Angelo Matthews sends warning signals to Australia ahead of first Test at Hobart

Angelo Mathews scored his only Test hundred against Australia at home in 2011 © AFP

Hobart: Dec 12, 2012

Sri-Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews has said that his side’s impressive batting line-up will look to match Australia, or even go one step ahead and play attacking cricket in the first Test at Bellerive

The Lankans have a strong batting line-up anchored by Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera, who all have 50-plus Test averages.

Mathews had a wonderful home series against Australia in 2011 and has a stunning average of 91.33 against them.

Mathews, who is currently Sri Lanka’s vice captain, believes that the visitors need to take the game to the Australian bowling attack, which is not the most established.

“I think you need to be positive at all given times. You can’t afford to be negative against the Australians,” he said, according to an AAP report published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“You need to look for runs, you need to get them out and try and be as positive as you can be.”

Mathews has been in good form after a strong home series against New Zealand and hopes to replicate his form down under.

“You can show your character in Australia because it has a lot of pace, bounce; it’s totally different to Asian countries,” he said.