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Ambidextrous Kamindu Mendis breaks into SL T20I squad
Lasith Malinga returns to the T20I squad after more than year for the one-off fixture against England

Sri Lanka seek to convert slim pickings to series consolation
England are targetting a 4-0 series win, but may field a much-changed side in the final and final match of the rubber

Rangana Herath to retire after first England Test
The left-arm spinner will play the first Test at Galle where he needs one wicket to reach 100 at the venue

Dasun Shanaka rues the opportunities that slipped away for Sri Lanka
Another defeat for Sri Lanka was mitigated by the knowledge that the game had turned on a couple of key moments

England seal series with latest comfortable DLS victory
Sri Lanka overcame their-now traditional mini-collapse to post a respectable 273 for 7, but it was not enough to deny England another comfortable victory

Ranasinghe retained in Atapattu-led Sri Lanka women squad
Imalka Mendis and Anushka Sanjeewani have been left out from the squad that played India last month

Jonny Bairstow an injury doubt for 4th ODI after damaging ankle
Opener injures right ankle during England's training session and may be replaced by Alex Hales

Samarawickrama pleads for patience as Sri Lanka seeks form resurgence
Opener seeks improvements on match-by-match basis after team's two years in the doldrums

No regrets for Liam Plunkett after putting wedding ahead of England duty
Fast bowler has lost his starting berth to Olly Stone, but insists he's comfortable with competition for places

Confident England seek to close out rain-impacted ODI series
England have taken an unassailable 2-0 series lead, and now have a rare win in Asia in their sights

Tom Curran's comeback puts brothers back on course for all-format dominance
With Sam now a fixture in England's Test set-up, the time is drawing nigh when both Currans take the field together

'You can't win a 21-over match with 150 on the board' - Niroshan Dickwella
Sri Lanka's big hitter admits he's falling short of his potential at the top of the order

Eoin Morgan guides chase in shortened game as England go 2-0 up
England have taken a 2-0 series lead over Sri Lanka after victory in another rain-affected match in Pallekele

ECB defends tour scheduling amid washout threat
Each of England's five matches on their tour of Sri Lanka has been affected by monsoonal weather

Kusal Mendis called up as replacement for Kusal Perera
Replacement named after incumbent is ruled out of series with a quad strain

Dasun Shanaka sizes up higher responsibilities in Sri Lanka's batting order
Allrounder is increasingly being thought of as a specialist batsman, and someone who can bat higher up the order.

Can Sri Lanka get out of their rut?
Both teams have lost players to injury as the series moves to Pallekele with England 1-0 up

Sanath Jayasuriya states his 'integrity and transparency' in wake of ACU charges
The former Sri Lanka captain also said the charges allege he has not been co-operative with the ACU's investigations only, and do not pertain to any match or pitch-fixing

Sanath Jayasuriya charged under ICC anti-corruption code; Zimbabwe series in focus
The charges relate to failure or refusal to cooperate with an ACU investigation and obstructing or delaying an investigation

Nearing the end, Lasith Malinga rouses himself for final World Cup push
Following a match in which he suggested he was once again death-bowling force to be reckoned with, Lasith Malinga delivered the rhetoric fans have come to expect

Olly Stone's rise gives Eoin Morgan another 'good headache'
The performance of young quick Olly Stone in Dambulla may have pushed him up a long queue to be involved in England's World Cup squad

New-ball bowlers deliver England DLS win after Lasith Malinga five-for
Chris Woakes and Olly Stone hobbled the Sri Lanka chase before the rains returned in Dambulla

Joe Root keen for England to continue their spin revolution
Over the last three years, the ODI side that has fared the best against spin is India. Second on that list, and only by a whisker, are England

Teams prepare to battle Sri Lanka's monsoon season again
Sri Lanka and England will be hoping for better weather in Dambulla after rain limited them to 15 overs of play in the first ODI

Heavy rain, wet outfield forces abandonment
Sri Lanka's monsoon season was the only winner in Dambulla as the first ODI was abandoned after just 15 overs of play

Can Sri Lanka emerge from chaos against world's best one-day team?
England are without a couple of first-choice pace bowlers but bring a formidable batting line-up against a struggling home team

Our situation similar to England's after 2015 World Cup - Chandimal
The similarities between Sri Lanka's present plight and England's situation following their group-stage exit in the 2015 World Cup are unmissable

You have a target on your back being No. 1 - Jos Buttler
Previous England sides have toured Sri Lanka with trepidation, but not this one which has risen to the top of the rankings

Harsh Tyagi bags six-for as India Under-19s clinch sixth Asia Cup title
Yashasvi Jaiswal, the tournament's highest run-getter, was one of four half-centurions in India's total of 304 for 3

Roles reversed as focused England keep eyes on World Cup prize
After an abject tour of Sri Lanka in 2014, England return to find their hosts in a state of flux this time

SLC uncovers possible embezzlement attempt
An installment of broadcast rights money from South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka never entered the board's accounts, and is understood to have gone into a separate United States account

ICC issues update on Sri Lanka corruption investigation
The ICC's anti-corruption unit will also brief cricketers playing in the forthcoming Sri Lanka v England series

England best all-round side in 'any conditions' - Kumar Sangakkara
He says that Sri Lanka's chances in Tests depend on Herath and the ability of the batsmen to post a good first-innings total

Is Angelo Mathews actually a terrible runner?
Is the Sri Lanka allrounder such a poor runner that the selectors' decision to drop him, despite him being the most consistent ODI run-maker in the side, defensible?

Kumar Sangakkara urges Angelo Mathews and Chandika Hathurusingha to sort out their differences
The Sri Lanka great has called Mathews a 'player of great value', and wants him to bat up the order and bowl more often when he returns to the ODI side

Sri Lanka recall Kaushal Silva, Malinda Pushpakumara for England Tests
In addition to the left-arm spinner, Sri Lanka picked four other spinners in the squad

Sri Lanka confirm Angelo Mathews axe for England ODIs
Dinesh Chandimal, who had been sidelined from the Asia Cup with injury, will return to take over captaincy from Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews' poor running in focus after axe from ODI squad
The Sri Lankan coach said that of the 64 times Mathews was involved in a run-out, his partner was dismissed, while the chief selector said fitness was an issue

Harmanpreet, Rodrigues, spinners make it 4-0 for India
The India captain shared a 75-run third-wicket stand with Rodrigues to shore up the side, before Deepti, Poonam and Radha ripped through the opposition batting

Angelo Mathews dropped from ODI squad for England series
Fitness concerns are understood to be the reason behind his axing from the squad, which has not yet been released but has been sent to the sports ministry for ratification

Patil, Rodrigues seal series for India
Anuja Patil took three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 134 in a match shortened 17-overs-a-side, and followed it up with her maiden T20I fifty and an unbroken century stand with Rodrigues

The full text of Angelo Mathews' letter to SLC
The full text of Angelo Mathews' letter to SLC CEO Ashley de Silva, following his removal as captain

Mathews ticked off at being made 'scapegoat' for SL Asia Cup exit
The sacked captain writes letter to SLC stating his objections and offering to retire from T20 and ODI cricket

Mathews removed as ODI captain, Chandimal takes over
The move comes after Mathews attracted a hail of public criticism over the team's performance in the Asia Cup

Jemimah Rodrigues' breezy 57 gives India unassailable 2-0 lead
The 18-year-old gave India's chase impetus after Arundhati Reddy had led a disciplined bowling effort to restrict Sri Lanka to 131 for 8

Second T20I washed out after India's early blows
Sent in to bat, Sri Lanka were 49 for 3 in 7.5 overs when the skies opened up

Poonam Yadav's four-wicket haul takes India women to victory
The legspinner picked up 4 for 26 as India women bowled Sri Lanka women out for 155 to clinch the first T20I by 13 runs

Teenager Dilhari gets maiden T20I call-up after stunning India in ODI series ender
Chamari Atapattu, Eshani Lokusuriyage and Dilani Manodara return to Sri Lanka's T20I squad for the five-match series against India, starting September 19

Sri Lankan police question spectators over possible links to fixers
Action taken after SLC's anti-corruption unit flags the spectators for excessive mobile phone usage during Sri Lanka-India women's game

Rahmat, spinners knock Sri Lanka out of Asia Cup
Afghanistan put up 249 on a slow pitch and their spinners did the rest

Sri Lanka have the edge, but not by much
Afghanistan's spinners, led by Mujeeb and Rashid, could pose interesting questions to a batting order that's proven to be brittle

Chamari Atapattu trumps Mithali Raj as Sri Lanka win last-over thriller
They broke a sequence of ten successive ODI losses against India, winning with one ball to spare in a high-scoring game

Mushfiqur stars in 137-run rout of Sri Lanka
The former captain smashed 144, including a last-wicket stand with Tamim Iqbal who came out to bat with a broken hand, to lift Bangladesh to a winning total

Akila, Chandimal absence gives slight edge to Bangladesh
Neither team will settle for anything other than a win, although Sri Lanka will have to make up for missing some key players

Shehan Jayasuriya replaces injured Danushka Gunathilaka in Asia Cup squad
Gunathilaka, who hurt his back during training, joins Dinesh Chandimal on the injured list

Taniya Bhatia shines with bat and gloves to hand India series
The wicketkeeper-batsman made her maiden international fifty and followed it up with two vital catches and a stumping to deny Sri Lanka in a tight, low-scoring match

A 'normal Dickwella' aims to make full use of Asia Cup opportunity
Having ironed out the technical flaws that had crept into his game, the wicketkeeper-batsman looks to put his head down and score big runs

Mandhana, bowlers lead India's rout of Sri Lanka
The opener's unbeaten 73 took India to victory by nine wickets with 30.1 overs to spare after Sri Lanka had been bowled out for just 98

SLC stops attempted embezzlement of broadcast money
SLC will also be conducting an internal audit into all financial transactions over the past year

Dickwella replaces injured Chandimal in Asia Cup squad
Chandimal hasn't recovered from a finger injury he picked up during the recent domestic T20 tournament

Chamari Atapattu returns to lead Sri Lanka women for India series
The prolific batsman is back after recovering from dengue as Sri Lanka search for their first points in the new Women's Championship cycle

Chandimal doubtful for Asia Cup; Dananjaya to miss at least two games
Dananjaya is awaiting the birth of his child, while Chandimal suffered a finger fracture during Sri Lanka's domestic T20s

Lasith Malinga recalled for Asia Cup
Malinga, who last played in an international against India last September, has made a comeback after being snubbed for the one-off T20I against South Africa in August

Sri Lanka Cricket set February 9 as election deadline
SLC delegation meets with ICC, in part to ease any concerns over undue government interference in board affairs

Sri Lanka women to host India for three ODIs and five T20Is
The ODI series will count towards the Women's Championship, which will determine the automatic qualifiers for the Women's World Cup 2021

'Suspicious individuals' prompt SLC to beef up anti-corruption measures at domestic T20
Foreign nationals ejected from domestic T20 for "using their mobiles in a suspicious manner"

Dinesh Chandimal guides Sri Lanka home in low-scoring thriller
Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya and Dhananjaya de Silva rolled South Africa over for their lowest ever T20I total, but the home side's chase was by no means straightforward

Sellout crowd awaits postscript match of the tour
The only T20 between Sri Lanka and South Africa is shoehorned in at the back-end, set to begin less than 48 hours after the last ODI was completed

'He's made of steel' - Mathews on Akila
Sri Lanka's captain was impressed with his lead spinner's ability to bounce back from tough outings in the fifth ODI

Mathews, Akila Dananjaya hand South Africa a drubbing
Sri Lanka pulled the series scoreline to 3-2 with a 178-run win in the fifth and final ODI

Sri Lanka coach Hathurusingha open to returns of Gunathilaka, Vandersay and Malinga
Sri Lanka's coach also held the selection door open for Lasith Malinga, provided he plays domestic cricket and proves he can still bowl and field at the top level

Another chance for Sri Lanka and South Africa to build World Cup plans
With the series already decided, the hosts will look to continue their aggressive batting approach, and the visitors to keep trying their younger players

Sangakkara, SLC laud Pallekele spectators' clean-up act post match
This is the same venue where play had to be stopped last year when spectators threw empty bottles onto the ground as India closed in on victory

Test-match line and length worked for us - Thisara
The allrounder explains Sri Lanka's odd but effective bowling plan which helped them squeeze out a three-run victory over South Africa

Malinga snubbed for one-off T20I
Veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga found himself excluded from Sri Lanka's T20I squad, while Binura Fernando got a first call-up in three years

Harsha de Silva named Sri Lanka women's head coach
De Silva's term is for two years, and he officially begins on August 15

Lower order, Lakmal end Sri Lanka's losing run
Suranga Lakmal defended seven runs off the final over to cap off Sri Lanka's most inspired showing in the field and best batting performance of the series so far

Sri Lanka seek best combination and 'continuity' in ODIs
While Angelo Mathews said they were open to shuffling batsmen around, he emphasised that it was important to retain players too

Sri Lanka desperate to break rut as de Kock stands in for du Plessis
Quinton de Kock will lead South Africa in the last two ODIs as they will look to give their World Cup hopefuls more chances

Getting dropped is part of playing for Sri Lanka - de Silva
Dhananjaya de Silva has been shunted around the Sri Lanka batting line-up a fair bit, but for now, he seems to have found a place in the lower-middle order

Series loss exposes Sri Lanka's top-order issues
Batting coach Thilan Samaraweera conceded that Sri Lanka's top order is nowhere near finalised, as they look ahead to the World Cup

South Africa ride on Hendricks ton, Duminy 92 to seal series
The visitors sealed a second successive ODI series win in Sri Lanka and 11th consecutive victory over their opponents, dating back to July 2014, after scoring the highest total on the island

We rely too much on our spinners - Angelo Mathews
Sri Lanka have done some soul-searching after a spate of poor results in ODIs, and identified that they need to become better across a variety of conditions and not just prosper on turning tracks

Can Sri Lanka end their losing streak against South Africa?
South Africa have beaten them 10 times in a row, in a streak stretching back to 2014

'We were a bunch of school kids when it came to today's fielding' - Mathews
Niroshan Dickwella agreed with his captain, saying Sri Lanka made too many mistakes in the field to defend a total of 244

De Kock, bowlers, power South Africa to comfortable win
Ngidi and Phehlukwayo ensured Sri Lanka were restricted to under 250. De Kock and the batsmen did the rest

Can Sri Lanka keep out South Africa's quicks?
The visitors are 1-0 up, and will hope for contributions from younger members of their side such as Aiden Markram and Wiaan Muller

Sri Lanka's packed Test schedule: three continents in four months
After hosting England in November, Sri Lanka travel to New Zealand in December, then to Australia in January and finally to South Africa in February

India tour headlines New Zealand's packed home summer
Double-header men's and women's T20Is will be the main attraction as New Zealand men are set to play five Tests, 11 ODIs and four T20Is from December to March

Have told Thisara how important he is for 2019 World Cup - Samaraweera
The Sri Lanka batting coach felt that after some strong discussions, the allrounder was heading in the right direction

Shamsi, Rabada four-fors take SA 1-0 up
SL packed off for 193 despite counterattacking knocks from Kusal and Thisara Perera, before de Kock and middle order overcome Dananjaya's early strikes

Angelo Mathews on Danushka Gunathilaka - 'We will not tolerate any indiscipline'
Sri Lanka's ODI captain has delivered a stern rebuke to Danushka Gunathilaka, who is the latest player to be sanctioned for misconduct during a series

Backbenchers hope to kickstart World Cup preparation
The five-match ODI series that starts in Dambulla is a chance for both Sri Lanka and South Africa to strap in, and start building some form

Gunathilaka suspended for six international matches
The Sri Lanka batsman will also not be paid any match fees for the second Test against South Africa

Angelo Mathews returns as Sri Lanka ODI captain for SA series
The 15-man squad for the five-match South Africa ODI series has six changes, with Dushmantha Chameera and Asela Gunaratne the notable omissions

Karunaratne wants '20 to 25 Test hundreds'
The opener currently has eight, after his Player-of-the-Series performance against South Africa

Sri Lanka Cricket to launch inquiry into Gunathilaka incident
Sri Lanka Police have confirmed that the batsman is not under investigation, but his suspension is linked with an alleged sexual assault incident at the team hotel

Herath six-for completes 2-0 after de Bruyn's fighting 101
Theunis de Bruyn scored his first Test century, in his sixth match, to make Sri Lanka work for their series win

Gunathilaka suspended by SLC from all forms of international cricket
The board will also withhold his match fee for the ongoing Test, in addition to the suspension that will come into effect immediately after the match at SSC

Karunaratne has been brilliant in the last year or so - Mathews
Having known him since high school, Mathews feels the opener has added a lot of stability to the inexperienced Sri Lanka side

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