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Sri Lanka captain Dimunth Karunaratne hails England batsmen as 'best in the world' against spin ahead of World Cup clash with hosts Dimunth Karunaratne has been impressed with English batsmen in tournament Traditional view was always that England players struggle to play spin bowling  But Sri Lanka captain thinks that is red herring after recent World Cup games Karunaratne even said England are playing spin better than Asian countries 

By Rory Dollard, Press Association

Published: 17:08 BST, 20 June 2019 | Updated: 17:14 BST, 20 June 2019

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Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne has declared England's batsmen as the best players of spin bowling in the world.

Karunaratne's assessment not only turns the traditional view on its head - for years Englishmen were seen as easy pickings for high-quality spin - it also puts to bed an early World Cup trend.

South African leg-break bowler Imran Tahir was the surprising choice to take the first over of the tournament and dismissed Jonny Bairstow for a golden duck, a trick Pakistan's Shadab Khan followed by removing Jason Roy early in the next game.

Dimuth Karunaratne is wary of England's batsmen and their ability to play against spin

Dimuth Karunaratne is wary of England's batsmen and their ability to play against spin

Shakib Al Hasan (right) was neutralised by the England batsmen in the Bangladesh game

Shakib Al Hasan (right) was

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