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'Number of people' approching ICC on alleged corruption in Sri Lankan cricket
ICC's amnesty period currently on, during which it hopes to gather evidence which may further its investigations in Sri Lanka

Pradeep ruled out of Australia series due to hamstring strain
The grade-one strain has also left the Sri Lanka seamer doubtful for the South Africa Tests, that follow close on the heels of the Australia tour

Kurtis Patterson and Jon Holland shine on another disappointing day for Sri Lankans
The visiting batsmen ended without a half-century between them in either innings, after Kurtis Patterson smacked his second unbeaten hundred of the match

Solid outing for Labuschagne as Sri Lanka's batting stutters
The legspinning allrounder contributed well with both bat and ball, even as other Test picks had middling outings

SLC elections postponed to February 21
An error in the Sinhala to English translation of the gazette triggers need for postponement

Relief for Sri Lanka as Mendis cleared of serious injury
An X-ray has shown no breaks or fractures in the finger on which Mendis had been struck on Thursday

Test picks falter as Patterson, Doran slam centuries against Sri Lankans
Dushmantha Chameera impresses, but centuries from Kurtis Patterson and Jake Doran take CA XI to 5 for 316 on first day of tour game

Chandimal calls for collective batting lift to challenge Australia
Sri Lanka captain is hopeful of bowlers following India's template if they have runs on the board

'Batsmen still haven't understood the value of finishing a match' - Malinga
The Sri Lanka captain wanted his team to show character in the middle, and not sit back satisfied merely by good starts - with bat or ball

'Frustrating to not have shown my abilities at international level' - Bracewell
Having watched from the sidelines during the ODI series, the allrounder came good in the lone T20I against Sri Lanka with bat and ball

Bracewell, Kuggeleijn, Ferguson end SL's winless tour
Bracewell and Kuggeleijn bashed 44 off 26 and 35 not out off 15 respectively before Ferguson's three-for dented Sri Lanka's chase

We should never have dropped so quickly in T20s - Lasith Malinga
With Sri Lanka having slipped to ninth on the T20I rankings, this will be the first time they'll not gain direct qualification into the T20 World Cup

Final chance for Malinga's SL to break New-Zealand tour rut
Tim Southee will be leading New Zealand in Kane Williamson's absence as Sri Lanka look to finish the tour on a high

ICC announces 15-day amnesty to report corrupt approaches
Under this amnesty, reporting any previous corrupt approach in Sri Lankan cricket will not result in the player being punished

Kusal Perera returns to Sri Lanka Test squad
Danushka Gunathilaka was dropped after managing only 16 runs in four innings in New Zealand

Taylor, Nicholls centuries seal 3-0 sweep
New Zealand piled on 364, before a familiar middle-order collapse left Thisara Perera waging a lone battle as Sri Lanka sank to a 115-run defeat

New Zealand's chance to experiment with series in the bag
Sri Lanka's weaknesses have been their attack's toothlessness through the middle overs and a frail middle order. Can they fix those issues?

Malinda Pushpakumara bags all 10 wickets in an innings
The Sri Lanka left-arm spinner picked up 10 for 37 in a Premier League Tier A match for Colombo Cricket Club against Saracens Sports Club

New Zealand pull off narrow win after Thisara Perera's 140
The allrounder smashed Sri Lanka's third fastest ever ODI century while fighting a lone battle, but the home side held on for a narrow win

Settled New Zealand need only fine-tuning ahead of second ODI
Sri Lanka will take heart from their batting in the first match, but they need wholesale changes if they hope to be contenders at the World Cup

Guptill, Neesham put New Zealand 1-0 up after 45-run win
While the opener smote his 14th ODI hundred, the allrounder made an impactful return with both bat and ball

Retirement of greats no excuse for poor ODI record - Malinga
The newest Sri Lanka captain says that the time to rebuild is over, with the 2019 World Cup looming

Seifert set to debut as Sri Lanka, NZ turn attention to World Cup
Under a new leader, Sri Lanka will look to make amends after losing 75% of all their ODIs since 2017

Afghanistan earn direct qualification in 2020 T20 World Cup
Afghanistan's progression up the T20I rankings corresponds with a slip down the order for Sri Lanka, will have to go through the opening round of the tournament

Chandimal pleased with SL's 2018 despite 'big areas for improvement'
Despite losing four of their last five Tests, Sri Lanka won away series against Bangladesh and West Indies, as well as a home series against South Africa

Injured Angelo Mathews almost certain to miss Australia tour
The allrounder has been ruled out of the limited-overs leg of the New Zealand tour and faces up to four weeks on the sidelines, according to the physio

Wagner, Boult bowl New Zealand to record win
New Zealand required only 14 deliveries on the final day to clinch a series win that took them to No. 3 in the Test rankings

'I am going to try and get 1000 every year' - Mendis
Kusal Mendis was a "really happy" man after becoming the youngest batsman since 2005 to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year

Mathews sent for scans after hamstring trouble
He didn't return to bat after tea on the fourth day with Sri Lanka facing a fight to save the Test and the series

Wagner burst leaves Sri Lanka on the brink
He dismissed half-centurions Mendis and Chandimal in a hostile spell to crack open the game after a third-wicket century stand

NZ build towards future-proof batting order
Over the next few years, the side will see the rewards of consistently backing the current group of batsmen, says batting coach Craig McMillan

Latham, Nicholls tons give New Zealand firm grip
Even if Sri Lanka muster Wellington-like resistance in chase of 660, the Christchurch weather is unlikely to turn in their favour

Samaraweera points to Sri Lanka's batting gains on day of losses
Sri Lanka's outgoing batting coach spoke of the numbers which suggest that, under him, their top order has made significant gains

Boult's 6 for 4 studs New Zealand's dominance
Sri Lanka started the second day in anticipation of a lead, but found themselves staring at a series defeat at the end of it

Southee helps New Zealand hit back on 14-wicket day
Lakmal's marathon spell that yielded a five-for keeps Sri Lanka with a fighting chance of pocketing a slim lead

Can Sri Lanka continue to impress on green Christchurch pitch?
The visitors' batsmen made big gains in Wellington, but can they defy New Zealand's quicks in spicier conditions at the Hagley Oval?

Kusal Mendis the dasher turns into Thilan Samaraweera clone
Usually an unrepentant strokemaker, Sri Lanka's No. 4 overturned his batting style to block his way to an outstanding match-saving hundred

Rain completes Mathews and Mendis' epic rescue
The pair batted all of the fourth day and 12 overs on the fifth before weather intervened to give Sri Lanka a draw that didn't look possible at 13 for 3

Kusal Mendis eyes double-ton as mentor Samaraweera's send-off gift
Sri Lanka batting coach Thilan Samaraweera will exit the role at the end of this series, and Kusal Mendis is keen on fulfilling his wish

When I saw Angie get hit, I thought there's no way I'm getting out - Mendis
Sometimes guilty of playing attractive but insubstantial innings, Mendis partnered a steadfast Mathews for the entirety of day four in Wellington

Mathews makes a statement with push-ups celebration
Gesture possibly directed towards head coach who left him out of the limited-overs setup on fitness grounds

Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews bat all day to give Sri Lanka hope
The duo racked up centuries in a yet-to-be broken 246-run stand to leave Sri Lanka with a fighting chance of securing an improbable draw

We didn't bowl the right lengths consistently - SL bowling coach Ratnayake
Sri Lanka's frontline quicks looked ordinary as a unit, taking 5 for 359 between them as New Zealand claimed total control of the first Test

Sri Lanka collapse against pace after Tom Latham's 264*
Latham became the first New Zealand batsman since Glenn Turner in 1972 to carry his bat through a completed Test innings

Tom Latham, Kane Williamson grind Sri Lanka on batting day
The pair's 162-run stand gave New Zealand a solid platform from which they can think of batting just once in the Test

Niroshan Dickwella leads Sri Lanka rearguard after Tim Southee's five-for
Sri Lanka also have Mathews and Karunaratne's century stand to thank for reviving them from 9 for 3

Malinga to lead ODI and T20I squads in New Zealand
Angelo Mathews, who had been axed from the limited-overs squads due to fitness and run out issues, is back in the squad

Need our seamers to attack NZ batsmen - Chandimal
The Sri Lanka captain acknowledged that the team's best chance lies in going aggressively at New Zealand with the ball

Fast bowlers give Sri Lanka hope against upbeat New Zealand
The hosts have already named their XI, with Neil Wagner returning to a bowling attack containing Ajaz Patel as its lone spinner

Jon Lewis appointed Sri Lanka's new batting coach
The former Durham county head coach is part of a slew of new appointments, and has a contract that runs till the end of the 2019 World Cup

Akila Dananjaya found to have illegal bowling action
The offspinner stands suspended from bowling in international cricket, but, with the consent of SLC, he can still bowl in Sri Lanka's domestic competitions

Mathews, Gunathilaka, Mendis among runs in drawn encounter
Danushka Gunathilaka found form with a dominant display at the top of the order, as the three-day warm-up match against New Zealand XI petered to a draw in Napier

Sri Lanka hire Steve Rixon as fielding coach
He will link up with the squad ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Christchurch, having signed a contract that will expire at the end of 2019 World Cup

Tatenda Taibu set to return to competitive cricket in Sri Lanka
Having retired from international cricket in 2012, the former Zimbabwe captain and their convener of selectors has signed for a Sri Lankan domestic side for the forthcoming first-class season

Hope to give confidence to Thirimanne, Samarawickrama - SLC selector
'We feel they have the potential to be important members of Sri Lanka cricket in the future,' Ashantha de Mel said of the batsmen, who are part of an extended 17-member squad

Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Pradeep back in Sri Lanka squad for New Zealand Tests
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama is also back in the squad, while Kaushal Silva has missed out

'We're not one-trick ponies any more', says Joe Root after overseas triumph
Captain takes pride in watching his side grow, and singles out Ben Stokes for particular praise

'Stokes the difference in last two Tests' - Hathurusingha
Sri Lanka coach terms series 'closely fought' despite whitewash; rues lack of hundreds from his batsmen

Sri Lanka to play two ODIs in Scotland ahead of 2019 World Cup
The series ends just nine days before the 2019 World Cup

Bayliss reserves judgment on Burns and Jennings as England are challenged to improve further
Test team remains far from the finished article, in spite of 'great result', says head coach

Jack Leach, Moeen Ali share eight as England seal series sweep
England snuffed out a fighting sixth-wicket stand, then withstood feisty hitting from the No. 11, to complete a sensational 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka

Lakshan Sandakan overstepping came from 'trying too hard' - SL bowling coach
Sri Lanka spin-bowling coach Piyal Wijetunge suggested the front-foot no-balls delivered by Lakshan Sandakan were "something new for us"

Ashantha de Mel to head Sri Lanka's new selection panel
The committee, which has been formed just six months from the World Cup, also includes Brendon Kuruppu, Hemantha Wickramaratne and Chaminda Mendis

Jos Buttler 'at peace' with the prospect of failure as positive footwork pays off for England
England batsman happy to be dismissed taking the attacking option after producing another crucial fifty

Lakshan Sandakan no-balls sum up SL day as England close on 3-0
Jos Buttler scored a half-century and England then struck four times with the ball, but Sri Lanka were undermined by their own errors on day three in Colombo

Taking the wrong option at wrong time cost us - de Silva
Sri Lanka's No. 3 also said they wouldn't have crashed if they had played to a better plan

'My job is to make things happen' - Adil Rashid on his five-wicket haul
Legspinner's haul of 5 for 49 in 13.5 overs tore Sri Lanka's innings apart in the hour after tea on the second day

Keaton Jennings puts his body on the line once more at short leg
Bravery and anticipation to the fore as England reap the rewards of close attention to close catching

Rashid, Stokes send Sri Lanka crumbling after tea
Sri Lanka collapsed like an origami skyscraper in a Godzilla attack, losing seven wickets in the space of 53 runs after tea, and 8 for 67 overall

Jonny Bairstow proves his point to carry England with brilliant hundred
Jonny Bairstow put England - and his own Test career - back on track with a high-class century on the first day in Colombo

'We could learn from England's batting,' admits Suranga Lakmal
England have announced their XI and Sri Lanka could also make a couple of changes as they seek a consolation win

'Broad and Anderson still have huge roles to play for England' - Joe Root
England need to savour the experience of Stuart Broad and James Anderson for as long as they can, says captain

Sri Lanka seek confidence, England a whitewash
England have announced their XI and Sri Lanka could also make a couple of changes as they seek a consolation win

Dinesh Chandimal out of third England Test too
Sri Lanka captain yet to sufficiently recover from the groin strain he picked up during the first Test

Uncapped Nishan Peiris replaces Akila Dananjaya in Sri Lanka squad for third Test
He replaces Akila Dananjaya, who will miss the Test to undergo a bowling-action assessment in Brisbane

Jack Leach, Moeen Ali lead England to rare series win
On the fifth day in Kandy, Sri Lanka lost their last three wickets for 17 runs to concede a 57-run win to the visitors

Angelo Mathews still hurt by ODI axing as he lets 'bat do the talking'
Batsman says he has not changed his preparations in wake of criticism from coach, Chandika Hathurusingha

'It's set up for a bit of a thriller' - Keaton Jennings braces for day five tussle
Tea break came at a good time for England, says opening batsman, after an impressive day under the lid at short leg

England close in on series win despite Angelo Mathews defiance
The wicket of Angelo Mathews minutes before an early close gave England the advantage in a twisting, turning fourth-innings battle

Hayley Matthews helps West Indies storm into semi-finals
Hayley Matthews caned West Indies with the bat at the start of the match, before rushing through their lower order with three wickets as West Indies won by 83 runs

'Reverse swan' Root praises England for sticking to attacking mindset
Captain's brilliant second-innings hundred helps carry England into a position of authority on the third day

Joe Root hundred raises tempo and puts England in charge
Whatever you think of the England method - whether it's wise, whether it's practical, whether it's based on an innate distrust of their own defence - it is wonderfully entertaining

Joe Root receives ICC demerit point after being found guilty of dissent
England captain 'shook his head and then kicked the turf' after unsuccessful appeal against Dilruwan Perera

Roshen Silva innings shows Test mindset, says Dimuth Karunaratne
Opener praises Sri Lanka batting hero, whose methods haven't altered much since their schooldays together

Jack Leach hopes for fourth-innings dividends after tough day in field
Spinner disappointed to concede lead, but backs bowlers to thrive if they have a good total to defend

Sri Lanka hit with five penalty runs after one-short incident
Roshen penalised after apparent failure to ground bat while turning for second run

Joe Root pens letters of sympathy after fans are caught up in Kandy hotel fiasco
Team meets with affected fans on outfield during Test after many are forced to switch hotels due to booking oversight

Roshen Silva guides Sri Lanka to precious 46-run lead
Roshen Silva's 85 helped Sri Lanka to a first-innings lead via a battling lower-order fightback in Pallekele

'I don't know what happened' - Jahanara after Bangladesh lost chasing 98
Brittle batting proved Bangladesh's undoing again, leaving them facing an early exit from the World T20

Siriwardene's allround performance knocks Bangladesh out
The veteran allrounder batted through till the end of the innings in a low-scoring innings, and bowled economically as Bangladesh played meekly in their chase

'It looked like Sri Lanka were starting to panic' - Sam Curran
Sri Lanka's slapdash day in the field reached its nadir just when they needed to be at their most ruthless

England strike after Sam Curran spark lifts them to 285
Half-centuries from Jos Buttler and Sam Curran swept England towards a competitive total before Jack Leach struck late in the day

Sri Lanka ask for a turner - and more runs from their batsmen
Stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal is "trusting" that the team's batting will come good as Sri Lanka look to level the series in Pallekele

Akila Dananjaya set to miss third Test in order to have action tested
Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya is expected to travel to Brisbane to undergo biomechanical testing after having his bowling action reported

Dilhara Lokuhettige faces corruption charges relating to T10 League
The ICC has charged the former Sri Lanka allrounder with three counts of breaching the Emirates Cricket Board's anti-corruption code

Can Sri Lanka harness the chaos to turn the tide in Pallekele?
England have named an unchanged XI from Galle, with Ben Stokes set to move up to No. 3

Ismail, Kapp power South Africa to seven-wicket win
Shabnim Ismail was near unplayable, racking up 20 dot balls in a four-over spell, and Marizanne Kapp followed up her economical bowling with a 44-ball 38 to anchor South Africa's chase

Sri Lanka's sports ministry sets up a cricket advisory committee
It will help with the day-to-day activities of the Competent Authority, which is currently heading up the SLC until fresh elections take place

Dinesh Chandimal out of second Test, Charith Asalanka called up
Suranga Lakmal will captain Sri Lanka in Chandimal's absence, as he did during the two-Test series against South Africa earlier this year

Akila Dananjaya reported for suspect bowling action
The Sri Lanka spinner is required to undergo testing on his action within 14 days, but can bowl in international cricket until the results of the tests are out

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