Sri Lanka vs England – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is Sri Lanka vs England taking place? Wednesday, November 14th

Where Sri Lanka vs England taking place? Pallekele Stadium, Kandy

What is the expected weather for Sri Lanka vs England? 25-28c with high humidity and a growing risk of heavy rain closer to the weekend

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event

Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed on the Sky Go app and Sky Sports website

Are tickets still available for Sri Lanka vs England? N/A

THE TEAM NEWS

SRI LANKA

Captain: Suranga Lakmal

  • The pressure is on Sri Lanka to bounce back from the first test defeat as the test series moves to Pallekele Stadium in Kandy where they have only played six times, winning once, losing twice and drawing three times.

  • Batting remains their biggest concern as none of their experienced campaigners like Mathews, Chandimal or Mendis were able to make big scores even after making starts so unless they can start scoring big, they risk being outplayed by England once again, and they are not helped by skipper Chandimal being ruled out here through injury

  • Sri Lanka are in complete disarray coming into this match with Chandimal ruled out, the team manager resigning on Sunday for personal reasons, Herath retired after the first test, Dhananjaya being reported for a suspicious bowling action and a general malaise within the camp so they will have to overcome plenty of adversity to avoid defeat here.

ENGLAND

Captain: Joe Root

  • England defied many in the first test to win comfortably and they were particularly impressive at getting to grips with the pitch and conditions which were not as favourable to the home side as many expected.

  • After a man of the match display, it seems highly unlikely Foakes will be dropped after an outstanding performance with the bat and the gloves, so the big decision will be who Jonny Bairstow comes into replace now that he is fit again for action.

  • The England camp have confirmed that Foakes will keep his place so it could be the likes of Jos Buttler who makes way, but the likely scenario is that they name an unchanged side for this match, although there could be a change to the batting order with Moeen Ali dropping down from three.

THE PREDICTION

Sri Lanka were favourites coming into this series due to the fact that they are typically so strong at home but there are plenty of factors against them right now. They are in complete disarray at the moment within their camp, and there are plenty of rumblings of unhappiness which does not bode well when combined with a weakened team. England on the other hand have the luxury of some difficult selection decisions to make although they will likely be unchanged. The pitch and conditions may actually favour the tourists too as there could be some movement for the pacemen. The biggest threat to England winning this game aside from any complacency or a lack of focus could be the weather, as this match will almost certainly be affected by rain at some stage, so approach this match with caution.