The 31-year-old, playing for the Sri Lanka army team, cleared the ropes a total of eight times in his whirlwind unbeaten 52 off 13 balls against the Bloomfield cricket and Athletic Club at the weekend.
England’s top order stumbled on a turning wicket after Sri Lanka wiped out a huge deficit and setup a tricky target of 74 runs on the fourth day of the first Test on Sunday. Leftarm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya grabbed 2-13 and first innings
Joe Root’s England will look to sweep Sri Lanka in the second and final Test, starting on Friday, as they prepare to face an India side buoyed by their sensational victory in Australia. England, who resumed a tour that was halted in March by the coronavirus
While England only needs a draw in Galle to clinch another Test series in Sri Lanka, it’s a result that will be far from the minds of Joe Root’s lineup when the second Test starts Friday. England is in fourth spot on the ICC Test Championship standings,
Off-spinner Dom Bess’ five-wicket haul saw England bowl out Sri Lanka for a lowly 135, giving the visitors the advantage on day one of a Test that took 10 months to start on Thursday. Bess, who conceded just 30 runs for his five Sri Lankan scalps,
England’s performances in sweeping the Test series in Sri Lanka gives the team a major lift for their four Test series in India, said victorious captain Joe Root after Monday’s second test win. England won by six wickets at the Galle International Stadium
The International Cricket Council had earlier announced that India will remain the hosts of the 2021 tournament while the postponed 2020 tournament which was to be held in Australia will now take place in 2023. Identifying backup venues is standard practice for any tournament.
England’s Jonny Bairstow said on Thursday that his experience of facing top spinners in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has prepared him well for Sri Lanka’s pitches ahead of his return to Test cricket.
Angelo Mathews’ stubborn century took Sri Lanka to 229-4 on the first day of the second Test against England on Friday after early strikes by James Anderson made the home side look vulnerable. Mathews was at the crease on 107 with Niroshan Dickwella
Skipper Joe Root was run out shy of a second successive double century Sunday as England scored 339 for nine in reply to Sri Lanka’s 381 on day three of the second Test in Galle. Root was out to a direct throw from Oshada Fernando on 186 in the final