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Ben Stokes struck three fours but was caught by Angelo Mathews for 12, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Angelo Mathews' catch left England five down, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Shaminda Eranga celebrates the wicket of James Vince, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Dasun Shanaka celebrates his first Test wicket, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Dasun Shanaka claimed Alastair Cook as his first Test wicket, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Dasun Shanaka had a morning to remember, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Nuwan Pradeep bowled a testing first spell, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)

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* Mathews hopes Sri Lanka warm to their task

May 26 (ESPNCI) Two days out from the Test, with thick grey clouds overhead and the wind whistling in from the north east, Sri Lanka trained in the coldest temperatures many of the team had experienced. Gloves stayed on during fielding drills. Some bowlers wore two woollen jumpers. Batsmen only removed their hoodies to put helmets on. And after training ended, players all but sprinted back into the dressing room.
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* ICC hopeful of World T20 return in 2018

May 26 (ESPNCI) The ICC will take a further step towards ensuring the World Twenty20 returns in 2018 when senior figures meet with Star Sports later today. South Africa is believed to be the preferred option to host the 2018 WT20, which could place pressure on the South African government to review its recent decision to ban CSA from bidding to history world events for a year because of failing to meet transformation guidelines.
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* Ramanayake backs attack with Lakmal set to return

May 26 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake has described the tour-ending injury to Dushmantha Chameera as a "big blow", but said the attack's experience would nevertheless pose a substantial threat to England when the second Test gets underway in Chester-le-Street. Suranga Lakmal, who has played 26 Tests - including three in England - will likely replace Chameera in the XI.
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* Mathews says it's time Sri Lanka came on in the cold

May 26 (BR) CHESTER-LE-STREET: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said the "weather can be a factor but it can't be an excuse" as his side looked to draw level in their Test series against England. Mathews' men were thrashed by an innings and 88 runs in the first Test as they went 1-0 down in the three-match series at a cold and grey and Headingley ground in Leeds, northern England last week.
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* England vs Sri Lanka 2016: Stuart Broad believes hosts are yet to hit top form

May 26 (CC) England may come into the second Test against Sri Lanka in Durham on the back of a crushing win in the series opener, but according to Stuart Broad the hosts have still to hit top form. Propelled by a hundred from Jonny Bairstow and match figures of 10 for 45 from James Anderson, England thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs in the first Test at Headingley last week to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
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* Mendis grateful for English league experience

May 25 (ESPNCI) There was no long apprenticeship at the fringes of the Test side for Kusal Mendis. There were no tours with the A team, or leadership positions in his club side. But such opportunities as have been thrown his way have been seized, and now, he has his first Test fifty. In five innings in England so far - including in the two warm-up matches - Mendis has hit three half-centuries. None of his team-mates have managed more than one.
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