STAR PREVIEW: Sri Lanka v England

During the summer followers of this page would have recouped ante-post losses from the test series as England eventually made their way to a comprehensive test win over India, but the tables could well be turned as Joe Root’s men start their tour in Sri Lanka this morning.

England turned a test series that was in the balance into a relative rout on the scoreboard but very few things didn’t go their way during the summer and playing in Asia is a profoundly different test for the three lions and the records don’t look good.

Sri Lanka – in any case – are an extremely handy side who have beaten Bangladesh on the road but also managed to get the best of Pakistan in the UAE, proving they are not just a one trick pony.

The 1-1 draw is the shortest price in starsports.bet betting thanks to the monsoon season but there is reason for beating the elements when backing Sri Lanka. The hosts managed to smash South Africa by 178 and 199 runs in their two tests during the summer (no mean feat given that they have been the world’s best travellers of a long time) and they are facing and England side that travels terribly.

England have not won away from home in 13 tests and the closest they have managed to get is the draw that New Zealand managed to put up in Christchurch last year. However, that took place in a climate which gave Stuart Broad and James Anderson the best chance to shine, something which cannot be said of the ‘Teardrop Isle’.

On the road, they’ve won four of their last 26 tests, and their last series win away was in December 2015 in South Africa – when the surface was far more suited to them and the side was frankly stronger. The 6/4 on Sri Lanka taking the series looks to be worth chancing with regards to the weather and so does the 16/1 on a 3-0 series victory outlandish according to the betting market marketing leads.

In terms of the top player markets, the visitors might be well served by Ben Stokes. He scored 200 during the summer against India when he was the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons, but he still managed to scored 200 and the feisty all-rounder has form in the Southern Hemisphere to boot with 50’s against Bangladesh, India and even Sri Lanka in all formats of the game on the sub continent.

Dimuth Karunaratne scored four fifties in the two tests series, hitting 158 and 60 in Galle and then 53 and 85 in the test after that, he must overcome Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis but even then, the 10/3 that starsports.bet offer looks fair.

Sri Lanka v England
Tuesday 6 November 04.30
Live on Sky Sports Cricket HD

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1ST TEST PREVIEW

England have had a successful tour of Sri Lanka so far but they are now far less proficient in the test arena than they used to be in and the rain might not be able to save them in the first test.

Joe Root’s men will no longer have to deal with Rangana Herath in five days’ time (a good thing for them given that he is now second on the wickets list in Tests since Muttiah Muralitharan retired with a huge 359, but it’s highly unlikely to be enough in the first test for them.

The poor weather of Sri Lanka’s monsoon season means that little can be guaranteed but it has also robbed England of crucial preparation time and their record in the first test of many series was not brilliant even before that. England have had trouble starting tests regardless of location and only once have they won a series in Sri Lanka since James Anderson was even born (yes, a true fact).

In any case, this is about Sri Lanka. They have won five of their last six tests at Galle and the only exception was India, which can be forgiven seeing as they are a side built to play the sub continent like a fiddle. As said in the overall preview, they have scored away wins against Bangladesh and Pakistan and they were dominant against South Africa when they met in Galle.

South Africa were bowled out for 126 and 73 during their heavy defeat in July and with a similar pitch experienced, England could find this a long and hard struggle here. The return of Angelo Mattews is another bonus for the hosts too.

The rainy season and the heavy toss bias – In the last 13 results, ten have been won by the side batting first – means that the draw is 4/5 with starsports.bet but the 5/2 about Sri Lanka looks a tad too big not to take.

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Back Sri Lanka 2 pts at 5/2 with starsports.bet

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BACK Ben Stokes Top England batsman 2 points at 7/1 starsports.bet
BACK Dimuth Karunaratne Top Sri Lankan Batsman 2 pts at 10/3 with starsports.bet

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