England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day June 22, 2014

Sangakkara finally leaves his hallmark on England

Having averaged only 30 in England before this tour, Kumar Sangakkara has finally restored his record
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When Kumar Sangakkara arrived at the crease on day three, Liam Plunkett hurled a rocket at his chest. The Headingley pitch had been misbehaving since the second afternoon, and this was one of its naughtiest moments. The game's fastest bowler was provoking it to mischief.

In the first innings, Lahiru Thirimanne had got a similar delivery first-up, and he fended a catch to short leg. Given the abysmal series Thirimanne has had, maybe surviving the same ball does not mean much. But the one Sangakkara got was a brute all the same. The kind that makes kids want to become fast bowlers.

Sangakkara deflected that one in front of short leg, but he knew the bowler had had the better of him. He looked down at the spot on the pitch that had caused him grief, then looked away, walking toward square leg, then back again. He shuffled his feet and took guard. The next legitimate ball was wide and full. He stretched out and cracked it through the covers as hard as he has hit any ball in the series.

A hush hung over Headingley for a moment, then lifted with a swell of appreciation. The Yorkshire crowd is partisan, urging England on, saving their loudest for the local lads, but they know cricketing excellence when they see it. When Sangakkara was dismissed - perhaps for the last time in England - the ground stood to their feet to clap him off the field. But few will have known Sangakkara's curious relationship with the cover drive when the clapped that first four. Many will also have been unaware of the batsman's troubles in England, before this tour.

The cover drive has been Sangakkara's signature stroke for much of his career, because it is almost a marvel of engineering. The step forward is swift and precise. The still head and fast hands, practiced and mechanical. The back knee bends just enough to stabilise him, and the entire movement is set off by a checked flourish forged of control. The ball only ever goes in a slim arc between cover and extra cover. Mahela Jayawardene played a cover drive too on the third day, but his rendition of the stroke is languid and musical; more dependent on his mood, than the ball and the fielders, and capable of going almost anywhere in front of square.

In many ways, the cover drive is a microcosm of Sangakkara's cricket - meticulously refined and supremely efficient - but on previous tours of England, it had sometimes been his undoing. In the 2011 tour, he was out to it in Southampton and at Lord's lunging at the ball when it had curved away from him. It has frustrated him in other parts of the world too, across all formats.

In the last match at Lord's, England tempted him wide of off stump for a good ten overs, when he arrived in the first innings. But in that innings, Sangakkara was hell-bent on his raid for a hundred. He could not be drawn into the shot until he was past 30, and even then, he applied it economically.

The stroke was a risk at Headingley too, particularly against Plunkett, whose extra bounce had done Jayawardene in, when he drove outside off stump in the first innings. But for Sangakkara, the third day was no day for restraint. He was in the middle to move his team's cause forward, but also to make a mark. In all likelihood, this is his last outing in England.

He was glad for his error-riddled 79 in the first innings, but when he came off the field, most people would not stop deriding the innings. Sangakkara has been a dream interview for several major English papers since he arrived in the country, but when a radio station spoke to him before the second day, and led with "Wasn't the best innings you've ever played, yesterday, was it?", Sangakkara was audibly agitated: "That's the way it sometimes goes in cricket, the important thing is getting the runs." The reply was uncommonly brief. Over the next few minutes, one of the game's most eloquent speakers would not offer more than a six-second answer to any of the interviewer's stream of questions.

On Sunday, the first ball from Plunkett elicited the only ugly moment from Sangakkara. From the very next ball, he was intent on reassuming dominance. He scored faster than any Sri Lanka batsman on the day, and sent four balls through the covers during his 55. The cover drive accounted for a higher percentage of his runs in this innings, than in any other this series.

He has now scored as many 50-plus scores on the trot as any batsman has ever managed, only, he has a triple ton and a couple of centuries among that string of scores. He has raised his average in England to 41.04, when it had languished at just over 30 before the tour, creating doubt over his greatness. His 342 runs is more than any Sri Lanka batsman has scored in a single series in England.

On day three at Headingley, he recovered from Plunkett's first ball, and his strange first innings. For many in the country, where his record has now recovered too, that cool, calculated cover drive will be the enduring hallmark of the memory of his career.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Ellis on June 22, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Sangakkara has proven that he belongs amongst the greats. A very controlled innings but perhaps 30 runs short of taking SL to the cusp of victory. SL need at least a lead of 250 runs to win this match. The first hour is crucial. Mahela was showing signs of returning form in the latter part of his innings.Mathews, Chandimal, Prasad, must help him take the total well over 300. A much stronger, fighting, performance from SL all round on the third day. Small consolation if they lose, I know, but it shows spirit and a stomach for the fight. Test matches are rarely won by temerity.

  • DeathHawk on June 27, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    @vjp86 - not sure I understand you correctly... are you trying to say that Sachin, Lara and Viv are close to being the best after Bradman??? I don't think I agree with that either. These guys were all great batsmen but they don't have the stats to prove it. I think a player who is accepted by many of his contemporary players to be the best and has an outstanding batting record would be the ideal candidate for this title... I don't think Sachin, Lara or Viv lived up to their talent when it comes to their records... on the other hand, I think Sangakkara has done very well with his limited talent... but hasn't made the kind of impact that Sachin, Lara or Viv made on the opposition.

  • on June 24, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @vjp86 - Mate your logic is a bit flawed. If batsman were considered greats due to their attacking nature then there are loads who can be added to this group of Sachin, Lara and Richards. Like Shewag, Jayasuriya and some other great players. They are not being considered as the very best as they are inconsistent to be the very best. When a batsman is scoring at an average of over 70 which is clearly nearly 20 runs per innings more than the greats of the game, then he becomes the best. Bradman only scored most of his runs against one opposition without reverse swing, doosra's and other varieties in the modern game. Have no doubt about it, no lies were mentioned here when commentig . Clear Cricket stats were quoted.

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on June 23, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    @deathhawk. mate. dts wat I hv bn saying. .it is absolutely rubbish to say he is d best batsman aftr Bradman..he is a very gopd player. .a great player at best..bt not more thn dt. bradman is considered greatest by aussies. .nt cz he has dt average. .it is bcz of d kind of batsman he ws..attacking. .tearing apart bowlers..average is just one dimension. .same goes for sachin. lara n Richards. .these are class apart. this thing..I got.u got..bt people are too delusional wd self satisfying lies..we cnt do anythng abt dt.

  • Monif on June 23, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Why some guys don't accept that Sanga is Great, and is par with Tendulkar. Why we always include outside continent records. My analysis with sachin and Sanga outside continent. I checked both guys records in Winning game outside continent(Included only teams England, Australia, WI, SA and NZ) Player Match Ing Runs Avg 100 50 Tendulkar: 8 14 761 54.35 3 2 Sanga : 4 8 445 63.57 2 2

    One can say, its less run, so we include this Eng match and total goes to

    Sanga : 4 10 579 64.33 2 4

    Also, both have been MOM 1 time in these win. Now compare guys, when it come to result, Sanga is way ahead of Sachin.

  • CricketPissek on June 23, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    @TATTUs - "But IMHO, Sangakkara still hasnt done a lot outside the subcontinent" Hmm... 270 in Bulawayo, 192 in Hobart, 156* in Wellington, 147 at Lords, 119 in Southampton, 108 in Durban, 100* at Christchurch, along with 98 and 89 at Centurion. The subcontinent sure has changed since I last visited :) btw, SL has not toured the West Indies for Tests since 2008. Sanga was still the keeper back then and scored a 50 in his first innings there. Also,there were only 2 Tests!

  • Sir_Ivor on June 23, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Sangakara is up there with the greatest batsmen of all time. There is simply no debate on that.He has done well all overthe world in all kind of situations. What else defines greatness. Added to his batting he keeps wickets as well. Definitely on par with believed pantheon.

  • on June 23, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @ Tattu - Road type wickets don't swing nearly a foot. Sangakkara is e equal highest consecutive 50 maker of all time. This is including four innings in England which didn't offer batting conditions to date. He is not going to enjoy the conditions that India will be enjoying in their tour. For a batsman who hasn't had good conditions he has done very well. There is no other batsman to averages 70 in any case in the modern game. Which is easily over about 20 runs per game that these other greats who are being compared to him. Bradman is e only exception, but then he only faced one opposition for most of his career.

  • VikumHerath on June 23, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    What is Kithuruwan Vithanage doing in the squad? He was not included in the original Test Squad announced on June 2nd!

    Strangely, this guy seems to have crept again under the nominal standards of selection criteria, to secure a place in the SL Test Squad (above many deserving players with much better credentials)! A guy bloated with Bangla record and an infant stage career limited to just 38 First-class matches (& a List-A average of 15.72, Twenty20 Av27.25) repeatedly get selected to National Squad in all three formats,!! Strangely, the most experienced young player with a Golden Career Record, forced to play in SL-A Team!

    SLC seems to have an absolutely INVERTED Selection Policy found nowhere else in the world, to include certain overrated Rookies in National Squads, while well Established Record-Holders with ample experience @ highest level, slotted in SL-A for no apparent reason. No wonder why SL is struggling to find some more experience to backup Sanga & Mahela. DISGUSTING

  • TATTUs on June 23, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @Death Hawk

    Do the same for outside the subcontinent.

    Infact in Eng until recently he averaged around 30. But now he has 40 [which is not any where near great and Luckily he got a road at Lords to go along with the generous Englishmen giving 4 chances in the second test]. WI India SA he has his average in the 30s. Thats 3 countries. With Eng it was 4 countries sub 40!. Not great whatsoever.

  • Ellis on June 22, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Sangakkara has proven that he belongs amongst the greats. A very controlled innings but perhaps 30 runs short of taking SL to the cusp of victory. SL need at least a lead of 250 runs to win this match. The first hour is crucial. Mahela was showing signs of returning form in the latter part of his innings.Mathews, Chandimal, Prasad, must help him take the total well over 300. A much stronger, fighting, performance from SL all round on the third day. Small consolation if they lose, I know, but it shows spirit and a stomach for the fight. Test matches are rarely won by temerity.

  • DeathHawk on June 27, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    @vjp86 - not sure I understand you correctly... are you trying to say that Sachin, Lara and Viv are close to being the best after Bradman??? I don't think I agree with that either. These guys were all great batsmen but they don't have the stats to prove it. I think a player who is accepted by many of his contemporary players to be the best and has an outstanding batting record would be the ideal candidate for this title... I don't think Sachin, Lara or Viv lived up to their talent when it comes to their records... on the other hand, I think Sangakkara has done very well with his limited talent... but hasn't made the kind of impact that Sachin, Lara or Viv made on the opposition.

  • on June 24, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @vjp86 - Mate your logic is a bit flawed. If batsman were considered greats due to their attacking nature then there are loads who can be added to this group of Sachin, Lara and Richards. Like Shewag, Jayasuriya and some other great players. They are not being considered as the very best as they are inconsistent to be the very best. When a batsman is scoring at an average of over 70 which is clearly nearly 20 runs per innings more than the greats of the game, then he becomes the best. Bradman only scored most of his runs against one opposition without reverse swing, doosra's and other varieties in the modern game. Have no doubt about it, no lies were mentioned here when commentig . Clear Cricket stats were quoted.

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on June 23, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    @deathhawk. mate. dts wat I hv bn saying. .it is absolutely rubbish to say he is d best batsman aftr Bradman..he is a very gopd player. .a great player at best..bt not more thn dt. bradman is considered greatest by aussies. .nt cz he has dt average. .it is bcz of d kind of batsman he ws..attacking. .tearing apart bowlers..average is just one dimension. .same goes for sachin. lara n Richards. .these are class apart. this thing..I got.u got..bt people are too delusional wd self satisfying lies..we cnt do anythng abt dt.

  • Monif on June 23, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Why some guys don't accept that Sanga is Great, and is par with Tendulkar. Why we always include outside continent records. My analysis with sachin and Sanga outside continent. I checked both guys records in Winning game outside continent(Included only teams England, Australia, WI, SA and NZ) Player Match Ing Runs Avg 100 50 Tendulkar: 8 14 761 54.35 3 2 Sanga : 4 8 445 63.57 2 2

    One can say, its less run, so we include this Eng match and total goes to

    Sanga : 4 10 579 64.33 2 4

    Also, both have been MOM 1 time in these win. Now compare guys, when it come to result, Sanga is way ahead of Sachin.

  • CricketPissek on June 23, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    @TATTUs - "But IMHO, Sangakkara still hasnt done a lot outside the subcontinent" Hmm... 270 in Bulawayo, 192 in Hobart, 156* in Wellington, 147 at Lords, 119 in Southampton, 108 in Durban, 100* at Christchurch, along with 98 and 89 at Centurion. The subcontinent sure has changed since I last visited :) btw, SL has not toured the West Indies for Tests since 2008. Sanga was still the keeper back then and scored a 50 in his first innings there. Also,there were only 2 Tests!

  • Sir_Ivor on June 23, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Sangakara is up there with the greatest batsmen of all time. There is simply no debate on that.He has done well all overthe world in all kind of situations. What else defines greatness. Added to his batting he keeps wickets as well. Definitely on par with believed pantheon.

  • on June 23, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @ Tattu - Road type wickets don't swing nearly a foot. Sangakkara is e equal highest consecutive 50 maker of all time. This is including four innings in England which didn't offer batting conditions to date. He is not going to enjoy the conditions that India will be enjoying in their tour. For a batsman who hasn't had good conditions he has done very well. There is no other batsman to averages 70 in any case in the modern game. Which is easily over about 20 runs per game that these other greats who are being compared to him. Bradman is e only exception, but then he only faced one opposition for most of his career.

  • VikumHerath on June 23, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    What is Kithuruwan Vithanage doing in the squad? He was not included in the original Test Squad announced on June 2nd!

    Strangely, this guy seems to have crept again under the nominal standards of selection criteria, to secure a place in the SL Test Squad (above many deserving players with much better credentials)! A guy bloated with Bangla record and an infant stage career limited to just 38 First-class matches (& a List-A average of 15.72, Twenty20 Av27.25) repeatedly get selected to National Squad in all three formats,!! Strangely, the most experienced young player with a Golden Career Record, forced to play in SL-A Team!

    SLC seems to have an absolutely INVERTED Selection Policy found nowhere else in the world, to include certain overrated Rookies in National Squads, while well Established Record-Holders with ample experience @ highest level, slotted in SL-A for no apparent reason. No wonder why SL is struggling to find some more experience to backup Sanga & Mahela. DISGUSTING

  • TATTUs on June 23, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @Death Hawk

    Do the same for outside the subcontinent.

    Infact in Eng until recently he averaged around 30. But now he has 40 [which is not any where near great and Luckily he got a road at Lords to go along with the generous Englishmen giving 4 chances in the second test]. WI India SA he has his average in the 30s. Thats 3 countries. With Eng it was 4 countries sub 40!. Not great whatsoever.

  • Gowza on June 23, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Sangakkara oozes talent, he has beautiful technique, can play all around the ground, plays well in all conditions. as a pure batsman he averages 70 from over 75 matches and in that is 29 tons. he's equal 2nd with lara for most double tons in a career, he's got a triple ton, he's one of only 7 players to achieve a double hundred and a hundred in a match, of those he's one of 2 who got a triple ton and a ton in a match, he's got a hundred in each innings of a match twice.

  • on June 23, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Sangakkara has an average of over 70 as a pure batsman. The only other batsman who averages more is Bradman. Even Don Bradman mostly played against only one opposition. This clearly sets Sangakkara apart. Wicket keeping left aside. We need not compare other batsman with him. Batsman like Sachin have played more matches and nearly ten years more. So comparisons in terms of hundreds are fruitless. All good batsman have had better averages in their home conditions. So that argument cannot be used either. Please check other batsman and their averages against the minnow sides, they will also have high averages, this is not a clear argument as to why Sangakkara is not a great. He does not get the conditions that India gets when they travel to England, then he could have scored more in those kind of countries as well. Its funny to read people saying what if you take that hundred off the record. Well reality check, he scored the hundred which is why its against his name.

  • on June 23, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Wait. If Medium-pacers have a chance on this pitch, why isn't Thirimanne and Karunaratne bowling? they both can bowl medium pace.

  • DeathHawk on June 23, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    There's always going to be a debate on how good Sangakkara really is because of several reasons. He is not as naturally gifted as the big names and has a fairly average first half to his career. He is from the sub-continent and plays most of his cricket there. His team is a lightweight in Test Cricket - so he gets fewer chances to play in Australia and South Africa. However, I wonder why people try so hard to prove / disprove that he is the best after Bradman. Couldn't we just accept the fact that he is a very good player who has made the most of his limited abilities to achieve something that many more talented players have not been able to do. He is hardworking and has consistently punched above his weight to achieve what he has done so far. We don't need him to be the best after Bradman or try to find fault with his record - let's just enjoy what he has brought to this game and maybe someday he would have done enough to be considered among the best of Test Cricket's batsmen...

  • Darkmanx12155 on June 23, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    "If you're a medium pace bowler, if you're not bowling in these conditions, you can't expect to bowl anywhere in the world. I think the pitch helped him. He bowled really well - a good line and length - so he got the results.

    Super smart idea to drop the medium pacer who has the ability to move the ball viciously and play a faster bowler who can't t bowl accurately!!!

  • ChinSL05 on June 23, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    For me the most crucial part of this game is that the morning session of the 4th day. The England seamers are at their best of the hunt in home and the Headingly pitch proved that it's mischievousness. It surely may take the England's side than for SL. Anyway hope to see a rattle battle on this grounds.

  • GAMAGE on June 23, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    The debate of playing against weaker teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh should be left to ICC. Why ICC is allocating more matches for Sri Lanka against these two teams? ICC should answer this. When Murali was unstoppable same question was asked? He took more wickets of Zim. and Bangla. If I remember correct Alec Stuart rightly said that Murali had to play against the team that was put against him.

    It is also not appropriate to compare batsmen of different eras. They played in totally different conditions. Bowling attacks were different. Game was not so competitive like today's.

    For me Sir Don is the greatest batsman of all time. Sobers is the most complete cricketer ever to play the game.

    Different eras have produced exceptionally talented cricketers who have entertained people. They should be dealt with merits of their own.

    We must stop this futile debate of comparison of cricketers, be they batsmen, bowlers, all rounders.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on June 23, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @Herath-UK I think it's summer now in ENG not winter!!! BTW, Lords was absolute road(belter) as result was not possible even after 5 days!!!

  • ITJOBSUCKS on June 23, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner I've seen many australians, south-africans, englishmen, kiwis both players as well as fans saying Sachin & Laraare the 2 best batsmen of last generation but never heard them saying Sanga, mahela are better than them!!!

  • on June 23, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, @ bingbang07Sangakkara's series wise average outside the subcontinent- vs South Africa (2000)- 39.16, vs South Africa 2002/03- 39.25, vs Zimbabwe 2004- 140.50, vs Australia 2004- 35.40, vs England -2006- 38.50, vs. New Zealand- 2006/07- 134, vs Australia ( only one test) 2007/08- 124.50, vs West Indies 2007/08-23.75, vs South Africa 2011/12 - 30.00 and vs Australia 2012-13- 50.66. If one were to remove the averages against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, his average would come down dramatically. Similarly, the average of 124.50 vs Australia in Australia was for only one test. Remove that and it will drop further down. The pattern of averages also shows that he is coming to terms with difficult overseas conditions only late in his career. All these stats are from Cricinfo. Sangakkara has scored a total of 6 centuries outside the subcontinent. Even these are available on cricinfo. Sachin Tendulkar had scored 4 outside the subcontinent even before he was 20!!!

  • Herath-UK on June 23, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Just think if he has been given matches in the summer than the 'winter' what records would have been made by this great of greats.

  • on June 23, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @Blade-Runner His averages all around the world don't prove it, rather sadly for you. He clearly struggles away from subcontinent but is an All time great.

  • DeathHawk on June 23, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Interesting stat... if you take out all innings a player has played against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe and add a criteria of batting a minimum of 40 innings - Sangakkara shows up 14th in the list of all-time career averages. The noteworthy stat is that there is no player who made his debut after 1970 in the list of 13 players ahead of Sangakkara. It seems that in 186 innings, Sangakkara has made 27 hundreds and 40 fifties at an average of 53.45 against the top test opposition he has faced. Compare this to the averages of other top modern players against the best opporsition of their time -- Tendulkar 51.01, Lara 52.53, Kallis 52.98, Ponting 51.11, AB De Villiers 52.68, Amla 51.05, Clarke 52.21, Dravid 49.78, Chanderpaul 51.51, Cook 45.34, Pietersen 46.66 and Inzamam-ul-Haq 49.38...

  • SL_Fan1986 on June 23, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Sangakkara is the greatest batsmen ever after the Don Bradman some good distance.

  • JustPete on June 23, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Any batsman who takes a single off a clear dead ball (even though the Umpire didn't give it) can't be termed 'great'. In my opinion, Mahela and Kumar both are guilty of being too petty at times and that is why I have never been a huge fan of either. But that's me

  • Blade-Runner on June 23, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    @ TATTUs ; Doesn't matter whatever you guys say or do, Sangakkara is way better than Sachin and everyone knows about it.

  • bigbang07 on June 23, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @Tattus KS averages 60+ here in Australia and New Zealand. Given the Sri Lankan tendency to play fewer tests, I can say he's a hell of a player for them and has done very well. Personally, he can (and should) go for a few more years yet.

  • TATTUs on June 23, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Yeah, one good series and the talk of 'leaving the hallmark'! The first test was a batting beauty. But still credit for the score. But IMHO, Sangakkara still hasnt done a lot outside the subcontinent.

  • MichaelBurton on June 23, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    He is definitely a batsman in the caliber of Bradman, Lara, Smith, Ponting, Devilries and Amla to name a few greats,.

  • on June 23, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Sanga certainly ranks very high among game's greats...and i'm sure he will tour england again at the age of 38

  • sudaththa on June 23, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    yeah!!! if SL gets 3 matches at least this time sanaga would have been increase his average close to 50 vs ENG.. so don't talk about his average vs ENG..

  • ITJOBSUCKS on June 23, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    @Janaka Kumara Last 3 time SL toured Eng, it was 3 match series!!!

  • klds.desilva on June 23, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Sanga a true legend of the game!

  • on June 23, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Sangakkara averages 72+ in matches Sri Lanka have not lost. That says something about the man. But he will want to add one Test win against Australia, something which has surprisingly never happened even at their home in Sri Lanka. Hope the team does it soon.

  • Maduka43 on June 23, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    What a player. Probably SL not gonna produce another KS for decades for sure.

  • Maduka43 on June 23, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    I've watched every single stroke he has made thanks to Star Sports live coverage online. What a

  • on June 23, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Classic cover drive really the hallmark of sanga the great

  • on June 23, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    This also shows how rubbish to compare performance of Sri Lankan batsmen with (sorry, no insulting) batsmen from other teams when its very clear many of batsmen (from other countries) played 3-4 tests (even 5) on a series while Sri Lanka mainly play 2 tests. While Sri Lankan batsmen get used to England conditions, the tour is gone. It also shows how less no of matches Sri Lanka played here when you see Sanga' average gone just over 30 to 41 from just 2 matches. If Sri Lanka played 3 test matches this time, it would have gone to over 45 and over 50 if Sri Lanka was given 3 matches quite regularly as other teams. Having said that, this time Sanga too this serious quite seriously, so, that would have also helped.

  • on June 23, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    I hope that isn't the last England sees of him, and I hope we in NZ get to watch him play later this year, he is one of my favourite batsmen. Fantastic example of batsmanship, and a great servant of the game. Hope to see him play for a couple more years at least, and wish him well when he eventually calls it quits.

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on June 22, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    and this time he must have felt like home too.thanks to " flat pitches" with no juice in them in either of the test matches.

  • on June 22, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    ha ha...well done Andrew...hats off.. Genius cover drive...

  • on June 22, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    ha ha...well done Andrew...hats off.. Genius cover drive...

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on June 22, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    and this time he must have felt like home too.thanks to " flat pitches" with no juice in them in either of the test matches.

  • on June 23, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    I hope that isn't the last England sees of him, and I hope we in NZ get to watch him play later this year, he is one of my favourite batsmen. Fantastic example of batsmanship, and a great servant of the game. Hope to see him play for a couple more years at least, and wish him well when he eventually calls it quits.

  • on June 23, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    This also shows how rubbish to compare performance of Sri Lankan batsmen with (sorry, no insulting) batsmen from other teams when its very clear many of batsmen (from other countries) played 3-4 tests (even 5) on a series while Sri Lanka mainly play 2 tests. While Sri Lankan batsmen get used to England conditions, the tour is gone. It also shows how less no of matches Sri Lanka played here when you see Sanga' average gone just over 30 to 41 from just 2 matches. If Sri Lanka played 3 test matches this time, it would have gone to over 45 and over 50 if Sri Lanka was given 3 matches quite regularly as other teams. Having said that, this time Sanga too this serious quite seriously, so, that would have also helped.

  • on June 23, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Classic cover drive really the hallmark of sanga the great

  • Maduka43 on June 23, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    I've watched every single stroke he has made thanks to Star Sports live coverage online. What a

  • Maduka43 on June 23, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    What a player. Probably SL not gonna produce another KS for decades for sure.

  • on June 23, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Sangakkara averages 72+ in matches Sri Lanka have not lost. That says something about the man. But he will want to add one Test win against Australia, something which has surprisingly never happened even at their home in Sri Lanka. Hope the team does it soon.

  • klds.desilva on June 23, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Sanga a true legend of the game!

  • ITJOBSUCKS on June 23, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    @Janaka Kumara Last 3 time SL toured Eng, it was 3 match series!!!