England vs Sri Lanka: Joe Root says Ben Stokes is ‘relishing’ batting at three in second Test

Ben Stokes is “relishing” the chance to bat at three for England, according to skipper Joe Root, but the tourists will remain flexible should the all-rounder end up bowling long spells under Pallekele’s baking sun. Stokes has been moved up the order as Root re-jigged the XI that beat Sri Lanka at Galle last week ahead of the second Test, which starts in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  “Ben’s game is in good shape and he is more than capable of batting at three,” said Root.   “We are in a fortunate position…

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England vs Sri Lanka: Ben Stokes to bat at three in second Test as Jonny Bairstow misses out on recall

England will keep the same personnel who won their first overseas Test in two years for the second Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele starting on Wednesday, but Joe Root has shuffled his pack slightly and promoted Ben Stokes to number three after Moeen Ali failed to score runs in the series opener.  Head coach Trevor Bayliss admitted in the wake of Ali’s struggles with the bat at Galle that the all-rounder would likely have to settle for a place further down the order this week and he will drop to six, but England had the…

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Ben Stokes to bat at No.3 in Kandy Test

ENGLAND TOUR OF SRI LANKA, 2018 The move will now mean Stokes will have batted in every position from three to 11 © Getty England have announced an unchanged XI for the second Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy. While expected, the news comes with confirmation that Ben Stokes will bat at number three. It will mean that Moeen Ali, who batted at three in the first Test, scoring nought and three, will likely drop down to number six. Jos Buttler was a backup number three for this match in…

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Ben Foakes rewarded with gloves for second Test after dream debut

ENGLAND TOUR OF SRI LANKA, 2018 Foakes was good with both bat and with gloves on as England beat Sri Lanka at Galle © Getty It has been the year for wicketkeeping debates. Finally, Joe Root offered certainty, even if it only for the next fortnight. The England captain confirmed Ben Foakes will be England’s number one keeper for the remaining two Tests against Sri Lanka. There are a number of factors. For starters, he is rated as the best keeper in the squad. Then, there is his performance on…

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Sri Lanka vs England: Jos Buttler ready to bat at 3 in second Test

By: Reuters | Updated: November 12, 2018 11:02:26 pm Jos Buttler is ready to bat at number three in the second test against Sri Lanka, saying the team’s willingness to embrace a flexible batting order is a sign of strength rather than weakness. (Reuters) England batsman-wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is ready to bat at number three in the second test against Sri Lanka, saying the team’s willingness to embrace a flexible batting order is a sign of strength rather than weakness. England’s top order has been unsettled since former captain and…

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Live Cricket Score – Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2nd Test 2018

ZIMBABWE TOUR OF BANGLADESH Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018, 11:12 AM Live Score Updates Bangladesh 365/5 (120.0 Ovs) Mahmudullah  35 (104) Sean Williams  18-2-48-0 Day 2: Lunch Break – Bangladesh opt to bat Rahim and Mominul strung together a wonderful stand of 266 for the fourth wicket © AFP You can also share your views and opinions through the Twitter handle @fancricket12 Attritional session In what turned out to be an attritional session, Mushfiqur Rahim (135*) and Mahmudullah (35*) continued to grind down Zimbabwe as the duo…

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Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2nd Test: Record partnership helps Bangladesh reach 303-5 on Day 1

By: AP | Dhaka | Updated: November 11, 2018 6:48:11 pm Mushfiqur Rahim, who raised his first century since his 127 against India 21 months ago, gave Momimul Haque support. (Source: File) Momimul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim both hit centuries and shared a record 266-run partnership to lift Bangladesh to 303-5 from a precarious 26-3 on the opening day of the second Test vs Zimbabwe on Sunday. Haque smashed 161, his third 150-plus knock, highest by any Bangladeshi batsman while Rahim made an unbeaten 111 as the hosts were finally…

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England vs Sri Lanka: Hosts’ turmoil deepends as skipper Dinesh Chandimal misses second Test with injury as part of triple blow

Sri Lanka’s problems have deepened after skipper Dinesh Chandimal was ruled out of the second Test at Pallekele with injury, while off-spinner Akila Dananjaya was reported for a suspect action in the wake of the first Test against England and team manager Charith Senanyake has reportedly quit.  The hosts were comprehensively beaten at Galle in the series opener, with England’s 211-run winning margin barely telling the story of a match that Sri Lanka barely looked to be in.  Captain Chandimal injured himself on the first day in Galle but still…

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Dinesh Chandimal out of second Test, Charith Asalanka called up

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the second Test against England in Pallekele. Chandimal suffered a groin injury during the defeat in Galle and will be out for two weeks, which could also make him a doubt for the third Test, in Colombo, starting on November 23. Suranga Lakmal, the team’s senior pace bowler, will captain Sri Lanka in Chandimal’s absence, as he did during the two-Test series against South Africa earlier this year, when Chandimal was serving a ban. Uncapped batsman Charith Asalanka has been…

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Live Cricket Score – Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, 2018

ZIMBABWE TOUR OF BANGLADESH Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sun, 11 Nov, 2018, 10:50 AM Live Score Updates Bangladesh 54/3 (24.4 Ovs) Rahim  12 (38) Day 1: 1st Session – Bangladesh opt to bat Zimbabwe posted a memorable win in the first Test in Sylhet © AFP You can also share your views via the Twitter handle @fancricket12 Three down Bangladesh’s batsmen continue to gift their wickets away. This time, it was the turn of the Test debutant, Mithun, to just flirt at a harmless delivery outside the off stump and…

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