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Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews can’t save Sri Lanka alone

“Angelo Mathews was the only Sri Lankan batsman to show some application and resolve. They have to realize that the 31-year old may be their best bet with the bat but he is not their only batsman” “We all know...
Moeen Ali

Can we talk about Moeen Ali as a bowling all-rounder yet?

"From moving up and down the order to being sidelined for Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid and Jack Leach, England have struggled to identify a role for Moeen Ali in the past" A golden duck in the first innings from no.3...
England

Ben Foakes: Yet another youngster raises his hand to grab his opportunity

"Not only was his defence solid – he resisted the urge to attack balls towards the stumps – his uncomplicated brand of cricket even belied his international exposure" England’s reliance on the lower-middle order and the continued failure of their...
England

England seek stability from top-order in post-Alastair Cook era

"It is high time for them to get their mess sorted at the top-three. To be a consistent Test team in both home and away, skipper Root along with coach Trevor Bayliss needs to find a permanent solution of...
Rajitha

England might have to sidestep Sri Lanka’s pace trap

"While spin remains the toast, England could face a pace barrage if they aren't prepared for the same" If England are preparing for just the rank turners and Sri Lanka's plethora of spin options, they might be in for a...
Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid

Can the English spinners spin their way back to the days of Asian glory?

“The time has completely changed after Swann’s retirement in 2013. England have been one of the worst performers in Asia in the last five years and that can be attributed to their failure of finding a spinner as good...
England

England’s bowling woes could spell trouble in the World Cup

"With almost 50% of defeats attributed to the bowlers, it then is clear that they need to work on their line and lengths before they can aspire for the World Cup trophy" It is a unanimous belief that England are...
Sri Lanka

Dickwella – Samarawickrama relieve Sri Lanka of opening woes

"With the middle-order missing Mathews, the onus on the openers to kickstart the innings in style is a major deciding factor for Lanka whose topsy-turvy selection policies have contributed a fair bit to their disastrous decline. Dickwella and Samarawickrama...
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s fast bowling revolution under Hathurusinga

"The returns were phenomenal. Since Hathurusinga took over, the bowling average, which was 39.20 in the one and a half years prior to his appointment, dropped to 25.29 which is the best in the world for any ODI team...
Sri Lanka

Are Sri Lanka aware of Thisara Perera’s golden arm?

"Batting-wise, Sri Lanka are in complete misery and Perera has been a calming influence. With Mathews dropped and the middle-order lacking some punch, Perera has donned the role of firefighter across all disciplines. All of this makes Sri Lanka's...
Sri Lanka

Rain-affected matches and the challenges for the ICC

"Both football and tennis have their own ways to tackle the rain, and if cricket wants to become a global sport, the forces of nature should be tackled effectively, else it could only push spectators away" The first point for...
Sri Lanka

Malinga conquers in his final push in international cricket

"The kiss of the ball. The queer action. The late movement. The pin-point yorker. The batsman in all sorts of trouble" He came, he saw, he conquered… Fairytales and adages are often built up to narrate an incomplete chronicle. Days...
Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan is in there for the long haul

"Morgan is no longer required to finish off games or go into Superman mode at the death. He is very well capable of it, but it isn't a part of his job description anymore" Take one glance at the England...
England

England look to iron out minor glitches with tough tours

"With meticulous planning and unforeseen hunger, England’s World Cup preparations are in full swing and this time they aren't leaving any bases uncovered. All they need is for the rains to stay far, far away" A year and a half...
Eoin-Morgan-47-not-out

Sri Lanka need to face issues, take cue from England

"This is a huge series for Sri Lanka and the quicker they adapt to England's ODI pioneers, the better they will get" Ten years ago, a Sri Lanka - England ODI would have generated immense buzz. Kevin Pietersen would be...

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