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Angelo Mathews to be Sri Lanka's stand-in captain for T20I series in West Indies
Dasun Shanaka, the appointed captain, is yet to join the team because of a delay in obtaining a US transit visa

Upul Tharanga retires from international cricket
Former batsman ends his career with the fifth-most centuries for Sri Lanka in one-day cricket

Visa-related problems delay Dasun Shanaka's departure for the Caribbean
Sri Lanka's new T20I captain might be forced to miss at least a part of the series against West Indies

Dasun Shanaka appointed Sri Lanka's T20I captain
He replaces Malinga, who is understood to be out of contention for selection, having not trained with the squad in the past few months

SLC says Chaminda Vaas 'holding the game to ransom' after fast bowling coach's resignation
Board says former pacer made his "irresponsible move on the eve of the team's departure, based on personal monetary gain"

Lahiru Kumara tests positive for Covid-19, to miss West Indies tour
Quick had taken part in a practice game the day before the test was conducted

Sri Lanka hope to appoint Tom Moody as director of cricket
He's set to receive a three-year contract that will allow him to oversee all aspects of the game in the country

Bangladesh likely to play Sri Lanka Tests in second week of April
They will have a short turnaround after their New Zealand series

Chaminda Vaas appointed Sri Lanka fast bowling coach for West Indies tour
He is back for the fourth stint with Sri Lanka team following David Saker's resignation

Jayawardene says no Sri Lanka player in IPL 2021 is 'disheartening'
Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera and Kusal Perera were unsold

Sri Lanka's Dhammika Prasad announces international retirement
Fast bowler last played Test cricket in 2015 before suffering shoulder injury

England players could miss New Zealand Tests to play IPL knockouts
South African players likely to miss start of season for white-ball series vs Pakistan

Sri Lanka's multi-format West Indies tour to begin on March 3
All the matches - three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests - will be played in Antigua

Group including Muralitharan submits petition in court for overhaul of 'flawed' SLC constitution
There has long been a view that SLC's existing constitution is unfit for purpose

Mickey Arthur, Lahiru Thirimanne test positive for Covid-19
Development might force Sri Lanka to reschedule their planned tour of the West Indies

Dilhara Lokuhettige found guilty under ICC Anti-Corruption Code
An independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal found Lokuhettige guilty of three offences

Ashantha de Mel steps down as Sri Lanka's chief selector
Jerome Jayaratne has been appointed team manager, but there is no news yet as to the selection panel's composition

Mickey Arthur bemoans poor batting after second Test goes 'horribly wrong' for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka "let it slip in one disastrous session", says coach, after second Galle defeat

Joe Root - England 'couldn't be in better place' for India challenge
Captain hails team's ability to overcome adversity after hard-fought 2-0 win

Dom Sibley's courage overcomes 'stinker' to seal series with matchwinning fifty
Opener makes technical adjustments mid-series to combat threat of left-arm spinner

Dom Sibley breaks out of slump to help see England home
Jack Leach, Dom Bess share eight wickets before England chase down 164 for victory

Joe Root stars with 186 as Lasith Embuldeniya takes seven in tightly-fought contest
Run-out off final ball of day can't undermine a masterful performance from England captain

Joe Root leads response after Sri Lanka lay foundation in face of James Anderson six-for
Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera lift Sri Lanka to competitive score before England openers fail again

Grant Flower pleased with Sri Lanka application despite 'giving them three wickets'
Batting coach praises Angelo Mathews' effort after dismal Sri Lanka display in first Test

Angelo Mathews edges day for Sri Lanka after arm-wrestle with James Anderson
Unbeaten century sets platform for hosts following early wickets for England's senior seamer

Ed Smith defends 'pragmatic' England selection as Jonny Bairstow faces return to Test sidelines
Omission from first two India Tests leaves recalled batsman in limbo after Sri Lanka success

Sri Lanka's Binura Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne test Covid-19-positive ahead of West Indies tour
This is the first time players attached to Sri Lanka squads have tested positive for Covid-19

Reliability of Sri Lanka's batting under scrutiny as England target 2-0 sweep
Galle pitch could spin from the outset after dry build-up

James Anderson recalled in place of Stuart Broad for second Test
Mark Wood picked for back-to-back Tests, with Olly Stone missing out on recall

Joe Root backs Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley to grow from tough initiation
Both openers failed to reach double figures in either innings of first Test

Olly Stone admits previous career doubts as he hopes for recall
Fast bowler has endured horror run of injuries but could play his second Test

Angelo Mathews: 'Felt like I was playing against Stuart Broad in England'
"The wicket was not offering anything for the fast bowlers but he was still moving the ball."

Rishabh Pant moves up to 13th in Test rankings; Joe Root back in top five
Marnus Labuschagne, meanwhile, moved past Virat Kohli to take the third spot

Kusal Mendis dropped by Sri Lanka, Dimuth Karunaratne ruled out with injury
Sri Lanka release five players from bio-bubble, including quicks Lahiru Kumara and Nuwan Pradeep

Arthur laments Sri Lanka's first-innings batting tempo after Galle loss
Praises Thirimanne for his commitment, hints at a hard call on Kusal Mendis

Jonny Bairstow's proactive approach smooths England's path to victory
Batsman sets out stall for winter with impressive display after year out of Test team

Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence seal emphatic seven-wicket win on final morning
Few alarms for England's batsmen in final push after fourth-evening jitters

Jaded Jack Leach taking nothing for granted after five-wicket comeback
Spinner happy to be healthy again after successful comeback following 14-month absence

England face nervy final day after Jack Leach battles to five-for
Hectic last hour leaves England needing 36 with seven wickets in hand

Sri Lanka will hope Lahiru Thirimanne can live up to early expectations, right now
On 76* opener has the chance to do something truly monumental

Moeen Ali returns to England bubble after release from quarantine
England allrounder unlikely to be match-ready for second Test, but set to resume training

Joe Root posts majestic 228 but Lahiru Thirimanne stands firm to give SL hope of saving Test
Thirimanne 76* as hosts show much-improved batting performance

England 'unconcerned' by hotel staff's positive Covid tests
England "are the most compliant team in world cricket", claims team spokesperson

Timely Joe Root century sees England tighten their grip
Lawrence makes fifty on debut as tourists take commanding lead

Dom Bess admits 'I didn't feel like I bowled very well' after first-day five-for
Offspinner returned his best Test figures as Sri Lanka collapsed

Sri Lanka batting 'the worst I've seen' - Grant Flower
Hosts' batting coach at a loss to explain how they were all out for 135

Wasteful Sri Lanka skittled for 135 as England take control in Galle
Dom Bess takes five before Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow drive England's reply

Jacques Kallis 'sad' to be surplus to SA requirements as England coaching stint begins
Former great lends expertise to England batsmen in Sri Lanka, and is open to further work

Dimuth Karunaratne believes Sri Lanka have the edge on England
With tourists missing several players from 2018 whitewash, skipper senses 'clear advantage' for home side

With no clear favourites, Sri Lanka vs England is poised to be a thriller
Hosts' wounded and injury returnees throw predictions into further disarray

Joe Root backs Jack Leach and Dom Bess to thrive in attacking spin conditions
Experience of helpful surfaces at Taunton may aid spin twins in first Test alongside one another

Mathews, Chandimal boost for struggling Sri Lanka
Mathews will play as specialist batsman; Chandimal set to return after missing second Test in South Africa

Moeen Ali faces extended quarantine, set to miss second Sri Lanka Test
Moeen will remain in isolation until Friday or Saturday at request of Sri Lankan authorities

Steven Smith replaces Virat Kohli as No. 2 Test batsman, Kane Williamson solid at the top
Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Marnus Labuschagne and Kyle Jamieson moved up the tables

Kumar Sangakkara: 'T10 a format that might be pushed forward' to get cricket into Olympics
Sangakkara sees format taking off to the extent that existing global T20 franchises have their own T10 teams as well

Niroshan Dickwella happy to 'play situation' for Sri Lanka as wait for Test hundred goes on
Wicketkeeper-batsman says Sri Lanka have a better chance of success against England than in 2018-19

Dom Bess 'can't wait' to renew spin partnership with Jack Leach
Former Somerset team-mates poised to play together in the first Test against Sri Lanka

Akila Dananjaya cleared to bowl in international cricket
Dananjaya, who was banned for a year in 2019, was cleared by a panel that viewed footage of his new action

Shehan Jayasuriya retires from Sri Lanka cricket
Left-hand batsman will be relocating to the USA with his family

Jonny Bairstow confident ahead of anticipated Test recall: 'I think my game's in the best place it's been'
Bairstow in line to bat No. 3 in Sri Lanka and hopes to be "huge contributor" to Test side

Zak Crawley out to prove he is no 'one-hit wonder' in Sri Lanka after epic 267 against Pakistan
The Test career of Crawley's mentor, Rob Key, serves as a cautionary tale

England touring party in Sri Lanka faces anxious wait on Covid-19 test results
ECB doctor travels to Galle to ensure Moeen Ali's wellbeing in isolation after positive test

South Africa seal victory and 2-0 series win despite Dimuth Karunaratne's battling hundred
Sri Lanka lose last six wickets for 35 runs before openers wrap up comfortable win

Sri Lanka attack can challenge South Africa in fourth-innings chase - Vishwa Fernando
Seamer suggests 200-run target could be tricky for home side after first-innings collapse

Moeen Ali tests positive for Covid-19 as England arrive in Sri Lanka
Ali enters 10-day self-isolation period and appears certain to miss first Test

James Anderson: Sri Lanka have 'slight advantage' heading into England series
Lack of preparation time and warm-up matches is "not ideal", Anderson suggests

Dimuth Karunaratne's 91* rallies Sri Lanka as Vishwa Fernando claims maiden five-for
South Africa collapse on second day but remain in driving seat

Anrich Nortje six blows Sri Lanka away before Dean Elgar cements strangle hold
Unbeaten second-wicket partnership sees South Africa close to overhauling tourists

Depleted bowling line up an opportunity for new names, says Karunaratne
Sri Lanka's captain also said he wasn't confident with his own batting during the first Test

Confident South Africa won't let up against wounded Sri Lanka - Dean Elgar
After innings win, hosts want to assert themselves even further

South Africa eye elusive series win against injury-hit Sri Lanka
The visiting side are likely to be without at least seven, possibly eight, first-choice picks for the second Test

Joe Root hopeful best is yet to come ahead of 2021 that could define captaincy
England's Test captain eager for challenges to come after 'frustrating summer' with the bat

Temba Bavuma has 'unfinished business' after walking in first Test
Batsman admits his decision, which ruined century hopes, "wasn't the cleverest of things"

Sri Lanka limp towards second Test with squad decimated by injuries
Casualty list to be felt at the Wanderers and beyond with several players doubtful for England series

Kane Williamson goes past Steven Smith, Virat Kohli; ends 2020 as world's No. 1 Test batsman
Pat Cummins and Ben Stokes finished the year as the No. 1 Test bowler and allrounder respectively

Mark Boucher: Kagiso Rabada not a guaranteed starter in Johannesburg
South Africa coach concerned about workloads with Rabada having not played a Test since January

Dimuth Karunaratne: Sri Lanka 'could have dominated' but for injuries
"Never faced a situation like this," says Sri Lanka captain after losing three members of six-man attack

South Africa savour victory over Sri Lanka like one of their best
"Test wins never comes easy, you've still got to earn it," says captain Quinton de Kock

Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla impress as South Africa bowlers seal innings win
Half-centuries for Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga can't prevent heavy loss

New South Africa lockdown won't affect Sri Lanka series
Country moved into level three restrictions but international sport still allowed to take place

Arthur: With hindsight we would have pulled some of our quicks out of LPL
Sri Lanka head coach on his side's injury crisis and the difficulty of conditioning players for Test cricket

'I've batted better' - Faf du Plessis on 199 against injury-hit Sri Lanka
After tough summer last year, batsman just wants to show he can still improve

Mickey Arthur keen for ICC to discuss injury subs after Sri Lanka's absentee list grows
Lahiru Kumara forced off the field as tourists' injury problems continue in Centurion

Faf du Plessis 199 hands South Africa iron-grip on Test against depleted Sri Lanka
Injuries decimate tourists' attack, having already hit their batting stocks

Kagiso Rabada returns to South Africa Test squad
Seamer has recovered from groin strain that ruled him out of Boxing Day Test

Dasun Shanaka's toil exemplifies Sri Lanka's 'big ask' amid bowlers' injuries
Allrounder gets through 16.5 overs on second day in absence of Kasun Rajitha and Dhananjaya de Silva

Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram and Faf du Plessis put South Africa in control
Depleted Sri Lanka toil with two bowlers injured but struggle for consistency

Dhananjaya de Silva suffers torn thigh and will play no further part in South Africa Tests
He suffered the injury while batting on 79 on the opening day of the two-Test series

Dean Elgar: Fast scoring is not a true reflection of Centurion conditions
Run rates in excess of four an over, but opener still anticipates tough battle in fourth innings

Wiaan Mulder rues 'a few freebies' as Sri Lanka fly out of the blocks at Centurion
Seamer backs bowlers to improve after chastening opening day against Sri Lanka

Dhananjaya de Silva doubtful for rest of series after retiring hurt
Allrounder left the field after soft-tissue injury and could miss two-three weeks

Dinesh Chandimal credits Hashim Amla after banishing South Africa demons
Batsman averaged 14 in Sri Lanka's 2016-17 tour and was left out for 2018-19 series

Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal's contrasting half-centuries put Sri Lanka in box seat
South Africa's bowlers struggle for rhythm and control as tourists end first day on top

Armed with a stronger seam attack, Sri Lanka look to beat the odds again
On their last tour to SA, they became the first Asian side to win a Test series in the country

Karunaratne on matching South Africa's seam bowling - "We're about equal if you look at pace"
Captain acknowledges pressure of switching formats and conditions for his squad, and of no cricket for himself

Beuran Hendricks, Keegan Petersen withdrawn from South Africa Test squad
Neither player entered tour bubble ahead of Sri Lanka series after two Covid positives detected

Sri Lanka worried about new Covid-19 strain, but England tour likely to be on schedule
SLC's medical staff expected to have discussions with their ECB counterparts on Tuesday

Wanindu Hasaranga included in Sri Lanka's Test squad for South Africa tour
Sri Lanka name 21-man squad, with their full array of quicks to choose from

Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera fire Stallions to inaugural LPL title
The captain blasted 39 off 14 balls while Malik turned in an all-round show in a comprehensive win against Galle Gladiators

Bhanuka Rajapaksa: Our seam attack is better than anybody else's
Galle Gladiators captain full of admiration for trio of Amir, Lakshan and Thushara - who have hunted as a pack








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