SL v Aus, lesser known facts #2

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Australian’s have always been suspicious of Sri Lankan pitches. There was the 2011 Galle pitch which the ICC rated as Poor. And many of the Australian batsmen who played in Pallekele in 2016 said they saw what appeared to be demons residing under the grass. Of course, the Sri Lankan’s have always been accommodating to these worries ever since the Ceylonese ...

SLC shenanigans, the Prince and Moonshine

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Andrew and Damith analyse whether a Test win over Australia is better than consuming a fresh Kottu. They try to make sense of the latest SLC shenanigans with the help of a large cup of Princely-Moonshine. 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 ...

SL v Australia, lesser known facts #3

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In 1999, Steve Waugh ran into Jason Gillespie. Not on purpose. Waugh broke his nose. Gillespie his foot. Waugh claims to this day that it was this incident that allowed him to have his lesser known, but marginally successful, run on Broadway. Waugh played the Phantom of the Opera. Tweet The post SL v Australia, lesser known facts #3 appeared first on The Flyslip.

SLC Press Release: Sri Lanka beats Australia for the first time in a Test

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in 17 years. Sri Lanka Cricket is proud and honoured by Sri Lanka’s first Test win over the mighty mighty Australians!!! in 17 years. When Sri Lanka kept losing Test series after Test series in the last couple of years it was the SLC that stood by them. It was the SLC under the Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala that launched the ...

Podcast The Pokemon Train Edition

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Pokemon, Trains, England, Selections, Captaincy. It’s all there. Subscribe on  iTunes Tunein Radio Sticher Radio SoundCloud Tweet The post Podcast The Pokemon Train Edition appeared first on The Flyslip.

Sidath Wettimuny Interview (Part 2)

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Part 2 of the Interview with Sidath Wettimuny where we discussed domestic cricket Subscribe on iTunes Tunein Radio Sticher Radio SoundCloud Tweet The post Sidath Wettimuny Interview (Part 2) appeared first on The Flyslip.

The Pokemon Train Edition

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Pokemon, Trains, England, Selections, Captaincy. It’s all there. Tweet The post The Pokemon Train Edition appeared first on The Flyslip.

No conspiracies just mediocrity

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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 ...

An attack to salvage

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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 ...

Give us another day like that

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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 ...

Sri Lanka’s heart has been pierced

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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

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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 ...

Sidath Wettimuny Interview (Part 2)

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Sri Lanka’s brittle plans come undone

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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 v England, Headingley, Day 2

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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 v England, Headingley, Day 1

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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 ...

SL v England, lesser known facts #1

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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 ...

Interview with Sidath Wettimuny (Part 2)

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Sri Lanka v England, Preview

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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 ...

SL v England, lesser known facts – BONUS FACT

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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.