England tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test | ENG vs SL WHO WILL WIN
After winning the limited-overs leg, England’s aim now shifts to red-ball cricket as they prepare for life post the Alastair Cook era when they take on Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle on Tuesday.
Galle Test will be a momentous occasion for both England and Sri Lanka. While it will be the first time England will take the field in whites post-Alastair Cook’s retirement, Sri Lanka will hope to give their talismanic spinner Rangana Herath, who will bow out from Test cricket after this match.
England’s overseas performance since South Africa, 2016
Lost- 10 W- 1 D- 3
Unlike the limited-overs arena, England’s Test performance in the past two years has been abysmal. A shock defeat in Bangladesh was followed by a successive drubbing at the hands of India (0-4) and Australia (0-4) and a humiliating 58 all out against the Kiwis last winter, and skipper Joe Root will know his side needs to play out of their skins to challenge Sri Lanka in their conditions, who barring the India home series in 2017 (0-3) have been well-nigh unbeatable at home. Australia (3-0) and South Africa were quashed aside with disdain Sri Lanka’s irrepressible spin attack spearheaded by Herath.
Ever since the retirement of Andrew Strauss, England had been searching for an opener alongside Alastair Cook; they now have to find following the departure of Cook and unconvincing returns of Strauss’s replacements- Keeton Jennings being the latest addition to the long list.
Ever since his maiden Test hundred in Mumbai two years ago, Jennings has had a forgettable time in the Test arena where his ability against quality seam and swing bowling has been found out.
But, the conditions at Galle will be very much like Wankhede giving him an opportunity to stake his claim to the openers’ slot, especially for the Asian Conditions, while Rory Burns will look to emulate what he has been doing in the county circuit in the past two years- score truckloads of runs.
But, things wouldn’t be hunky-dory for the English top-order against Sri Lanka’s vile wizard, who is set to bowl out from the Test arena as the most-successful left-arm fast bowler in red-ball cricket- the last active Test cricketer from the 20th century. After staying in the shadows of Muralitharan for the best part of his career, Herath emerged as Sri Lanka’s biggest match-winner in a side that still boasted the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Since Murali’s retirement, Herath has racked up a whopping 359 wickets at an average of 25.99 which includes 30 five-wicket-hauls.
Most Man of the Match Awards for Sri Lanka in Tests (Post Murali’s retirement)
Herath was an absolute master of the fourth innings. His 4-15 against Pakistan in 2009 which helped Sri Lanka defend their lowest fourth-innings total (168), 7-48 against India at Galle in 2015 to help the hosts script a sensational come-from-behind win is a testimony to the aforementioned. fact. Only Shane Warne (138 wickets ar 23.14) has taken more fourth-innings wickets than the Sri Lankan magician.
Herath is not only Sri Lanka’s standout bowler, but he is also a giant among the men across teams in this era. Only James Anderson has taken more wickets (416) than Herath in the current decade (360 at 27.82), and it is only fitting that both of them will be present in the formers’ swansong tomorrow on a ground where he is one short of taking 100 Test wickets.
English skipper Joe Root indicated that the tourists might be prompted to move away from their reliance of a prolonged seam attack in a bid to find a “different formula”. This means Stuart Broad might find himself warming the benches and the trio of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jack Leach will form a threesome spin attack. Root will also hope Moeen Ali takes up the responsibilty of being the leader of the spin attack; something he has been reluctant to assume on overseas tours. Since the 2016 Bangladesh tour, Ali averages 49.8 among the English bowlers which include a disastrous tour of Australia last year following which he was dropped from the Test side earlier in the year.
If England is to take 20 wickets, Moeen and Rashid need to step-up big time but it is only about taking wickets, their batsmen need to take the responsibility and score big in the first innings leaving little to do in the second round against an irrepressible Herath.
Venue:- Galle International Stadium, Galle
Match Timing:- Tuesday, November 06-10, 2018, 10:00 AM IST
Weather Conditions:- Just like the ODI series, the first Test is expected to be marred with rain with the forecast predicting extended spells of showers throughout the week.
Dinesh Chandimal(c), Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Niroshan Dickwella, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Pushpakumara, Dushmantha Chameera
Joe Root (c), Olly Stone, Jack Leach, Keaton Jennings, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid, Joe Denly, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Rory Burns, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes
Here’s how both teams’ might line-up for SL vs ENG, 1st Test:-
Wicket-Keeper:- Niroshan Dickwella
Batsmen:- Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis
All-rounders:- Dilruwan Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers:- Rangana Herath, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal
Wicket-Keeper:- Ben Foakes
Batsmen:- Joe Root, Keeton Jennings, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler
All-rounders:- Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran
Bowlers:- Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson
Wicket-Keeper:- Since there is an uncertainty around who will be England’s wicket-keeper, it is prudent to pick Niroshan Dickwella in your Fantasy XI.
Batsmen:- Dimuth Karunaratne (356 runs at 118.67) was the leading run-scorer in the last home series against South Africa. He, along with Dinesh Chandimal, Joe Root are ideal picks for your Dream11 team.
All-rounders:- Dilruwan Perera claimed sixteen wickets in the home series against South Africa. With the pitch expected to offer turn, he is a must for your Fantasy XI. From England, you can opt for either of Ben Stokes or Moeen Ali.
Bowlers:- Rangana Herath has 99 wickets at Galle. The veteran will look to bow out of International cricket on a high. He claimed 12 wickets against South Africa, and along with Akila Dhananjaya (7 wickets) will be Sri Lanka’s trump card. From England, you may opt for wildcard picks such as Jack Leach or Adil Rashid.
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