Host Sri Lanka will be looking to get off to good start in their home season when they take on England in a two-match Test series. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne will lead the side for the series against England.
Dhananjaya de Silva has ruled out of the upcoming series against England due to a torn thigh sustained during Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa. Left-hander Lahiru Thiramanne has been included in the Test squad.
Pacer Suranga Lakmal, all-rounder Angelo Matthews and Dinesh Chandimal suffered injuries before start of the South Africa series. The team management will be hoping that the experienced trio can regain full fitness and become available for the two-match Test series.
Uncapped players Santhush Gunathilake and Dilshan Madushanka have earned their maiden call-ups to Sri Lanka’s Test squad for England series. Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara and Asitha Fernando are other pace options, while Dilruwan Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga and Lasith Embuldeniya are prominent spinners for the home series.
On the previous trip to Sri Lanka in 2018, England completed a historic maiden whitewash over Sri Lanka in three-match series. Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer are not available for this series. Uncapped batsman Daniel Lawrence has been picked as Rory Burns opt out of the tour due to paternity leave.
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Here are some of most important statistics with regards to Sri Lanka vs England 2021 Test Series.
0 victories for Sri Lanka out of the last six Test matches played against England since January 2016. They were whitewashed by England in a three-match Test series played in Sri Lanka in 2018.
2014 was the last time Sri Lanka won a test match against England. The Islanders registered a famous win at Headingley Cricket Ground at Leeds.
2007 was the last time Sri Lanka won a Test series against England in Sri Lanka
102.40 is the average for Jonny Bairstow against Sri Lanka in Test cricket. He has scored 512 runs in four matches and will be looking to score big runs in this upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
16 wickets needed by England left-arm orthodox spinner Jack Leach to complete 50 wickets in Test Cricket.
9 wickets needed by England medium-pacer Sam Curran to complete 50 wickets in Test cricket. Left-arm quick has claimed 41 wickets in 19 Test matches at an average of 32.12.
177 runs needed by England Captain Joe Root to complete 7,000 runs in Test Cricket. He has scored 7823 runs in 97 Test matches at an average of 47.99 with 17 centuries and 49 half-centuries to his name.
13 runs needed by Sri Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal to complete 4,000 runs in Test Cricket. Chandimal has scored 3987 runs in 58 Test matches at an average of 41.10 with 11 centuries and 19 half-centuries to his name
19 runs needed by All-rounder Angelo Matthews to complete 6000 runs in Test cricket. He currently has scored 5981 runs in 86 Test matches at an average of 45.31 with ten centuries and thirty-five half-centuries to his name.
243 runs required by Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Matthews to complete 1,000 runs against England in Test cricket. In nine matches, Angelo Matthews has accumulated 757 runs at an average of 44.52 with two centuries and four half-centuries to his name.