When Sri Lanka visited England in 2014, the test series ended in a heart-breaking manner for the hosts. Sri Lanka won the second of a two-Test series off the penultimate ball to seal a historic 1-0 series win when James Anderson was dismissed after more than an hour of tail-end resistance.
England pacer, Stuart Broad has said England will be out to make amends for the last series with revenge on their mind.
England has been playing brilliantly in tests and Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the only two teams to win recent Test series against Alastair Cook’s men.
Speaking about it Broad said that the series loss to Sri Lanka and Pakistan was heart-breaking for them.
“There is a bit of revenge to be had,” said Broad at an event staged by series sponsors Investec in London on Thursday. “It’s a great motivation for us as a team that we have seven out of nine Test match trophies but Sri Lanka and Pakistan are the two we don’t have.
“I played in the Test matches at the start of 2014 and that was a tough time to play. It was quite an emotional series, it really hurt us as a team to lose in our own conditions. We know when we play Sri Lanka they play with a lot of pride and passion, they’re always in the battle and they beat us in that battle last time,” he said.
The first match of the three-match test series will be played at Headingley, the same venue where Sri Lanka won the test series in 2014.
Uncapped Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball has been included in the 12-man squad and Broad could share the new ball with him. Talking about him Broad said:
“Jake is a player I’ve seen a lot of in the last three or four years, he’s developed so quickly in the last 18 months.
“He’s tall, he’s got a good pace. He’s a guy that takes big wickets. He gets top-order batsmen out. I know he’s delighted with the call-up and it’s reward for good county season form.”