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Proteas’ punch puts Sri Lanka back in front of the Sky Live series against England, says Kumar Sangakkara, while Nasser Hussain says he would go with James Anderson on Stuart Broad for the first Test IF selection was down to a choice between the two designers.

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Captain Joe Root led England to a 3-0 series victory in Sri Lanka in 2018

Captain Joe Root led England to a 3-0 series victory in Sri Lanka in 2018

Sri Lanka will enter their streak against England as an underdog after suffering a ‘mental blow’ in their heavy loss to South Africa, Kumar Sangakkara said.

Sri Lanka suffered a 2-0 loss to the Proteas earlier this month, losing the second game of the series by 10 wickets after the team was injured.

Seamer Suranga Lakmal is the last injury issue for the hosts ahead of the first test, which starts on Thursday, and Sri Lanka legend Sangakkara said The Hussain and Key Cricket Show England have a clear advantage going into the opening confrontation at Galle.

“What I want is for Sri Lanka to win the Test series quite easily, but I think England enter this series with the advantage,” he said.

“The last time around the test matches depended on very small moments which England have won much better than Sri Lanka. I think this series will be about that as well.

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“Small moments to convert or to seize or to seize to turn the tide of the game. At this moment, in these moments, England will be much more confident because Sri Lanka has just come off a very bad tour in South Africa.

“They had a lot of injuries and they took a mental blow in terms of criticism; it pains me to say that but I would give England the advantage in terms of winning in this series.”

England have several key selection decisions to make at the start of a trial year that could feature up to 17 appearances, starting with two in Sri Lanka and four in South Africa.

With a spin putting 68% of all wickets to fall in testing in Sri Lanka since 2015, tourists could choose to lighten the workload of veteran couturiers James Anderson and Stuart Broad and spin the pair.

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England’s Dom Bess told The Hussain and The Key Cricket Show that compatriot Jack Leach is in a good position despite health issues and a lack of match training ahead of the first test against Sri Lanka.

England’s Dom Bess told The Hussain and The Key Cricket Show that compatriot Jack Leach is in a good position despite health issues and a lack of match training ahead of the first test against Sri Lanka.

Sky Sports expert Nasser Hussain said if that was the plan, his preference would be for Anderson to get the nod for the first test.

“The pitch in Galle is usually good for two days, but it’s normally slow and low after that. So you need some extra rhythm and I don’t see the point in playing Anderson and Broad,” he said. -he declares.

“We had both Jimmy and Stuart last week and Stuart said if he’s kicked out of the first test this time around it’s not like the Ageas Bowl this time around – he won’t be screaming since newspaper room.

“He’ll take it pretty well because he understands the conditions and they want to rotate through the six tests in the subcontinent.

“So you need rhythm and it has to come from Stone or Wood; I would choose Wood for consistency.

“Sam Curran is playing because Woakes, because he came into contact with Moeen Ali, still isn’t quite ready for this test. So if it’s one of Anderson and Broad, I would go with Jimmy – he played really well in the warm-up. “

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England also have to decide whether to hand the gloves back to wicket keeper Ben Foakes, who in 2018 scored a hundred on his Test or Galle debut, or stick with Jos Buttler who capped an impressive summer in accumulating 152 with the bat in his last innings, against Pakistan.

Hussain said Buttler will get his vote.

“In the subcontinent, when he turns you want your best goalie and Ben Foakes, according to many, is the best glove,” he said.

“So the last time there he played brilliantly in his debut and got a hundred. But I think you have to have some kind of consistency. Buttler, with these innings he played against Pakistan , won this match with Chris Woakes and after that it was pretty brilliant.

“Standing back, he’s pretty bright. There’s an acceptance that Jos still has to do some standing work but if you never play him in the subcontinent, he’ll never do better to resist the stumps.

“So I understand the clamor for Foakes but personally I like the consistency in the selection and Jos Buttler has done really well this summer and I will keep him in the side.”

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Hussain said he didn’t expect the series to be too one-sided like the last time England visited Sri Lanka in 2018, when the tourists won 3-0.

“I can’t wait to be there; it’s always nice to see England playing away. Galle is a great place and Sri Lanka is great there. It’s their stronghold.

“England are without Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes and are a bit under-prepared because of the weather; Moeen Ali is likely to miss the entire tour after catching COVID.

“It brings the teams closer together and although England won 3-0 last time around, I think it could be a very close series.”

Watch the first test between Sri Lanka and England, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Thursday from 4 a.m.





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