The test series between England and Sri Lanka for the year 2016 consists of 3 test matches. It will start from 19th May 2016 when Sri Lank visit England. English summer is quite pleasant for the cricket as the contest between the two teams will be quite interesting. Matches will be played at Headingly, DURHAM and Lords London. The home side bowling attack will be hopefully led by James ANDERSON and Ben stokes who performed wonderfully well in the Ashes series. Last time when the two teams met in England for two test match series, the Sri Lankans pulled out a stupendous performance and won the series 1-0.
Retirement of SANGKARA and MAHELA JAYWARDENA from the test squad has affected the batting line up of Sri Lanka and the team is now under rebuilding phase. It will be tough for them this time to perform well in the three test match series. On the bowling front, LAKMAL and DHAMMIKA PRASAD would be spearheading the pace attack. KUSAL, the off spinner can prove handy on the slow pitches of England.
Swing bowlers of home team will like to test the mettle of Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews and DINESH CHANDIMAL, the bed rock of the middle order. Top of the order batsmen appear to be brittle and their techniques against the swinging ball is circumspect. Test series will be interesting but SRI LANKA team at present does not have match changing players as they are instrumental in snatching the key events.
England is the favorite to win the test Series if the pitches provide perfect English swinging and seaming condition. Joe ROOT and EOIN MORGAN will be looking to score big against Sri Lanka so that they could pile up pressure on the tourists. A lot hinges on the performance of SURANGA LAKMAL in England as he has the pace and bounce to trouble English batsmen.