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*England v Sri Lanka 2nd Test Match Thread*

2nd Test, Colombo, 3 April 2012, 05:30 BST

Live article: http://www.ja606.co.uk/articles/viewLiveArticle/103273

Good morning cricket lovers,

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend & if you feel anything like i do this morning then you definitely did!!

This is a MASSIVE game for England & if they fail to secure victory then they will be dethroned as crickets No.1 test side.

Team News:

Chanaka Welegedara is ruled out for SL with a groin injury & will be replaced with JT's favorite allrounder Angelo Mathews.

Stuart Broad has flown home with a calf strain leaving Bresnan & Finn fighting out for a place in the final XI with Finn looking the most likely to be Broads replacement.

Can England bury their spin demons & come out at the top ranked team or will they melt in the sun of Colombo?

The first test was a fantastic match, full of twist & turns & i'm looking forward to another cracker to end this short series in style.

COME ON ENGLAND!

comment by (U6361)

posted on 8/4/12

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posted on 8/4/12

Herath and Rehman are decent bowlers that are probably full of confidence and have just had their golden moments in cricket. But I can't see them being a threat for the years to come.

posted on 8/4/12

Nice little stat from Cricinfo.

Tim Bresnan took only two wickets in the match and scored five runs, but his mere presence, it seems, works wonders for England: this is his 11th Test, and England have won every one of them. The only other player who played ten or more Tests and didn't lose any is Eldine Baptiste: West Indies won each of the ten Tests he played. The overall record for most Tests won at a stretch since debut belongs to Adam Gilchrist - Australia won the first 15 Tests he played

Baptiste's steak lasted 10 matches and 7 years (Damn that 1990 test)

Gilchrist's streak lasted for 15 matches in under 2 years.

Brezzers needs to win the next 5 tests he plays or keep winning until 2017 to break these records.

posted on 10/4/12

Also, just to add, it was nice to experience a live match thread.

posted on 11/4/12

Tom Maynard needs to replace Bell in the subcontinent.

134 runs in 5 tests at under 15 average is just not good enough at this level.

posted on 12/4/12

My team for the 1st test in India:

Strauss
Cook
Owais Shah
KP
Maynard
Prior
Brezzers
Swann
Anderson
Finn
Monty

posted on 10/6/12

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miss a few

posted on 10/6/12

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