Angelo Mathews thinks his side need to work as a team rather than as individuals against Bangladesh.
Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has called on his players to focus on a strong team performance in the upcoming one-day series against Bangladesh.
The first ODI between the sides starts on Saturday and Mathews thinks his team need to rely less on key individuals and work as a collective.
“Everyone has to play a big part in this team, for us to win,” Mathews was quoted on ESPN.
“Everyone has to contribute. We have to realise that there’s talent all through the squad and we’re not after certain players who have to really perform.”
Sri Lanka are just coming out of a two match Test series against Bangladesh which the hosts won 1-0 but were given some shocks by the supposed minnows.
The tourists’ 638 in the first match was their highest ever score in a Test innings and helped Mushfiqur Rahim’s side draw with Sri Lanka.
The hosts will be hoping for no such surprises in the three match ODI series, but it seems Mathews may be referring to the fact his side relied too much on Kumar Sangakkara’s runs – an average of 101 over the two Tests – to win the last series.
The Sri Lankan skipper has also suggested that his team will persist with three all-rounders in the shorter format of the game, as they have regularly done over the past 12 months.
As well as the captain, it is likely that there will be two players from the trio of Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis and youngster Sachith Pathirana, that are also selected.