Second Test – England vs Sri Lanka

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Tourists pull trousers up just in time to have them pulled down again

Had it not been for Swansea City making their own bit of Welsh history, far more attention may have been paid to a wonderful Monday evening session at Cardiff, where England gobbled up wickets like they were Pringles, to thrash the Sri Lankans. England have now won five of their last seven tests by an innings, a wonderful testament to their formidable batting line-up and the extraordinary Jonathan Trott in particular.

Although we’re all still recovering from that leather on willow extravaganza, the ECB are on-hand to shove some more cricket down our throats, in the form of the second test at Lords. Sri Lanka have never beaten England at the home of cricket, although they haven’t been beaten there either for twenty years. One thing you should expect is a run-fest – the last two Lords tests between the sides have seen two innings of 500+.

Interestingly however, the last time the Sri Lankans were thumped by an innings (November 2009 in Kanpur,) they turned it around immediately, spanking India by an innings in the following match.

Yet the feeble way Sri Lanka responded to the short ball on Monday, suggested that any alien conditions will represent a problem. If it isn’t a dust bowl in Kandy, they aren’t interested. Just wait until they see the slope at Lords. Our tip is for another big England win, available at 4/6 with our good friends at Bluesq.

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