Sangakkara confident of Test series win

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Sri Lanka veteran Kumar Sangakkara is confident his team can record a Test series win over England in June, saying they have enough experience in the side to overcome the change in conditions.

Sri Lanka veteran Kumar Sangakkara is confident his team can record a Test series win over England in June, saying they have enough experience in the side to overcome the change in conditions.

The sides will play two Tests after a series of limited-overs games, with the first at Lord's and the second at Headingley. The last time the sides faced each other in the UK, England won the three-match series one-nil.

Sangakkara told Sky Sports: "We're always come here fancying our chances. The more we have toured England, the more we've understood as to what is required.

"We came here in 2011 and had a bit of a nightmare two-hour session in Cardiff, but other than that played really well at Lord's and then at the Rose Bowl, so we know we can compete.

"The real thing is not only to compete, but to get over the line and win a series. It'll be great to start that off at Lord's."

The veteran will be playing two matches for Durham, against Yorkshire and Sussex, ahead of the Tests, allowing him to get to know the conditions and the Duke ball, which he feels would have benefited a few of his team-mates.

Sangakkara said of his insider info: "Well I think it's more about Durham really. I think my focus is really going to be on the present – the next two Championship games for Durham.

"Preparation to play against England is important as well, but I think for Durham and myself, these two games will count just for the Championship.

"The majority of the team will be in Ireland, while the players who are Test specialists, I don't think most of them started talking to county's early, which I think would have been important.

"I think the Sri Lankan cricket board would have been happy to have most of the players playing over here because the experience would have been invaluable."

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