Finally the time that everyone's been waiting for has now arrived as a new-look England take on Sri Lanka at Lord's in what is to be a long Test summer and could well make or break Alastair Cook's troops.
Following the announcement of England's squad last week, the excitement went up a notch in anticipation of what is to come in the upcoming seven Test matches against Sri Lanka and India. Will the Sri Lank be hunted or will they be the hunters? The answer is still not cognizable because it could go anyway mainly because of the kind of run that England have endured lately.
However, it won't be wrong to say that the hosts have the edge because of an English bowling line-up that can leave even the best batsman in a state of deshabille. No one, mark my words, no one wants to play an attack that has James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan. And if the batsmen strike form too, no team can beat England, and I can quite easily assure you of that.
But Sri Lanka are no fools too as they possess Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene along with some of the young talents that are very much capable of doing wonders. Though I'd be staggered if Peter Moores' men lose even a single Test match this summer against them.
Probable England XI: Cook, Robson, Ballance, Root, Bell, Ali, Prior, Plunkett, Broad, Jordan, Anderson.
Players to watch
Liam Plunkett: Making a comeback into the English side after seven years, Plunkett has changed quite a bit since he was last seen. A virile fast bowler who can rip-snort you on his day along with some frenetic hitting skills, he has the ingredients to develop into a top all-rounder in the near future.
As he has done at the county level, he'll try and bounce the Sri Lankans up which could make it extremely difficult for them to face the 29-year old and he could redound hugely to England's success.
Kumara Sangakkara: Does he really need an introduction? I don't really think so. Without any doubt, one of the best Test batsman that the game has ever seen, once he digs in, he will hit a "daddy hundred" to eventually drag the game away from you. Going by his recent form too, one can easily make out that he'll be the man to get early. If you let him settle, you'll pay.
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