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Race to the top

Every team in International cricket strives to be the best Test team in the world. Being the best gives the holder bragging rights over winning any other competition in the world game today.

England in a Spin

Sri Lanka made strides towards regaining their reputation as an unbeatable force in home conditions today with a hard fought victory over England. It is fitting that Sri Lanka start their post-Murali era winning-record from the ground where Murali ended his Test career in a truly legendary manner.

ENG vs SL Preview

Last time sri lanka met England it was a gloomy series for the Lankans it was evident that they weren’t enjoying their time in the unfamiliar green pitches and the pre summer weather.

The new ball rule ruining the art of spin bowling

The new ball rule since its introduction as a remedy for the bowl changing issues has caused slight but very concerning changes in the game .The new rule means the ball will only get 25 overs old.

CB Series 2012 review

When Sri lanka began this series the odds of them reaching the finals were very slim, they were expected to make-way for the much hyped indian and Australian teams. But throughout the series, the Sri Lankan team has won the respect and adoration of the Australian cricketing fraternity through their no fear, never give up brand of playing. One can say that playing in Australia can bring out the best or the worst in visiting teams. Indians can probably testify for the latter.

Does India have the mental edge over Sri Lanka?

While watching the hammering the sri lankan bowlers were receiving from the Indian batsmen on a flat bellerive oval track my mind wandered back a few years when sri lanka always had the mental edge over india in important matches.

Thoughts on the Sri Lanka v England Test series, 2011

In the end, maybe fittingly, the rain ended the three test match series, giving England 1-0 series victory. It could have been much worse without the weather interruptions, but on the other side it could have been much better if Sri Lanka were focused, for at least 25 overs in Cardiff.

Going up against England in their home conditions, is very tough under normal circumstances, but against this Ashes winning team, riding high on confidence, ability and form would be tough for a team in good form. This squad of players that England currently have must be the best group of players available for England for a long time. To compound the problem, cold conditions do not inspire Asian teams to be at their best.

The World Cup squad

The 2011 edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup will get underway on the February 19th in Mirpur, Bangladesh when India take on Bangladesh. Billions of people will tune into watch 14 teams battle it out to be named the best in the world. What makes this edition exciting is there is no clear favourites, every team has their specific strengths and weaknesses.

West Indies Tour Preview 2010

This is the fourth tour of Sri Lanka by the West Indies, so what can we expect from the West Indies?

In there first tour in 1993, there was only one Test match and it ended in a draw. Then came the one of the strangest series I have seen in Sri Lanka; in 2001 it was Brian Lara versus Sri Lanka. It is safe to say that Lara completely dominated Murali in that series. It was some of the best batting seen in Sri Lanka by a visiting batsmen. The strange thing is that Sri Lanka still won the series 3-0.

Tour Review - Sri Lanka in Australia 2010

Sri Lanka ended their triumphant tour of Australia at the Brisbane Gabba today.

On a pitch that offered the best pace and bounce of the series, Sri Lanka’s so far impressive batting crumbled to be embarrassingly bowled out for 115. It was most concerning to see Sri Lanka’s lack of intensity in today’s game.

Yes, Sri Lanka won the series but to beat the Australians 3-0 in Australia and leave their shores unbeaten should have been enough incentive for the team, especially because the chance does not present itself very often. If Sri Lanka are to become the next dominant force in ODI cricket this type of effort cannot occur very often.

Certainly Sri Lanka has the bowling attack that can dismantle any batting side in any type of pitch.It’s the batting that needs to become stronger.