February 6, 2017 / 3:53 AM / 10 months ago

Sri Lanka skipper Mathews to miss Australia T-20 tour

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews will miss the upcoming Twenty20 series in Australia after injuring his hamstring against South Africa last month.

Britain Cricket - Sri Lanka Nets - The Ageas Bowl - 4/7/16 Sri Lanka?s Angelo Mathews during nets Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic

Mathews sustained the injury in a Twenty20 international at Wanderers on Jan. 22, when he completed a half century despite limited mobility to lead Sri Lanka to victory by three-wickets.

The selection committee will meet on Tuesday to decide on the composition of the squad and who should replace him as skipper, Sri Lanka Cricket (www.srilankacricket.lk) said on its website.

The Sri Lankans will start the tour against a Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra on Feb. 15 before Twenty20s against a weakened Australia team in Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide.

The series has been somewhat devalued by the fact that Australia’s top players will be in India preparing for a test series rather than playing against the Sri Lankans.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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