Depleted Sri Lanka still advantageous over England, says Dimuth Karunaratne ahead of home Test series

With England lacking out on 5 key gamers who have been instrumental within the 3-0 white-wash of Sri Lanka again in 2018, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne is assured of having a good benefit on the guests.

Ben Foakes, who received’t be a component of the first Test, was the highest scorer within the 2018 tour of Sri Lanka. England will even miss the providers of Keaton Jennings, who had scored a surprising century within the 2nd innings, together with Moeen Ali, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 earlier this month.

In response to Karunaratne, Moeen Ali lacking out could be an enormous loss for England since he had claimed 18 wickets in 2018. In the meantime, star all-rounder Ben Stokes additionally misses out.

“We’ve a transparent benefit towards this workforce, as a result of they have just a few new gamers. From the final series they performed towards us, Stokes shouldn’t be of their squad and Jennings shouldn’t be within the workforce. And Stokes is the man who balanced their workforce. The gamers within the present squad do not have a lot expertise in these situations.

“That stated, we should not take it straightforward. They’ve ready properly, and I’ve seen how properly they’ve ready. They’ve additionally been enjoying cricket and so they have been the primary ones to begin enjoying Assessments once more after Covid-19 hit. Their health ranges are still up there. We solely began once more towards South Africa, and since of the damage considerations, we have misplaced gamers,” Karunaratne stated, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Nonetheless, the Sri Lankan skipper has expressed his considerations with England’s improved spin assault. Along with Jack Leach, who had destroyed Sri Lanka’s batting together with his left-arm spin with 18 wickets in 2018, England have off-spinner Dom Bess of their facet. In response to Karunaratne, Bess could possibly be a key participant in England’s enjoying XI.

“I feel their spinners are simply as harmful this time. Leach is there, and he is the person who did rather a lot of work within the final series right here. It is unlucky that Moeen Ali, who did job, cannot play the series. Dom Bess has accomplished job for England as properly, so we by no means underestimate their bowlers. We all the time knew what they’re succesful of of their bowling line-up”, Karunaratne added.

“However we all know what the situations are, so now we have just a few plans towards them. They’d performed a observe recreation right here earlier than the final series, and now we have that footage and every little thing. We are attempting to play our regular, fearless recreation. We discovered rather a lot of issues prior to now series, and we’re not going to make these errors once more.”

The two-match Test series between England and Sri Lanka begins on January 14, on the Galle Worldwide Stadium.

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