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Mathews and Prasad leave England on the brink

LEEDS, ENGLAND: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and paceman Dhammika Prasad pushed England to the brink of defeat as the home side, set 350 to win, slumped to 57 for five on the fourth day of the second and final test on Monday. Mathews stroked a magnificent 160 to help Sri Lanka power their way to a second-innings total of 457 at Headingley after resuming on 214 for four. Paceman Liam Plunkett claimed two victims in two balls for the second time in the game as he added figures of four for 112 to his first-innings haul of…

Sangakkara reaches milestone, Sri Lanka build lead

LEEDS, ENGLAND: Kumar Sangakkara scored a world record equalling half century as Sri Lanka reached 214-4 at the end of the third day to leave the second test against England delicately poised on Sunday. The stylish Sangakkara became only the fourth player in test history to score seven successive half centuries as Sri Lanka threatened to take control but he fell for 55 as England took two late wickets to stall the visitors' progress. Having earlier polished off England's first innings for 365, Sri Lanka ended the day 106…

Broad hat-trick and fiery Plunkett lift England

Stuart Broad became the first England player to bag two test hat-tricks and Liam Plunkett grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka were shot out for 257 on the first day of the second test on Friday. The home side, in reply, reached 36 for nought at the close of play at Headingley with captain Alastair Cook unbeaten on 14 and Sam Robson 21 not out. Broad became the fourth player in history to register two test hat-tricks and neither the all-rounder, his team mates nor the crowd realised it because the first wicket…

England calls 3-uncapped players; Moeen, Robson, Jordan

LONDON: England has announced the 12-man squad for upcoming test series against Sri Lanka, ARY New reported. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has included three uncapped players - Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan and Sam Robson in the squad. Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior and Chris Woakes have made the comeback in the team. For Plunkett it is his first call up for seven years – but he has been bowling consistently for Yorkshire. Matt Prior, an Ashes vice-captain who was dispensed with for the final two Tests in Australia but who…