Mark Ramprakash has said to Alastair Cook’s men to be ruthless as they go in search of a 3-0 series clean sweep of Sri Lanka. England won by an innings and nine wickets at Headingley and the Riverside respectively. They took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-Test campaign. England will face Sri Lanka in the third Test at Lord’s this week.
“I think the players are very much aware of that. I’m sure it will be reiterated over the next couple of days,” said Ramprakash, the former England batsman.
But Ramprakash, who started his career at Lord’s with Middlesex, said he hoped the occasion of a Test at the ‘home of cricket’ would help every England player raise their game. “A Test match at Lord’s is the pinnacle of your career, or certainly one of the highlights. So all the players have plenty to play for individually, and that will help collectively as a team. It should come from within. I hope lessons will have been learned because this group of players has come unstuck in the last Test, most recently in South Africa. That wasn’t a good feeling, so we hope the guys will want to finish the job off this week.” he said.
Heading into Thursday’s match, top-order batsman Nick Compton has arguably most to prove after admitting before the second Test he needed runs to secure his England place. Compton only managed nine in the first innings at Durham but was 22 not out the second time around as England eased their way to a dominant victory. “I thought there were good signs at Durham,” said Ramprakash.