Writing about the Lords test match at the end of day two is not an easy task. However, one can make an assumption based on what is in front of them! My guess is that the test match will be a high scoring draw or Sri Lanka has an excellent chance of pulling it off. By the time you read this, one will be able to safely understand where the game is heading as it would be day four and a day to go!
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Lord’s here we come!
Sri Lanka goes to Lord's with renewed confidence and self -belief than Leeds to Durham when they were beaten inside three days by innings with plenty to spare. At Leeds they were wounded and blown away and the confidence level at an all-time low and not sure of what to expect at Durham. And when they turned up in the North of England the weather that greeted them which was one of the coldest for a very long time didn't help them either.
Sri Lanka should perform better at Chester Le Street in the second Test match simply due to the conditions not being as dangerous as Headingley. If we revisit the first Test where the Lankans were annihilated, one has to concede that the batting conditions weren't the best, and Anderson and Broad were in a league of their own! Whilst it's easy to criticize the Sri Lankan batsmen, which I don't hesitate to do, there is very little doubt about the quality of the bowling and the conditions of the pitch! One has to accept that Anderson is easily the best fast bowler in the world and this is very true especially in English conditions, and he with Broad are the most potent new ball opening partnership in Test cricket today. And when a young and inexperienced side is up against such an attack the results could be one sided.
Hero's could be born for Sri Lanka. By the time this column is read, and unless a hero or two appears for the visitors in their batting department, the Test match should be over!
May be the only other factor that could prevent a victory by England is the fickle weather prevailing at Headingly! Sadly for Sri Lanka its worst fears were confirmed and England's decision to start the series in the North of England fully justified. It was clear from the outset that England's plan was to bring Sri Lanka to Lords during June with possibly one or two down and fighting with their backs to the wall! The performance so far, especially in the batting department, appears to be hastening the process in the opening Test.
Kusal saga resolved
Kusal Perera, the much spoken off puzzle, has finally been resolved. Thankfully he is back and ready to take on the mantle of batting at the top of the order for Sri Lanka. One hopes that the ODI and T20 series against England will be the returning point of the exciting Kusal. Whilst the entire nation badly needing a hero for its cricket is rejoicing at the return of Kusal, one needs to really understand and also applaud the hard work that was carried out behind the scene.
Sri Lanka will just be eleven days from the first Test by the time you read this article. Judging from what we have heard and seen about the weather it's cold, and also in some parts of the country it's snowing. It isn't ideal if you are a touring party from the subcontinent which is exactly what the Sri Lankans are.
The squad to England has been named and I am sure there were a few eyebrows that were raised by the names in it. It's interesting to find out the participation of the members of the selection panel who were instrumental in picking the final squad, as I am sure the input of Aravinda De Silva and Kumar Sangakkara too were sought when the final decision was made.
CT Sports: We did discuss the Sri Lanka tour of England in our last column, and also suggested a few names that have to be included going forward. It's most encouraging to note that the provisional squad of twenty named for the tour for the Test series has some of them and appears to be near certainties for the tour.
CT Sports: With the month of May approaching which is when the Sri Lanka tour to England happens the National Team is once again in for some exciting and interesting times ahead.
I don't think one should write anything else this week than on the stupendous win of the West Indies in the World T20 which was held in India and just concluded.
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