Sri Lanka

  • Mahela Jayawardene looking good in Sri Lanka Test warm-up June 5, 2014

    Northampton: Mahela Jayawardene was in typically fine touch as Sri Lanka faced Northamptonshire ahead of next week's first Test against England at Lord's. Sri Lanka, whose captain for the match Lahiru Thirimanne had won the toss, were 103 for two at lunch on the first day of this four-day fixture at...
  • Sri Lanka releases 33 Indian fishermen June 5, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has released 33 Indian fishermen following the orders of the country's President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The development came as a goodwill gesture after the Sri Lankan President met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May at later's oath taking ceremony. Talks between India and Sri Lanka on the fishermen issue...
  • Sam Robson set for England debut against Sri Lanka June 5, 2014

    Australia-born Sam Robson was in line to make his England debut after the Middlesex opener was named on Thursday in the squad to play Sri Lanka in next week's first Test at his Lord's 'home' ground. Robson was one of three uncapped players named by national selector James Whitaker in a...
  • England pick uncapped trio for first Sri Lanka Test June 5, 2014

    London: England named a trio of uncapped players on Thursday in their squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's later this month. Selecting his first Test squad since returning to the job, coach Peter Moores picked 24-year-old batsman Sam Robson and all-rounders Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali for...
  • 'Mankading' raises debate on spirit of cricket once again June 4, 2014

    Nothing tends to divide fans more than a supposed affront to the 'spirit' of cricket, the standard of conduct that sits alongside its laws to help govern the so-called gentleman's game. When Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake removed the bails as batsman Jos Buttler was backing up at the non-striker's end during...
  • India slip to third but Virat Kohli on top in ICC ODI rankings June 5, 2014

    The Indian cricket team dropped a rung to third but Virat Kohli continued to top the batting chart in the latest ICC one-day international rankings announced on Wednesday. India lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the top of the table. Sri Lanka's 3-2 series win...
  • Chris Jordan in reckoning for Tests, says England captain Alastair Cook June 4, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook said Chris Jordan had bolstered his prospects of making a Test debut against Sri Lanka next week during the recent one-day series against the tourists. Sussex all-rounder Jordan took 12 wickets at under 20 apiece during England's 3-2 series defeat by Sri Lanka, which ended with Tuesday's...
  • DMDK urges Centre to end Tamil Nadu fishers' travails June 4, 2014

    DMDK, an ally of BJP-led NDA in Tamil Nadu,on Wednesday urged the Centre to find a permanent solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and harassment of state's fishermen, allegedly by the island nation's navy. "Though India magnanimously treats Sri Lanka as a friendly country, it does not seem to...
  • Jos Buttler should have been recalled, says Arjuna Ranatunga June 4, 2014

    Colombo: Former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday said Sri Lanka was right to run out England's Jos Buttler, but felt he should have been recalled in the spirit of the game. "We should have got him out and then (Sri Lankan captain) Angelo (Mathews) called him back to play," Ranatunga told...
  • Alastair Cook says run-out row will 'spice' up England-Sri Lanka Tests June 4, 2014

    Birmingham: England captain Alastair Cook said he expected the controversial run out of Jos Buttler during the fifth one-day international against Sri Lanka to "spice up" the forthcoming Test series between the teams. Cook insisted a "line had been crossed" after Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Jos Buttler as the non-striker...
  • Michael Clarke backs controversial 'Mankad' run-out rule June 4, 2014

    Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he had no problem with a controversial run out rule that marred the fifth and final one-day international between England and Sri Lanka. His England counterpart Alastair Cook insisted a "line had been crossed" after Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Jos Buttler as...
  • Sri Lanka beat England by six wickets to win ODI series June 4, 2014

    Birmingham: Sri Lanka swept to a six-wicket victory over England at Edgbaston on Tuesday, sealing a 3-2 victory in their one-day international series. Lahiru Thirimanne scored an unbeaten 60 and Mahela Jayawardene added 53 as the tourists reached 222 for 4 in reply to England's 219 all out in the decider...
  • Hashim Amla named South Africa's new Test captain June 29, 2014

    Johannesburg: South African cricket broke new ground on Tuesday with the appointment of Hashim Amla as Test captain, the first black cricketer to hold the post permanently in a sport long seen to be dominated by whites. Cricket South Africa (CSA) had identified Amla, one-day skipper AB de Villiers and Twenty20...
  • Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa orders release of 29 Indian fishermen June 3, 2014

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the release of 29 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu. The fishermen had been produced before the magistrate in the northeastern town of Mannar and ordered to be in remand custody until June 16. They were part of...
  • New Zealand, Sri Lanka to play Test in Christchurch June 3, 2014

    Wellington: Christchurch will host a Test match for the first time since a devastating 2011 earthquake when New Zealand and Sri Lanka meet at the city's Hagley Oval from December 26 in the first match of a two-Test series. Hagley Oval, which hosts its first Test match, is also the venue...
  • Coach Peter Moores wants complete performance from England players June 2, 2014

    England coach Peter Moores has called on his players to produce a complete performance against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston as they look to start his new era with a series victory. Moores' team face a decider in the best of five-matches one-day international series on Tuesday after the tourists held their...
  • Sachithra Senanayake reported for suspected illegal bowling action June 2, 2014

    Bangalore: Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side's seven-run victory over England in the fourth One-Day International at Lord's last Saturday. Senanayake was reported at the end of the match by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Ian Gould, both from the...
  • 'I'm not ready for Tests' insists Jos Buttler June 2, 2014

    Jos Buttler believes he will eventually be able to transfer his stunning one-day form into the Test arena but that now is not the time for him to make a debut in the five-day format. The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who joined Lancashire from Somerset at the start of this season, played...
  • SL Navy arrests 29 Tamil fishermen just 5 days after Rajapaksa's visit June 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday arrested 29 fishermen from Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and detained six boats. The arrests came less than a week after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in. The arrest came two days before Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is scheduled to...
  • 4th ODI: England lose to Sri Lanka despite Jos Buttler century June 1, 2014

    London: Sri Lanka weathered a brilliant knock of 121 by Jos Buttler to beat England by seven runs in the fourth one-day international and take the five-match series to a decider at 2-2. Veteran left-hander Kumar Sangakkara struck 112 for his 19th ODI century as Sri Lanka posted 300 for 9...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI May 31, 2014

    For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page. Toss: England won the toss and have opted to bowl. England lead the series 2-1 in the five-match ODI series. While Sri Lanka registered one of their worst defeats in the third ODI at Old Trafford when they were all out...
  • Sri Lanka growth positive but needs to reduce debt: IMF May 30, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's economic growth has exceeded expectations last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said today and forecast that the country's economy would grow by around 7 per cent in 2014. "Real GDP growth reached 7.3 per cent, inflation declined to below 5 per cent," Todd Schneider, the head of...
  • Matt Prior's fitness a worry for England captain Alastair Cook May 30, 2014

    Alastair Cook's focus may be on the ongoing one-day series with Sri Lanka but the fitness of wicketkeeper Matt Prior ahead of the Test matches with the tourists is a concern for the England captain. Established Test gloveman Prior was dropped from the side during the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing...
  • Chris Jordan should play first Test against Sri Lanka: Graeme Swann May 30, 2014

    Former England spinner Graeme Swann says West Indian all-rounder Chris Jordan should be in England's starting XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka in June. Jordan took five for 29 in England's 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Wednesday's third one-day international at Old Trafford, reports CMC. "A 1,000 percent yes,"...
  • Jayalalithaa to meet PM Modi on June 3 June 14, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 3. This is her first meeting after Modi's anointment as the PM last week. Jayalalithaa had boycotted PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony in protest of the invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Jayalalithaa will meet Modi at his...
  • Sri Lankan cricket board considering Pakistan's invite May 29, 2014

    Karachi: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is evaluating Pakistan Cricket Board's invitation for a short series in the foreseeable future. If the Sri Lankans agree to send their team to Pakistan, it would be the first tour by a Test playing nation since the infamous March 2009 attack incident in Lahore...
  • Saker salutes Jordan's Sri Lanka rout in third ODI May 29, 2014

    Manchester: England bowling coach David Saker hailed Chris Jordan as the "ultimate professional" after the allrounder spearheaded a stunning 10-wicket defeat of Sri Lanka in the third one-day international. Sussex paceman Jordan took a career-best five wickets for 29 runs as England dismissed Sri Lanka for just 67 at Old Trafford...
  • England crush Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to take 2-1 lead in ODI series May 28, 2014

    Manchester: Chris Jordan led England's attack as they bowled out Sri Lanka for just 67 on the way to completing a crushing 10-wicket win in the third one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The Sussex paceman took a career-best five wickets for 29 runs as England, after fit-again captain Alastair...
  • Rajapaksa briefs Modi on Lanka's reconciliation process June 14, 2014

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sri Lanka's initiatives to achieve reconciliation with the minority Tamil community, as they held wide-ranging talks in New Delhi on a host of issues. During the meeting both sides tried to understand the common challenges and discussed ways to enhance...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI May 28, 2014

    For ball-by-ball updates scroll down to the bottom of the page. Toss: Alastair Cook won the toss and England have elected to bowl. The match looked doubtful with persistent rain but weather cleared at the right time for the play to start. Both teams have won each in the first two one-dayers...