England vs Sri Lanka

  • Axed Pietersen sinks boot into struggling England June 28, 2014

    Sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen has put the blow-torch on Alastair Cook's England, saying the team's series defeat to Sri Lanka showed senior players were still shell-shocked from the 5-0 Ashes whitewash. Pietersen also heaped additional pressure on out-of-form skipper Cook, claiming his lack of runs was playing on his mind and...
  • Fletcher backs Cook to come through lean spell June 26, 2014

    Leicester: The man who was coach when Alastair Cook made his England debut has no doubt the opener will overcome his struggles with the bat and on the field to enjoy fresh success as as Test captain. Duncan Fletcher was England coach when the then 21-year-old Cook was flown halfway round...
  • England coach Moores won't take captaincy off Cook June 26, 2014

    Leeds: England coach Peter Moores has insisted he won't be a party to taking the captaincy off Alastair Cook in a bid to get the opener back to his best form with the bat. It is now 24 innings since Cook scored the last of his England record 25 Test centuries,...
  • Victorious Sri Lanka captain Mathews turns on Vaughan June 25, 2014

    Leeds: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews had the ideal response to criticism from former England skipper Michael Vaughan regarding the Islanders' "county" attack after the tourists completed a dramatic Test series win at Headingley. Mathews's men won the second Test by 100 runs after paceman Shaminda Eranga dismissed England No 11...
  • Cook vows to battle on despite another England defeat June 25, 2014

    London: A defiant Alastair Cook vowed to fight on as captain after England slumped to another defeat in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Tuesday, losing the two-match series 1-0. The home team fought gallantly on the final day and almost snatched a highly unlikely draw before last...
  • Sri Lanka clinch maiden Test series win in England June 25, 2014

    Leeds: Shaminda Eranga ended Jimmy Anderson's stubborn resistance with the penultimate ball on Tuesday as Sri Lanka won the second Test at Headingley by 100 runs to clinch their first ever Test series win in England. Anderson faced 55 balls without scoring in a desperate last-wicket stand with Moeen Ali (108...
  • Boycott says out-of-form Cook could quit as captain June 24, 2014

    Former England great Geoff Boycott says the "nightmare of Australia is not over" and believes captain Alastair Cook's poor batting form is a "recipe for resignation". The home team, chasing 350 to win, were reduced to 57 for 5 on the penultimate day of the second and final Test on Monday...
  • Jayawardene slams England's tactics as SL head towards series win June 24, 2014

    Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene has questioned England's tactics, their ability to handle pressure and the wisdom of home captain Alastair Cook's pre-match spat with Shane Warne as the tourists moved to the brink of a memorable Test series win at Headingley. Sri Lanka seized control of the second and final...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka in control, England on the mat June 24, 2014

    Leeds: Sri Lanka took control of the second Test after Dhammika Prasad claimed four wickets on day four to reduce England to 57 for 5 on Monday, needing an unlikely 293 more runs to win at Headingley. Sri Lanka were earlier dismissed for 457, setting England an imposing total of 350....
  • Live Score: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 4 June 23, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page). Day three round-up: Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene both made half-centuries on Sunday as Sri Lanka built a delicate lead of 106 runs over England after finishing day three of the second Test on 214 for 4. Jayawardene was unbeaten on...
  • 2nd Test: Jayawardene, Sangakkara lead SL fightback at Headingley June 23, 2014

    Leeds: Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene both made half-centuries on Sunday as Sri Lanka built a delicate lead of 106 runs over England after finishing day three of the second Test on 214 for 4. Jayawardene was unbeaten on 55, with Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on 24, in a 38-run...
  • Live Score: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3 June 22, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day three roundup: Sam Robson hit his maiden Test century before England lost three wickets for three runs on Saturday to finish the second day on 320 for 6 in their first innings with a 63-run lead over Sri...
  • 2nd Test: Sam Robson's maiden ton gives England 63-run lead over Sri Lanka June 22, 2014

    Leeds: Sam Robson hit his maiden Test century before England lost three wickets for three runs on Saturday to finish the second day on 320 for 6 in their first innings with a 63-run lead over Sri Lanka in the second Test. The 24-year old Robson went to tea on 98...
  • 2nd Test: Stuart Broad takes hat-trick as England dismiss Sri Lanka for 257 June 21, 2014

    Leeds: Stuart Broad became the first England player to take two career Test hat tricks while Liam Plunkett finished with five wickets as Sri Lanka collapsed to 257 all out on the first day of the second Test on Friday. In reply, England reached 36-0 at stumps with Alastair Cook on...
  • Stuart Broad takes historic hat-trick for England June 21, 2014

    Leeds: Stuart Broad became the first England player to take two Test hat-tricks as he struck across two overs in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Friday. He dismissed Kumar Sangakkara for 79 when the batsman sent the ball to Ian Bell at gully with the final delivery of Broad's...
  • Alastair Cook backs England pace attack for Sri Lanka decider June 19, 2014

    The lack of a front-line spinner to replace Graeme Swann continues to vex English cricket but captain Alastair Cook insists their four-man pace attack remains the best option heading into the second test against Sri Lanka on Friday. James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan on debut bowled manfully...
  • Shane Warne's critisicm personal, says England captain Alastair Cook June 19, 2014

    Alastair Cook has said "something needs to be done" about the barrage of criticism he has received over his captaincy of the England team from the likes of Australia great Shane Warne. During England's 5-0 Ashes series loss 'Down Under', Cook's generally conservative approach came under fire from legendary leg-spinner Warne. Regarded...
  • Ian Bell 'amazed' to join England's 100-club June 19, 2014

    England batsman Ian Bell said on Wednesday it felt "amazing" to be on the verge of his 100th Test. The 32-year-old Warwickshire right-hander is in line to become only the 12th England player to complete a century of Test appearances when the team face Sri Lanka in the second and final...
  • Sri Lanka survive dramatic session to save Lord's Test June 17, 2014

    Number 11 Nuwan Pradeep survived five dramatic balls from Stuart Broad to help Sri Lanka avoid defeat after James Anderson ripped through the visitors to almost force an England win in the first Test at Lord's on Monday. Pradeep survived the final five balls, including successfully reviewing an lbw decision on...
  • 1st Test: England lead Sri Lanka by 389 runs on Day 4 June 16, 2014

    London: Gary Ballance hit an unbeaten 104 on Sunday for his first Test century as England fought back to finish the fourth day on 267 for 8 and lead Sri Lanka by 389 runs in the first Test at Lord's. With one day left, the Sri Lankans will have to pass...
  • 1st Test: Kumar Sangakkara's ton leads Sri Lanka to 415-7 on Day 3 June 15, 2014

    Kumar Sangakkara's first century at Lord's led Sri Lanka to 415 for 7 at stumps and within 160 of England's first innings after three days of the first Test on Saturday. Sangakkara cruised to his 36th Test century, and helped Sri Lanka sail past the follow-on mark after England declared at...
  • 1st Test: Sri Lanka in control despite Root's double-ton June 14, 2014

    London: Joe Root scored a career-best 200 not out and England immediately declared their first innings at 575 for 9 against Sri Lanka on Friday, the second day of the first Test at Lord's. But Sri Lanka replied strongly, with Kaushal Silva leading the visitors to 140 for 1 at the...
  • Sri Lanka keeper Prasanna Jayawardene injures hand in warm-up June 13, 2014

    Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene was taken to hospital for a scan after injuring his hand while warming up for the second day of the opening Test against England at Lord's on Friday. Jayawardene, who took two catches on the first day but was generally untidy behind the stumps, missed the...
  • 1st Test: Root's century puts England on top on day one June 13, 2014

    London: Joe Root's second hundred in as many Lord's Tests was the cornerstone of England's recovery on the first day of their series opener with Sri Lanka on Thursday. Root's 102 not out helped take England to 344 for 5 at stumps on the first day of the first Test after...
  • Angelo Mathews wary of England's hostility ahead of Test series June 12, 2014

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews did his best to play down any lingering discontent surrounding the controversial runout of Jos Buttler, but admits to expecting some hostility when his side's two-match test series with England begins at Lord's on Thursday. The visitors won the one-day international series 3-2, but their final...
  • England's Gary Ballance to bat at three against Sri Lanka June 11, 2014

    Yorkshire's Gary Ballance is set to bat in England's problem position of number three in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday. England captain Alastair Cook said the Zimbabwe-born left-hander would come in at first wicket down when speaking to reporters at Lord's on Wednesday. When Ballance made his...
  • England debutant Moeen may unveil doosra at Lord's June 10, 2014

    London: England newcomer Moeen Ali is preparing to unveil a surprise should he make his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday - his doosra. The Worcestershire allrounder is set to play in the opening game of the two-match series, with captain Alastair Cook likely to call on Moeen's...
  • Sri Lanka warm-up match against Northampton ends in draw June 9, 2014

    Northampton: Rob Keogh's century ensured Sri Lanka encountered determined Northamptonshire resistance as their final match before next week's first Test against England at Lord's ended in a draw. That was always the most likely outcome after Saturday's third day of four was washed out without a ball bowled and became all...
  • Prasanna Jayawardene ready for England backlash June 8, 2014

    Northamptonshire: Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene said he expected England to "come hard" at them during this month's two-Test series. The tourists took a five-match ODI series 3-2 with a six-wicket win at Edgbaston on Tuesday - a result overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the run out backing up or...
  • Sri Lanka in the wickets in final warm-up June 7, 2014

    Sri Lanka's bowlers were in the wickets on Friday ahead of next week's first Test against England at Lord's. The tourists reduced Northamptonshire to 146 for five at stumps on the second day of four in reply to Sri Lanka's 558 for eight declared -- a deficit of 412 and with...