First Test, England v Sri Lanka - Statistical Preview
In the last 28 encounters between Sri Lanka and England, the hosts have won 10 matches, but have seen victory only once in their last six games against the visitors.
Sri Lanka on the other hand, claimed an emphatic 100-run victory at Headingley in their tour of 2014 which also gave them a 1-0 series victory.
At Headingley, England have lost 33% of their Test matches which is their worst record at any home venue where they have played a minimum of two games.
Out of their last six games at Headingley, England have lost four matches while securing just one victory and managing three draws.
In their last 15 Tests at home against an Asian nation, England have lost just two games, but Sri Lanka are currently on an unbeaten streak of four games in England.
England’s skipper, Alastair Cook is just 36 runs away from being the first England player to score 10,000 Test runs, while he needs 83 more runs to become the second England player to score 5,000 runs at home after Graham Gooch.
Among the England bowlers, Stuart Broad has 99 Test wickets since the start of 2014, making him the best bowler in Test cricket in the period.
During the same period, James Anderson has 93 wickets but he has snared 30 scalps of opening batsmen - the highest for any bowler during the period.
Anderson has also dismissed Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne six times in the five previous encounters while giving away just 23 runs.
Since beating West Indies in May 2009, England have played 14 bilateral Test series at home and have lost just two contests while winning eleven series.
Stats Credit : Investec
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