Matthews hop­ing for tac­ti­cal tips from Jayawar­dene

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Sri Lanka cap­tain An­gelo Matthews hopes to be able to cap­i­talise on Ma­hela Jayawar­dene’s in­side knowl­edge of the Eng­land team when the two sides clash in a three-Test se­ries be­gin­ning later this month.

Jayawar­dene worked as a bat­ting con­sul­tant for Eng­land at the re­cent Twenty20 World Cup and helped the side reach the fi­nal in In­dia. How­ever, he no longer has any of­fi­cial role with the side and Matthews hopes that he will be on hand to help Sri Lanka dur­ing their tour of Eng­land. “When it comes to in­ter­na­tional cricket there are no se­crets to be hon­est,” said Matthews. “I think we have a lot of video footage, they have video footage of us as well, so there are no real se­crets.

“When you get on the park you know what they are up to but there might be a cou­ple of tac­ti­cal ideas that Ma­hela can help us with.

“I’m pretty sure that guys like Ma­hela and [Ku­mar] San­gakkara will al­ways come and help us.”

Eng­land will also know plenty about the tour­ing side with head coach Trevor Bay­less and as­sis­tant Paul Far­brace both hav­ing held the role of head coach with Sri Lanka.

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