Mathews keen to exploit England's fragile top six


Captain Angelo Mathews says Sri Lanka will target England's top order during the upcoming Test series as they look to secure back-to-back series wins against Alastair Cook's side.

Alex Hales and Nick Compton have both struggled for runs in the longest form of the game, and debutant James Vince is set to come into the middle order.

In his last seven innings Compton has failed to score more than 49, while Hales' Test career sees him average just 17, with five of his eight innings failing to go past 15.

Both men are battling to save their places in Trevor Bayliss' plans and Mathews hopes his side can take advantage of any nervousness that may create.

"We've been through their batting line-up, they haven't played much but they are really good players, that's why they are in the England team," Mathews told a media conference.

"They have got a good set of players, with a brilliant balance so we will have to work really hard.

"[But] we'll definitely try to use that [their inexperience] to our advantage, we've got a good set of bowlers and they know exactly how to bowl in these conditions.

"It is just a matter of putting a lot of pressure on these guys and try to get them out as early as we can."