Snubbed by selectors, Angelo Mathews demands fitness test: reports
Angelo Mathews has reportedly been told by head coach Chandika Hathurasingha that he will not be picked. @AFP

Angelo Mathews has reportedly demanded a fitness test from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selectors after being told that he will not be selected for the home series versus England next month.

According to reports in the Sri Lankan media, Mathews met with Sri Lanka’s head coach Chandika Hathurasingha at SLC’s high performance centre, where he was told that the selectors had concerns over his fitness and would not pick him for the home series versus England starting October 10.

The reports come a day after Mathews submitted a letter to SLC in which accused the board of blaming him solely for the team’s exit from the 2018 Asia Cup last week. In his letter dated September 23, Mathews also threatened to retire from ODIs and T20Is after being dumped  as captain of the limited-overs teams.

The 31-year-old has scored 315 runs in eight ODIs this year, at an average of 52.50 and strike rate of just over 75 with two fifties, and over the past two years averages 59.20 in the format. Mathews has played one T20I in 2018, in which he was out for zero. His form in T20I has been poor over the past two years, with 68 runs in five innings of which an unbeaten 54 came in one match in January 2017.