At the close of the 3-Test series in England on June 13, a total of 31 Tests had been played between the two countries since 1981-82. England led 12-8 with 11 draws.
In England, England lead 8-3 with 7 draws.
In Sri Lanka, England trail 4-5 with 4 draws.
We now look at batting performances for both teams.
Most runs (500 and above):
M Jayawardene and KC Sangakkara have scored the most runs, followed by AN Cook.
M Jayawardene has the most centuries with 8, followed by several with 3.
Jayawardene also has the most 50-plus scores with 18, followed by Sangakkara with 12.
Highest individual scores (150 and above):
Inevitably Jayawardene has the highest score here, along with Jayasuriya.
Highest batting average (minimum 20 innings):
M Jayawardene and AN Cook lead here as well.
Now for bowling performances
Most wickets (20 and above):
M Muralitharan leads by a large margin, with more than twice the wickets taken by the 2nd-placed JM Anderson.
These two also have the most fivers (8 and 4 respectively). Muralitharan has the most tenners (4) and no one else has more than 1.
Best innings bowling (6 or more wickets):
Muralitharan has the top 3 performances. Also note Emburey’s 6-33 in the first Test between these countries.
Best match bowling (9 or more wickets):
Muralitharan heads this list with one of the best match bowling performances of all time. Anderson recorded the best for England in the first Test at Leeds in 2016.
Bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls):
Muralitharan and Anderson inevitably top this as well, followed by the unlikely Jayasuriya.
The best economy rates are 2.03 (Muralitharan) and 2.08 (Jayasuriya).
The best strike rates are 48.0 (Anderson), 58.7 (Hoggard) and 59.0 (Muralitharan).
Now for fielding performances.
Most fielding dismissals (10 and above):
Sangakkara and Prior head the table.
Also, Sangakkara has the most stumpings (6), Prior the most catches by a keeper (39) and M Jayawardene the most catches by a fielder (38). Also note JM Bairstow’s 19 dismissals in the current 3-Test series.
The most dismissals in an innings are 5 by Sangakkara, GO Jones and JM Bairstow. In a match it is 9 by Bairstow in the first Test at Leeds in 2016.
Dismissals per innings (minimum 20 innings, 0.45 and above):
Even with relaxed criteria we only get two here, with Jayasuriya being the unlikely leader.
Match performances (at least one fifty and one four-for):
Only three instances, all from Sri Lanka. Mathews’s performance would appear to be the best.