Northamptonshire vs. Sri Lanka, Tour Match: Date, Time and Preview

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Northamptonshire vs. Sri Lanka, Tour Match: Date, Time and Preview
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As Sri Lanka prepare for their Test matches against England, they play Northamptonshire in a four-day friendly at the County Ground.

Coming off a topsy-turvy ODI series with England, the Sri Lankans face a Northamptonshire side occupying the bottom spot in Division One of the County Championship.

Regardless of what has gone before, it should be a good test for the tourists and one they will be determined to make the most of.

 

Venue: County Ground, Northampton

Date: Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8

Start time: 11 a.m. BST

Live on: Not available

Weather: According to Weather.com, it will be a little on the cloudy side with some sunny intervals, with temperatures peaking at 17 degrees Celsius.

 

Overview

It was a tense five-match ODI series between England and Sri Lanka that concluded with the tourists coming out on top by a margin of 3-2 thanks to their six-wicket win in the final game.

The Sri Lankans announced their Test squad recently, with the injured Suranga Lakmal replaced by Chanaka Welegedara in a strong seam attack.

Their batting also looks deep, though much will still depend on the form of the experienced Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, the latter of which has hinted that retirement may not be far away.

This series will also be the first time Angelo Mathews has led Sri Lanka in Test matches outside of Asia.

Not included is spinner Sachithra Senanayake, who has been reported to the International Cricket Council over a suspected illegal bowling action.

Meanwhile, Northamptonshire have had some problems in First Class cricket but have done well so far in the NatWest Twenty20 Blast competition.

Having earned promotion from Division Two of the County Championship last year, Northamptonshire find themselves rooted to the foot of Division One.

However, things have been much more positive in T20 with the Steelbacks in second place in the North Division.

With a talented team led by 24-year-old Alex Wakely, Northamptonshire should provide a good test for Sri Lanka.

 

Team News

Northamptonshire (from): Alex Wakely (capt.), Mohammad Azharullah, Ian Butler, Maurice Chambers, Kyle Coetzer, Steven Crook, Ben Duckett, Andrew Hall, Rob Keogh, James Kettleborough, Richard Levi, James Middlebrook, David Murphy, Rob Newton, Stephen Peters, David Sales, Matthew Spriegel, Olly Stone, Neil Wagner, Graeme White, David Willey.

Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (capt.), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedara, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad.

 

Key Players

David Willey

One player who has been talked up for a possible England inclusion in the future is David Willey, who will be determined to make his mark here.

A very capable all-rounder who contributes with bat and ball, he will pose a dual threat to Sri Lanka and be crucial for Northamptonshire throughout.

 

Kumar Sangakkara

He may not have been as successful in England as he has been elsewhere, but 36-year-old Kumar Sangakkara remains a crucial part of Sri Lanka’s middle order.

On what will be his last tour of England, he will be desperate to make an impact and get on the right track in this game.

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