Kumar Sangakkara has labeled England the best complete team "in any condition," and expects them to challenge Sri Lanka in the three-round series in November.
Although England will start the ODI series as favorites – they are the best-ranked team, while Sri Lanka is eighth, Sangakkara said Sri Lanka "will have to be at the top of their game" in the tests, to defeat England . This, despite the fact that Sri Lanka defeated South Africa 2-0 in July this year and Australia 3-0 in 2016.
Sangakkara had watched the England team closely during their summer just over, after having commented on the tours of Pakistan and India to England. He also played three seasons of county cricket for Surrey, and has played with or against several of England's players on the tour.
"It's going to be a difficult series for Sri Lanka against an England team, which I think will be well adapted to the conditions under which we play them," Sangakkara told ESPNcricinfo. "I think they are the best complete team in the world of cricket without any doubt, in any condition, they have gone down to No. 10, they are hitting very deep, they have an established lineup, they do not have, they have decayed and now they have a new combination opening, so anyone who enters there, Sri Lanka can attack. "
The spin is a frequent defect of the visitor's test. sides, with Sri Lankan batsmen often able to neutralize the opposition's turn options much better than the opposition can negotiate Sri Lanka's turn options. According to Sangakkara, however, England is capable of being powerful on the dusty tracks of Sri Lanka.
"They have very good spinners in Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali," he said. "Rashid in Sri Lankan conditions will become a very powerful threat, they have bowlers who know that they have to invest the swing too, so they are bringing a very, very strong unit in. They have the ability to adapt, because if they want to Playing three spinners, you can play three spinners.You can play an additional sealer if you want, without really compromising your batting.Sri Lanka will have to be at the top of your game.Many will depend on Rangana Herath and on the ability of our hitters. a good total of first innings. "
Starter Rory Burns will make his debut in the test in this series, while mid-range hitter Ollie Pope, who had played two races against India, is likely to play his first test far from home. Sangakkara has played together with the two, in Surrey.
"Burns has consistently performed for the last five years for Surrey and is finally taking a look at the international side, I think it should have happened a couple of years ago, but it's good, he's having that opportunity while he's in shape. Pope has really blossomed with the responsibility of being a key player for Surrey in the middle order.He is a very attacking player, he likes to score runs quickly, and he is very good with the back and forth sweeps well and these are all things that they look at young players to identify if they are good enough to play at the next level.
"But Sri Lanka is not the easiest place to go, so I do not think you should really go there trying to think that This is going to be a make or break tour for Burns and Pope. Just go with an open mind, enjoy the tour, learn from it and keep growing. I think they have great potential for long-term careers for England. "