Angelo Mathews ruled out of New Zealand tour

Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Matthews, who was forced to retire hurt on the fourth day of the second Test against New Zealand at Christchurch due to hamstring discomfort, has been ruled out of the limited-overs leg of the New Zealand tour.

The right-hander scored 22 runs off 54 deliveries before his left hamstring troubled him in the afternoon session on Saturday, 29 December. He batted through the session after being attended to by the medical team, but did not return to the crease after tea.

Later, scans revealed a grade two strain in his left hamstring and the injury ruled him out of the three one-day internationals and one-off Twenty20 International against New Zealand starting 3 January that follow the Test series, which Sri Lanka lost 1-0 after losing the Chirstchurch Test by 423 runs.

"Angelo had a scan last night, and it's a grade two hamstring strain," said captain Dinesh Chandimal after the Test. "The physio said he's out for four weeks."

Mathews emerged as one of Sri Lanka's best batsmen in the series, scoring 258 runs across the two games including an unbeaten 120 in the first Test in Wellington that helped Sri Lanka draw the Test as he and Kusal Mendis batted out the entire fourth day.

His injury has also put him in doubt for the Australia Tests that follow the New Zealand tour, starting 24 January 2019.