England face Sri Lanka, looking to whitewash their visitors as their Test cricket series moves to the legendary Lord’s Cricket Ground, where Day One will stream live Thursday. England hopes to break an especially troubling streak by wrapping up the three-match series with another victory in the Third Test.
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Coming into the final five-day contest, England have not closed out a Test series with a win since defeating India in the capper of a four-match series in August of 2014. Since then, England have dropped the finale in five straight Test series — against West Indies, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, and South Africa.
“We’ve certainly mentioned that in the past, the dead rubbers we’ve not played as well,” England skipper Alastair Cook said on Wednesday.
“We’ve got another opportunity here. Who knows what the wicket will produce – the last games (at Lord’s) against Sri Lanka have been draws. So the wicket might not allow it. But we’ve got to make sure that if we want to get to where we want to, which is to be the best side in the world, these are the games we need to play better in.”
In addition to attempting to break the final match curse, England will also be looking to sweep a Test series of at least three matches for the first time since a 4-0 drubbing of India five years ago.
While the Lord’s wicket may not be to Cook’s liking, no ground is more synonymous with the sport of cricket, and the stadium is expected to be full for Day One.
Watch a brief history of cricket at Lord’s in the following video.
To find out how to watch a live stream of Day One of the Third England vs. Sri Lanka Test match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 11 a.m. British Summer Time at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England, on Thursday, June 9. For fans in the United States, the live stream gets underway at 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3 a.m. Pacific.
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Neither of the first two matches in the England vs. Sri Lanka Test cricket series have gone the distance, with England scoring early knockouts in three days in the First Test and four in the second match.
Watch highlights of England’s winning Day Four of the Second Test at Durham in the video below.
For England, Cook has elected to go with an unchanged side from the 12-man squad that manned the Second Test, with Chris Woakes earning the right to keep his spot by a five-wicket haul in that match.
All-rounder Ben Stokes remains sidelined with an injury.
For Sri Lanka, medium-fast bowler Shaminda Eranga was forced to undergo scrutiny after being reported for a suspect arm action in the Second Test, and he remains in doubt for selection ahead to the Third Test squad.
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There are two ways to watch the England Vs. Sri Lanka Third Test Match live online, free and legally. The first option is ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, which will stream the entire Test Match, starting with Day One, at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
The entire England Vs. Sri Lanka Test cricket series will also be streamed live online by international sports network One World Sports. The Sling TV international sports package includes One World Sports and costs a fee of $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To access the Sling TV offer, visit this link.
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