Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews refuses to blame conditions for ten-wicket defeat to England
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews refused to blame the overcast conditions for his side's ten-wicket defeat to England.
Last Updated: 28/05/14 10:02pm
After rain earlier in the day, the match was played under grey skies which played into the hands of England's seam attack - especially after they had won the toss and opted to bowl.
The Sri Lankans were simply blown away as England - who were themselves bowled out for 99 in Durham - skittled their opponents for just 67 with Chris Jordan taking five wickets and James Anderson two.
It was Sri Lanka's third lowest one-day international total in history, but Mathews insisted his side would look at themselves, rather than the conditions, in the wake of the defeat.
"The conditions were for both teams," he said. "We had to dig deep when it comes to batting because we played some poor shots as well as the English bowlers bowled pretty well.
"All in all it was a poor performance.
"The poor shot selection was the main reason why we got the 67. The wicket was doing a little bit. It was better after the first ten overs but it was a poor performance.
"The English team is very hard to beat on home soil. But I think I've got the team to do it. We've showed in the past."
Praise for Jordan
Jordan (5-29) was named man-of-the-match for his five-wicket haul, having returned the best-ever figures by an England bowler in an ODI at Old Trafford.
England bowling coach David Saker joined skipper Alastair Cook in praising Jordan, stating: "He's just an ultimate professional.
"The way he prepares for every game, the way he looks after himself, he's the ultimate professional.
"He's fantastic to work with, he always wants to get better and he is getting better every game. He's just been fantastic.
"He fields really well. He bowls well and when he gets the ball in his area he hits it out of the park so he's been a fantastic find for us.
"We've just got to keep moving with him."