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England set to play Tests in Sri Lanka after six years

ANALYST
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586   //    15 Mar 2018, 17:33 IST

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England last played a Test in Sri Lanka in 2012 with the two-match series ending 1-1

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have today confirmed a visit by England this October, with the tour comprising 5 ODIs, a T20 and 3 Tests. The tour will start with the ODI series first – the first one will be played on October 10 at Dambulla – and then move on to the solitary T20 before the Test series begins on Novermber 6 at Galle.

No warm-up match for any of the formats has been scheduled as yet, though there is a gap of nine days between the T20 at Colombo (RPS) and the first Test. The first two ODIs will be played at Dambulla, the following two at Pallekele and the final one at Colombo (RPS). Following the T20 also to be held there, the teams move on to Galle, Pallekele and Colombo (SSC) for the final leg of the series.

This will be England's first tour to Sri Lanka since March 2012 which will be featuring Test matches. Six years back, they had played only two Tests, with the series ending at 1-1. Since then, Sri Lanka reciprocated with a visit to England for a full tour in 2014, while England did come for a seven-match ODI series in late 2014 before Sri Lanka again had a lengthy England tour in 2016.

England's tour begins just under a month after they finish hosting India for a gruelling series of 3 T20s, 3 ODIs and 5 Tests, with the final Test finishing on September 11.


England's tour of Sri Lanka, 2018

October 10: First ODI, Dambulla

October 13: Second ODI, Dambulla

October 17: Third ODI, Pallekele

October 20: Fourth ODI, Pallekele

October 23: Fifth ODI, Colombo (RPS)

October 27: Only T20, Colombo (RPS)

November 6-10: First Test, Galle

November 14-18: Second Test, Pallekele

November 23-27: Third Test, Colombo (SSC)

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ANALYST
A childhood cricket enthusiast, my earliest cricket memory goes back to the 2003 World Cup, when I was 7. With a hobby of cricket commentary and writing from my early days, I earned an invitation for employment by Cricbuzz.com aged only 20, and have also had the opportunity to interact with the great analyst Harsha Bhogle.
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