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    England on the slide

    Having just lost the in 2013 after retaining it for the last in 2013, England head to Sri Lanka under coach Liam Camps. The Ashes was lost in spectacular fashion, with Australia carrying a 1-0 lead into the final Test, where a bold 5th day gamble by captain Andrew Strauss backfired.

    England vs Australia - 5th Test
    England 1st innings 433 all out
    Ian Bell 193
    Christian Heath 115
    Andrew McDonald 5-83
    Shaun Tait 2-92

    Australia 1st innings 349 all out
    Terry Best 87
    Shane Watson 67
    Larry English 60
    Mark Kennedy 59
    Tim Marston 3-59
    James Swanton 3-67

    England 2nd innings 209-6 dec.
    Alastair Cook 74
    Kevin Pietersen 67
    Shaun Tait 3-55
    Andrew McDonald 2-24

    Australia 2nd innings 294-4 (Target 294)
    Anthony Bloom 114*
    Larry English 74
    Andrew Darcy 58
    Tom Bargate 2-74
    Brad Fullerton 1-32

    England slipped to number 3 in the ICC Test Rankings and take on the 4th-ranked team in the world.
    Camps is due to name his squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in mere minutes.
    Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."


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    unlucky Campsy...good luck against Sri Lanka, think you'll need it :')
    P.S. We beat England at Lord's
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    Wishful thinking on your behalf.

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    England in Sri Lanka

    Squad News:
    Alastair Cook (Test average 52.52, ODI average 22.67) has been ruled out of the series with a crippling hamstring injury.
    The uncapped Richard Greaves from Durham has been called up, having scored 6 FC hundreds and averaged 57.87 this season.
    The selectors have ignored the fact that he averages 32.77 in his career and has scored just 2 hundreds in his 106 FC games outside of this season.
    Having participated in the 5th Ashes Test ahead of an injured Stan Blakemore, Tom Bargate has been sacked from the England squad for a proper spinner.

    Test squad:
    Andrew Strauss (c) [36 years] - Opening Batsman
    117 Tests
    Bat 10523 runs @ 52.88

    Chris Hanlan (wk) [23 years] - Wicketkeeper
    28 Tests
    Bat 661 runs @ 22.03

    Larry Gillett (wk) [26 years] - Wicketkeeper
    UNCAPPED
    FC Bat 32.41

    Christian Heath [28 years] - Specialist Batsman
    31 Tests
    Bat 1894 runs @ 45.10

    Kevin Pietersen [33 years] - Specialist Batsman/Offspin
    110 Tests
    Bat 9504 runs @ 54.94
    Bowl 25 wickets @ 59.04

    Ian Bell [31 years] - Specialist Batsman/Medium
    96 Tests
    Bat 6635 runs @ 50.27
    Bowl 45 wickets @ 48.49

    Jon Kingsley [28 years] - Specialist Batsman
    13 Tests
    Bat 714 runs @ 44.62

    James Morris [28 years] - Specialist Batsman
    11 Tests
    Bat 622 runs @ 41.47

    Richard Greaves [26 years] - Specialist Batsman
    UNCAPPED
    FC Bat 32.77
    FC Bowl 44.62

    Terry Ashton [23 years] - Opening Batsman
    UNCAPPED
    FC Bat 35.57
    FC Bowl 47.00

    Derek Hanlan [25 years] - Specialist Bowler/Offspin
    UNCAPPED
    FC Bat 17.19
    FC Bowl 27.15

    Stanley Blakemore [29 years] - Allrounder/Legspin
    62 Tests
    Bat 2964 runs @ 52.00
    Bowl 257 wickets @ 28.48

    Alan Duvall [26 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast
    31 Tests
    Bat 355 runs @ 15.43
    Bowl 94 wickets @ 36.90

    James Swanton [24 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast-Medium
    18 Tests
    Bat 105 runs @ 13.12
    Bowl 76 wickets @ 29.54

    Brad Fullerton [27 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast-Medium
    31 Tests
    Bat 322 runs @ 14.00
    Bowl 103 wickets @ 33.98

    Tim Marston [25 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast-Medium
    10 Tests
    Bat 49 runs @ 8.17
    Bowl 31 wickets @ 33.29

    James Anderson [31 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast-Medium
    41 Tests
    Bat 221 runs @ 8.84
    Bowl 142 wickets @ 36.50

    Ben Lewis [23 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Medium-Fast
    10 Tests
    Bat 131 runs @ 14.56
    Bowl 22 wickets @ 50.59

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    Squad News:
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    ODI squad:
    Andrew Strauss (c) [36 years] - Opening Batsman
    141 ODIs
    Bat 5366 runs @ 42.59

    Chris Hanlan (wk) [23 years] - Wicketkeeper
    9 ODIs
    Bat 93 runs @ 13.29

    Larry Gillett (wk) [26 years] - Wicketkeeper
    20 ODIs
    Bat 202 runs @ 40.40

    Christian Heath [28 years] - Specialist Batsman
    108 ODIs
    Bat 3821 runs @ 69.47
    Bowl 1 wicket @ 77.00

    Kevin Pietersen [33 years] - Specialist Batsman/Offspin
    149 ODIs
    Bat 4928 runs @ 41.76
    Bowl 37 wickets @ 45.13

    Ian Bell [31 years] - Specialist Batsman/Medium
    116 ODIs
    Bat 4554 runs @ 44.21
    Bowl 33 wickets @ 43.24

    Jon Kingsley [28 years] - Specialist Batsman
    8 ODIs
    Bat 124 runs @ 24.80

    James Morris [28 years] - Specialist Batsman
    3 ODIs
    Bat 15 runs @ 5.00

    Richard Greaves [26 years] - Specialist Batsman/Right Medium
    UNCAPPED
    OD Bat 25.62
    OD Bowl 27.43

    Terry Ashton [23 years] - Opening Batsman
    20 ODIs
    Bat 42.68

    Derek Hanlan [25 years] - Specialist Bowler/Offspin
    UNCAPPED
    OD Bat 12.07
    OD Bowl 24.72 [5.31 econ]

    Stanley Blakemore [29 years] - Allrounder/Legspin
    87 ODIs
    Bat 1409 runs @ 45.45
    Bowl 121 wickets @ 24.55 [4.36 econ]

    Alan Duvall [26 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast
    41 ODIs
    Bat 64 runs @ 8.00
    Bowl 42 wickets @ 37.33 [4.66 econ]

    James Swanton [24 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast-Medium
    50 ODIs
    Bat 105 runs @ 13.12
    Bowl 80 wickets @ 27.05 [5.01 econ]

    Brad Fullerton [27 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast-Medium
    21 ODIs
    Bat 58 runs @ 11.60
    Bowl 20 wickets @ 38.85 [4.56 econ]

    Tim Marston [25 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast-Medium
    UNCAPPED
    OD Bat 4.22
    OD Bowl 19.99 [4.13 econ]

    James Anderson [31 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Fast-Medium
    114 ODIs
    Bat 111 runs @ 4.83
    Bowl 167 wickets @ 25.10 [4.38 econ]

    Ben Lewis [23 years] - Specialist Bowler/Right Medium-Fast
    28 ODIs
    Bat 37 runs @ 5.29
    Bowl 35 wickets @ 28.29 [4.35 econ]


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    Upcoming Match:

    England XI vs Sinhalese - 3-day
    26 October 2006

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    good squad with a lot of 50/high 40's averages in the test batting department, bowling doesn't look to bad either!

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    England XI to play Sinhalese

    Squad News:
    Liam Camps has announced that Ian Bell will open the batting for the first time in Tests, filling into the opening slot for the first Test against Sri Lanka. The move has surprised many, given the presence of specialist opener Terry Ashton in the squad. But Camps insists on playing one of Jon Kingsley and James Morris, who have some experience and success at Test level. He said that he is not willing to expose present ODI specialist Ashton to Test cricket.
    Bell will open in the tour match against Sinhalese in preparation for the first Test. Camps stated that Bell's performance in the match will not influence his decision pertaining to the first Test.

    Andrew Strauss (c) [LHB]
    Ian Bell [RHB / RM]
    Christian Heath [RHB / RM]
    Kevin Pietersen [RHB / OS]
    Jon Kingsley [RHB / RM]
    Stanley Blakemore [RHB / LS]
    Chris Hanlan (wk) [RHB]
    Derek Hanlan [RHB / OS]
    James Swanton [RHB / RFM]
    Brad Fullerton [RHB / RFM]
    Tim Marston [RHB / RFM]

    12th Man: Alan Duvall [RHB / RF]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kweek
    good squad with a lot of 50/high 40's averages in the test batting department, bowling doesn't look to bad either!
    Need more consistency though. Persisting with Alan Duvall in particular because he's shone brightly at times, despite his general lack of consistency. Really hoping that Swanton and Fullerton step up in Tests too.

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    Disciplined England labour in the field

    Day 1 - England XI vs Sinhalese

    Captain Andrew Strauss lost his first toss on tour and was punished with a long and difficult day in the field, as Sinhalese piled on 290-3 at stumps. Brad Fullerton took 2 for 47 from 20 overs and was by far the pick of the bowlers. It was a generally disciplined performance, but the lack of penetration was stunning.

    Uncapped offspinner Derek Hanlan, in particular, was ineffective. His 20 wicketless overs surrendered 84 runs. Senior spinner - Stan Blakemore - was far better, taking 1-34 from 22 overs. The biggest period of success for England came late in the third session, as Fullerton dismissed Weerapuna with a lovely outswinger. Chris Hanlan then took a brilliant catch behind the stumps to remove Mahela Jayawardene for a 2-ball duck. Hanlan showed why he's a Test regular despite his questionable batting average.

    Sinhalese 1st innings 290-3 (100 overs)
    I Anton 117*
    I Weerapuna 97
    N Paranavitana 49
    B Fullerton 2-47
    S Blakmore 1-34

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    England fight back and take charge

    Day 2 - England XI vs Sinhalese

    It was an impressive return to form by England on day two of their encounter with Sinhalese, as they stormed back into contention in the 3-day affair. Resuming on 290-3, Sinhalese collapsed to 366 all out. Offspinner Derek Hanlan cast aside his wicketless woes of day one and took 4 wickets for 4 runs, to finish with 4-88 in the innings.

    England then built upon their good bowling form with a superb spell of batting. Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell started carefully, but once settled, they dispatched the mediocre Sri Lankan bowling with ease and England reached 164-1 at stumps. Bell sought to validate Camps' decision to move him to the top of the order, and scored an organized 63. Captain Strauss was unbeaten 19 short of a century.

    Sinhalese 1st innings 366 all out (137.4 overs)
    I Anton 119
    I Weerapuna 97
    N Paranavitana 49
    D Hanlan 4-88
    B Fullerton 3-65

    England 1st innings 164-1 (72 overs)
    A Strauss 81*
    I Bell 63
    C Heath 13*
    C Vidnapathirana 1-51

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    Tour Match ends in tame draw

    Day 3 - England XI vs Sinhalese

    Andrew Strauss tried to get the most out of the 3-day fixture with Sinhalese, declaring 62 runs behind the opposition on the final day of play, but another unimpressive showing by the England bowlers resulted instead in frustration and concern ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

    Strauss scored 109 in the morning session, but a series of loose strokes from the England middle order resulted in the score slipping to 255-5 before a 49 partnership was staged by Stan Blakemore and Chris Hanlan. Young Hanlan looked good in getting to 21 and was left unbeaten as Strauss declared upon the fall of Blakemore.

    The touring seamers then struggled to breakthrough against the Sinhalese top order, and only Swanton was successful, as they declared at 94-1. Derek Hanlan's mixed fortunes continued and he was wicketless for 26 runs in 5 overs.

    Sinhalese 1st innings 366 all out (137.4 overs)
    I Anton 119
    I Weerapuna 97
    N Paranavitana 49
    D Hanlan 4-88
    B Fullerton 3-65

    England 1st innings 304-6 dec. (127.1 overs)
    A Strauss 109
    I Bell 63
    S Blakemore 38
    C Vidnapathirana 4-93

    Sri Lanka 2nd innings 94-1 dec. (36 overs)
    N Paranavitana 43*
    I Anton 41*
    J Swanton 1-14

    England 2nd innings 11-0 (7 overs) [Target 157]
    A Strauss 10*
    I Bell 1*

    Match drawn.
    Man of the Match:
    I Anton

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    hmm, mixed feelings, batting looks good...bowling, inconsistant.

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    England name first Test XIII

    Andrew Strauss (c)
    Chris Hanlan (wk)
    Ian Bell
    Christian Heath
    Kevin Pietersen
    Jon Kingsley
    James Morris
    Brad Fullerton
    Derek Hanlan
    Tim Marston
    James Swanton
    Alan Duvall
    Stanley Blakemore

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    1st Test - England vs Sri Lanka

    England
    Andrew Strauss (c)
    Ian Bell
    Christian Heath
    Kevin Pietersen
    Jon Kingsley
    Stanley Blakemore
    Chris Hanlan (wk)
    Derek Hanlan
    James Swanton
    Brad Fullerton
    Tim Marston

    12th Man: Alan Duvall

    Sri Lanka
    S Aroos
    S Wijetinge
    I Anton
    D Jayawardene (c)
    J Zanhar
    K Sangakkara (wk)
    T Samaraweera
    S Arangalla
    K Weeraratne
    G Dananjaya
    G Dilshan

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    Late strike keeps England afloat

    Day 1 - England v Sri Lanka

    A difficult day for England came to a buoyant end with a wicket for Tim Marston with the final ball. Marston knocked over opening batsman Wijetinge for 8, leaving Sri Lanka at 13-1 at stumps.

    Earlier Andrew Strauss won the toss and chose to bat first in helpful conditions for both seamers and spinners. Strauss sought to avoid batting last on a pitch expected to deteriorate, but the move backfired dramatically despite the best efforts of Ian Bell. Opening the batting in Tests for the first time, Bell scored 70 from 138 balls and was the anchor around which the innings score of 250 all out was built.

    Kevin Pietersen threatened to impose himself and charged to 35 from 46 balls with 3 fours and a handsome six, but drove loosely outside offstump in the most disappointing of dismissals. Stan Blakemore and Chris Hanlan again looked to rebuild the innings, but neither could push on from starts and the tail folded soon after the dismissal of the former.

    Starring with the ball was left-arm spinner Dananjaya. Playing his 20th Test, the spinner improved his wickets tally to 110 with a haul of 5-97.

    England 1st innings
    * A Strauss - b Arangalla - 11
    I Bell - b Dananjaya - 70
    C Heath - lbw b Dananjaya - 27
    K Pietersen - c Sangakkara b Dilshan - 35
    J Kingsley - c Sangakkara b Weeraratne - 22
    S Blakemore - c Sangakkara b Dananjaya - 36
    + C Hanlan - c Jayawardene b Dananjaya - 24
    D Hanlan - b Dananjaya - 2
    J Swanton - not out - 8
    B Fullerton - b Weeraratne - 1
    T Marston - b Arangalla - 5
    Extras - 9
    Total - 250 all out

    S Arangalla 18.3-7-21-2
    K Weeraratne 15-2-31-2
    J Zanhar 1-0-6-0
    G Dilshan 28-5-84-1
    G Dananjaya 28-1-97-5
    T Samaraweera 1-0-6-0

    Sri Lanka 1st innings
    S Aroos - not out - 5
    S Wijetinge - b Marston - 8

    T Marston 3-1-8-1
    B Fullerton 2-1-5-0

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