Cricket in Sri Lanka

England's James Anderson denies Champions Trophy ball tampering

James Anderson insisted the ball had lost its shape. Photo: AFP

England strike bowler James Anderson has rejected claims from former captain Bob Willis that a ball was tampered with during the hosts' Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka at the Oval on Thursday.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:35am

England coach Ashley Giles says ball was 'out of shape,' not tampered with, at Oval match

Umpire Aleem Dar (left) with England captain Alastair Cook after the umpires changed the ball at the England-Sri Lanka match. Photo: AFP

Former captain Bob Willis told Sky Sports on Friday that the ball was changed during England's Champions Trophy defeat by Sri Lanka at the Oval on Thursday because it had been tampered with.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:55am

Sports Digest, March 9, 2013

Kumar Sangakkara.

Kumar Sangakkara hit a brilliant century to help Sri Lanka reach 361 for three at stumps on the opening day of the first test against Bangladesh in Galle yesterday. 

15 Feb 2014 - 2:27am

Sports Digest, March 4, 2013

Stacy Lewis kisses her trophy yesterday. Photo: Reuters

China's Zhang Jilong, the acting head of Asian soccer, confirmed he will not run for the AFC presidency in its upcoming election, Xinhua reported. The Asian Football Confederation, which has 47 member associations, has been without a permanent president since Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam was banned for life by Fifa for corruption and bribery.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Australia restricted to their lowest ODI score since 1977 by Sri Lanka's swing

David Warner reflects after dropping a catch in Brisbane. Photo: AP

Sri Lanka found prodigious swing yesterday to shoot out Australia for 74 runs, the hosts' lowest one-day international total in 27 years, and take a 2-1 series lead.

The tourists also swung their bats at everything Australia threw at them, missing frequently and losing six wickets before struggling to 75, in a bizarre match that ended with 30 overs to spare.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:22am

Michael Clarke returns amid criticism over Australia's selection policy

Michael Clarke returns amid criticism over Australia's selection policy

Skipper Michael Clarke returned yesterday to the one-day squad to lead Australia after a thrashing by Sri Lanka and an ear-bashing over selection policy from former stars.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:35am

Sangakkara passes 10,000 test runs in Australia

Australia's Matthew Wade catches out Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara on the first day of the second test in Melbourne yesterday. Photo: AP

Kumar Sangakkara helped lift some of the gloom of another underwhelming Sri Lanka first innings as the tourists faced a game of catch-up with Australia in the second Melbourne test yesterday.

Coach Graham Ford admitted some of his players might have been under pressure to perform at the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground with a 67,138 Boxing Day crowd.

27 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Dilshan leads Sri Lanka cricket fightback

Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan. Photo: EPA

Tillakaratne Dilshan led a counter-attack with an gutsy century as Sri Lanka trailed Australia by 141 runs with two days to play in the Hobart test yesterday.

17 Dec 2012 - 4:43am

Gag order puts all to shame

It's up to you to choose to speak out, or to remain silent. And in the case of Hong Kong cycling coach Shen Jinkang, he has opted to listen to his masters, the Hong Kong Cycling Association, which has told him not to talk to the media. Why has he been muzzled? Because some members of the HKCA executive committee felt the mainlander was too liberal and open with his views.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Presidential flavour to Lankan side leaves HK feeling secure

You know the Sri Lanka team are minutes away from the Ceylonese Rugby Football Club in the verdant neigbourhood of Longden Place when a squad of plain-clothed navy security personnel arrives to do a sweep of the ground, the venue for today's HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five encounter against Hong Kong.

7 May 2011 - 12:00am

Young guns, veterans in Sixes field

Australia and Sri Lanka will take different approaches to winning the Karp Group/PC Jeweller Hong Kong Sixes at the Kowloon Cricket Club next month.

While the Australians will rely on a side packed with young guns to win their first Cup Championship, Sri Lanka have opted for a group of seasoned veterans to lead them to victory.

14 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Top trio head Sri Lanka line-up

Veterans Jeewatha Kulathunga, Indika De Seram and Nuwan Zoyza will lead the charge for 2007 champions Sri Lanka at the Hong Kong Sixes at Kowloon Cricket Club from October 31-November 1. Kulathunga, who will captain the side, and De Seram both starred with the bat in their shock Cup final victory over the All-Stars two years ago. Zoyza boasts a one-day international strike-rate of almost 100.

20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Lankan drawcards pull out

Sri Lankan selectors have made an apparent about-turn and will pick a side devoid of top stars for this month's New T&T/Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Sixes.

Brian Catton, of organisers Cricket World International, said no reason was given for the change of heart.

9 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Action by the ton lifts veil of mystery

Surely, this is not cricket.

A total of 1,489 runs scored in two Test innings including a record 952 and six individual knocks over 100 is the stuff of fantasy.

Sri Lanka, those flamboyant masters of the one-day game, and India are in danger of giving cricket a good name with such massive scoring.

11 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Jayasuriya puts Lanka on map

Sri Lanka, famous for its tea, has now become known worldwide for its cricket too, thanks mainly to the smiling Sanath Jayasuriya who has been dubbed here as the 'Black Superman'.

11 Aug 1997 - 12:00am