captain or a normal player in the side," said Mathews in quotes reported on the cricinfo website.

"You need to give your maximum to the team regardless of your position."

Sri Lanka will look to follow up their 2-0 Twenty20 series win over the same opponents with ODI success.

Sri Lanka could make changes after Nuwan Kulasekara's impact, both as a bowler and in the field in the T20 series, could put him in contention.

All-rounder Thisara Perera is also in contention but the final line-up could see a choice having to be made between Ashan Priyanjan and Kithuruwan Vithanage.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim faces a selection poser over his bowling line-up and could leave the choice until late when he sees the conditions.

He said: "(The) dew factor might come in. There was overnight rain. We might play three pacers or three spinners."

Mushfiqur also has to decide who will take the gloves as he will play only as a batsman as a hand injury means he will not be able to play as wicketkeeper.

That could mean either Shamsur Rahman or Mominul Haque keeping wicket. If the latter gets the nod that would probably see him bat at number three in preference to Anamul Haque.

Naeem Islam may get the nod ahead of Mahmudullah whose recent ODI form has not been that good.

Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain are likely to get the nod ahead of Shafiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain.


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