Sri Lanka’s confidence high after Australia win: Angelo Mathews


Angelo Mathews says confidence in the Sri Lanka camp is high following last week's historic victory over Australia in Pallekele. Sri Lanka recorded their first Test victory over Australia in 17 years on Sunday, despite Peter Nevill and Steve O'Keefe's record-breaking second innings stand. Victory for Sri Lanka helped banish the memory of their torrid tour of England earlier this summer and Mathews says his team-mates are now full of confidence heading into the second Test at Galle on Thursday.

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"The feeling is great in the camp after the beating we had got in the last six months," Mathews said. "The guys were feeling a bit down and after the win at Pallekele we have got that extra confidence and extra energy going into this Test."

Australia's top order struggled to contend with the turning pitch at Pallekele, with spinner Rangana Herath finishing with impressive match figures of 9-103. The 38-year-old will be hoping to add to his 313 Test wickets when he returns to his favourite ground in Galle but Mathews says Sri Lanka cannot afford to underestimate their opponents, who are currently ranked as the No 1 Test team in the world.

"We have got to be cautious and we can't write them off. They didn't get runs, but they are a dangerous top order," Mathews said.

"We can't let them off the hook and we need to be on our money from the start. It's tough to play spin here. The coaches have come up with plans for each batsmen in their side. Sri Lanka suffered a disappointing tour of England earlier this summer, "We have got to be cautious about their batsmen who haven't got runs. We have got to stick to the plans and good bowling will win us the game."

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