England, Sri Lanka practice session ahead of 1st Test at Lord’s
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Nuwan Pradeep practices ahead of the first Test at Lord's © Getty Images
After a 2-3 loss to Sri Lanka, hosts England will be eager to pocket the two-match Test series starting from June 12. The first Test will be played at Lord’s while the second will be played at Leeds. England’s team could feature three debutants in Australia-born opener Sam Robson, who plays at Lord’s for Middlesex and all-rounder Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali, both of whom have played One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
Sri Lanka have never won a Test series of more than one match in England. It is a record veteran batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene would love to alter on what is set to be the duo’s last tour of Britain and their team may not have a better chance given the later than usual start to the series minimises the impact of ‘English’ conditions.
Sri Lanka will hope the likes of seamer Shamina Eranga and compact opener Kaushal Silva can shine in cricket’s most celebrated arena.