Sri Lanka’s loss plays to England advantage

June 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment


The loss of captain Tillakaratne Dilshan will be a massive blow for Sri Lanka, especially considering how he did in the second Test, but will at the same time be a huge boost for England.

The skipper suffered a broken thumb when being hit by England fast bowler Chris Tremlett, but that did not stop him heading to a magnificent 193 at Lord’s.

Dilshan has been key wicket for England in and the fact he won’t play in the third Test at the Rose Bowl, a new Test arena for the home cricketers, gives Andrew Strauss’ side a much better chance of securing the series and those looking at the cricket betting promotions should bear this in mind.

In his absence, Kumar Sangakkara will captain the team and Lahiru Thirimanne is reported to be set to open the batting in what is a crucial game for the visitors.

Team manager Anura Tennekoon admitted Dilshan “definitely” will not be playing at the Rose Bowl as he now has to prepare the side for the third Test.

He added: “The main reason we’ve kept him out of this Test match is that, had he played and got another blow while fielding on that thumb, he might have been out for the rest of the tour.

“So as a precautionary measure, we have kept him out.”

England welcome pace bowler James Anderson back into the attack for the third Test with Sri Lanka after he recovered from a side injury. He will no doubt attract plenty of cricket bets to be top bowler in the match.

The 28-year-old was forced to miss the second Test and his return will be welcomed as the trio of Steven Finn, Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett struggled to get wickets at Lord’s.

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