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Stokes 'exemplary' on tour - Bayliss

Allrounder's dedication to training shows determination to be the best player he can be

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Butcher: England need Bairstow as a specialist batsman

Alan Gardner, Mark Butcher and Andrew Miller discuss whether Jonny Bairstow is the right option for number three for England.


Nicholas: It has been Root's tour, and triumph

His decisive leadership has manifested itself in a number of admirable ways

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Sri Lanka v England

3rd Test, Colombo

Marks out of 10 - Karunaratne, Dilruwan unable to lift poor SL

Roshen Silva made a solid return to the team but too much of the batting was brittle and Suranga Lakmal struggled as stand-in captain

Five things we learned as England sweep Sri Lanka

George Dobell and Andrew Fidel Fernando look back at the lessons from England's 3-0 series win in Sri Lanka


'Stokes the difference in last two Tests' - Hathurusingha

Sri Lanka coach terms series 'closely fought' despite whitewash; rues lack of hundreds from his batsmen

Sri Lanka v England

3rd Test, Colombo

Taking the wrong option at wrong time cost us - de Silva

Sri Lanka's No. 3 also said they wouldn't have crashed if they had played to a better plan

'My job is to make things happen' - Adil Rashid on his five-wicket haul

Legspinner's haul of 5 for 49 in 13.5 overs tore Sri Lanka's innings apart in the hour after tea on the second day

Fernando: SL need to review review technique

Sri Lanka's profligate use of their reviews came back to haunt them as England edged the first-day honours

Sri Lanka v England

3rd Test, Colombo

Lucky tossers or worthy challengers? England bid for No.1

Joe Root's men are in sight of a memorable series whitewash in Sri Lanka, but can their recent failings be forgotten that quickly?

'England are on track for No.1 ranking' - Root

Captain challenges team to keep up the pressure and seal rare series whitewash in Sri Lanka

Butcher: Roy the future at No. 3

Andrew Miller and Mark Butcher discuss Jonny Bairstow's promotion to No. 3 for the Colombo Test


Third Test build-up

England in Sri Lanka 2018-19

Sri Lanka call up uncapped Nishan Peiris

The offspinner replaces Akila Dananjaya, who will miss the third Test to undergo a bowling-action assessment in Brisbane

Colombo's Test grounds

Benjamin Golby and Nicholas Brookes

In Colombo, three's not a crowd

Learn more about the SSC, P Sara and the Premadasa and you will understand Sri Lanka a bit better as a country


Rare away success

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Bairstow contemplates route back into Test side

Despite not wanting to give up on keeping wicket, Jonny Bairstow admits his most likely way back into the team might be at No. 3

Scent of victory leaves Bayliss' stock higher than ever

He will not be contemplating staying on longer but, despite occasional criticisms, Trevor Bayliss has once again created a winning environment for the Test team

Sri Lanka v England

2nd Test, Pallekele

Leach, Moeen lead England to rare series win

England's spinners shared 19 of the 20 Sri Lanka wickets to take a 2-0 lead

Dobell: Leach provides control as ODI freedom comes to fore

England learn from success of white-ball side, as flexibility gives spinners the space to shine

Stats: Most wickets for spinners in a Test

England have won two successive away Tests for the first time in six years

Sri Lanka v England

2nd Test, Pallekele

Sri Lanka pin blame on fielding after chastening loss

Coach Hathurusingha says standards have to rise if team is to recover from series defeat

England reap rewards of brave selection policy - Trevor Bayliss

Big calls vindicated after England secure second series win in Sri Lanka in five attempts since 2000-01

Sri Lanka v England

2nd Test, Pallekele

England must seize chance to achieve special series win

The team is a work in progress, but a rare series win in Asia is very much there for the taking

Meet the scouting guru at the heart of England's selection revolution

The success of England's new recruits in recent months can be attributed in part to the groundwork laid by the ECB's Mo Bobat

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Second Test, Pallekele

Foakes has 'set an example' for wicketkeeping

Jos Buttler has admitted Ben Foakes' "fantastic" debut in Galle has changed the dynamic in the Test team

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Test series

Chandimal out of second Test, Charith Asalanka called up

Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal will lead Sri Lanka against England in Pallekele

Akila Dananjaya reported for suspect bowling action

The Sri Lanka spinner is required to undergo testing within 14 days

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Test series

England could bat Buttler or Stokes at No. 3

Moeen Ali has not taken his chance, says Bayliss, with possibility of reshuffle for Pallekele

Dobell: England find strength to match their depth

There were notable performances from Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali and Keaton Jennings but almost everyone contributed to England's first away Test win in two years

Three things we learnt from the Galle Test

George Dobell and Andrew Fidel Fernando share their thoughts on the lessons from England's convincing win over Sri Lanka in the first Test


Wicketkeeper headache

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Foakes keeps clear head as glovework lives up to billing

Two catches and a stumping build on brilliant debut century as England keeper settles into primary role

Prior praises 'fantastic' Foakes innings

Matt Prior commended Ben Foakes after he equalled Prior's record to become only the second England wicketkeeper to score a century on Test debut


Bairstow mustn't 'rush back' from injury - Prior

Former England keeper Matt Prior says Ben Foakes' emergence on debut has created a "nightmare" for the selectors

Herath retires

1st Test, Galle

'Greatest role model Sri Lankan cricket ever had'

Rangana Herath's former Sri Lanka team-mates and coaches pay tribute to him

'Taking 14 wickets in Mahela's last Test was my best'

In the days before his final Test, Rangana Herath looks back on his spectacular career and explains why he's retiring

'His mental strength is unbelievable' - Farbrace on Herath

Sri Lanka's former coach, now England assistant, recalls the impact of their retiring spinner

I Was There

England's series win in SL, 2000-01

Thorpey and Gilo mug Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka v England

1st Test, Galle

How Dimuth Karunaratne uses other players to get ahead

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Mark Nicholas: How about Stokes at No. 3?

Selection for the first Test is tricky but England's ambition should be to embrace options rather than retreat to type

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Test series

Root and Burns show encouraging form in drawn warm-up game

There was a fifty for Moeen Ali, too, but Joe Denly and Keaton Jennings were less convincing in their stints at the crease

Nissanka taken to hospital after blow to the head

Play was suspended in the tour match after Pathum Nissanka sustained a blow to the head while fielding at short leg

Scare for England as Ben Stokes retires hurt after blow to elbow

Stokes was struck when attempting to pull a short delivery from Lahiru Kumara

England v Sri Lanka

T20I, Colombo

Roy blazes, legspinners strike as England seal win

Joe Denly and Adil Rashid shared seven wickets as England closed out victory in their final white-ball encounter of the tour

'Never give up on that dream' - Denly stars on England comeback

Allrounder claims remarkable four-wicket haul in first international appearance since 2010

Denly comes full circle after 384-match break

Eight years after his axing on the eve of England's World T20 triumph, Kent's forgotten man returns to the fray

ODI revolution

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Morgan behind England's rise to No. 1 - Rashid

Adil Rashid said England's captain had been key to their limited-overs improvement as well as his own development

Fernando: How England turned tables on spin

England's white-ball revival has been startling to behold, and it has centred on the subversion of their oldest weakness of all

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Aftermath of ODI series

Colombo shocker could cost World Cup places - Bayliss

Coach unimpressed with attitude as England marred series win with record defeat

Butcher: Disaster-prone England should still win World Cup

George Dobell and Mark Butcher discuss England's potential squad to play in the 2019 World Cup


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England have cause for a little concern but not for panic

They might have got a reminder of mortality on Tuesday, but the stakes were low


Sri Lanka v England

5th ODI, Colombo

Record defeat for England as SL claim consolation win

Sri Lanka inflicted England's heaviest defeat, in terms of runs, in their ODI history to clinch a morale-boosting victory in Colombo

Morgan critical after 'extremely poor' display

Eoin Morgan, who rested himself for the final ODI of the series, labelled England's attitude as "very poor" after they were thrashed by Sri Lanka

Mendis intensity key as Sri Lanka's hitman turns corner

Batsman's 56 from 33 balls was not the most substantial knock in Sri Lanka's innings, but it was the most eye-catching

Great spinner calls time

Sri Lanka v England

Last Test star of the 1990s, Herath to retire in Galle

The left-arm spinner will play the first Test in Galle, where he needs one wicket to reach 100 at the venue

'He is a legend' - Dickwella on Herath

Niroshan Dickwella praises the retiring Rangana Herath, saying Sri Lanka now need to look at young replacements


A tribute to the most successful left-arm bowler in Tests

Rangana Herath will retire after the first Test in Galle, where he made his Test debut 19 years ago


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ODI series

Shanaka rues opportunities that slipped away

Eoin Morgan felt England were "average" in the field but they had enough to sweep aside an improved Sri Lanka

Social Story: Does it ever not rain in Sri Lanka?


Sri Lanka v England

3rd ODI, Pallekele

Currans on course for all-format dominance

With Sam now a fixture in England's Test set-up, the time is drawing nigh when both Currans take the field together

'You can't win with 150 on the board' - Dickwella

Sri Lanka's big hitter admits he's falling short of his potential at the top of the order

Squad change

Eng in SL 2018-19

Denly called up after Dawson ruled out by injury

A side strain to Liam Dawson means Joe Denly will return to the England ODI squad nine years after his last cap

'Nice to see batsmen ducking and diving' - Stone

After shaking up Sri Lanka in Dambulla, England's newest quick Olly Stone is targeting a run into their World Cup plans

Sri Lanka v England

1st ODI, Dambulla

Match abandoned due to heavy rain, wet outfield

Sri Lanka's monsoon season was the only winner in Dambulla as the first ODI was abandoned after just 15 overs of play

Our situation similar to England's after 2015 World Cup - Chandimal

The similarities between Sri Lanka's present plight and England's situation following their group-stage exit in the 2015 World Cup are unmissable

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One-day series build-up

Wood hopes lengthened run-up will lengthen his career

Fast bowler seeks sustained run of match fitness ahead of England's five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka

What happened to England's 2014 one-day side?

The last time England toured Sri Lanka, they were attempting to fine-tune their plans for the 2015 World Cup. It's fair to say things didn't quite go to plan

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England in SL 2018-19

ODI series

Roles reversed as focused England keep eyes on World Cup prize

After an abject tour of Sri Lanka in 2014, England return to find their hosts in a state of flux this time

Series build-up

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ICC ACU to brief England, SL players before series

The ICC's anti-corruption unit has issued an update on its investigation into alleged corruption in Sri Lankan cricket

England best all-round side in 'any conditions'

Kumar Sangakkara says that Sri Lanka's chances in Tests depend on Rangana Herath and the ability to post a good first-innings total

'Brilliant' England can win in the subcontinent - Sangakkara

The former SL captain says Ollie Pope and Rory Burns have long careers ahead of them

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Back from the wilderness

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'Better equipped to deal with England pressure now'

Kent's Joe Denly says he'll deal with the demands of playing for England better now than he did during his last call up to the squad


Had to start enjoying cricket again, my career was fading away - Denly

Joe Denly's form suffered after he was dropped in 2010 but he has rediscovered his love for the game and could get his Test chance in Sri Lanka

Mathews controversy

Sri Lanka news

Mathews' running affects team dynamic - Hathurusingha

Sri Lanka's coach and chief selector explain why the former captain was left out of the ODI squad

Kaushal Silva, Pushpakumara back in Test squad

Sri Lanka pick five spinners for their three-Test series at home against England

Sri Lanka confirm Angelo Mathews axe for England ODIs

Dinesh Chandimal, who had been sidelined from the Asia Cup with injury, will return to take over captaincy

Captaincy crisis

Sri Lanka news

Mathews dropped from ODI squad for England series

Fitness concerns are understood to be the reason behind his axing

WATCH - Two years, six Sri Lanka captains

A recap of Sri Lanka's struggles to find stable leadership since the start of 2017


Mathews ticked off at being 'scapegoat' for Asia Cup exit

The sacked Sri Lanka captain writes letter to SLC stating his objections and offering to retire from T20 and ODI cricket

England news

Build-up to Test tour

Moeen needs to believe he's a Test-class spinner - Swann

England's win over India will mean nothing if they don't beat an out-of-sorts Sri Lanka, says former spin bowler

'Sledging doesn't have to be offensive' - Moeen

'Osama' investigation closed, but doesn't rule out possibility of facing unnamed abuser in next year's Ashes

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Test squad announced

Burns braced for 'trial by spin' after Test call-up

Surrey opener heard of call-up after interrupted phonecall to selector Ed Smith at windy Taunton

Smith shows pragmatic side as England seek overseas formula

With the selections for his first England touring squad, Ed Smith has given the Test team options galore in their attempts to finally win away

Burns, Stone, Denly picked for SL Tests

Rory Burns will be given the chance to succeed Alastair Cook at the top of England's Test batting order, after being named alongside two other uncapped players, Olly Stone and Joe Denly

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Limited-overs squads

Stone named in England ODI squad as cover for Plunkett

Warwickshire fast bowler set for maiden tour, as Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are both picked ahead of December's disciplinary hearing

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