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Mathews dropped by Sri Lanka for England ODIs after being stripped of captaincy

The former captain, who was removed as skipper after his country's poor performance at the Asia Cup, has not been included in the 15-man party for the five-match campaign, starting on October 10

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Angelo Mathews has been dropped from Sri Lanka's ODI squad

Sri Lanka have cut Angelo Mathews from their one-day international squad for the upcoming series against England.

The former captain, who was removed as skipper after his country's poor performance at the Asia Cup, has not been included in the 15-man party for the five-match campaign, starting on October 10.

Sri Lanka Cricket are citing fitness concerns as the issue, with question marks hanging over a shoulder problem.

Selector Graeme Labrooy told ESPNcricinfo: "We weren’t convinced that Mathews was able to field for 50 overs and then come and bat for 30 overs, and do both those things well, based on his fitness.

SRI LANKA SQUAD FOR ENGLAND ODIs
Dinesh Chandimal (c), Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha

"So we decided to ask him to step down and focus on his fitness, without the added pressure of captaincy.

"The issue isn’t that he has failed a yo-yo or a skinfolds test. Our concerns were about the players’ ability to perform their jobs on the field. In the Asia Cup, we thought he was sluggish between the wickets.

"We need the players to be taking quick singles and twos, and to be always alert in the field."

Dinesh Chandimal captains the squad.

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