The English summer is on with Sri Lanka’s tour of England beginning today at Leed’s. Sri Lank have a good 45 days to spend in England, playing 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T20I.
With the series under way, let’s look at a few stats from Eng vs SL Test encounters from the past.
In a span of 34 years (1982-2016) , Eng and SL have faced each other 28 times in the Test format, with England leading with 10 wins. SL have won 8 and 10 games were drawn.
Star Player Jaya
Mahela Jayawardene seems to have a liking for English bowlers. He has amassed a record 2212 runs in 23 matches, at an average of 58.21.
8 out of his 34 Test hundreds have been against the English. The second best for Lanka is Sanga with 3 hundreds.
Jaya also holds the record for the joint Highest Score in England – Sri Lanka encounters, with an unbeaten 213. Sanath Jayasuriya too has scored 213.
What the duck!
Today, Compton and Root both got our for ducks. They are nowhere close to Ravi Bopara though. In 5 innings against the Island country, he has amassed a record 3 ducks. 60% strike rate! Waah!
Jaya and Sanga batting together have scored 965 runs, highest in Eng vs SL encounters. Highest single innings partnership is however between Jayawardene and Samaraweera. 262 runs.
Spinning out the opposition
Test Legend M. Muralitharan has picked up a record 112 wickets in Eng vs SL encounters. Guess how many wickets does #2 in the list have? 49. WPUJC Vaas.
Muralitharan also holds the record for BBI, with 9 for 65 and BBM, with 16 for 220. What a legend! Looks like the English were clueless when Murali was around.
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