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 ...

In Part 1, Damith speaks with former Sri Lanka cricketer and recent Interim Committee head about cricket governance and the Sri Lankan cricket constitution that is at the heart of a hugely politicized system. Wettimuny details the changes he wanted to implement whether we should hold out hope for ever seeing a functioning cricket board.  Part 2 – to ...

We’ve always maintained that if you want to get noticed by us you will probably need to do something outlandish. Like for example score,   let’s say a triple century, in your first or second domestic first class season and maybe end up as the second highest run-scorer for the season. We like to set impossible standards like that around here. So when we ...

First the blog, now the Pod. Listen to Andrew choke as he tries to talk about Sri Lanka. Are the rumours that the podcast was banned really true? Andrew Fernando and Damith Samarakoon return from the cold to tell you the truth. Our prodigal podcasters then catch up with the latest Sri Lankan cricket news, including changes to the selection ...

It’s a World Cup. Your first match is against the third ranked team in the game. A country that was a previous winner and one that has been in a number of finals, in various formats. You are expected to lose. And you do, badly. You pick yourself up and train harder for the next game.  On the eve ...

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