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England recall Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes for Sri Lanka tour

England recall Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes for Sri Lanka tour

Sports
England have recalled opener Keaton Jennings and wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes for next month's Sri Lanka tour.Neither has played for England in a Test since the tour of the West Indies at the start of 2019.James Anderson, England's leading Test wicket-taker, is omitted as he recovers from a cracked rib suffered in the 3-1 series win in South Africa. Batsman Jonny Bairstow and all-rounder Moeen Ali will also miss the two-Test series, which starts on 19 March.Jofra Archer had already been ruled out because of a low-grade stress fracture in his right elbow, but fellow fast bowler Mark Wood will make the trip.Left-arm spinner Jack Leach came back to England from the tour of South Africa in Jan...
Sri Lanka elephants: ‘Record number’ of deaths in 2019

Sri Lanka elephants: ‘Record number’ of deaths in 2019

Science
A record number of elephants - 361 - have died in Sri Lanka during 2019, environmental groups say. It is highest figure of elephant deaths to be reported since Sri Lanka became independent in 1948, conservationists said. Most were killed by people.There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Killing them is illegal, but the animals often come into conflict with rural communities. Elephants are revered in Sri Lanka but some farmers view them as pests. Sajeewa Chamikara, an environmentalist from the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform, told the BBC that some 85% of elephant deaths last year may have been caused by human activity.He said communities had used electric fences, poison and explosives concealed as food...

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows probe into Easter blasts

World
A former Sri Lankan defense chief who is a front-runner in next month's presidential election said he'll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 people by appointing a presidential commission if he wins. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the commission would be set up on a request made by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, a top leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. Ranjith has previously called for an independent and transparent commission to investigate the attack, which was blamed on Islamic extremists. Rajapaksa, a powerful defense official in the government of his brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a favorite to win the Nov. 16 election, in which national security has become the focal point. While addressing an election rally on Saturday, Raja...
England suffer shock Cricket World Cup defeat against Sri Lanka

England suffer shock Cricket World Cup defeat against Sri Lanka

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, Headingley, LeedsSri Lanka 232-9 (50 overs): Mathews 85*, Wood 3-40, Archer 3-52England 212 (47 overs): Stokes 82*, Root 57, Malinga 4-43Sri Lanka won by 20 runsScorecard; Table; ScheduleEngland were strangled into a shock 20-run defeat by Sri Lanka that dented their hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals and breathed life into the tournament. Chasing 233 on an increasingly difficult pitch, the hosts were smothered by a brilliant Sri Lanka bowling performance in a compelling contest at Headingley.When Ben St...