Mathews changes colour

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Al­most like a chameleon the Sri Lankan cap­tain An­gelo Mathews, pic­tured below, has changed from an in­de­ci­sive and ul­tra-de­fen­sive leader that slept through the Test se­ries into a com­mand­ing and at­tack­ing chief dur­ing this T20 se­ries. Al­though Mathews will not play in the de­cider at New­lands on Wed­nes­day, hav­ing re­turned to Sri Lanka, it has been re­fresh­ing to see a cricketer blessed with so much tal­ent play­ing and lead­ing with con­fi­dence. Sud­denly his field set­tings were fo­cused on tak­ing wick­ets, not just stop­ping the runs, which fil­tered through to his bowlers al­low­ing left-arm wrist spin­ner Lak­shan San­dakan to claim four wick­ets on his in­ter­na­tional de­but at the Wanderers. But any cap­tain knows the best way to lead is from the front and Mathews’ half-cen­tury in tak­ing his team over the line would have done won­ders for his per­sonal self­con­fi­dence. Pity about the ham­string in­jury sus­tained dur­ing the suc­cess­ful run chase, but his re­turn home was pre-

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