England’s Alastair Cook watches the presentation after Sri Lanka won the test series.   Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Geoffrey Boycott has warned England captain Alastair Cook he could be hounded out of his job if his team keeps serving up “the same old rubbish”.The (...)

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews  celebrates reaching his century during day four of the second Test match  at Headingley  in Leeds. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Sri Lanka 257 & 457; England 365 & 57-5Sri Lanka have the whip hand in the second Test at Headingley, the match turned on its head and all but(...)

England’s (left to right) Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Joe Root and Alastair Cook react after Sri Lanka’s last-wicket pair survived to draw the first Test at Lord’s. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

The first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord’s ended in the draw for which it appeared to be heading from the end of the first session when th(...)

 Gary Ballance of England hits a six to bring up his Test century on day four of the first  Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s . Photograph:  Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Until Gary Ballance, with a maiden Test century of immense mental strength, and Chris Jordan, a vibrant addition to the Test match arena, came togethe(...)

England’s Gary Ballance celebrates his maiden Test century in the first Test against Sri Lanka. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Gary Ballance’s maiden Test century put England back in control of their own destiny in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.The hosts lost thei(...)

Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka celebrates reaching his century with teammate Mahela Jayawardena during day three of the first  Test against England  at Lord’s. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Kumar Sangakkara addressed one glaring omission on his outstanding CV by making his first Test hundred at Lord’s on a day of predictably hard grind f(...)

Jos Buttler of England leaves the field after being run out by Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka during the One Day International match between England and Sri Lanka at Edgbaston. Photograph: Getty Images

Sri Lanka held their nerve to pip England to a 3-2 Royal London Series victory in a controversial decider at Edgbaston. England fought back after Sach(...)

Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake appeals for the run out of England’s Jos Buttler (not in picture) as umpire Michael Gough (R) signals during the fifth one-day international cricket match at Edgbaston.  Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

Controversy took hold at Edgbaston after Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake angered the crowd by running out golden boy Jos Buttler in questionable circ(...)

Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal celebrates with Ajantha Mendis after Ireland captain William Porterfield was caught by Kusal Perera off the spinner’s bowling during the RSA Insurance One-Day International in Clontarf. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland captain William Porterfield has backed his side to bounce back from a batting horror show in the second encounter against Sri Lanka at Castle (...)

RSA Insurance ODI Series at Castle Avenue,  Ireland’s Alex Cusack celebrates as Lahiru Thirimanne is caught. Photograph:   Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Much of the build-up to the opening game of the RSA Insurance One-Day Series concerned how Sri Lanka would handle a cold and bleak day in Dublin 3 in (...)