Recap of the past decade
Sri Lanka toured England in 2006 and the 3 match Test series ended as a 1-1 draw. In the following year, England traveled to Sri Lanka where the 3 match Test series ended 1-0 in favour of the home team who secured an 88 run win in Kandy.
Sri Lanka’s visit to England in 2011 resulted in a 1-0 win for the hosts as they beat the Lankans by innings and 14 runs at Cardiff.
In 2012, England’s tour in Sri Lanka ended in a 1-1 Test series draw as Sri Lanka’s 75 run win at Galle was followed by England’s 8 wicket win at P.Sara Oval.
Perhaps the most thrilling Test series between the two sides happened when Sri Lanka toured England in 2014. Sri Lanka won the series 1-0; securing a stirring 100 run victory at Leeds on the penultimate delivery of the match after clinging on to a dramatic draw in the 1st test at Lords.
Sri Lankan Tales in England
Since their first Test on English soil in 1984, Sri Lanka has played 15 Tests in England.
Played – 15
Sri Lanka – 3
England – 6
Sri Lanka’s 3 wins came at The Oval in 1998, Nottingham in 2006 and Leeds in 2014.
The thriller in 2014 is the only game played between the two sides at Leeds.
England’s Test record at Leeds –
- Played – 73
- Won – 31
- Lost – 24
- Drawn – 18
Chester – le – Street
Sri Lankans are yet to play a Test match at the Riverside Ground in Chester – le – Street.
England’s Test record at the venue –
- Played – 5
- Won – 5
- Lost – 0
To play a Test match at Lord’s is an ultimate dream of any cricketer. The ‘Home of Cricket’ has hosted the most number of matches on a single venue (131), 23 more Tests than its nearest contender MCG.
Reaching a century at Lord’s is a special milestone for every player. So far only 8 Sri Lankans have scored centuries at Lord’s. They are: Sidath Wettimuny, Duleep Mendis, Amal Silva, Marvan Atapattu, Mahela Jayawardene, TM Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews. Out of them, Mahela has scored two tons while Sidath Wettimuny, Amal Silva and Duleep Mendis reached three figures in the same Test match.
The iconic venue has hosted 7 Tests between Sri Lanka and England. England has won two of them while Sri Lankans are yet to record a Test win at Lord’s.
England’s record at Lord’s –
- Played – 129
- Won – 51
- Lost – 30
- Drawn – 48
Most runs – Mahela Jayawardene (2212 runs in 41 innings) (Avg. 58.21)
Most runs for England – Alastair Cook (1078 runs in 23 innings) (Avg. 51.33)
Most runs in England – Kumar Sangakkara (862 runs in 22 innings) (Avg. 41.04)
Highest individual score – Mahela Jayawardene (213* at Galle 2007), Sanath Jayasuriya (213 at The Oval 1998)
Most wickets – M.Muralitharan (112 wickets in 30 innings)
Most wickets for England – Matthew Hoggard (37 wickets in 17 innings)
Most wickets in England – M.Muralitharan (48 wickets in 10 innings)