Throw away Sri Lanka I chose a bat pair England
Sri Lanka was injured by captain Dimus Carnaratne on the morning of the first day of a test series with England.
Karunaratne was understood to have broken his thumb during training and was eventually kicked out of the match and perhaps out of the series. The incident has continued to be a tough run in Sri Lanka due to injuries in recent weeks, and Seamer’s Slanga Lakmal is also among those who are not available.
Karunaratne will be out and Dinesh Chandimal will be the captain of Sri Lanka. Shandimal started at least well, beat the toss and chose to hit the bat first with a goal. In areas hit by recent unseasonal rains, the pitch at the goal is expected to provide a fair amount of turns as the match progresses, but the first session may have a little help for the English bowlers. not.
Karunaratne’s absence also secured the location of Lahiru Thirimanne and retained Kusal Mendis, who suffered from ducks three times in a row on his recently completed Sri Lankan tour.
Meanwhile, Dan Lawrence made his debut in England. A few minutes before Toss, he was presented with cap number 697 by former Essex captain James Foster. Foster belongs to the team in the role of Wicket Keeping Consultant.
As expected, England chose two specialist spinners, Dombeth and Jack Reacher. England’s top wicket taker Stuart Broad in the 2020 test cricket was chosen over James Anderson, with Markwood providing the pace and Samkaran offering the swing and left arm variations. England lost the first test in five of the last six series.
Ben Stokes, Chris Walks and Moen Ali were absent for a variety of reasons, and Ben Forks was not selected for the team despite being a series player on the last tour of Sri Lanka in England. There are only 4 survivors from the winning side. Sri Lanka in 2018.
England planned to wear a black armband to commemorate John Edrich, Robin Jackman and Dom Smith. These are all former English test cricket players who have recently died sadly.
Sri Lanka: 1 Lahiru Thirimanne, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Dilruwan Perera, 10 Lasith Embuldeniya, 11 Asitha Fernando
England: 1 Dom Sibley, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Jonny Bairstow, 4 Joe Root (capt.), 5 Dan Lawrence, 6 Jos Buttler 7 Sam Curran, 8 Dom Bess, 9 Jack Leach 10 Mark Wood 11 Stuart Broad
George Dobel is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo
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