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Thorpe urges England to show intent

Thorpe urges England to show intent

Chris Devine

Graham Thorpe believes a positive approach will be key if England’s batsmen are to prosper against Sri Lanka. In an exclusive interview with ecb.co.uk, the left-hander also discussed his match-winning display in Colombo 11 years ago.

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Pietersen looking to make amends

Pietersen looking to make amends

Kevin Pietersen admits he batted “like a plonker” when England last toured Sri Lanka, but is now ready to score a century in the country.

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In-form Silva gains Sri Lanka recall

In-form Silva gains Sri Lanka recall

Sri Lanka have handed a belated recall to batsman Chamara Silva for their Test series against England. He replaces the injured Angelo Mathews.

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Prior prepared to put away pads

Prior prepared to put away pads

Matt Prior is ready to ditch his wicketkeeping pads for good after abandoning them during England’s four-wicket warm-up victory over a Sri Lanka Development XI. "I found it made a difference," explained the Sussex stumper.

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England pull off big chase

England pull off big chase

England made it two warm-up wins from two ahead of the Test series by chasing 359 to beat the Sri Lanka Development XI by four wickets in Colombo.

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Bopara suffers injury setback

Bopara suffers injury setback

Ravi Bopara is unlikely to bowl in England’s Test series in Sri Lanka after suffering a side strain during the tourists’ second warm-up match.

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Trott gives Bell ringing endorsement

Trott gives Bell ringing endorsement

Jonathan Trott has backed England and Warwickshire team-mate Ian Bell to bounce back from his recent run of poor form.

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Strauss and Trott make hay

Strauss and Trott make hay

Centuries from openers Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott, who both retired out, enabled England to declare on 272 for four. The Sri Lanka Development XI closed the penultimate day of three on 44 for one, a lead of 203.

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England ready to adapt - Finn

England ready to adapt - Finn

Jon Waring

Steven Finn believes England’s adaptability will be central to their chances of success in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.

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Broad provides boost for England

Broad provides boost for England

England endured a hard day in the field at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground as they shipped 376 runs to the Sri Lankan Development XI, but there was a clear positive in the form and fitness of seamer Stuart Broad.

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