The England cricket team will play its first ICC World Test Championship match since August 2020 at Galle International Stadium, starting Thursday. Go Root’s men will play two test matches against Sri Lanka this month.

The Sri Lankan cricket team has no chance of reaching the final of the ICC World Test Championship after a heavy defeat against South Africa. However, they could spoil the party for the England cricket team, who still had little chance of qualifying for the top flight at Lords.

He will play Joe Root and Co. Six test matches in the Asian subcontinent in the first quarter of 2021. After the two tests at Galle International Stadium, they will play four tests against the Indian cricket team in India.

England won its last Test at Galle International Stadium. However, the record of direct confrontations between Sri Lanka and England in Galle favors the hosts. In the past two decades, the two teams have clashed here five times.

The Sri Lankan cricket team defeated England in rounds and 28 rounds in 2001, while auditions in 2003 and 2007 did not yield a winner. In March 2012, Sri Lanka beat England by 75 kicks at the Galle International Stadium, but the visitors ended their unbeaten streak on this ground with a victory of 211 times in November 2018.

Test records at Galle International Stadium

With the Galle International Stadium set to host the entire SL v ENG 2021 Series, here are some of the important numbers you need to know from previous tests played here.

Stadium Name: Galle International Stadium

City: Galle

Test matches were conducted: 33

Matches won by Sri Lanka: 19

Matches won by the traveling team: 8

Draw matches: 6

Individual highest score: 333 – Chris Gayle (West Indies) vs Sri Lanka, 2010

Best Bowling Figures (Tours): 7/46 – Mutiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) vs England 2003

Best Bowling Characters (Match): 13/171 – Mutiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) vs South Africa, 2000

Highest Score of the Team: 638 – Bangladesh Sri Lanka, 2013

Lowest Team Score: 73: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2018

Highest Successful Run Hunt: 268/4 – Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2019

The direct confrontation at the Galle International Stadium: Matches – 5, England won – 1, Sri Lanka won – 2, drawn – 2

Posted on January 13, 2021 17:49 IST