While Arthur backed Sri Lanka's young all-rounders, Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga, after their ineffective displays in the first Test, both could miss out this time. If they play, there is little doubt that more is required from them. Shanaka is a batting all-rounder so needs to contribute more than the 27 runs he managed, particularly given he is a seamer and is unlikely to get through a lot of overs in these conditions. Hasaranga's leg-spin was inconsistent, offering too many freebies to England's batsmen, and he failed twice with the bat too. Arthur is right to back both of them as talented players but if Sri Lanka are to level the series, they need both to contribute more. … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka out to protect crumbling Galle fortress
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The four players of the Indian team, along with a few others from the support staff, including Shastri, were exempted from the mandatory institutional quarantine after the authorities at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) requested their former president Sharad Pawar to ensure that the 14-day quarantine is not imposed on them. Pawar's NCP is an alliance partner in Maha Vikas Aghadi Government in the State. … [Read more...] about Maha govt grants quarantine exemption for Rahane and Co.