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Sri Lanka face struggle to save England series

If Sri Lanka manage a series-equalling victory in the third and final Test against England at the Rose Bowl, it will be one of their most impressive wins of recent times.

cricket Updated: Jun 15, 2011 10:46 IST

If Sri Lanka manage a series-equalling victory in the third and final Test against England at the Rose Bowl, it will be one of their most impressive wins of recent times.

And it would certainly go a long way in helping interim coach Stuart Law, the former Australia batsman, get the job on a permanent basis. An attack missing retired greats Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, both now playing for English counties, as well as Lasith Malinga, has taken just 21 wickets in two Tests.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka head into the series finale, which starts on Thursday, without captain and in-form opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had his thumb broken by England quick Chris Tremlett while making a superb 193 in the drawn second Test at Lord's.

Sri Lanka then had to persuade Kumar Sangakkara, Dilshan's immediate predecessor as skipper, to take up the reins again for what will be the first Test ever staged at the Rose Bowl, the home of southern county Hampshire. "When he undertook this tour Kumar wasn't officially appointed as vice-captain," explained Sri Lanka team manager Anura Tennakoon.