Hambantota - Angelo Mathews is reconsidering his role as Sri
Lanka captain after the one-day series loss to Zimbabwe which he considers one
of the lowest points in his career, the 30-year-old has said.
Sikandar Raza's stellar all-round display guided Zimbabwe to
their first one-day international series win over hosts Sri Lanka with a
nervous three-wicket victory in the fifth and final match at Hambantota on
Zimbabwe, ranked 11th, had never beaten Sri Lanka before
this series and their triumph is all the more special after they lost to
Scotland last month and were beaten by Afghanistan earlier this year.
"It's one of the lowest points in my career, and a hard
one to swallow," Mathews said after the 3-2 series defeat.
"Everything went against us, from the toss to
misreading the wicket. But there are no excuses. At the end of the day we were
not good enough to beat them. They played better cricket."
Sri Lanka's form in the 50-over format has been dismal since
the 2015 World Cup and they have suffered series defeats against England, South
Africa, Australia and drew against Bangladesh at home. They also exited this
year's Champions Trophy in the group stage.
"Still haven't thought about stepping down,"
Mathews said. "There's time. I'll give it a bit more thought and talk to
the selectors. I haven't decided anything yet.
"We have not been consistent. The pressure is on all of
us. The more we lose, the more pressure we are under. There is no solution for
that and the only solution is winning. We try to win games, but we commit too
Sri Lanka, the 1996 world champions, have left the door open
for West Indies to pip them in the race for automatic qualification for the
2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
The top eight ranked sides, including hosts England, will
qualify directly with the rest having to go through a qualification tournament
to make the 10-team event.
Sri Lanka are ranked eighth and will host India for a
five-match series while West Indies, ranked a place below, play the same number
of matches against England before the cut-off date of September 30.
"We have an India series coming up, but before that, we
have the Test against Zimbabwe to talk about," Mathews said. "The
Indian series will be even tougher.
"In a small period we have to fix our problems. As a
team we did do the training, but nothing is working in the middle."