Mathews fears Sri Lanka may be `rusty` during Test series against Pak

ANI| Last Updated: Dec 31, 2013, 12:41 PM IST

Johannesburg: Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has admitted that his men is facing the challenge of overcoming `rustiness` ahead of their first Test in nine months against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka has not played since beating minnows Bangladesh 1-0 in a two-Test series at home in March and their last Test against a major opponent was in January when they played Australia.

According to Sport24, Mathews said that as they are playing a Test after a long time, it is a challenge for them as a team despite playing some four-day cricket, as he fears that there might be a `bit of rustiness` among the players.

Sri Lanka`s second challenge in the three-Test series will be to thwart wily Saeed Ajmal, and Mathews showed confidence his team will cope well against the Pakistani off-spinner.

The second Test will be played in Dubai (January 8-12) and the third in Sharjah (January 16-20), the report added.