Sri Lanka will certainly be keen to make a strong comeback after losing the one-day series to England. The Islanders have fared much better in red-ball cricket than shorter formats. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side for the three-match Test series. Hosts Sri Lanka will look to continue their good form in Test cricket when they take on England in three-match series.
On the other hand, England will need to improve their batting in order to compete against Sri Lanka on slower surfaces. The youngsters like Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, and Rory Burns will be focused to do well on their first trip to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka vs England 2018 Test series is certainly going to be interesting given the kind of players both teams have in their ranks.
Here are some of most important statistics with regards to Sri Lanka vs England 2018 Test Series.
1 victory for England out of the last 14 Test matches played away from home since March 2016. They were comprehensively beaten by Australia in the Ashes 2017-18 series played in Australia.
2012 was the last time England won a test match in Sri Lanka. The game was played at P Sara Oval in Colombo.
2001 was the last time England won a Test series in Sri Lanka. Nasser Hussain led England to a famous series victory against Sri Lanka.
48.54 is the average for Angelo Matthews against England in Test cricket. He has scored 534 runs in 7 matches and will be looking to score big runs in this upcoming Test series.
21 wickets needed by Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera to complete 150 wickets in Test Cricket.
5 wickets needed by England off-spinner Moeen Ali to complete 150 wickets in Test cricket.
214 runs needed by England all-rounder Ben Stokes to complete 3,000 runs in Test Cricket. He has scored 2,786 runs in 47 matches at an average of 33.56.
2 wickets needed by England leg-spinner Adil Rashid to complete 50 wickets in Test Cricket. He currently has taken 48 wickets in 16 games at an average of 40.31
358 runs needed by Sri Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal to complete 4,000 runs in Test Cricket. Chandimal has scored 3642 runs in 49 games at an average of 44.96 with eleven centuries to his name.