Category: Sri Lanka (page 1 of 18)

Someone has hidden or misplaced the Sri Lanka Test team that subsides to predictable defeats. If anyone tracks it down, they should probably alert the authorities. Its parents will no doubt be very worried

Oshada Fernando just absolutely smears one to the boundary (via Sky Sports)
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Kusal Perera does not care for circumstances

Kusal Perera (via Sky Sports)
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Keaton Jennings has become shit-hot at dropping catches

Keaton Jennings parries (all images via Sky Sports)

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Does sweeping damn near everything actually work?

Rory Burns sweeps (via Sky Sports)

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It ends for Rangana Herath the way it will end for all of us – sprawled on our faces in defeat

Rangana Herath’s Test career ends (all images via Sky Sports)

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Sam Curran was England’s second-choice pace bowler for this Test match and that seems pretty significant

Sam Curran (via Sky Sports)

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Which England player should carry the drinks in Sri Lanka?

Galle International Cricket Ground (CC licensed by Adaptor Plug via Flickr)

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Rating the England burger after a wet one-day series in Sri Lanka

Burgers (CC licensed by Doran via Flickr)

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Why don’t we just pretend that Sanath Jayasuriya the cricketer was a completely different human being?

Sanath Jayasuriya (CC licensed by Christopher Jansz via Wikimedia)

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Olly Stone will maybe be a fast bowler for England some of the time

Olly Stone (via Sky Sports)

It’s an absolute statement of fact that no-one remotely cares whether England win rain-reduced one-dayers against Sri Lanka. England fans care whether England have an England fast bowler playing for England though.

In Olly Stone, maybe they sort of do. And maybe he’ll play a quarter or a third of England’s major games in the next year or so.

Stone’s first international wicket was Niroshan Dickwella. He bounced the shit out of him with a ball that was clocked at… 82mph.

It looked quick though. It probably was quick. Other deliveries definitely were quick. On commentary, Mahela Jayawardene said Stone looked “absolutely brilliant” which is a pretty weighty compliment to attract within the first four overs of your international career.

Frankly, we’re delighted that England have access to someone who’s maybe a fast bowler. A maybe-fast bowler makes life better even when he doesn’t play because you can say “they should have picked Stone” whenever the other bowlers look a bit limp.

Having a theoretical solution to the problems playing out in front of you is a much better way of watching your team lose a cricket match than having to go “well, there’s nothing anyone could have done differently, this defeat was simply unavoidable.”


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