Mathews to miss final T20 to attend birth of child


Sri Lanka have confirmed that Angelo Mathews will not lead the side in their Twenty20 decider against South Africa as he returns home for the birth of his first child.

The skipper was inspirational in guiding the tourists to a seven-wicket success at the Wanderers on Sunday, coping admirably with a twisted ankle to club two sixes in the final over and finish 54 not out.

Sri Lanka's win - their first of the tour - sets up a series decider at Newlands on Wednesday but Mathews will not be present, with Dinesh Chandimal to stand in as skipper.

Prior to the tour, Mathews informed Sri Lanka of his wish to fly home to join his family to attend the birth of his child, and it was announced on Monday he has been granted permission.

His ankle injury may have ruled him out of the meeting in any case, and there was no indication from Sri Lanka whether he would return for the five one-day internationals, which begin on January 28.

Also flying home from South Africa are injury victims Nuwan Pradeep (hand) and Dhanushka Gunathilaka (back).