Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews started his Cricket career at St Joseph's College in the year 1998 as a under 13 cricketer and showed lot of promise in his early years, he captained all age groups at Cricket Under 13 in the year 2000, Under 15 in 2002, Under 17 in 2004 and first XI in 2006 and also played in 2007 under Rajeewa Weerasinghe. Angelo started playing First XI cricket in the year 2003, and was instrumental in demolishing the Peterites for score of 58 runs in the one day encounter and also scored a brilliant century at the Josephian-Peterite Cricket encounter in the year 2005, which year St Joseph's won the Best team after winning nine matches outright.

After leaving school he joined the Colombo Colts Cricket Club to pursue his first class career and captained the club Under 23 team in 2009 and at present is the Vice captain of the club's first side. Colts Cricket won the championship in the year 2009 and was the Runner up in 2011.

Mathews made his debut for Sri Lanka Under-19s when he was just 16 years old, against Pakistan in 2003. He is an outstanding all rounder, capable of batting anywhere in the top order and also delivers lively medium pace. A fixture in the youth side since his debut, he was handed the captaincy for the 2005 tour of England. The highlight on that tour was an unbeaten 123 in the third Test which was not enough to stave of defeat. During the U-19 triangular series involving Bangladesh and England towards the end of 2005, Mathews produced a series of impressive, mature innings with the bat, an unbeaten 70 set up a win against England and he followed that with 97 not out, in a defeat, against Bangladesh. After a quiet debut first-class season, in 2007-08, he made big strides with 696 runs at 58 and carried his good form in to Sri Lanka A's tour of South Africa. His high point was when he was selected to the national side for the tour of Zimbabwe in 2008 and is a permanent fixture in the Sri Lanka team now.

He has had some brilliant performances for the country specially when he took 6 for 20 against a strong Indian batting line up at the R Premadasa Stadium and single handedly carried his bat with great knock of 77 not out to win against Australia at the MCG in 2010. He was picked for the cricket World Cup 2011 but had to be sidelined for the Final because of injury.