Mathews, Chandimal declared fit for Proteas tour

2016-12-05 11:16
Angelo Mathews (AFP)

Cape Town - The Proteas will have to deal with the return of skipper Angelo Mathews and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.

Mathews has been dealing with various leg injuries, most notably a torn calf muscle, which forced him out of the team’s tour to Zimbabwe last month.

Meanwhile, Chandimal will return from a thumb injury, which he sustained during a domestic match in September.

Mathews announced he was fit for the South African tour after receiving one of three awards at Sri Lanka’s annual cricket awards, including Cricketer of the Year.

"Yes, I have recovered from my injury completely and I am fit to tour South Africa," said Mathews, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Chandimal also revealed he’ll be touring South Africa after winning the Test Batsman of the Year award, telling reporters that he is "feeling fit to make the tour".

Both teams come off Test series victories, with Sri Lanka emphatically defeating Zimbabwe 2-0 away and the Proteas clinching a 2-1 win in Australia last month.

The Sri Lankan tour includes three Test matches, three T20s and five ODIs.

The first Test between the Proteas and Sri Lanka is scheduled to start on Boxing Day in Port Elizabeth.


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