Tons by Dilshan, Strauss set tone for England-Lanka series

May 16th, 2011 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 16 (IANS) Centuries by captains Tillakaratne Dilshan and Andrew Strauss in a practice match have set the tone for an exciting Test series between Sri Lanka and England beginning May 30.

Sri Lankan captain Dilshan struck a fine 123 against Middlesex Sunday following his counterpart’s patient 151 in the same match Saturday.

Dilshan joined the national squad last week after his stint with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League. The practice game here is the first one for Strauss since England’s quarterfinal exit from the 2011 World Cup.

Strauss, who resigned from the one-day captaincy to focus on his Test career, said he is excited about the Sri Lanka series also involving a Twenty20 game and five One-day Internationals.

“There are some really exciting challenges for us in Test cricket over the next two or three years - Sri Lanka and India this summer, South Africa next year, I think we have India away from home, and then two Ashes series, so there’s plenty to float my boat,” Strauss was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

“I really want us to push on from the Ashes and achieve something special and hopefully create a big legacy for ourselves.

“The idea of not playing one-day cricket is to really give me a spurt in Test cricket and allow me to play longer and lead the side as well as I can.”

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