SL tour of ENG: England Vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Live Scores, Jun 20, 2014
Sri Lanka tour of England: England Vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Live Scores at Leeds, Jun 20, 2014.Match scheduled to begin at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT)
Teams: England Vs Sri Lanka
Venue: Played at Headingley, Leeds
Time: Match scheduled to begin at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT)
Toss: England, who chose to bowl first
Last five matches result:
England: D L L L L
Sri Lanka: D D W L W
Even before being hooked on Warne's barbs, the scrutiny on Alastair Cook was becoming sharper. Without a Test century since the corresponding fixture against New Zealand last year - a run of 22 innings - Cook is becoming the subject of a debate that turned into a background hum of distraction for many of his predecessors. Constructing a winning team in his own image will be much easier if he can resume the sort of scoring that made him England's leading Test century-maker at the age of 27.Another left-handed opener in search of a three-figure score is Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne. While Kaushal Silva battened down the hatches to thwart England's new-ball bowlers at Lord's, Karunaratne's bat shimmered briefly in the light before becoming a sword for him to fall on. An attractive strokemaker who is adept at getting starts, Karunaratne needs something more substantial to nail his place; four fifties and an average of 29.90 from his 12 Tests hints at a talent as yet unfulfilled.
The result in the first Test at least meant England broke their run of successive defeats. The most pertinent question is whether failing to snatch victory at the last will deflate Alastair Cook and his side, after a quietly impressive display. Cook's response to perceived criticism suggests he is still not completely at ease - even more so, since his captaincy at Lord's showed rare innovation and might have given him the confidence to laugh off commentary box needle. A Test win, and series victory, is desirable but another enterprising display coupled with a continued sense of progress would also be cause for optimism.
Almost as important, at least from a local perspective, is the opportunity to reassert Yorkshire as the heartland of English cricket. Hosting international matches is fundamentally important to Yorkshire's finances and the club have outlined an extensive redevelopment of Headingley to maintain their place in the England calendar. With three of their own likely to be in the XI, Yorkies have reason to be the northern approximate of cheerful.Like a party that takes ages to get going then explodes into a Saturnalian debauch long after midnight, Lord's left us rubbing our heads and asking when we can do it all again. The chances of a similar finish in Leeds are small but, equally, the build-up might not be as restrained, either. Headingley is a ground where England have previously trusted in pace (they left Graeme Swann out against South Africa in 2012) but is also viewed as the most capricious in the country (Swann took a ten-wicket haul in the win over New Zealand last year).
Pitch and conditions:
The surface again looked to have a layer of grass left on - though that didn't count for much at Lord's. It is expected to be a touch quicker and seam friendly but that should not prevent runs from flowing when the sun is out.
England have won only one of their last four Tests in Leeds (against New Zealand), with defeats to Australia and South Africa.
This will be Sri Lanka's first Test at Headingley but they have won their previous two ODIs at the ground, in 2011 and 2006.
Cook needs 23 runs to go past Geoffrey Boycott and 90 to go past Kevin Pietersen, fifth and fourth on England's Test run-scorers list respectively.
Only 33 runs separate Mahela Jayawardene, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kumar Sangakkara, who lie sixth to eighth in the all-time Test runscorers list. All three are in action this week.