England tour of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Match Preview
After a 3-1 drubbing in ODI series, Sri Lanka eyes to bounce back in the first test match at Galle which will be remembered as the final test of the Sri Lankan veteran Rangana Herath. The first of the three test match series between Sri Lanka and England starts on Tuesday at Galle International Stadium, Galle.
Earlier, England won the rain-affected 5-match ODI series by 3-1 and the only solitary T20I by 30 runs. This is the last chance for the hosts to salvage pride after the dismal show in ODI series. Also, the hosts would be keen to give a remarkable farewell to their second stalwart- Rangana Herath at his fortress at Galle, after Muralitharan.
Rangana Herath’s final test of the career
Sri Lankan veteran announced his retirement from the international career naming Galle test to be his final outing. Rangana Herath, who is currently tenth in the list of highest wicket takers with 430 wickets in his bag, started his test career against Australia at the same ground in 1999. He has taken 99 wickets from 18 Tests in Galle and will be recorded for the longest playing career for Sri Lanka in Test cricket.
In his final test, Rangana Herath would be eyeing to surpass Richard Hadlee (431) and Kapil Dev (434) and while he retires, Herath will be the last active player from the 20th century to play a Test.
Alike the tour so far, rain is expected to be the third side to take part in the Test series. Lots of rain is forecasted which may interfere with the excitement. As far as pitch conditions are valued, spinners will have an upper hand.
Venue- Galle International Stadium, Galle
Matchday- Nov 06, Tue – Nov 10 Sat at 10 AM IST
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Dinesh Chandimal (C), Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Malinda Pushpkumara, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Akila Danajaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Surgana Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara
Joe Root, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes
The probable SL vs ENG playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper: Niroshan Dickwella
Batsmen: Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (C), Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva,
All-rounder: Dananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera,
Bowlers: Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, Rangana Herath
Wicketkeeper: Jos Buttler/Ben Foakes
Batsmen: Joe Root (C), Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings
All-rounder: Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes
Bowlers: Sam Curran/Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson
In wicketkeeper, we will pick Niroshan Dickwella as he comes up the order to bat than Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes. Also, there’s uncertainty over the keeper in the visitor’s squad. One of Buttler and Foakes will keep the wickets. If Foakes keeps the wicket, Buttler will play as a specialist batsman.
In batsmen, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Joe Root and Rory Burns will be right choices.
In all-rounder, Dilruwan Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva and Moeen Ali will be perfect.
Fantasy Tip: The pitch is expected to assist spinner more. So, we will pick more of them.
In bowlers, Rangana Herath is a must. From England, we will pick Adil Rashid for his ability to turn the ball. Jimmy Anderson will be perfect pick in pacers. His swing abilities will be crucial in starting.
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