Angelo Mathews was one of the recipients of Kumar Sangakkara’s childhood push in 2009, when he made his test debut at age 22 in Galle against Pakistan. After thirteen years, he’s set to play in his 100th Test. It’s at a similar setting and against a similar resistance. The second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan begins Sunday.
Over the most recent two years, Mathews has lost his place in white ball cricket yet he’s been the main batsman in the test group. He delivered consecutive hundreds (199 and 145) to assist Sri Lanka with winning a test series in Bangladesh in May and he’s nearly 7,000 trials.
“It would be ideal to get to 10,000 trials. Relatively few people have done that and that is something that I need to accomplish,” the 35-year-old Mathews said Saturday. “Jimmy Anderson is my motivation,” he said of England’s record wicket-taker.