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England in Sri Lanka 2011-12
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Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, 5th day
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Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day
It was sweltering in Sri Lanka, and the traffic's a chore, but there are consolations for the travelling journalist, says Andrew McGlashan
Mahela Jayawardene: Sri Lanka's win in Galle didn't come easy, making it that much more special
David Hopps: In Sri Lanka's sapping heat, a certain portly player could find out whether he is fit enough to be an England Test cricketer
Rewind: Thirty years ago they became the eighth country to play Test cricket, when they faced England in Colombo
Bowl at Boycs: Previewing the Test series in SL, Dravid's retirement, Philander's success, and Tendulkar's achievementVideo/Audio » Magazine » Page 2 »
Sri Lanka became the eighth side to play Tests in 1982 when they hosted England for the first of six one-off Tests spread over 16 years. How lightly they were taken was evident when England initially offered to grant them only a four-day Test on their return trip in 1984. It wasn't until 1998 that perceptions changed, when Arjuna Ranatunga's side - featuring a rampant Muttiah Muralitharan - hammered the hosts at The Oval. England's first full tour of the island was in 2001, an acrimonious contest marred by poor umpiring which the tourists won 2-1 thanks largely to their "pad or hit" approach against Murali.
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford says he would have enjoyed Kevin Pietersen's confident century under different circumstances
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