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Sri Lanka Tour of England 2011
Sri Lanka in England Test Series, 3 Test Cricket Series, 2011

# Date & Time Match Venue Result
1 Thu 26 May 03:30 PM IST ENG vs SL Sophia Gardens, Cardiff To be played
2 Fri 03 Jun 03:30 PM IST ENG vs SL Lord's, London To be played
3 Thu 16 Jun 03:30 PM IST ENG vs SL The Rose Bowl, Southampton To be played

Sri Lanka in England T20 Series, 1 T20 Cricket Series, 2011

# Date & Time Match Venue Result
1 Sat 25 Jun 07:00 PM IST ENG vs SL County Ground, Bristol To be played

Sri Lanka in England ODI Series, 5 ODI Cricket Series, 2011

# Date & Time Match Venue Result
1 Tue 28 Jun 05:30 PM IST ENG vs SL Kennington Oval, London To be played
2 Fri 01 Jul 03:15 PM IST ENG vs SL Headingley, Leeds To be played
3 Sun 03 Jul 03:15 PM IST ENG vs SL Lord's, London To be played
4 Wed 06 Jul 06:30 PM IST ENG vs SL Trent Bridge, Nottingham To be played
5 Sat 09 Jul 03:15 PM IST ENG vs SL Old Trafford, Manchester To be played
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Weakened bowling concerns Sri Lanka

LONDON (Reuters) - Four changes to a winning Sri Lanka team, only one of them injury-enforced, created a brief flurry of concern among their supporters before the World Cup final against India in Mumbai on April 2.

Most of the debate surrounded the omission of Ajantha Mendis, who had taken three wickets in the semi-final against New Zealand. Rangana Herath, another spinner, was also dropped.

The reshuffled attack was soon forgotten when Sri Lanka raced to 274 for six. It seemed totally irrelevant when Lasith Malinga dismissed India's two dangermen Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar for a total of 18 runs.

Yet from these depths, India still managed to win with six wickets and 10 balls to spare. Apart from Malinga, Sri Lanka's attack proved inadequate with even the mighty Muttiah Muralitharan going wicketless in his final match for his country.

To add to Sri Lanka's woes, Malinga has subsequently retired from test cricket, Chaminda Vaas is deemed too old and Mendis no longer mystifies the better batsmen.

All of which makes their new captain Tillakaratne Dilshan's dream of winning a series for the first time in England more difficult.

Sri Lanka are now coached by Stuart Law, who has taken over the job from fellow Australian Trevor Bayliss on a part-time basis.

The new management team have a tough job in the early part of the English summer against a resurgent home side whose erratic World Cup performances will quickly be forgotten whereas their Ashes heroics in Australia will live forever.

"It's no easy task going up against the best test team in the world at the moment, they've had a fantastic 18 months," Law said after Sri Lanka had won their opening tour match against Middlesex.

"We know we are up against it here but we aren't here to lose. We can match them if we apply ourselves and keep things simple.

"We can be a devastating team and that's what we are planning on doing. We are here to play cricket the way Sri Lanka play cricket and if we do we'll be successful."


Batting will not be a problem with two former captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who scored a wonderful century in the World Cup final, joining the team from the Indian Premier League before next week's opening test in Cardiff.

"Mahela and Kumar have played here a million times," Law added. "They know what to expect. It would be nice to have everyone here two weeks before a big test match but circumstances don't allow that these days."

Diharo Fernando is the leader of the pace attack, although he is now 31 and his 90 test wickets have been accumulated over the course of a decade.

He will be supported by 24-year-old Nuwan Pradeep, who did not play with a cricket ball until he was 20. Pradeep, like Malinga, has an untutored slinging action and Sri Lanka hope he will play a similar role.

"Filling Malinga's boots will be tough. We've got a young kid on our squad who's similar and hopefully he stands up to take his place," Law said. "He's the future. We have to find someone else who wants to play for 10-15 years."

Off the field, in an unpleasant reminder of the corruption scandal which ruined Pakistan's tour of England last year, former Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne has said he is ready to share information with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to back allegations of match-fixing.

"Match-fixing is something which has been in this country over a period of time," Tillakaratne was quoted as saying by the Sri Lanka Daily Mirror.

"This has spread like a cancer today. There were threats of this issue being exposed at various times. But it was pushed down by giving money to various people. If the people who were responsible for that are listening to this, I state this today with great responsibility, I will shortly reveal the names of those responsible."

Law said the Sri Lankan management did not want to discuss Tillakaratne's allegations.

"He says he is going to name names," Law said. "Let's wait and see what he does. All we can do is play cricket."
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1st Test: England v Sri Lanka at Cardiff, May 26-30, 2011

Sri Lanka 400 (Jayawardene making 112)
England 262/2 with Centuries to the credit of Cook & Trott)

England trail by 138 runs with 8 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
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England 491/5 (153.0 overs)

Ian Bell
98 (152)

Eoin Morgan
14 (14)

Tillakaratne Dilshan
16 - 1 - 60 - 1

Rangana Herath
44 - 7 - 115 - 1
R/R: 3.21
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2nd Test: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 3-7, 2011

England 486 & 98/1 (23.2 ov)
Sri Lanka 479
England lead by 105 runs with 9 wickets remaining @ Session3, Day 4
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Cook sets up victory shot against Sri Lanka

London, June 6 (AFP): England gave themselves a chance to win their Test series against Sri Lanka with a match to spare after losing skipper Andrew Strauss for a duck at Lord's here on Monday.The hosts, at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test, were 149 for two in their second innings - a lead of 156 - with Alastair Cook 61 not out.Cook, under skies brightened by the Lord's floodlights, helped England recover from none for one after the exit of Strauss and together with Jonathan Trott (58) put on 117 for the second wicket.Kevin Pietersen, despite coming in when Rangana Herath was on - left-arm spinners, including Herath, have removed him 19 times in Tests - was unbeaten on 15.England had dismissed Sri Lanka for just 82 inside 25 overs to force an improbable innings and 14-run win in the similarly rain-interrupted first Test in Cardiff.

But here they still have 98 overs left on Tuesday's final day in which to achieve a win that would put them 2-0 up in this three-match series.And the time remaining means a Sri Lanka victory can't be ruled out completely either.Sri Lanka, after rain washed out all of Monday's morning session, made 479 in reply to England's first innings 486 - a deficit of just seven runs.Strauss was then plumb lbw to left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara off the second ball of the innings, the skipper wasting a review before walking back to the Pavilion.The in-form Trott, sometimes criticised for slow-scoring, prospered against an under-powered Sri Lanka seam attack to score a 66-ball fifty, completed when he punched Dilhara Fernando through the covers for his eighth four.Former skipper Kumar Sangakkara, captaining the side as Tillakaratne Dilshan was off the field following the finger injury he'd suffered making a Sri Lankan Lord's Test-best 193 on Sunday, then opted for spin.

And it took Herath just four balls to bowl Trott, playing over the top of a dipping delivery.Trott's exit meant Pietersen had to face Herath immediately but he played out the over with two forward defensive shots.Cook then drove Fernando through the covers for a sixth four to go to an 86-ball fifty.An even bigger roar came after Pietersen, advancing confidently down the pitch, drove Herath straight back over the bowler's head for the first four of his innings.Earlier, Sri Lanka lost two wickets - Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera - for no runs in three balls to be 409 for six.But wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene (no relation), who made 112 in the first innings in Cardiff, hit back with a stylish 40 featuring a six and five fours and put on 57 with Herath in a lively seventh-wicket stand.England's pace attack, wayward on Sunday in the absence of injured Ashes spearhead James Anderson, showed signs of early improvement Monday.

But a huge total of 58 extras, including 23 byes, most of which could not be blamed on wicketkeeper Matt Prior, was evidence of a lack of accuracy.Steven Finn, recalled in place of Anderson, took four for 108 while off-spinner Graeme Swann polished off the tail with three for eight in 16 balls.

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