England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Alastair Cook misses out but pressure on visitors

England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Alastair Cook misses out but pressure on visitors

Promoted up the order in the absence of the injured Ben Stokes, Bairstow was just two runs away from a fifty on Friday when he bottom-edged a cut off Pradeep and was caught behind.

Virat Kohli plays straight without compromising technique: Sachin Tendulkar

Virat Kohli plays straight without compromising technique: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar was all praise for the quality of cricket in the Indian Premier League, which he believes is on an upswing in recent times.

England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Sachin Tendulkar's record remains unbroken; Alastair Cook misses out again

England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Sachin Tendulkar's record remains unbroken; Alastair Cook misses out again

Cook — 31 years and 154 days on Friday — needed 20 runs to break Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar's record.

Bairstow vindicates Cook`s judgement as England

England captain Alastair Cook said he knew Jonathan Bairstow would be an international player from the moment he first set eyes on him after the Yorkshireman`s impressive century set up a thumping Test win over Sri Lanka.

England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1: Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow keep visitors at bay

England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1: Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow keep visitors at bay

Alex Hales and Jonathan Bairstow frustrated Sri Lanka after debutant all-rounder Dasun Shanaka sparked a top-order collapse on the first day of the first Test against England at Headingley on Thursday.

England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Alastair Cook departs early, yet to break Sachin Tendulkar's record

England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Alastair Cook departs early, yet to break Sachin Tendulkar's record

Tendulkar was 31 years, 10 months and 20 days old when he scored his 10,000th run in 2005.

1st Test: Alastair Cook all set to break Sachin Tendulkar's historic record against depleted Sri Lankans

1st Test: Alastair Cook all set to break Sachin Tendulkar's historic record against depleted Sri Lankans

In the absence of stalwarts like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews and his boys will have to play out of their skins to put a good show in the Test series.

Sri Lanka vs England: Ahead of 1st Test, Angelo Mathews & Co in search of more Headingley heroics

Sri Lanka vs England: Ahead of 1st Test, Angelo Mathews & Co in search of more Headingley heroics

England have a poor recent record at Headingley, with just one win and four defeats at the northern venue since 2007.

Alastair Cook on verge of breaking Sachin Tendulkar's historic record in Tests

Alastair Cook on verge of breaking Sachin Tendulkar's historic record in Tests

Between June 2013 and May 2015, for two years, Cook could not score a single ton in Tests.

Alastair Cook's ton kicks off England preparations for forthcoming international campaign

Alastair Cook's ton kicks off England preparations for forthcoming international campaign

Cook reached his century from 182 deliveries, 16 of which he dispatched to the boundary.

England can win ICC World Twenty20 in India: Alastair Cook

England can win ICC World Twenty20 in India: Alastair Cook

Under Eoin Morgan, England have emerged as one of the strongest teams in the shortest format of the game and boast match-winners like Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.

South Africa vs England: Victorious Alastair Cook & Co still searching for answers

South Africa vs England: Victorious Alastair Cook & Co still searching for answers

Root, 25, turned into Mr Dependable during the series, scoring at least a 50 if not better in each of the four tests.

4th Test: Kagiso Rabada's 7-up keeps Proteas in driving seat against England

4th Test: Kagiso Rabada's 7-up keeps Proteas in driving seat against England

England, set an unlikely target of 382 on a deteriorating pitch, were 52 for three at the close.

South Africa vs England, 4th Test: Kagiso Rabada takes seven as Proteas stretch advantage on Day 3

South Africa vs England, 4th Test: Kagiso Rabada takes seven as Proteas stretch advantage on Day 3

England were bowled out for 342 in reply to South Africa`s 475.

RSA vs ENG, 4th Test: Skipper Cook leads England reply after de Kock maiden ton on Day 2

RSA vs ENG, 4th Test: Skipper Cook leads England reply after de Kock maiden ton on Day 2

England were 138 for two at the close of play after Quinton de Kock`s maiden Test century took South Africa to a first innings total of 475.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: West Indies legend announces retirement from international cricket

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: West Indies legend announces retirement from international cricket

Chanderpaul scored 11,867 runs in Tests which is just 87 runs short of the West Indies all-time record holder Lara.

South Africa vs England, 4th Test: Alastair Cook urges fellow batsmen to earn their places

South Africa vs England, 4th Test: Alastair Cook urges fellow batsmen to earn their places

England already have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series in the four-match Test series.

England vs South Africa: Top order keen to end on a high, says Nick Compton

England vs South Africa: Top order keen to end on a high, says Nick Compton

The touring side hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series heading into the fourth and final match starting at Centurion Park on Friday.

England: Stuart Broad's rise to top of ICC Test rankings was long time coming

England: Stuart Broad's rise to top of ICC Test rankings was long time coming

In 2015, Broad finished with the second most wickets behind India's Ravichandran Ashwin.

3rd Test: Stuart Broad guides England to series win over South Africa with magical spell

3rd Test: Stuart Broad guides England to series win over South Africa with magical spell

England registered an emphatic seven-wicket win against South Africa in the third Test as a result of a sensational spell of seam bowling from Stuart Broad.