ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka batting coach Jon Lewis confident of Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews hitting form

Sri Lanka batting coach Jon Lewis believes it is just a matter of time before Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews hit form at the World Cup.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 10, 2019 22:40:09 IST

Bristol: Sri Lanka batting coach Jon Lewis believes it is just a matter of time before Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews hit form at the World Cup.

Experienced all-rounder Mathews has yet to open his account after ducks against both New Zealand and Afghanistan while Mendis has scarcely been more productive with a nought in the defeat by the Black Caps followed by just two runs in a tense win over the Afghans.

Angelo Mathews has yet to open his account after ducks against both New Zealand and Afghanistan. Reuters

Angelo Mathews has yet to open his account after ducks against both New Zealand and Afghanistan. Reuters

Sri Lanka, whose last match against Pakistan was abandoned without a ball bowled, face Bangladesh in Bristol on Tuesday.

"We have some experienced players in the middle with Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews," Lewis said on Monday.

"They obviously haven't quite fired yet but Afghanistan let us get away with that. I'm confident players of that quality will definitely come to the party soon.

"With Angelo you have to have faith in a guy who has done as much as he has over a long period of time and he tells me he is in a good place and good head space."

"I have no reason to doubt that the runs will come from him," added Lewis of the 32-year-old all-rounder, who has scored two one-day international hundreds and 37 fifties.

Mendis has just one ODI hundred from 65 matches, although it did come against Bangladesh in Dambulla two years ago.

This is in marked contrast to the 24-year-old's Test record of six centuries in 38 matches.

Lewis, asked to explain the difference, said: "Mendis could do with a little bit of a confidence boost. I think for him it's a case of just getting through those first 20 balls.

"In the build-up to the World Cup, he played well against Scotland and the two warm-up games he looked in good form even though he only got 20s and 30s, which was a downer.

"Those would have been a good opportunity to get a big score, but there was nothing about his form in either of those two games to suggest there's anything to worry about.

"He's had two low scores and of course it would be good if he had more runs behind him, but I think he's probably only 20 balls from being really away."

Lewis, former coach of English county side Durham, confirmed Sri Lanka would be without Nuwan Pradeep, who took four for 31 against Afghanistan, after the pace man suffered a finger injury during training on Sunday.

Suranga Lakmal is set to be brought in as a like-for-like replacement.

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Updated Date: Jun 10, 2019 22:40:09 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
England 5 4 1 0 8
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254