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World Twenty20 2012: Nasser Hussain – England must not slog or bust against Sri Lanka

This is not a game for slog or bust… England expects

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 30 September 2012

Where New Zealand were very orthodox, Sri Lanka will be the opposite with the ball.

Lasith Malinga will bowl everything at England except length while Ajantha Mendis is a devilishly difficult proposition in his home conditions, particularly against batsmen who haven’t faced him much before.

England must not rely on slog or bust. It’s so hard when you are not sure which way the ball is turning.

Dangerman: Malinga is a threat to England's batsmen

Dangerman: Malinga is a threat to England's batsmen

Test at the top

England can take encouragement from the fact that Sri Lanka are a top-heavy team with the bat.

Tillekeratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are a fantastic top three. But if England can make early breakthroughs, particularly through the excellent Steven Finn, they have a brittle middle order.

The drop off to Jeevan Mendis is huge.

Top performers: Jayawardene (left) and Sangakkara (right)

Top performers: Jayawardene (left) and Sangakkara (right)

Be prepared

England have played in front of small, quiet crowds up to now but that is about to change.

Pallekele will be a real cauldron and England must not be overwhelmed by the intensity of the occasion.

Come through this and it would stand them in good stead for the semi-finals.

World Twenty20 cricket – watch video highlights

VIDEO: Watch highlights from the World Twenty20

PUBLISHED:

16:50 GMT, 18 September 2012

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UPDATED:

12:30 GMT, 19 September 2012

Catch up with all the latest action in the World Twenty20 tournament taking place in Sri Lanka as the best teams on the planet battle it out for glory. Simply click on the video player below to watch highlights from the matches…

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Kevin Pietersen apology received by ECB

ECB confirm Pietersen apology received but batsman's England future remains unclear

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UPDATED:

11:18 GMT, 15 August 2012

The ECB have confirmed that they have received an apology from Kevin Pietersen for sending texts to friends in the South African team criticising his captain Andrew Strauss.

The texts, revealed exclusively by Sportsmail last week, resulted in Pietersen being dropped from the England squad for the third and final Test against South Africa at Lord's which starts on Thursday.

Pietersen announced on Saturday that he had made himself available for all three formats of the game again – having retired from one-day cricket earlier in the summer – but it remains unclear whether he will be involved in next month's Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

Axed: Kevin Pietersen has been dropped for the third Test at Lord's

Axed: Kevin Pietersen has been dropped for the third Test at Lord's

More to follow…

Tillakaratne Dilshan fined for excessive appealing

Dilshan hit with 10 per cent fine for excessive appealing in first innings

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UPDATED:

08:11 GMT, 6 April 2012

Sri Lanka all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing in the second Test against England in Colombo.

Dilshan was bowling at Jonathan Trott on day three when the he sprinted towards the striker's end in celebration after the ball popped to short-leg.

There was no bat involved, though, and the appeal was promptly turned down.

Hit in the pocket: Tillakaratne Dilshan has been fined for excessive appealing

Hit in the pocket: Tillakaratne Dilshan has been fined for excessive appealing

Dilshan duly pleaded guilty to a level 1 breach of the ICC code of conduct, relating to clause 2.1.5.

That dictates excessive appealing 'shall include a) repeated appeal of the same decision/appeal and b) celebrating a dismissal before the decision has been given'.

Match referee Javagal Srinath said: 'Dilshan accepted the charge and the penalty imposed without qualms and so there was no need for a formal hearing.'

Steven Finn ready for Test call

Finn ready for Test call after Broad is flown home with calf injury

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UPDATED:

21:15 GMT, 31 March 2012

Steven Finn is desperate to replace Stuart Broad in this week's Second Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval.

Broad will miss the match, which starts on Tuesday, after he flew home on Saturday with a calf injury.

Test call-up: Finn (above) replaces Broad

Test call-up: Finn (above) replaces Broad

Finn, whose last Test appearance was
against Sri Lanka last June, said: 'I've worked very hard in the nets to
try to get back in that team and the important thing is to make sure
I'm ready if I get my opportunity.'

Andrew Strauss: England have point to prove in Sri Lanka

Strauss not focused on ranking but admits England have a point to prove in Sri Lanka

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 25 March 2012

England captain Andrew Strauss does not intend to let his side's world No 1 status distract them from the challenge of winning in Sri Lanka.

Strauss' side ascended to the top of the Test rankings last summer after whitewashing India at home, but were subsequently beaten 3-0 by Pakistan and only remained at the summit after South Africa's rain-affected draw against New Zealand.

Victory in Monday's first Test would go a long way to proving England's position is not a false one, not to mention putting some distance between themselves and a Proteas side who remain within a whisker of top spot, but Strauss is more focused on the series itself than its implications.

Head to head: Andrew Strauss (left) and Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene

Head to head: Andrew Strauss (left) and Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene

England have won just three Tests out of 11 in Sri Lanka and have not taken a match in their last two tours.

'I think we have got a point to prove and we do have to bounce back from those results against Pakistan, but we're not focusing on our world ranking at the moment,' he said.

'That's not of great consequence to us. If you focus too much on that then I think you're taking your eye off what is important, which is to try and win each game you play.

'We know the extent of the challenge here and we know how good Sri Lanka are, especially in their own conditions.

'That's plenty for us to focus on. The rankings will take care of themselves.'

Strauss and his fellow top-order team-mates endured one of their worst collective series in recent memory against Pakistan as they were dismissed on six occasions for less than 260.

England's Stuart Broad delivers a ball during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against Sri Lanka

England's Steven Finn delivers a ball during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against Sri Lanka

Bowling practice: Stuart Broad (left) and Steven Finn prepare to face Sri Lanka

Eoin Morgan paid for his failures with his place in the squad, but the spotlight is now on those who remain to show they have conquered their problems against spin bowling.

That they must do so on a Galle pitch that was reported to the International Cricket Council last year for providing excessive turn could be considered unfortunate, but Strauss has no issue over either his batsmen or the surface.

'There's always pressure on the batsmen. We underperformed in the UAE but to a certain extent the batting unit has performed outstandingly well for a long time,' he said.

'I've got no concerns about our ability to bounce back and get big scores over here, but there's always an element of pressure in international cricket.

'The history of the wicket here is that it tends to deteriorate at the back end of the match but we're looking at it being a pretty good Test wicket.

Inspection: Strauss examines the pitch

Inspection: Strauss examines the pitch

'I don't think there are any massive demons in it.'

England face a difficult decision over how to balance their side and Strauss was giving away nothing on the eve of the match.

Ravi Bopara started the tour as the overwhelming favourite to inherit Morgan's place but, having been ruled out of bowling in the Test series due to a side strain, he is now under serious pressure from uncapped all-rounder Samit Patel.

Tim Bresnan would strengthen the tourists' attack even more but his selection may be seen as a gamble too far in terms of weakening the batting order.

'You always have to consider in these conditions how much strain you put on your bowling attack and how much they can contend with, so that's a factor in what team we play,' said Strauss.

'The principle is always the same, you pick the side you think is most likely to win you the game, but we're going to have to be sensible about it and make sure we cover all those permutations.'

Angelo Matthews misses Sri Lanka v England

Sri Lanka suffer blow ahead of England Test as Matthews is ruled out

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UPDATED:

11:37 GMT, 23 March 2012

Out: Sri Lanka's Angelo Matthews

Out: Sri Lanka's Angelo Matthews

Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews has failed a fitness test and was left out of the 14-man squad picked for the first Test against England in Galle starting on Monday.

Mathews missed the Asia Cup because of a calf injury and selectors picked middle-order batsman Chamara Silva to make up the squad.

'I don't think we can use Mathews as an all-rounder in the future,' said chief selector Ashantha de Mel. 'Mathews has some problem with his legs and it is very unlikely he will bowl much. We have to look at him purely as a batsman.'

Silva scored a magnificent 163 off 180 balls for a Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI in a three-day warm-up match against England which ended on Thursday.

He has been in prolific form during the home first-class season and was the only batsman to top 1,000 runs.

Silva played the last of his 11 Tests for Sri Lanka in April 2008 against West Indies in Port of Spain and has been a regular player in the one-day side ever since.

In Mathews's absence, Thilan Samaraweera has been named vice-captain to Mahela Jayawardene.

In charge: Mahela Jayawardene will captain Sri Lanka against England

In charge: Mahela Jayawardene will captain Sri Lanka against England

SRI LANKA SQUAD

M Jayawardene (c), T Samaraweera (vc), T Dilshan, T Paranavitana, L Thirimanne, K Sangakkara, D Chandimal, P Jayawardene, S Lakmal, D Prasad, C Welegedera, S Randiv, R Herath.

De Mel said Tharanga Paranavitana and Lahiru Thirimanne would have to fight for a place as partner to Tillakaratne Dilshan in the opening pair.

Either Suranga Lakmal or Dhammika Prasad is expected to partner Chanaka Welegedara as a fast bowler while the No 7 spot will be between regular wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal who had not kept wicket for some time, De Mel said.

England and Sri Lanka will play a two-Test series with the second scheduled to start in Colombo on April 3.

Bresnan targets one-dayers after recovering from elbow injury

Bresnan targets one-dayers after recovering from elbow injury

Tim Bresnan

Back in action: Tim Bresnan

Tim Bresnan will fly back to Dubai on Friday to complete his recovery from a serious elbow injury and then take his place in England's squad for the four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games against Pakistan.

But fellow paceman Chris Tremlett was last night ruled out of England's tour of Sri Lanka next month because of a back injury which has now been diagnosed as a bulging disc.

He hopes to be fit for the domestic season.