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Ben Stokes struck three fours but was caught by Angelo Mathews for 12, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Angelo Mathews' catch left England five down, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Shaminda Eranga celebrates the wicket of James Vince, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Dasun Shanaka celebrates his first Test wicket, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Dasun Shanaka claimed Alastair Cook as his first Test wicket, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Dasun Shanaka had a morning to remember, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)


Nuwan Pradeep bowled a testing first spell, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day, May 19, 2016 (ESPNCI)

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* Mendis grateful for English league experience

May 25 (ESPNCI) There was no long apprenticeship at the fringes of the Test side for Kusal Mendis. There were no tours with the A team, or leadership positions in his club side. But such opportunities as have been thrown his way have been seized, and now, he has his first Test fifty. In five innings in England so far - including in the two warm-up matches - Mendis has hit three half-centuries. None of his team-mates have managed more than one.
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* Mendis hails 'unique' Ansari after career-best haul

May 24 (ESPNCI) Oman coach Duleep Mendis praised Munis Ansari after the fast bowler took a career-best 5 for 27 in a 58-run victory over Jersey at WCL Division Five on Monday, calling him a 'unique' player for his game-changing ability. "We are fortunate to have a person like Munis Ansari," Mendis told ESPNcricinfo after Oman's win at St Saviour. "This is not the first time that he came and got the breakthrough for us.
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* Chameera ruled out of England tour due to back injury

May 24 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera has been ruled out of the England tour after suffering a stress fracture to his lower back. Chameera has been advised rest for four months and will return to Sri Lanka to continue his treatment. The Sri Lanka selectors are expected to meet by Wednesday to pick a replacement for Chameera. The loss of Chameera is the second big blow to Sri Lanka's bowling attack.
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* Henriques, fit-again Starc recalled for Sri Lanka tour

May 24 (ESPNCI) Moises Henriques was a hotel room key away from being among the players suspended for "Homework-gate" on the 2013 India tour, but may now play a key role in Australia's effort to build subcontinental momentum by beating Sri Lanka at home in July and August. The recalls of Henriques alongside the fit-again Mitchell Starc were the key outcomes of the 15-man touring party announced for Sri Lanka on Tuesday
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