Spin hard and bat long: the blueprint for winning in Sri Lanka

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2021

England have returned to Sri Lanka after abandoning this tour last March midway through a practice game as the COVID-19 pandemic picked up momentum.

Sri Lanka suffered a spate of injuries during their two heavy defeats in South Africa and Dimuth Karunaratne's side will also welcome back experienced batsman Dinesh Chandimal and pacemen Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara against England. Batsman Dhananjaya de Silva and fast bowler Kasun Rajitha were both ruled out against England after suffering injuries in South Africa.

The two-match Test series is set to begin on Thursday (January 14) and will be a part of the ICC Test Championship. It places huge pressure on Dominic Bess, who averages over 40 with the ball in Test cricket, and Jack Leach, who has not played a Test match in a year due to fitness issues.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali will not leave his coronavirus quarantine on Wednesday as previously planned and is now highly unlikely to play any part the Test series against Sri Lanka.

Due to the off-spinner's time in isolation, the European Central Bank does not expect him to be match sharp in time for the second Test, also in Galle, from Friday, January 22 but will make a call on him in due course.

Sri Lanka vs England first Test will kickstart at 10am IST. However, if it does get featured, it is most likely to be broadcast live on Sony Network.

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