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We’re here to play cricket, not to concentrate on match-fixing – Liam Dawson

Left-arm bowler Liam Dawson talks to the media at P. Sara Oval on Wednesday after England’s first net session in their nearly two-month long tour of Sri Lanka. (Photos by Pradeep Dambarage)

We came here to play cricket but not to talk about certain allegations of match-fixing on Sri Lanka’s cricket, said England touring party left-arm bowler Liam Dawson, after his team’s first net practice session on Wednesday, 3 October at P. Sara Oval in Colombo.

Asked about stringent security measures and added guard on players to cover them from various dubious individuals trying to contact players for murky deals such as match-fixing and spot-fixing, Dawson said they are not worried about such issues but concerned only about cricket.

Challenge the home team –

Fresh from a successful Test series at home against India at home, the Englishmen sweated in their first net session at P. Sara Oval under humid conditions acclimatising to the conditions here before their five-match ODI series starting in Dambulla on 10 October.