India vs Sri Lanka ODIs: Chance to Test Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2015, Says Angelo Mathews

Sri Lanka's five-match ODI tour of India starts on Sunday in Cuttack.

updated: November 01, 2014 20:52 IST
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Sri Lankan team in practice ahead of 1st ODI vs India in Cuttack.


Cuttack: They may not have of an ideal preparation for the stop-gap five-ODI series against India but Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews today said that the short tournament would give the team's think-tank an opportunity to assess the bench strength ahead of next year's World Cup. (Match practice better than net practice: Legends tell Angelo Mathews & Co.)

"There can be both positives and negatives. To look at the positives, this a chance to get our combination right and look at some of the guys who we think can be part of the World Cup," Mathews said on the eve of the opening ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Cuttack. (India, Sri Lanka set sights on South Africa's ODI top spot)

"The confidence level is going to be the main factor. We have played pretty good cricket in the past six months and the confidence level is very high. We are giving opportunities to our bench strength and also see that we keep the winning momentum going. It's about balancing both the things," he added. (Virat Kohli slams critics for questioning his technique)

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