Bairstow’s maiden Lord’s ton puts England ahead

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Jonny Bairstow (107 not out) was England’s saviour, hitting a steely century on the first day of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Thursday (June 9). At close of play, the home side was 279 for 6, having recovered from 84 for 4 when Bairstow strode to the crease. It wasn’t the first time Bairstow was coming to England’s rescue this series. In the first Test, England was reduced to 83 for 5 before he carved 140 on his Headingley home ground to help the side win by an innings and 88 runs. But the script could have gone very differently this time around had Bairstow been caught on 11 when he clipped Nuwan Pradeep firmly off his pads… Read More →

Lively pacie Bandara certainty for Lords, Kusal Janith expectant

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“The names of the exciting hard hitting opening batsman Kusal Janith Perera and 29-year old left-arm pace man Chaminda Bandara hover as  Sri Lanka head to Lords.” The names of the exciting hard hitting opening batsman Kusal Janith Perera and 29-year old left-arm pace man Chaminda Bandara hover as  Sri Lanka head to Lords with several key issues to be ironed out in fielding a gelling combination against a highly professional England. Kusal Janith beefing up the side for his attacking pinch hitting ability could be a swaying factor while Bandara almost looks a certainty with pace man Shaminda Eranga whose action is being scrutinized, likely to be left out pending the biomechanical clearance. Concerns sounded two days ahead of… Read More →

Sri Lanka A Team 4-day and ODI Squad to UK announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the Sri Lanka A-Team 04-Day squad for the upcoming tour of UK. 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Madhawa Warnapura 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Roshen Silva 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Lahiru Gamage 12. Kasun Rajitha 13. Vishva Fernando 14. Asitha Fernando 15. Ramith Rambukwella 16. Prabath Jayasuriya The following are the A-Team ODI Squad: 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Bhanuka Rajapakse 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Kithruwan Vithanage 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Thisara Perera 12. Lahiru Gamage 13. Kasun Rajitha 14. Mohamed Dilshad… Read More →

ODI Squad to UK announced

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Farveez Maharoof, Upul Tharanga, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Suraj Randiv and Seekuge Prasanna get call-up to join their team mates in UK. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the following national players have been selected to join the Sri Lanka squad on the ongoing tour of UK. They will be available for selection for the ODI series. Danushka Gunathilaka Farveez Maharoof Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randiv Upul Tharanga The selected players will be departing for UK shortly.

‘Ape Kollo’ Feeling as Never before for Lords Showdown

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The hard hitting Angelo Mathews, with the proven track record to take the fight to the opposition, will be the man to carry Sri Lanka’s thrust. The arrival of young Kusal Mendis from the cricket crazy town of Moratuwa, sounds exciting. The riding back to form of Chandimal must put the smiles on Sri Lankan faces. – Srian Obeyesekere expounds An ‘Ape Kollo’ Sri Lankan feeling must ring within as a 0-2 down back to the wall Sri Lanka prepare to reverse fortunes in the Lords 3rd Test match on June 9. Sri Lanka is known for its inherent capability to bounce back, and the rediscovery of its batting muscle in a second innings total of 475 at Durham must certainly be morale… Read More →

Eranga available to play 3rd Test if selected : Bandara to join KJP to UK

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Eranga to be assessed early next week, can play Lord’s test if selected. 9/68 earns Left-arm Fast Bowler Chaminda Banadara a place in the Sri Lanka test squad. The ICC has confirmed to Sri Lanka Cricket that fast bowler Shaminda Eranga who was reported for suspect action during the 2nd Investec Test, can be considered for selection to the 3rd Test at Lord’s on the 9th June. Eranga is due to present himself for assessment at Laughborough on the 6th of June, and the ICC has confirmed that “Eranga is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known” Meanwhile, National Selectors, headed by Sanath Jayasuriya have called up 29 year old left-arm-medium-fast bowler… Read More →

Sri Lanka to face South Africa in first Champions Trophy match

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ICC Media Release •    Former winners Sri Lanka and South Africa to lock horns at The Oval on 3 June India will launch its ICC Champions Trophy title defence against traditional rival Pakistan when the two Asian powerhouses go head to head at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 4 June 2017. The 18-day tournament will run from 1 to 18 June 2017 and will also see matches played at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff and The Oval in London. A couple of days before this mouth-watering all-Asian clash, Australia and New Zealand will lock horns in a repeat of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final at Edgbaston. Event host and 2004 and 2013 finalist England will take on Bangladesh in… Read More →

Nuwan Kulasekera announces his test retirement; Intends to concentrate on shorter format

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Former ODI No.1 spot holder Nuwan Kulasekara has announced his retirement from Test Cricket with immediate effect. In a letter addressed to SLC, Kulasekera says, “I would like to retire from playing Test cricket with immediate effect. After much thought I believe it is the right time to retire and I hope it will allow me to better prepare for ODI and T20 cricket, which I would like to continue playing for Sri Lanka subject to good performance and selection” The former strike bowler with 48 test wickets to his name and best innings figures of 4/21, was ranked the ICC ODI No1 bowler in March 2009 after a 47 wicket haul in the preceding eleven months. His prowess is… Read More →

Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect bowling action

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the second Test against England, which the host won at Chester-le-Street on Monday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 29-year-old’s bowling action. Eranga’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Eranga is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known. Details of the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions can… Read More →

Cook tops 10,000 as England grabs winning 2-0 lead

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Alastair Cook became the youngest batsman to score 10,000 Test runs as England sealed a series win over Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on Monday (May 30). England completed an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test with more than a day to spare to taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Cook was unbeaten on 47 as England eased to its target of 79 after Dinesh Chandimal made a fine century to lift Sri Lanka, following on, to 475 in its second innings. Nick Compton, who hit the winning runs, finished 22 not out. Cook started his innings needing just five runs to reach the milestone, and got there with a boundary through mid-wicket off Nuwan Pradeep. In the process,… Read More →

Mathews, Silva, Chandimal fifties shore up Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka put up its best batting performance of the ongoing Test series against England on the third day of the second game at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Sunday (May 29). Bowled out for 101 in its first innings and asked to follow on, Sri Lanka reached 309 for 5 at stumps, with Angelo Mathews leading the way with a knock of 80 before becoming the last wicket to fall for the day. The day started with Sri Lanka 91 for 8 in its first innings in 40 overs. The innings lasted for 3.3 overs after that as Stuart Broad and James Anderson picked up the last two wickets. Broad finished with figures of 4 for 40, while Anderson and… Read More →

SLC Cricket Aid Shramadhana Campaign

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Over 300 volunteers of SLC’s Cricket Aid comprised of staff, coaches, cricketers and well wishers spent the day at a Shramadhana organised to assist the flood effected in resettlement. Cricket Aid distributed over 3000 aid packages that contained dry rations, bedding, clothing and toiletries and 10,000 Litres of potable water. Volunteers cleaned and helped in resettlement of over 500 houses. The campaign is set to continue in the coming week with School books and uniforms being distributed as a second phase.