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    England [342 & 322/6d] beat Sri Lanka [203 & 250] in the first Test to take 1-0 series lead

    England might have been the better side in the white-ball exchanges, but Sri Lanka will start the Test series as the favourites.

    Overview
    Sri Lanka v England
    1st Test
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    Tuesday, 6 November, 10:00am local time, 04:30am GMT


    There are plenty of reasons for Sri Lanka being the more favoured side. They are a different beast with the red ball at home, on tracks that spit and turn, and particularly so against teams more comfortable in seam-friendly conditions.

    When South Africa visited in July, Sri Lanka won the two-Test series by margins of 278 and 199 runs in Galle and Colombo. The visiting batsmen just weren’t able to cope with the home spinners.

    England, furthermore, have been poor travellers – they haven’t won an away Test series since beating South Africa early in 2016, they have lost 10 of their last 13 Tests away from home, and they’ve won just four of their last 30 away.

    Rain hasn’t helped matters. England had just the one four-day match against a Sri Lanka Board XI before the opening Test, and the elements ensured it was reduced to a two-day affair, which is hardly adequate.

    All of which have led to talk that England will ring in the changes. “We’ve got a bit of thinking to do,” is what Trevor Bayliss, the Head Coach, told Talksport, meaning they could even restructure their bowling attack, breaking the traditional pairing of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, and go in with a three-man spin attack.

    Broad could be the casualty there, but Jos Buttler’s position behind the stumps isn’t secure either, with Ben Foakes being looked at a serious alternative.

    “Buttler and Foakes are both still very much in our thinking,” Bayliss said. “Definitely one of them will be keeping but how we structure the batting order and what combination of bowlers we put in to the team could determine who eventually gets the gloves.”

    From Sri Lanka’s point of view, the hope will be that the occasion – it will be the last time Rangana Herath, their 40-year-old left-arm spin icon, plays for the national team – doesn’t overwhelm them.

    Herath has been an outstanding servant to Sri Lankan cricket, and will play no further international cricket after the Galle Test, which will be his 93rd, and he will hope to add significantly to his 430 Test wickets before finishing up.

    Even if Herath doesn’t have one of his best Tests, Sri Lanka have the men to make the occasion a good one for them. With the bat, the onus will be on Dinesh Chandimal, the captain, as well as experienced hands like Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews, as well as Kusal Mendis and Roshen Silva.

    The bowling is also well manned. Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara should be Sri Lanka’s go-to pacers if they choose to field both of them, while apart from Herath, there are lots of spin options in Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Malinda Pushpakumara and Lakshan Sandakan.

    It’s an excellent line-up for the conditions, and England will certainly have it rather tough.

    Key players

    Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka): Herath has been Sri Lanka’s spin frontman since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan and has done exceedingly well over the years. In the last 12 months, he has 25 wickets in seven Tests, 12 of which came against South Africa in two Tests in July. He’s in touch all right.

    Moeen Ali (England): There’s been talk of pushing Ali up to No.3 in the batting order, but whether that happens or not, he will be a key cog in the English wheel, with both bat and ball.

    Conditions

    Spin, spin and more spin – unless the Galle track has changed recently, which doesn’t seem likely. Unfortunately, rain is in the air, a lot of it, and that could severely dampen Herath’s farewell.

    Squads

    Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Rangana Herath, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Roshen Silva, Kaushal Silva

    England: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes

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    England win the toss and bat first.. Ben Foakes and Rory Burns make their debuts for the visitors.

    Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath

    England (Playing XI): Keaton Jennings, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes(w), Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson

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    Oh dear England.

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    Lakmal double strike puts England on the backfoot. Excellent start for SL.

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    Counter attack from Root. Looking great.

    Plenty of sharp turn and bounce for spinners. Interesting to see if it remains that way or gets better to bat after dampness is gone

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    I'd be so angry with the keeper if I was the captain, no reviews left now

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    OMG, The Root dismissal is a shocker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanzcool View Post
    OMG, The Root dismissal is a shocker
    Stokes just tried to out do it

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    109 . 5

    Poms has some batting depth , still to come , 250 would be good score.

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    Looks pretty dire so far.

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    Lanka would like to get tail out quickly here , they can be dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Looks pretty dire so far.
    It all depends how England spinners bowl. Lanka would be batting last here.

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    Haha, Stokes proving why he is so overrated. Criminal to send Stoksey ahead of Buttler.

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    Quite enjoying the current partnership along with (surprisingly) the Talksport2 coverage.

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    England still not learning.

    3 lefties in top 3 and, 4 in top 5.

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    Sri lanka have been poor in field, captain awful with reviews and england have gifted wrapped dismissals, pretty poor cricket all round so far.

    Am sure anderson and curran will enjoy bowling in these conditions later on with new ball.

    Foakes has been impressive with bat.

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    What is the logic of playing Curran on this pitch?

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    Chandimal injury worry for Sri Lanka as skipper hobbles out of first Test

    The skipper picked up the knock in innocuous circumstances, pulling up as he turned to run after the ball after it had been nudged into the legside off the bowling of Rangana Herath


    Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has dealt his side an injury scare on the first day of the Test series against England.

    Chandimal hobbled off the field midway through the second session in Galle with what appeared to be a groin problem.

    The skipper picked up the knock in innocuous circumstances, pulling up as he turned to run after the ball after it had been nudged into the legside off the bowling of Rangana Herath.

    He immediately held the inside of his leg and walked off the pitch to be seen to by the Sri Lanka medical staff.

    SRI LANKA NEWS
    With ICC regulations preventing the use of runners, the home side will be hoping the injury is not serious and Chandimal will be able to bat unimpeded later in the game.

    Suranga Lakmal took charge of the side in the skipper's absence as England recovered from a fragile position at lunch.

    Having been 113 for five after the first session, Ben Foakes and Jos Buttler pushed the score on towards 200. Buttler was dismissed for 38, well caught by Niroshan Dickwella off Dilruwan Perera but Foakes then teamed up with Sam Curran to lead the tourists towards respectability.

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    SL can't win this game anymore. Their best bet is rain induced draw or England is winning this. Once a visiting team batting first gets to 200 for 5/6 wkts in first inning, that's when they win the test match abroad. Teams don't win a test match abroad chasing. This one is England victory or a draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanzcool View Post
    OMG, The Root dismissal is a shocker
    overated. I want to see him really step now. Enough of this wishy washy bakwaas. Kohli stepped up this summer after his own wishy washy period.Root is mired in this at the moment.

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    Always impressed by Grit and shot selection by curran when ever he bats.

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    What a debut innings from Foakes!

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    Foakes has been playing on dry, spin friendly pitches at the Oval so is well equipped to play in these conditions.

    Should've been called up a long time ago.

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    England will be very happy with 300 on the 1st Day, especially being 100/5 earlier.

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    Foakes could be the missing piece in the batting puzzle.
    With Bairstowe to come back, both openers should be looking over their shoulders.

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    Good total from Eng but match is still in balance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Haha, Stokes proving why he is so overrated. Criminal to send Stoksey ahead of Buttler.
    This year Ben Stokes has played 8 Tests and 15 innings - averaging 23.

    Even then don't think you can justify picking an AR to bat at Number 5 with a career average of 33.

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    England will be happy with the total so far but if England can get to 300 plus with there batting line up, a more experienced batting line up should be able to match that.

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    ENG has done enough to win this Test at Gale - I don’t see SRL making a come back here batting 2nd. Foakes deserves a hundred here on a much delayed debut - it was from last Ashes that he should have played as specialist Test WK. If Johnny comes back, ENG will have 3 WKs in playing XI.

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    Lower order again saving England. Butler, Foakes, Curran and Rashid were brilliant. Curran’s counter attack was of the highest class. Good clean crisp hitting. He will get a lot of swing in these overcast conditions.

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    Bairstow should replace Jennings as opener now


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    England are in quite a good position now. Got to be favourites to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahson8 View Post
    Bairstow should replace Jennings as opener now
    Jennings was pretty solid today.

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    England have supreme talent coming through.How will they fit them all.Destined for ATG status

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    England's Ben Foakes has revealed that prior to his late call-up to the England side, he had planned to have a short hiatus from the game.

    Following the announcement of Jonny Bairstow's ankle injury, things quickly changed for Foakes, and after flying out to Sri Lanka to join up with the squad, he then learned on the eve of the Test that he would be included in the starting XI.

    Bairstow's injury naturally provoked the assumption amongst many that Jos Buttler would oversee wicket-keeping duties for this Test, and even Foakes expressed his initial surprise upon learning he would be making his Test debut.

    "I only found out yesterday during training when Rooty (Joe Root) came to tell me. I was quite shocked to be fair," he said after the day's play.

    "It was a whirlwind. I didn’t think I’d be playing. I was a little surprised but it was a proud moment. I had a lot of emotions this morning but to get out there and get off the mark settled me down a bit.

    "I’d heard about Jonny’s ankle but I still wasn’t sure if I’d be coming out. I’d just got back from a lads’ trip to Lisbon when Ed Smith (national selector) gave me a ring… good preparation!

    "I was going to have six months off, originally. I’ve had quite a few England Lions trips so it was just to kind of clear my head, get way from cricket for a little while and come back fresh. Plans change, don’t they?"

    An excellent, unbeaten 87 from Foakes helped England recover from 103/5 to 306/8 at the close of play. Sri Lanka opted to field a solitary seam bowler alongside four spin options, and Dilruwan Perera was the pick of the bunch with four scalps on the opening day.

    Foakes has knowledge of Perera and Akila Dananjaya from a placement he once had playing alongside them at Colombo-based Colts CC, and this experience, combined with a few Lions tours in Sri Lanka, he believes has greatly benefited his game on the subcontinent.

    "Obviously coming out here a few times, you get good experience," he said. "At Colts I got to learn a little bit about Perera and Dananjaya, which was fantastic, it definitely helped. The thing you can’t really prepare for here is the heat, unless you’ve done it."

    Foakes also described how he negated the damp, spinning pitch by "nudging and nurdling". "It looked quite tough this morning, it had been a lot wetter (in the build-up) so it spun a lot," he observed.

    "I think given the state of the game, I had to kind of nudge and nurdle, which is my game, then it got a little bit drier so it got easier to score your runs. Throughout the day it got easier for us.

    "I personally try to be pretty simple, I haven’t got the array of shots of the other guys, I have to try to be quick on my feet, go back and forth, and just try and play a simple game."

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    Quality inning by Ben Foakes, putting England on a driving seat at the end of day 1.

    With this, a question arises, are the England team management way too over-cautious in making experiments and giving chances to players with really great potential?

    There is an example of Jos Buttler, now Ben Foakes, there is Johnny Bairstow who donned the gloves for so long even though he should have played up the order as a specialist batsmen since an year ago.

    And will Johnny continue to keep gloves after he returns in 2nd tests?

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    A lot of England supporters today at the stadium.

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    England have been bowled out for 342 (97 ovs), with Dilruwan Perera taking 5/75, Lakmal 3/73 for the hosts; For England, Ben Foakes scored 107 and Sam Curran 48; Sri Lanka are 8/1 in reply


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    England all over Sri Lanka in this match, a joy to watch.

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    121/5 * (45 ov)
    Day 2 - Session 2: Sri Lanka trail by 221 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the innings


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gullycricket View Post
    England have supreme talent coming through.How will they fit them all.Destined for ATG status
    Their lower order is really good. If they can be competent in SC, I expect them to be the no.1 team in all formats in near future.

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    Will be a great win for England.

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    How will SL cope after Herath retires? Their batting is crap after Sanga and Mahela retired. Bowling doesn't look very promising either, neither Lakmal and Perera are very consistent. Herath has single handedly prevented SL from going downhill in tests for last 3 years.

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    Moeen with 4 wickets. Hope he will get a 5-er to make up for the golden duck

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    Wow England have been magnificent. Must win now.

    Makes our 1-1 all the more stunning. So much depth. If they win the WC and keep winning Test series could be the new dominant team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Jennings was pretty solid today.
    How? He made a swashbuckling 46 of like 55 balls & got cramped on cut to a slider. ENG is playing 4 lefties in top 5, which is never a great idea. Between Burns & Jennings, later had been given enough chances, so Burns with a FC average of 45, deserves a run over a player averaging 22 in Test & 33 in FC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Gomes View Post
    Their lower order is really good. If they can be competent in SC, I expect them to be the no.1 team in all formats in near future.
    you'll see even more talent coming in the next few years with the ECB tapping into the asian diaspora and a push to get cricket back into state schools and in the inner cities.

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    India and England will probably be the two dominant teams over the next few years. Australia are in shambles, New Zealand do not have enough resources, South Africa are in decline and Pakistan are borderline minnows. Sri Lankan cricket is pretty much done I am afraid.

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    I see people here saying that cricket is not that popular in England now but the fact is cricket is still quite popular in towns of England and most of the people are more inclined towards their county teams than England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    you'll see even more talent coming in the next few years with the ECB tapping into the asian diaspora and a push to get cricket back into state schools and in the inner cities.
    Their LOI transformation is the biggest cricket transformation I have seen. From borderline minnow after 2015 WC to undisputed no.1 team in 3 years, and shattering multiple team records. India had to wait decades to gradually build a dominant ODI team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post

    With this, a question arises, are the England team management way too over-cautious in making experiments and giving chances to players with really great potential?

    There is an example of Jos Buttler, now Ben Foakes, there is Johnny Bairstow who donned the gloves for so long even though he should have played up the order as a specialist batsmen since an year ago.

    And will Johnny continue to keep gloves after he returns in 2nd tests?
    Yes, England usually sacrifice batting strength to plug perceived weaknesses. It is depressing. Even though they have at least four test sixes and sevens, they make Bairstow bat there instead of at four.

    While Strauss has done well in improving the ODI side, the test side has gone backwards to the point that they have their worst top five in history. They constantly rely on six, seven and eight to get them out of strife.

    At least they have dropped Broad who has been coasting for a year.

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    Debutant Ben Foakes completed his century early on the second day before England's spinners ran through the Sri Lanka line-up.

    Moeen Ali took four, while Jack Leach and Adil Rashid chipped in with two apiece as England bowled out the hosts for just 203 in response to their 342 – a substantial first-innings lead of 139.

    Openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings then batted out 12 overs to take extend England's lead to 177.

    England had begun the day at 321/8 with Foakes on 87 and Jack Leach on 14. Leach was the first to fall for the addition of just one run to his overnight score, becoming Dilruwan Perera's fifth victim of the innings.

    Foakes, however, took calculated risks to get past his century. He perished for 107 when he mistimed a slog to extra cover.

    The Sri Lankan batting effort started out on the wrong foot with James Anderson getting one to move sharply away into the channel to find Dimuth Karunaratne's edge to the wicket-keeper for four, giving Foakes a first catch just two balls into his Test 'keeping career. Opener Kaushal Silva was then dismissed LBW by Sam Curran for just one to leave Sri Lanka 10/2.

    The spinners dominated proceedings after the quicks gave them the ideal opening The spinners dominated proceedings after the quicks gave them the ideal opening
    While England's quicks gave them the desired start, it was the spinners who would dominate through the rest of the innings, Moeen Ali in particular.

    Kusal Mendis was the first to fall to spin, for 19, when left-arm spinner Leach got one to turn just enough to take his outside edge. Dhananjaya de Silva was the first of Moeen's four victims, losing his stumps for 14 after failing to connect a sweep shot.

    Angelo Mathews and captain Dinesh Chandimal then came together with the score at 40/4, and it looked the experienced pair would yank Sri Lanka out of an unenviable position. But just when things started looking brighter, Adil Rashid got one to turn sharply, and had the captain stumped for 33, ending a 75-run partnership.

    Mathews went past his half-century but couldn't carry on for too much longer, Moeen having him caught for 52 at short leg. He was dismissed first ball in the third session, and then wickets fell rapidly.

    Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera briefly raised Sri Lanka hopes of a late fightback, but the partnership was broken at 35, with Dickwella (28) being lured into a cover drive by Moeen, only to find Buttler at short cover.


    Akila Dananjaya was dismissed for a duck, edging one to the keeper off Moeen, while Perera (21) fell only a little later, leaving Sri Lanka at 175/9. Suranga Lakmal and Rangana Herath had a bit of fun in the middle to take the score past 200 before Rashid got Lakmal's outside edge, which lobbed up for a straightforward catch at gully. The retiring Herath, who was welcomed to the crease with a guard of honour, remained unbeaten on 14.

    England for a long time have been troubled by top-order woes and they would have wished for the openers to take steps towards setting that right by at least going unscathed to stumps. Jennings and Burns responded very well, playing confident strokes and looking fairly certain. England will hope for them to continue in the same vein on the third day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    India and England will probably be the two dominant teams over the next few years. Australia are in shambles, New Zealand do not have enough resources, South Africa are in decline and Pakistan are borderline minnows. Sri Lankan cricket is pretty much done I am afraid.
    Yeahh, same England team hasn't been able to beat this minnow for 10 years ( 4 series in a row). You really do spout some garbage.

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    There are still concerns with the structure and personnel of this England team, but these two superb days represent our best Test performance in yonks. Hopefully the rain stays away and we are rewarded with a victory.

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    Need to give Moeen Ali a long rope at the #3 spot. He can give England the same freedom in selection that Kallis gave South Africa up until a few years ago. The best spinner in the country and among the best seven/eight batsmen as well.

    Rashid is still bowling less than ten overs an innings. He must love his job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Need to give Moeen Ali a long rope at the #3 spot. He can give England the same freedom in selection that Kallis gave South Africa up until a few years ago. The best spinner in the country and among the best seven/eight batsmen as well.

    Rashid is still bowling less than ten overs an innings. He must love his job.
    It's fine in Sri Lanka (and possibly WI afterwards), but can't see it lasting in England. Heck, it may not even last til next game if Bairstows fit and they go down the route of dropping a bowler.

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    I still think Root at 3, Bairstow at 4 is the best solution to England's top-order woes. I really don't see Root performing significantly better batting at 4 in the future than he can at 3.

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    England reach 68/2 in their second innings on Day 3 of the 1st Test against Sri Lanka, and seem to be in a dominant position with a lead of 207


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    JAMES ANDERSON REPRIMANDED FOR SHOWING DISSENT

    England fast bowler James Anderson has received an official reprimand and one demerit point for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day’s play in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday.

    Anderson was found to have violated Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.

    Anderson now has two demerit points against his name after he had received one demerit point for showing dissent during the second day of the fifth Test against India at The Oval in September.

    The incident happened in the 39th over of Sri Lanka’s innings when Anderson showed dissent by first complaining at the umpire’s decision and then throwing the ball into the pitch after he had received a first warning from umpire Chris Gaffaney for running on the wicket.

    After the match, Anderson admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

    The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Gaffaney and Marais Erasmus, third umpire S Ravi and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge.

    Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.


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    What a dream team this English side! So many variety of alrounders (swing bowlers, seam bowlers, spinners) They should cover actually all kind of pitch conditions! What they lack is absolute TOP players! (Put Kohli, Bumrah, Kuldeep and they become a lethal side!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    I still think Root at 3, Bairstow at 4 is the best solution to England's top-order woes. I really don't see Root performing significantly better batting at 4 in the future than he can at 3.
    Root’s best position is #5. Though most of the runs he scored there were coming in behind Cook and KP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Root’s best position is #5. Though most of the runs he scored there were coming in behind Cook and KP.
    I doubt so. That home series vs Australia 2015 didn't had KL and Cook and Bell struggled for runs in that series. It was a fantastic performance but yes, he suits to 5 more IMO.

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    Well, Jennings has made me look like a complete imbecile. Great innings under pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Well, Jennings has made me look like a complete imbecile. Great innings under pressure.
    Great innings indeed, but was it really under pressure?

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    Sad to see this from Lanka.

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    Match fixing has been a hot topic in Sri Lanka lately.

    Under this backdrop, doubts have been cast on several figures captured by journalists on Tuesday (06) during the opening of the First Test match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle.

    These men were spotted on the Galle Fort, constantly tapping on their mobiles as the game progressed.

    It is said that they could be accompliances of Indian bookies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Great innings indeed, but was it really under pressure?
    Under pressure for his place, I meant, as there have been a lot of column inches expended on how Jennings didn't merit selection for this tour. I am sure there were inner doubts too on whether he is really cut out for test cricket, which cannot be underestimated. The conditions were difficult too, with the ball turning sharply.

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    Jennings century furthers England's ascendancy

    An unbeaten 146 from opener Keaton Jennings propelled England to set Sri Lanka a colossal target of 462 at the Galle International Stadium on the third day of the first Test on Thursday, 8 November.

    Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva remained unbeaten at the end of the day's play with the hosts on 15/0 after seven overs.

    This was Jennings' second three-figure score in Test cricket after his century on debut against India back in 2016. The left-hander applied himself flawlessly on a sluggish pitch, employing the reverse sweep to his advantage throughout the innings.

    Sri Lanka had one chance to dismiss the 26-year-old – at the end of the morning session – when an lbw appeal from Dhananjaya de Silva was turned down by the on-field umpire. The hosts decided against reviewing the decision, but hawk-eye showed that the ball would have gone on to hit middle stump.

    The visitors started the day on 38/0, with a 177-run lead under their belt. Sri Lanka showed promise in the morning session, though, claiming three wickets to restrict the flow of runs.

    England looked steady as the opening pair added 60 runs between them. However, Rory Burns had to return to the pavilion for a 65-ball 23 after 23 overs – he was found short of his crease when Karunaratne's direct hit disrupted the woodwork at the non-striker's end.

    The hosts made two quick breakthroughs to dismiss both Moeen Ali and Joe Root for three runs each within the next nine overs. England went to lunch with Jennings and Stokes at the crease after a fruitful morning session for Sri Lanka.

    England recovered swiftly in the second session, though, denying the hosts a chance to further dent their batting order. Just 57 runs were added by England in the first 60 minutes of the second session, but without any further loss of wickets.

    The duo dug deep, notching up the first 100-run partnership of the match for the fourth wicket. While Jennings continued to anchor the innings, Stokes was the aggressor of the partnership with his 93-ball 62.

    The left-hander smashed four fours and three sixes in his counter-attacking knock before falling to Dilruwan Perera in the 61st over. The off-spinner pitched the ball on the leg stump, extracting a sharp turn that bamboozled Stokes to hit the off stump – the only wicket in the second session.

    Jos Buttler, who walked in at No.5, continued right where Stokes left off in the afternoon. The right-hander shared a 77-run stand with Jennings, playing confidently for his 58-ball 35. He became Rangana Herath's 433rd Test scalp, falling after a sensational grab by Kaushal Silva at silly point.

    Ben Foakes, who scored a century in the first innings to become the second English wicketkeeper-batsman to notch a ton on debut, replaced Buttler in the middle. He accumulated 61 runs with Jennings to further England's lead to a gargantuan 458. He added a quickfire 37 runs off just 34 deliveries before becoming Akila Dananjaya's first scalp of the innings.

    Just as Sam Curran faced his first delivery to close off the 93rd over, Root signalled for his men to return, declaring the innings at 322/6. England accumulated 661 runs over the two innings – their highest tally in Sri Lanka.

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    Lankans are showing great resilience so far. Win is out of question, but you never know when rain is going to strike in SRL, should always be hopeful and buy time.

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    England have been very good ever since they have made some bold selections this year. Very impressive.

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    Three down at lunch. Five sessions to get seven more wickets.

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    Leach-aritharan!

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    Great victory. Moen Ali is perhaps the best test off spinner in the world. He picks wickets if pitch is half decent to bowl at..I would any day have him instead of Ashwin..Both Stokes and Foakes were fantastic..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Great innings indeed, but was it really under pressure?
    For him it was like a World Cup match. He might have played his last test in years if he failed this series. Clock was ticking for him.

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    Root’s best test win.

    Great to see Foakes step up as the best England keeper since Jack Russell 20 years ago.

    Runs from the top three are most welcome too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by happydavy View Post
    Great victory. Moen Ali is perhaps the best test off spinner in the world. He picks wickets if pitch is half decent to bowl at..I would any day have him instead of Ashwin..Both Stokes and Foakes were fantastic..
    Saqlain is doing wonders with him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Root’s best test win.

    Great to see Foakes step up as the best England keeper since Jack Russell 20 years ago.

    Runs from the top three are most welcome too!
    Great win..gonna find the highlights tonite!!

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    What a win. England should win the series. Pallekele is great for seamers.

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    SRL is having a horrible time. Lost to England at home,pity

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    Brilliant win! Proud day to be a long-suffering England fan. lol


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