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*Official* England in Sri Lanka 2021

flibbertyjibber

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Got to say I think Buttler is really getting to grips with test match batting now. Just looks very assured at the crease. India will present a much more difficult challenge with their pace attack but he looks good
Really think he was lucky to return when he did and could have been dropped for doing very little in the ashes but they stuck with him and he has come good with some vital knocks in tough situations in the last 12 months.
 

GIMH

Norwood's on Fire
Really think he was lucky to return when he did and could have been dropped for doing very little in the ashes but they stuck with him and he has come good with some vital knocks in tough situations in the last 12 months.
Typed through gritted teeth mate? :D
 

wpdavid

International Coach
How's the light looking? Had to abandon even TMS for conference calls now. Should be getting this wrapped up today though yeah?
Cricinfo haven't mentioned the light being a problem. Jos has probably made sure we won't be going off with 10 runs needed on Day 5.
 

GIMH

Norwood's on Fire
Cricinfo haven't mentioned the light being a problem. Jos has probably made sure we won't be going off with 10 runs needed on Day 5.
Could claim another half hour if we didn't get it done in 6 overs anyway tbf. But as you say, academic now.
 

wpdavid

International Coach
Could claim another half hour if we didn't get it done in 6 overs anyway tbf. But as you say, academic now.
Being dark may have been a problem. Not that I'm claiming to be any sort of expert on that sort of thing in SL.
But almost there now.
 

flibbertyjibber

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Brilliant win.

Sri Lanka played the series like a 90's England side, thrown away both matches with a brainless batting display and fought hard to stay in it.
 

cnerd123

likes this
good stuff by England. SL's batting in the 1st test 1st innings and 3rd innings here cost them both games, though there were some questionable fielding strategies and the bowling attack as a whole could have been better. Getting drubbed 2-0 at Galle is not good.

England go into India in some decent form. Runs for most of the lineup, Root in godlike form, and Bess and Leach starting to find some rhythm with the ball as well. Broad and Anderson are good, Stokes and Archer set to join the side...will be a tough team to beat.
 

MW1304

International Captain
Pretty shocked we won that.

Surely Perera's last match that? Couldn't support Embuldeniya there in any meaningful way.
 

Gremlin

U19 12th Man
Well played England. Enthralling cricket. Sri Lanka pushed them in stages but must be concerned by the batting and support bowling. Very happy for Sibley seeing it through also.
 

GIMH

Norwood's on Fire
If we steamroll India, which obviously we will, what does that mean for our WTC prospects?
 

ImpatientLime

International Debutant
all that chasing experience in white ball matches paying off for buttler.

but muh andy strauss focusing too much on white ball cricketttt
 

theegyptian

International Vice-Captain
Very nice win having lost both tosses. Does kind of seem selfdefeating now that the likes of Buttler and Bairstow will miss most of the india tour given the resources we've ploughed into improving their games for the conditions, and the relative lack of experience of those likely to play in their absences - although i understand the reasons why. Just a shame that we won't have our best unit out.
 

wpdavid

International Coach
I know that this is a long way from the strongest SL side ever, but winning twice when batting last at Galle is a fair effort. Is that five away wins on the trot in the last 13 months or so?

And apparently that's six wins on the trot in SL, taking us back to the final test in the 2012 series.
 

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