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Mathews returns as Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain

AFP  |  Colombo 

today announced Angelo Mathews would return as for limited-overs ahead of the 2019 World Cup, just six months after the allrounder stepped down from the post.

The move comes as a surprise after Mathews, 30, quit last July as in all three formats of the game following repeated bouts of

said the board asked Mathews to reconsider following close consultations with new and team selectors.

Mathews said he took a few days to decide before accepting the captaincy of Sri Lanka's one-day and Twenty20 teams.

"It is a national duty, and we need stability moving into a in 18 months," said Mathews.

Chandimal remains Sri Lanka's Test

Sumathipala said Mathews was expected to prepare the squad ahead of in and in 2019.

The will face his first test this month when travel to for a tri-nation ODI tournament.

The allrounder bore the brunt of criticism after Sri Lanka's embarrassing loss to lowly-ranked in a home Test series last year.

Mathews at the time described the shock defeat to as the lowest point in his career and a "hard pill to swallow".

Sri Lanka's 16-member squad for the tri-nation series:

(captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Wanidu Hasaranga.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 14:35 IST