AWelcome to cricket, lovely cricket. It rains, flees and terrifies London intermittently but in beautiful Galle, where the sky is sapphire blue, the field emerald green, and the postcard of the fort perfect, the bigger game offers some relief.
First, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne was injured in training and is on his way to hospital with a possible broken thumb. Dinesh Chandimal will be in charge.
The TBEN preview focuses on England captain Joe Root and his assessment that Dom Bess will prove he can be a leading man in test cricket as well as an act of support.
This test in Sri Lanka will be Bess’s 11th appearance, but her first on the subcontinent, where conditions usually allow slow bowlers to take center stage.
Bess has had to settle for a more low-key role for the majority of his international cricket so far, failing to play one more in four of his 15 innings on the pitch and often being used to maintain an end for the dressmakers rather than attack on its own.
But Root hasn’t forgotten the 23-year-old’s career record of five for 51, when he finally found favorable conditions against South Africa last winter, and he expects that. it shines again.
“We know Dom has the ability and the skills if he starts spinning fast enough to take advantage of it. It’s a really good opportunity for him to show what he can do under these conditions,” Root said.
“I think the fact that he has already had some great home spinning conditions in Somerset will keep him in a very good position and he has also been successful in Port Elizabeth where he has toured quite drastically.
“As a person at the very start of his career he’s always learning that and it’s exciting to see that he’s already been successful, and coming into these conditions where they could be a little more in his favor, he could potentially really be. make a mark about it. turn. “
England also expect a final briefing before taking to the pitch to remind them how much they should interact in the heat of the moment, with footballers returning home increasingly under the microscope to celebrate nearby despite the spread of the coronavirus.
Nudging and punching have been encouraged in cricket since the outbreak of the pandemic and Root has suggested they will attempt to exercise restraint again in the coming weeks.
“I am sure that the medical staff will ensure that the protocols are kept in place and that if there is anything that needs to be discussed before the start of the game then we are very well informed,” he said. he declares.
“We will do our best to make sure we adhere to it.”