Somerville out, Will Young in: New Zealand’s squad for Sri Lanka Tests

The offspinner William Somerville who played a starring role on debut as New Zealand beat Pakistan last week has not been included to play the upcoming home Test series against Sri Lanka. The 13-man squad that was announced on Monday had only one slow bowler in it – Ajaz Patel, who claimed a five-wicket haul in a dramatic four-run victory in Abu Dhabi last month. Meanwhile, 26-year old opening batsman Will Young earned his maiden-call up to international cricket. He was told of the development soon after scoring a century…

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Sri Lanka hire Steve Rixon as fielding coach

Steve Rixon has been appointed Sri Lanka’s fielding coach in their lead-up to the 2019 World Cup, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. He will link up with the Sri Lanka squad on December 24, ahead of their second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch. The move for a new fielding coach has long been mooted, with Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha having grown visibly frustrated at his team’s propensity to squander potentially match-winning opportunities on a nearly game-by-game basis. These frustrations were brought to a head during the recent…

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Tatenda Taibu set to return to competitive cricket in Sri Lanka

Tatenda Taibu, the former Zimbabwe captain and their convener of selectors until March this year, is set to return to competitive cricket, six years after retiring from international cricket. He has signed for Sri Lankan domestic side Baduraliya CC for the forthcoming first-class season, he confirmed to ESPNcricinfo, in response to an advertisement for an overseas player. Taibu, the youngest ever Test captain, played 28 Tests and 150 ODIs for Zimbabwe before calling time on an 11-year-long international career in 2012 at age 29, stating that he wanted to focus…

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Ben Stokes’ ‘exemplary’ showing in Sri Lanka wins praise from Trevor Bayliss

“He’s a madman.” That was the succinct verdict of Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, on Ben Stokes. It was said with a smile, of course. And meant as a compliment. For it was Stokes’ commitment to the team cause and extraordinary levels of fitness that provoked it. The specific moment that inspired the comment came from the final ball at the end of the third day’s play in Colombo. Bayliss had just seen Stokes complete a sprawling stop on the long-on boundary which saved three runs. Nothing unusual about that,…

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Scotland to host Sri Lanka for two ODIs in May 2019

SRI LANKA TOUR OF SCOTLAND Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 26 Nov, 2018, 09:46 PM Sri Lanka and Scotland will face off in a two-match ODI series © AFP Sri Lanka will make a stop in Scotland before beginning their 2019 World Cup campaign next year, Cricket Scotland announced on Monday (November 26). The two teams will face off in two ODIs, scheduled to be played on 18th and 21st of May, with the venue set to be revealed next month. The hosts will be looking to make use of…

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Joe Root ready to embrace rising expectations following historic Sri Lanka whitewash

Joe Root believes England‘s triumphant Test tour of Sri Lanka proves they are no “one-trick pony” and is ready to embrace rising expectations around his side. Most of England’s recent successes have come in seam-friendly conditions at home and they arrived on tour winless in the last 13 matches overseas, a sequence they banished in style with victories in Galle and Kandy before ensuring a clean sweep in Colombo on Monday. The last time an English touring team landed a whitewash in a series of three or more games came in…

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England seal historic series whitewash in Sri Lanka, winning final Test by 42 runs

England have sealed a historic series whitewash in Sri Lanka, winning the final Test by 42 runs despite a late scare as the hosts’ tail wagged.  Suranga Lakmal and Malinda Pushpakumara put up 58 for the final partnership and had England worrying but Jack Leach, securing his fourth wicket of the innings, trapped the Sri Lankan skipper Lakmal in front to spark wild celebrations. The spin duo of Moeen Ali (4/92) and Leach (4/72) shared eight wickets between them to ensure England became just the third team to win a test series 3-0 in Sri…

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Sri Lanka vs England Live Cricket Score, 3rd Test Day 4: Sri Lanka lose night watchman Sandakan, go five down

Sri Lanka vs England Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka need 327 runs to win the third Test. (Source: Reuters) Sri Lanka vs England Live Cricket Score, 3rd Test Day 4: Sri Lanka need a miracle to avoid being beaten in the third Test in Colombo and suffer an embarrassing clean sweep off England’s hands. On the third day, asked to chase 327 runs, Sri Lanka lost three early wickets to England spinners before an experienced Angelo Mathews perished too to put the advantage firmly in the visitors’ favour. They need…

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Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka vs England, 3rd Test , Day 4

ENGLAND TOUR OF SRI LANKA, 2018 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 26 Nov, 2018, 09:59 AM Live Score Updates Sri Lanka 240, 53/4 (17.0 Ovs) Sandakan  1 (5) England 336 & 230 Jack Leach  3-0-12-1 Day 3: Stumps – Sri Lanka need 274 runs Ben Stokes was menacing with the newish ball yesterday and will be crucial in how things unfold on Day 4. © AFP Welcome to Day 4 of the third Test between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo. Who thought the match would stretch this long? It…

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Ashantha de Mel to head Sri Lanka’s new selection panel

Sri Lanka Cricket has named an all-new selection committee headed by former Sri Lanka fast bowler Ashantha De Mel, a move which comes just six months from the World Cup. Alongside De Mel, the committee comprises three other former national players in Brendon Kuruppu, Hemantha Wickramaratne and Chaminda Mendis. De Mel replaces Graeme Labrooy, who had been in the role since September 2017, to reprise a role he last held in 2012. Wickramaratne was also a part of that 2012 committee, while this is Mendis’ first time as a selector.…

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