Sri Lanka looking pump up against England in the first test.
- England greatest batsman and former captain said goodbye from test cricket. Sri Lanka, too, get ready to farewell of their veteran and legendary spinner Rangana Heath.
Sri Lanka cricket team has fallen on though times. They are not strong enough to take the best test team in the World. After departures of some great players, Sri Lanka trying to replace them but they were failed to find best replacement to build a quality team. Sri Lanka Asia Cup campaign was one of the worst ever cricket series. They lost two matches with Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
England is No. 1 test cricket in the world. They played some quality series and reach to the word best. England beat India badly in previous test series in their home. England has more chance to win this test series but don’t want to take Sri Lanka easy because Sri Lanka has an advantage of hone venue.
Sri Lanka has not some quality as England has. After departures of Kumar Sangakara, Mahila Jaywardhane Sri Lanka depends on all-rounder Angelo Mathews and veteran spinner Rangana Herath. Though he is set to retirement from international cricket. Sri Lanka will start their batting order with Dimuth Karunatte and Kausal Silva. After that Kusal Mendis and captain Dinesh Chandimal will be seen at No.3 or 4. Experience all-rounder Angelo Mathews looking step up for tomorrow game. Sri Lanka will look to shape with spinners Akila Dhananjaya and Dilruwan Perera expected to partnership with Rangana Herath.
Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (C), Angelo Mathews, Dananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, Rangana Herath.
Joe Root will lead the team. Jonny Bairstow out from the squad due to injury. Keaton Jennings will open the bat, Who will hope for better performance after a miserable performance against India. Jack Leach and Adil Rashid are expected to be the first choice spinner for England, while may have a chance for Chris Woakes in the place of Jonny Bairstow.
Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes/Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson.
Sri Lanka vs England, 1st Test, 4:30 AM GMT, 10 AM Local Time.
Galle International Stadium (Sri Lanka).
Teams – Sri Lanka
Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Kaushal Silva, Pushpakumara.
Keaton Jennings, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Joe Denly, Olly Stone, Ollie Pope.