Sri Lanka’s Mathews ready for ‘Mankad’ re­peat

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NOT­TING­HAM—Sri Lanka cap­tain An­gelo Mathews has in­sisted he will have no qualms if any of his side run out a bats­man back­ing up against Eng­land dur­ing the forth­com­ing One-Day In­ter­na­tional (ODI) se­ries de­spite the row over Jos But­tler’s dis­missal two years ago.

The fi­nal match of the 2014 ODI se­ries be­tween Eng­land and Sri Lanka at Edg­bas­ton saw home bats­man But­tler run-out at the non-striker’s end af­ter Sri Lanka twice warned him for mov­ing out of his ground back­ing up.

Sri Lanka won the match, and with it the se­ries, but the ma­jor talk­ing point af­ter­wards re­volved around But­tler’s exit.

Even though ‘Mankad­ing’, the term coined af­ter In­dia’s Vi­noo Mankad ran out Aus­tralia non-striker Bill Brown dur­ing the 1947 Syd­ney Test, re­mains a le­git­i­mate dis­missal, some re­gard it as against the spirit of cricket.

Alas­tair Cook, then Eng­land’s ODI cap­tain, said he was “pretty dis­ap­pointed” but the view of many for­mer in­ter­na­tion­als, in­clud­ing ex-Eng­land skip­per Michael Ather­ton, was that the Sri Lankans had done noth­ing wrong and that But­tler was at fault for be­ing out of his ground be­fore the ball had been de­liv­ered.

“We will play our cricket within the rules,” said Mathews ahead of Tues­day’s first of a five-match ODI se­ries at Not­ting­ham’s Trent Bridge ground.

“If some­one is try­ing to take ad­van­tage of the rules then we will prob­a­bly warn him.”

In 2014, Sri Lanka won a twom­atch Test se­ries 1-0 prior to the ODIs, although this year’s cor­re­spond­ing con­test saw Eng­land emerge 2-0 win­ners in a three-Test cam­paign.

“The Test se­ries (this year) was played in very good spirit, so I hope we’ll play the ODI se­ries in very good spirit too,” added all-rounder Mathews.

There were some who felt Mathews, although tech­ni­cally cor­rect, should have with­drawn Sri Lanka’s ap­peal against But­tler in 2014.

But rel­a­tively early in his cap­taincy ten­ure, Mathews stuck to his guns.

“You face chal­leng­ing mo­ments in life,” he said.

“Be­ing in the hot seat is not easy, some­times you have to make those hard de­ci­sions.

“I still stand by it, be­cause we warned him twice be­fore. That’s all we could pos­si­bly do at that time.”

Mean­while Mathews backed Shaminda Eranga, re­cov­er­ing from a heart­beat scare dur­ing the sec­ond ODI against Ire­land in Malahide, near Dublin, to re­turn to topflight cricket af­ter the Sri Lanka pace­man was also sus­pended by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil over the week­end for an il­le­gal ac­tion.

“It has been a tough 48 hours for him, and the whole team is behind him and fully sup­port­ive of him,” said Mathews.

“We are very con­fi­dent he will come through both — his con­di­tion as well as his ac­tion.

“He will have to go back and work with the fast-bowl­ing coaches and come back strong.”—AFP

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