When Sri Lanka arrived in England they were well aware of the challenges that lay ahead of them. The early May weather would be a factor. Their inexperience in batting, and in general, would count against them. Their two pillars had retired. And they needed to pick up wickets without Dhammika Prasad. All these factors were pulling the noose just ...

Sri Lanka’s tour to England represented what would be a close examination into a few silos of the current team. Chief amongst them was, of course, the batting, sans Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, the threadbare experience, the early May weather. It was all set up for a stern examination of Sri Lanka’s batting talent. But then through a quote ...

There can be no illusions about the current state of Sri Lankan cricket. Last year was hard. The home season was brutal. Sri Lanka’s only series win came against the West Indies. Against India, Sri Lanka won the first test and lost the remaining two to lose the series. Pakistan who toured before India won the first test and the ...

Day 2 at Chester-Le-Street, began, much like did, on Day 2 at Headingley. With Sri Lanka still very much within striking distance of breaking the game in their favour. At Leeds, England started the day on 170-5, at Durham, with batting conditions improving, Sri Lanka was preparing to reel in England from advancing their 316-6 position. But, instead, both days ...

Where to for Sri Lanka after Headingley disaster My piece for the Roar on the first test. Where do you go when you’ve lost a Test match within three days (two, if you count actual match-play time)? When you’ve only lasted 71 overs across two innings? When the team total doesn’t even reach the top score of the opposition batsmen, not once but twice? What school of thought ...

Sri Lanka crafted a few plans on how to tackle what would be a massively trying challenge for them in England. The piece of the puzzle that would be the most difficult for them to fit would always be the lopsided batting one. The one that must fit on the British Isle for there to be any hope of repeating, ...

Sri Lanka Day two began with Sri Lanka still in the hunt for a position in this game. It ended with them conceding all the ground they had gained with the ball. The day was littered with mistakes that when added up together have left them with the potential of losing the test inside three days. Angelo Mathews receded to ...

Sri Lanka After all the talk had in the lead up faded away, Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to field. It was time for the “top best attack” in the world to prove their billing. For most parts in the first hour, Sri Lanka did enough to keep England in check. Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep worked ...

Sri Lankan test collapses are often an act of homage to the 24 all out by the Colts Cricket Club against Lord Hawkes team in 1892. It is an odd tradition in that one never knows when it might be celebrated. The most recently known record of this tradition being upheld was in Cardiff in 2011. There have been rumours ...

The Openers Perhaps more than anywhere in the world the performance of your openers matters when you are in England. Exposing your middle order in conditions where the ball moves a lot in the first ten overs is best avoided. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva performed this role admirably the last time Sri Lanka was in England. In fact, one ...

When batting, at the point of delivery, there is a moment that exists where Lahiru Thirimanne actually knows where his off stump is. This is commonly known science thought experiment called Thirimanne’s stump. Tweet The post SL v England, lesser known facts – BONUS FACT appeared first on The Flyslip.

Part 2 of the Interview with Sidath Wettimuny, discussing domestic cricket Listen On Island Cricket Subscribe on  iTunes Tunein Radio Sticher Radio SoundCloud Hosts Andrew Fernando is Sri Lanka’s Cricinfo correspondent. He tweets @andrewffernando. Damith is a cricket writer and podcaster at www.theflyslip and tweets @theflyslip Tweet The post Interview with Sidath Wettimuny (Part 2) appeared first on The Flyslip. ...

#2 Kumar Sangakkara once brutally attacked Nasser Hussain for calling him a pseudo intellectual at the German Restaurant in Colombo. The pair had been jousting verbally all tour in 2003 and it came to a head at the restaurant when Sangakkara told Hussain that the year of wine he ordered was not a particularly good one. Tweet The post SL ...

#3 Umpire BC Cooray got so accustomed to having an armed escort that he ended up marrying one of them. He later flatly denied that he was under any pressure to do so. Tweet The post SL v England, lesser known facts #3 appeared first on The Flyslip.

#4 Ivo Bligh maintained many times that the reason for his success in bringing back the 1883 Ashes can be directly attributed to the stopover in Ceylon. Bligh had been walking the streets of Colombo in search of a Saree for his wife when he stumbled across an old woman selling spices and potions.  Bligh requested a portion which would ...

SL v England, lesser known facts #5 #5 Keith Fletcher once famously requested Bandula Warnapura to show him how his spinners will be gripping the ball and how it will turn or that he would instruct the ECB to not give Sri Lanka anymore one-off matches. As match-fixing was not an issue in those days, this was common practice and was acceptable in the Spirit of the ...

Sri Lanka have been par for the course so far . The performance at Chelmsford is likely to be the blueprint of what we are likely to see for the rest of this tour. A mediocre first innings total. Bowlers that not being penetrative. And second innings disasters. The only reason Essex stopped the hurt is because of the enforced ...

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