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Dinesh Chandimal dives across Dimuth Karunaratne to take a catch, Pallekele, July 23, 2016 (ESPNCI)

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* Muralitharan first Sri Lankan in ICC Hall of Fame

July 27 (ESPNCI) Former Sri Lanka offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan has become the first player from his country to be voted into the ICC Hall of Fame. He will be formally inducted into it later this year, along with the late England fast bowler George Lohmann, the late Australia opener Arthur Morris and former Australia Women captain Karen Rolton. Murali is the leading wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs, and one of only two players to tally over a 1000 wickets in international cricket, in a career that spanned 19 years, from 1992 to 2011.
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* 'CPL in USA can't just be a one-off' - Gayle

July 27 (ESPNCI) Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle has thrown his support behind making a USA leg an annual part of the Caribbean Premier League's schedule, and has said he hopes the league will come back next year for the good of cricket in the US. Speaking at the Tallawahs training session on Monday at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, Gayle said that in order for the effort to get into the US market to succeed, it had to be on a consistent basis rather than the one-and-done events of the past.
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* We've opened up Sri Lanka's scars - Hazlewood

July 26 (ESPNCI) Josh Hazlewood believes Australia have already opened up mental scars for Sri Lanka's unsteady batting line-up that may smooth a path for the tourists on less helpful pitches later in the series. Hazlewood, who took 3 for 21 to play a major role in rounding up the hosts for 117 - Sri Lanka's second-lowest total against Australia at home - in Pallekele, took advantage of some swing and seam with the new ball that he may not find in Galle or Colombo.
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* England U-19s v Sri Lanka U-19s, Westbury, Bartlett tons crush SL

July 27 (ESPNCI) Centuries from Oli Westbury and George Bartlett put England Under-19s in control on the opening day of their Youth Test against Sri Lanka Under-19s. Westbury batted all day to reach the close unbeaten on 157, as the Sri Lanka attack was made to toil. Two late strikes did redress the balance slightly, after Westbury and Bartlett had put on 231 for the third wicket. Lahiru Kumara picked up his second wicket when he removed Bartlett for 131
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* SLC is letting down Sri Lankan cricket

July 26 (ESPNCI) Pallekele, following an embarrassing 48 hours for Sri Lanka's cricket administrators, Dimuth Karunaratne misses and angled ball, Kusal Mendis misses a straight one, Kaushal Silva edges to slip, and the cricketers themselves are perhaps beginning to feel embarrassed. By lunch, the team is 84 for 5. Soon thereafter, they are 117 all out. The Sri Lanka team has very many faults, but dishonesty is not among them.
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* Rain cuts first day short after 12 wickets tumble

Sri Lanka 117 Australia 66/2 (20.0 ov)

July 26 (ESPNCI) Before this Test was 40 overs old, 12 wickets had fallen and just 124 runs had been scored. Three of the dismissals were bowled, four lbw. Forget about reducing the depth of bats, making them wider and longer seemed a better way to achieve balance between bat and ball on a day like this.
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