Cricket: England look to seal Sri Lanka deal

LEEDS, June 19, 2014 (AFP) – England will hope to go one wicket better when they face Sri Lanka in the second and final Test of their series at Headingley on Friday. Alastair Cook’s new-look side were denied victory in the first Test at Lord’s on Monday after Sri Lanka No 11 Nuwan Pradeep got through the final five balls of the match from Stuart Broad to ensure a draw for the tourists, who were nine wickets down.

There were some encouraging signs for an England side minus Kevin Pietersen, their all-time leading run-scorer across all formats, who was ditched from the national set-up following a 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.

Joe Root scored 200 not out in the first innings while Gary Ballance’s maiden Test century in the second got England, without former number three Jonathan Trott as he continues his comeback from a “stress-related illness”, out of trouble on the fourth day.

Both Yorkshire batsmen will be on their home ground on Friday.

England fielded three debutants at Lord’s, with all-rounder Chris Jordan the most impressive.

Australia-born opener Sam Robson was twice out cheaply while Moeen Ali, brought in following the retirement of