Johannesburg: Dec 31, 2013
Sri Lanka has not played since beating minnows Bangladesh 1-0 in a two-Test series at home in March and their last Test against a major opponent was in January when they played Australia.
According to Sport24, Mathews said that as they are playing a Test after a long time, it is a challenge for them as a team despite playing some four-day cricket, as he fears that there might be a ”bit of rustiness” among the players.
Sri Lanka’s second challenge in the three-Test series will be to thwart wily Saeed Ajmal, and Mathews showed confidence his team will cope well against the Pakistani off-spinner. The second Test will be played in Dubai (January 8-12) and the third in Sharjah (January 16-20), the report added.
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