Mathews hopes to rise to unexpected challenge


Angelo Mathews has admitted he was not mentally prepared to take over as T20 captain after Lasith Malinga resigned because of fitness problems.

Mathews said he could not refuse the leadership once Sri Lanka Cricket offered it to him.

Though Mathews is Sri Lanka's Test and ODI captain, Malinga was appointed as T20 captain after Sri Lanka won the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh.

Of Sri Lanka's 14 T20Is since, though, Malinga has played only six because of injuries.

He played only one match this year - the Asia Cup opener - in which he was Man of the Match for taking 4 for 26 against UAE.

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