England dominate lacklustre Sri Lanka

Tweet Written by Riley Taylor Day 2 Scorecard: https://www.ecb.co.uk/matches/8080#overview England 342 (Foakes 107; Perera 5-76) & 38-0 (Jennings 26 not out) Sri Lanka 203 (Mathews 52, Chandimal 33, Dickwella 28; Ali 4-66) Ben Foakes made a century on his debut and Moeen Ali took four wickets as England took control of the first Test in Galle. Foakes made 107 and took two catches as well as a stumping as he joined Matt Prior on the list of wicketkeepers to score a hundred on his Test debut for England. By stumps…

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PREVIEW: Sri Lanka v England First Test

Tweet As the white-ball series finishes, England turn their attention to the First Test in Galle, with many questions to answer. After six years and 15 different opening partners, England now have a new dilemma with their opening pair following Alastair Cook’s retirement in September. Despite his woeful form against India, Keaton Jennings was chosen by the selectors to at least give England some experience at the top of the order. He will most likely be joined by Surrey-captain Rory Burns when he was finally given the chance, after scoring…

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Cricket’s crossroads: White-ball only contracts

Although big name players are choosing T20 over the County Championship, it can still attract good crowds

Tweet Cricket is at a critical point in its history. Declining County Championship attendances and rising Twenty20 attendances have led to lucrative T20 deals being available to play in tournaments like the IPL and Big Bash. As a result, two of England’s stars Adil Rashid and Alex Hales have signed white-ball only contracts with their counties and will not play in the County Championship. Former England spinner Shaun Udal believes the decision is “disappointing” saying that “they are basically saying that they don’t want to play Test cricket which is…

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