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Author Archive for Vic Marks at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground

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‘We’ve shown we’re not one-trick ponies’ – Joe Root delighted by series whitewash

• England captain relieved after nervy end to third Test• ‘I’m very proud of everything we’ve achieved’In the 21st century it is never over until Neil Diamond sings (it is always “Sweet Caroline” of course) and the PA system had to delay pumping out th…

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England wrap up series whitewash but are made to sweat by spirited Sri Lanka

England beat Sri Lanka by 42 runs to win series 3-0Sri Lanka’s 10th-wicket stand makes for nervy finaleThis was not quite the straightforward formality that had been anticipated. In fact, the Sri Lankans, with their pocket-battleship of a No 11 at the …

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Jos Buttler a disciple of patience as England pursue series whitewash

• Buttler: ‘I’ve really enjoyed playing Test cricket again’ • Vice-captain offers helpful advice to officials over no-ballsJos Buttler, who now speaks with the authority of an England vice-captain, was never going to take anything for granted at the cl…

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England’s Keaton Jennings holds aces to turn match against Sri Lanka

• Jennings takes four catches in Sri Lanka first innings• ‘He’s an exceptional short-leg fielder,’ says Adil RashidIt may be Angelo Mathews did England an unwitting favour in Galle in the first Test. He swung hard at Jack Leach and the ball thudded int…

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Adil Rashid magic puts England in control of third Test against Sri Lanka

• England lead by 99 in their second innings• Adil Rashid (5-49) helped dismiss Sri Lanka for 240Just before tea the inescapable conclusion was that England were experiencing their worst day of the tour; they had been profligate with the bat and unusua…

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Jonny Bairstow: ‘It’s been an emotional time … there were mood swings’

• Bairstow releases his raw emotions after polished century• ‘No one sees the hard work and the ice machines in rehab’Jonny Bairstow’s century was a polished, silky innings with barely a false shot and barring the sapping heat it seemed to be achieved …

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Jonny Bairstow makes England’s No 3 spot his own with stirring century

• Bairstow hits sixth Test ton on return to side • England reach 312-7 on day one of third TestThe conundrum that is the No 3 slot is heading towards a resolution. Something very odd would have to happen for Jonny Bairstow not to continue there when En…