Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

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Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:49 pm

The city of Colombo is a foreign field which provokes the imagination of England cricket followers like the Pavlovian impact of Agincourt or Waterloo on the patriots of this sceptred isle. If only we had a Shakespeare or Rupert Brooke in our days to extol the stirring memory of this victory, and its heroes, Thorpe, Gough, Croft and Giles.

That was at the SSC ground. Tomorrow England complete their present tour at the P Sara Oval, where they remain unbeaten having won each of their previous Tests at the ground under Keith Fletcher in 1982 and Andrew Strauss in 2012. Both victories presaged huge slumps in the fortunes of the national side. In 2018, Joe Root has won his first overseas series as captain. England have prevailed with barely a thrust or parry from their favoured pace bowlers. They have thrived thanks to the guile of their trio of spinners, unprecedented in living memory. Their averages are headed by the previously uncapped wicketkeeping-batter Ben Foakes, an atavistic relic of the days when the keeper's primary craft was his work with the gloves. And yet excelling with the bat.

Will these unexpected outcomes herald a change of strategy for England teams of this era, and are we witnessing the gathering of a new band of winners who will be remembered with the fondness of the heroes of 2001? Or will the tour be a curiosity of history, an unexpected but welcome diversion from the long, slow decline? The press are hastily labelling this as a new beginning for Joe Root's England. Will this renaissance even survive to the end of the tour?
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:54 pm

England will line up.

Jennings/Burns/Bairstow/Root/Stokes/Buttler/Foakes/Moeen/Rashid/Broad/Leach.

For SL, cricinfo predicts:

1 Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 Danushka Gunathilaka , 3 Dhananjaya de Silva, 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Roshen Silva, 7 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal (capt), 10 Lakshan Sandakan, 11 Malinda Pushpakumara

Play commences 04.30, GMT.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby bigfluffylemon » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:57 pm

England have been somewhat fortunate to win both tosses this series. Not saying it's the only factor, but it doesn't hurt.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby bigfluffylemon » Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:06 am

Joe Root's lucky double-headed coin does the trick again. England will bat first again.

Cue the usual top order collapse.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:53 am

England and Bairstow in particular, not hanging around.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby bigfluffylemon » Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:13 am

And England reach 100 only two down. A minor miracle.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:51 am

Not sure batting in the top order in Asia really counts. But can't say JB1 isn't taking his chance. Maybe this job isn't the one he wants though.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:55 am

Sounds like England riding their luck.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby bigfluffylemon » Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:21 am

England should drop JB1 at least once a year. He seems to play better when he feels he has a point to prove.

Couple of lucky breaks, but Still Lanka's fault for wasting their reviews on speculative lbws.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:00 am

Fifty for Gentle Ben.

Do we take into consideration with this game that it is a dead rubber. A few players looking to polish up some substandard stats.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby Durhamfootman » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:48 pm

great return by JB1

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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:53 pm

Yes, well done to JB1. He needed that.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:57 pm

Sounds like batting was tough today, so England might feel 312-7 is a fairly good outcome.
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby DiligentDefence » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:42 pm

SL captains need to ignore Dickwella when reviewing, Judicious use of duct tape maybe?
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Re: Third Test: Sri Lanka v England in Colombo, 23/11/18.

Postby backfootpunch » Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:40 pm

Arthur Crabtree wrote:Sounds like batting was tough today, so England might feel 312-7 is a fairly good outcome.

Wouldve been a lot less had the umpires not had a shocker

Sri Lanka only have themselves to blame though after wasting their reviews very early again
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