Sri Lanka vs England 2012
This entry was posted on Monday, March 26th, 2012
Cue ‘Turn up the Heat’ jokes.
Apparently, it is quite warm in the sub-continent around this time of year. Hardly a revelation that will jolt you from your seat, yet the British press seem keen to get their team’s excuses in early. Fearing a repeat of the disaster that was the Pakistan tour, England’s players have been taking lessons in dealing with heat (drinking lots of water is apparently recommended), as all that standing around can’t be easy.
On to the action, and the burning question (no pun intended) is whether England’s four man attack will be able to cope. To do so, Swann is the key man in the series. If he cannot hold up an end, the quicks will have to bowl far more overs than they would otherwise hope to. With the gregarious spinner’s own form dipping dramatically over the past twelve months or so, don’t be surprised if Monty Panesar emerges as England’s main spin bowler by the end of the tour.
England start in Galle today, before heading to Colombo for the final test the following Tuesday. England have never won in Galle, and were absolutely hammered there in 2001, when Atapattu’s 201* helped Sri Lanka reach 470-5, a score England were unable to better across two innings. It may be worth backing Sri Lanka in that first test at 3.5 with our good friends at Betfair, and for a 1-0 Sri Lanka series win, available at 4.1 with the same firm.