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Sri Lanka Tour of England to Grab Attention of Cricket Fans

May 16
16:01 2016

slvsengNew Delhi, Monday, May 16 – Sri Lanka tour of England is going to be full of excitement since both teams will look forward to logging victories, which are alone sufficient to keep the confidence of teammates up. The contest is to start from May 19, which is the date for first Test to start. The 3-match Test series will come to an end on June 13. Headingley in Leeds, Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street and Lord’s in London have been picked at the venues to host the match.

After a rest of a week, 5-match One Day International series will start at Trent Bridge in Nottingham from June 21. Edgbaston in Birmingham, County Ground in Bristol, Kennington Oval in London and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff have been selected as the venues for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th ODIs, respectively. The series between England and Sri Lanka will come to an end with the only T20 International which will be played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Since all three formats of cricket is to be played between the two cricketing nations, the level of enthusiasm is certainly going to be at peak.

As far as combination of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders is concerned then Dasun Shanaka, Dhammika Prasad, Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Dushmantha Chameera, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal have been picked for the tour of England that is to give enormous opportunity to emerge strong and give tough competition to the opponents. The home side, on the other hand, will have Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and James Vince.

Some changes are likely in ODIs and a T20 International. If a glance is given over batting statistics then most scores have been attained by Mahela Jayawardene with 2212 runs in 41 innings. Kumar Sangakkara is at no. 2 spot with 1568 runs in pocket. Alastair Cook is at number 3, scoring 1078 in 23 innings. He hit 118 fours but no sixes in his achievement. Marcus Trescothick of England and Tillakaratne Dilshan hold 4th and 5th positions with 957 and 889 runs, respectively. If crux is to be taken out then Cook can do a lot in the ‘soon to start’ tournament.

Muttiah Muralitharan is the man who took most wickets when two teams faced each other. 112 wickets by him can be called a milestone as bowlers ranking below him are not even close to his achievement. Chaminda Vaas with 49 wickets, Matthew Hoggard with 37 wickets, Rangana Herath with 33 wickets, Ashley Giles with 31 wickets, James Anderson with 30 wickets, Graeme Swann  with 28 wickets, Sanath Jayasuriya with 27 wickets, Andrew Flintoff with 27 wickets and Liam Plunkett with 22 wickets hold positions from second to ten. Data about highest individual scores, highest average, highest strike rate, most centuries, most fifties, most boundaries and most sixes, best bowling figures, most five-wicket hauls by the bowlers from Sri Lanka and England and best economy is enough to grab attention of the viewers who are always excited to watch action live whenever the powerhouses contest against each other.

Given that the entire tournament is to take place in England, the support for the home side is going to be huge. This may or may not affect performance of the guest as there have been more than a few occasions when players had done extremely well even in the unfamiliar conditions.  Eyes will surely be struck on each happening during the contest as players of both Playing XIs will look forward to surpass expectations. Climatic conditions are usually good in England. If weather remains pleasant, things will be a tad easier for players who have to do running, fielding and batting under the sun.

The series between England and Sri Lanka is probable to add to entertainment quotient for those who are enjoying a lot through matches played in Indian Premier League. If truth be told then some serious cricket is to be played soon which will give audience a break from T20 matches. Results after each game will definitely have enormous weight. It will be interesting to watch whether the guest make the host feel pressure or vice versa happens. The wait to watch some classy show on the field is to get over soon.

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