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England must keep seeing Tests through when on top, says Joe Root

Captain backs Dom Sibley before Friday’s second Sri Lanka TestRoot notes Australia’s ‘fortress broken’ by India’s Gabba victoryThe England team hotel in Galle was seemingly abuzz after Australia’s defeat in Brisbane this week. But this schadenfreude wa…

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England must keep seeing Tests through when on top, says Joe Root

Captain backs Dom Sibley before Friday’s second Sri Lanka TestRoot notes Australia’s ‘fortress broken’ by India’s Gabba victoryThe England team hotel in Galle was seemingly abuzz after Australia’s defeat in Brisbane this week. But this schadenfreude wa…

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First-Test victory a personal and team triumph for Root’s depleted England

The captain bore the fruits of having some time off and should be proud of how he and his undercooked and under-strength team started the year even if tougher tests lie aheadAfter the presentation and the press conferences were out of the way, and the …

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Joe Root wants more from ‘not perfect’ England after win in first Test

Captain’s praise for debutant Lawrence and returning BairstowEngland set to rotate bowlers for Friday’s second TestFinal first Test scorecardJoe Root challenged his England players to strive for the next level of performance come Friday’s second Test a…

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Joe Root wants more from ‘not perfect’ England after win in first Test

Captain’s praise for debutant Lawrence and returning BairstowEngland set to rotate bowlers for Friday’s second TestFinal first Test scorecardJoe Root challenged his England players to strive for the next level of performance come Friday’s second Test a…

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Joe Root wants more from ‘not perfect’ England after win in first Test

Captain’s praise for debutant Lawrence and returning BairstowEngland set to rotate bowlers for Friday’s second TestFinal first Test scorecardJoe Root challenged his England players to strive for the next level of performance come Friday’s second Test a…

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Joe Root wants more from ‘not perfect’ England after win in first Test

Captain’s praise for debutant Lawrence and returning BairstowEngland set to rotate bowlers for Friday’s second TestFinal first Test scorecardJoe Root challenged his England players to strive for the next level of performance come Friday’s second Test a…

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England wrap up seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in first Test

Day five: Sri Lanka 135 and 359 all out; England 421 and 76-3Tourists seal victory with minimum of fuss at GalleEngland needed little more than half an hour to wrap up a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on the fifth morning in Galle, as Jonny Bairst…

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England wrap up seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in first Test

Day five: Sri Lanka 135 and 359 all out; England 421 and 76-3Tourists seal victory with minimum of fuss at GalleEngland needed little more than half an hour to wrap up a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on the fifth morning in Galle, as Jonny Bairst…

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England’s Jack Leach says he is spurred on by his year in Test wilderness

Spinner staying calm after five-wicket haul in Sri Lanka‘The past 12 months puts things into perspective’Jack Leach is using his challenging year-long absence from Test cricket as additional motivation this winter and says there is still room to improv…

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England require 36 to beat Sri Lanka after Jack Leach shines with five wickets

Day four: Sri Lanka 135 and 359 all out; England 421 and 38-3Jack Leach mops up tail as England close on win in first TestThe final hour of the fourth day in Galle threw up the type of drama that makes Test cricket such a bewitching sport; one of those…

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‘It’s great to have him back’: England eye Moeen Ali return after Covid-19

All-rounder with team in Sri Lanka but doubtful for next Test‘We all know what an awesome player he is,’ says Sam CurranMoeen Ali will finally begin readying himself for a potential return to Test cricket after being cleared of Covid-19 and emerging fr…

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‘I did a lot of talking’: Joe Root puts words into deeds with Galle century

England captain says ton a case of turning words into deeds‘It was really important to go out there and do it myself’Joe Root described his first Test century in 13 months as a case of turning words into deeds and revealed that self-defeating thoughts …

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Joe Root hits century before the rain to tighten England’s grip on first Test

First Test, day two: Sri Lanka 135; England 320-4Captain unbeaten after superb ton while Lawrence impressesThe second day in Galle was not much fun for Sri Lanka’s close fielders. Joe Root swept and swept and swept again, leaving bodies bruised and dri…

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Dom Bess accepts good fortune on way to five-wicket haul in Sri Lanka

‘I probably haven’t bowled as well as I could have’Bess pleased Jack Leach marked return with a wicketDom Bess was in a philosophical mood after his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket, reminding himself and others that the sport is one where more …

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Colin Graves insists rich IPL owners are willing to invest in the Hundred

Former ECB chairman believes private investment now vitalHiring Indian players for competition would be ‘phenomenal’Colin Graves has stressed wealthy Indian Premier League team owners remain keen to buy into the Hundred as English cricket considers pri…

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Joe Root backs England’s patient approach to bring success in Sri Lanka

The England captain is leading a very different side to the one that triumphed 3-0 in 2018 but he believes in the methods of their new coach, Chris SilverwoodSri Lanka was anything but the teardrop island for England when they last visited for a Test s…

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Covid isolation leaves Moeen Ali set to miss Sri Lanka Test series

All-rounder forced to extend hotel-room quarantineMoeen tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival for tourMoeen Ali is set to miss all of England’s two-Test series in Sri Lanka and faces an uphill struggle to be ready for the tour of India that follows a…

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Covid isolation leaves Moeen Ali set to miss Sri Lanka Test series

All-rounder forced to extend hotel-room quarantineMoeen tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival for tourMoeen Ali is set to miss all of England’s two-Test series in Sri Lanka and faces an uphill struggle to be ready for the tour of India that follows a…

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Covid isolation leaves Moeen Ali set to miss Sri Lanka Test series

All-rounder forced to extend hotel-room quarantineMoeen tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival for tourMoeen Ali is set to miss all of England’s two-Test series in Sri Lanka and faces an uphill struggle to be ready for the tour of India that follows a…