England v Sri Lanka 2nd Test: Broad to take Anderson’s limelight

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DRS and an agonising edge dropping short of second slip was all that separated Alastair Cook’s side from a dramatic win in the final two balls of the Test at Lord’s, but a braver declaration or quicker over rates would have given his bowlers more time at the visitors.

A golden opportunity to play decisive cricket, at a draw-proof ground presents itself in the second Test at Headingley and we’ve got the best three bets for the match covered below:

England to win @ 5/6

Cloud cover and results. These are the two things Test match cricket is most associated with in Leeds and England possess the better weaponry for the conditions as the series travels north for the decider.

The last 14 matches at the ground have seen only one draw occur in that time, with England winning seven of the 13 matches where a result has been achieved.

Stuart Broad to be England’s 1st innings top wicket taker @ 5/2

Lord’s is James Anderson’s back yard in Test cricket, as showed with a tide-turning spell against the tourists on the final afternoon of the first Test.

Despite its reputation for swing, though, the Burnley seamer hasn’t had the same kind of success at Headingley. In fact, it’ll be Stuart Broad who’ll take the lead.

The Nottinghamshire bowler has nine more wickets at the Yorkshire ground than any other bowler in the world over the last 10 years and 11 more than Jimmy.

Kaushal Silva to be Sri Lanka’s 1st innings top run scorer @ 9/2

Despite being a make-shift opener, Silva’s two half centuries were perhaps Sri Lanka’s biggest plus point from St John’s Wood. His ability handling the moving ball will stand him in good stead for a big score at Headingley.

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