In the beginning of 2016-17 summer, England will take on Sri Lanka at home in a 3 match Test series. The first Test will be played between these two teams from 19th May at Headingley, Leeds.
England is currently in a great form in international cricket. The 2016 World T20 runner-up team England won their last Test series against South Africa in South Africa by 2-1. In almost last two years, England has not lost any Test series on their home soil. However, last time England had lost Test series on their home soil against Sri Lanka in June 2014, but that was a different Sri Lankan team.
The current Sri Lankan team is struggling in the international cricket. Especially in Test cricket, Sri Lanka has a lack of experience. Add to this, the injury problem and the weak relation between cricketers and board members is making it harder for the island nation. However, the team is trying to overcome from the gloom, but they need to improve drastically on the field.
The last time Sri Lanka toured England, they had a memorable series where they won 2-match Test series against England by 0-1 and it was only the second time when Sri Lanka won any Test series in England. This time, the Test series will be played a 3 Tests affair while Sri Lanka have never won 3-match Test series against England on England soil.
The first Test of the upcoming 3-match Test series will be played at Headingley, Leeds. England has played 73 Tests here, of which England won 31 Tests and lost 24 Tests (other 18 Tests were drawn).
On the other hand, it is a memorable ground for Sri Lanka as they clinched victory here in the 2nd Test match of 2014 Test series, for which Sri Lanka won their second Test series on English soil. Till date, Sri Lanka has played only 1 Test on the ground.
England already announced their 12-member squad for the first Test where right-arm pacer Jake Ball is included as a new face, while James Vince is looking for Test debut.
On the other hand, Sri Lankan pacer Dhammika Prasad is already ruled out from the first Test due to a shoulder injury as Sri Lanka is facing trouble conjuring a decent pace attack. On the tour games in England, before beginning of the Test series, Sri Lankan bowlers found very tough. The top-order batting is also another headache for the team which is consistently inconsistent.
England – Alastair Cook (c), Alex Hales, Nick Compton, James Vince, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson.
Sri Lanka – Angelo Mathews (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (WK), Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep.
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