Rain prevented a four day finish in Pallekele with Sri Lanka needing 75 runs to level the series. England require just three wickets, thanks in part to the excellence of Jack Leach. Patrick Noone analyses the performance of England’s newest cult hero.
About Patrick Noone
Patrick first joined CricViz to work as an editor for the World T20 in India. He has also been a cricket analyst for Opta since 2011, covering both international and domestic cricket in England and Australia.
Entries by Patrick Noone
England built a lead of 278 runs on Day 3 in Pallekele as their captain played one of his best ever innings. Patrick Noone looks how Joe Root and a love affair with the sweep shot reclaimed the initiative for the visitors.
Sri Lanka fought back on Day 2 in Pallekele as Roshen Silva’s 85 helped the hosts beyond England’s first innings total. Patrick Noone analyses how he went about his knock.
On an intriguing day in Pallekele, Jos Buttler and Sam Curran played eye-catching innings as England posted 285 in their first innings. Patrick Noone looks at how the pair made their runs to get England out of another hole.
After England ran out deserved winners in Galle, Patrick Noone looks at how the variety in their new look bowling attack got the better of Sri Lanka in their own conditions.
After Keaton Jennings’ century helped England to a 461-run lead, Patrick Noone reflects on a batsman who had hit a wall at home but came into his own in Galle.
England took control of the first Test match in Galle as their spinners ran riot on Day 2. Patrick Noone looks at the role played by Moeen Ali as his 4-66 put the visitors on course to victory.
England overcame a poor start in Galle thanks to the debut heroics of Ben Foakes. Patrick Noone looks at how the wicket-keeper got England out of a hole on Day 1 of the first Test against Sri Lanka.
England slumped to defeat in the final ODI in Colombo as Sri Lanka saved their best until last in the five match series. With Tom Curran having a mixed day with the ball, Patrick Noone assesses whether he has shown enough to fit into England’s ODI team on a long-term basis.
It was another rain-affected match in Pallekele, but there was enough time both for England to clinch a series win and for their captain to show a glimpse of his fine recent form. Patrick Noone looks Eoin Morgan’s timely purple patch.
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