England vs Sri Lanka Test Series 2016 – Let’s Talk Numbers

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Sri Lanka vs England

After a prolonged break, cricket fever will return to Sri Lanka as the Lions make their way to the birthplace of Cricket to take on rivals England in a three match Test series which will be followed by the shorter versions of the game.

Sri Lanka played their inaugural Test against England in 1982 and since then, the two teams have engaged in a fierce rivalry. Let’s take a close look at the Test numbers between the two sides.

Since 1982
Sri Lanka at their inaugural Test match (Image courtesy – Getty Images)
Sri Lanka at their inaugural Test match (Image courtesy – Getty Images)

After obtaining Test status, Sri Lanka played their first ever Test on the 17th of February 1982 at the P.Sara Oval against England. It was the 921st match in the history of Test cricket. Bandula Warnapura led the Lions while Keith Fletcher captained the visitors.

It was a close tussle as Sri Lanka bowled out England conceding a mere 5 run lead but later England’s experience proved vital as they eventually turned the tables securing a 7 wicket win.

Sri Lanka’s first win against England came in 1993 when they recorded a 5 wicket win at SSC under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga. Alec Stewart led the visitors this time.

Sri Lanka vs England overall Test record head to head:

• Played – 28
• Sri Lanka – 8
• England – 10
• Drawn – 10

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
Sri Lankan Team to England in 1984
Sri Lankan Team to England in 1984 (Image courtesy – Getty Images)

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.

Headingley, Leeds

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
Lord’s, London

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
Sidath Wettimuny on his way to 190 at Lord’s
Sidath Wettimuny on his way to 190 at Lord’s (Image courtesy – Wisden Cricket Monthly)
Batting records

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)

Bowling records

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)