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Mathews had returned home last month halfway through the South African tour after twisting his ankle. © Getty Images

Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, was on Monday (February 6) ruled out of this month’s three-match Twenty20 series in Australia with a hamstring injury. 

Mathews had returned home last month halfway through the South African tour after twisting his ankle.

“Captain Angelo Mathews will not be part of the squad as he has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury,” said a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket, who will announce the squad on Tuesday.

Mathews missed the last T20I and the five-match One-Day International series after doing his ankle during his match-winning unbeaten 54 in the second T20I in Johannesburg. The three-wicket win in a low-scoring game was Sri Lanka’s first victory of the tour, and came on the back of a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series as well as a heavy loss in the first T20I.

Mathews had recently termed the Test loss on the tour as the “worst defeat” for Sri Lanka under his captaincy, and he was quoted saying he is not too hassled by the threat of being replaced by someone at the helm.

“I’m not here to be captain forever and I will never be captain forever,” he said. “This is just a passing cloud. I am not afraid to lose it and I don’t need it forever. I’m not afraid to step down or lose it or to keep it.”

Sri Lanka will take Australia on in Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide for the three encounters on February 17, 19 and 22 respectively.