Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews is all set to take up the role of a proper bowler in the upcoming test series versus New Zealand which begins tomorrow in Dunedin. The Islanders have been struggling in the bowling department due to injuries including the exclusion of their premier fast bowler in test matches Dhammika Prasad. This situation has ensured that Angelo Mathews steps it up and bowl more overs and fill the void.
The conditions in New Zealand are conducive for fast and medium fast bowlers which is why Mathews could come in handy in those seamer friendly pitches. While talking to ESPNcricinfo Mathews talked about the bowling issues before the first test match against New Zealand.
“I might have to bowl a few overs especially when it’s seaming,” he said. “I actually don’t mind bowling quite a few overs when it’s seaming, because I feel I can take quite a few wickets. Hopefully all goes well. I’m just staying focused and looking to perform myself.”
He also talked about Hearth’s effectiveness on the pitches in New Zealand because they will not help him until the 4th and 5th day so he has to bowl as a containing bowler before that stage. Although he is used as an attacking option but that role could well change here in New Zealand.
“Herath’s always been an attacking bowler for us, but the conditions might change his role,”
“If you’re playing as a spinner in the first couple of days, you have to play a holding role. It’s all about bowling in partnerships. You see what the wicket can do and what the conditions offer you. Then if it changes, you can change gears.”