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England take on Sri Lanka at Headingley in the first Test of the three-match Investec series, at the start of a summer that could end with them holding all nine Test trophies. Jaleel Scott Jersey . After victory in South Africa over the winter, Alastair Cooks men possess seven and can complete the set with series wins over Sri Lanka and Pakistan on home soil.However, while England head into the series as favourites against a young Sri Lankan team, they will be wary of the threat posed by the tourists.Indeed, on their most recent tour of England, Sri Lanka emerged victorious after earning a draw at Lords and claiming a dramatic win at Headingley.Team newsSteven Finn has been given the nod to start ahead of the uncapped Jake Ball, Cook confirmed.Steven Finn is going to play, the England skipper said. Hes been outstanding when hes been fit for us. I think everyone kind of knew that.There will though be a Test debut for James Vince. The Hampshire batsman, who has featured for England in limited overs cricket during the winter, is expected to slot in at five, replacing the recently-retired James Taylor. Dhammika Prasad will miss the first Test with a shoulder injury Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will be without seamer Dhammika Prasad at Headingley after he was ruled out with a shoulder injury sustained in their warm-up game at Essex.The 32-year-old will not miss the whole series though and is expected to be fit to return for the second Test at Chester-le-Street.While the team has been shorn of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara since their last visit, Sri Lanka will be pleased by the form of Kusal Mendis in their warm-up games and Dimuth Karunaratne should also arrive in Leeds in confident mood after a century against Leicestershire last week.Form Will England start their Test Match summer with a win over Sri Lanka? Watch all the action live on Sky Sports from Thursday at 10am Since defeat to Sri Lanka in 2014, England have lost just one of their last six Test series in a run that includes victories over India, South Africa and Australia.Their one defeat came against Pakistan in the UAE last autumn but was swiftly followed by the aforementioned triumph in South Africa, ensuring England head into the opener full of confidence.By contrast, Sri Lanka have played seven Test series since overcoming England two years ago, losing five. Home victories over Pakistan, in 2014, and the West Indies last year are their only successes and they come into the series on the back of a 2-0 whitewash in New Zealand.Watch England take on Sri Lanka in the first Test at Headingley from 10am on Thursday, live on Sky Sports 2. You can also keep up-to-date with all the action by following our live blog on skysports.com/cricket and catch highlights and The Verdict on Sky Sports after each days play. 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Durant scored 36 points to break out of a slump, and the Thunder routed the Grizzlies 104-84 on Thursday night to force a deciding seventh game in the first-round Western Conference series. His performance came on a day where the hometown newspaper questioned his struggles with a headline calling him "Mr. Unreliable." "We needed to win this game," Durant said. "Thats more motivation than anything, so our team responded. Weve got to do an even better job in Game 7." Russell Westbrook added 25 points for the Thunder, who havent been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs since 2010. They took control early with Durant scoring 14 points in the first quarter, led by 15 at halftime and never let Memphis get that close again in the second half in the first game in the series that didnt go to overtime since the opener. "You dont get to his level as an NBA player and a great player as he is to have other people motivate you," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Hes self-motivated. Hes a tremendous kid and does everything for his team, for our organization. Were proud of him because he gives everything he has. That was the only focus for tonights game." Durant also had 10 rebounds and made 14 of 15 free throws. Reggie Jackson had 16 points off the bench for the Thunder, who will host Game 7 on Saturday night. Grizzlies guard Tony Allen said the Thunder simply wanted the game more and called the loss embarrassing in front of a sellout crowd. "Now, weve shot ourselves in the foot, and we have to go to a hostile environment now and pretty much show where our heart is at," Allen said. Marc Gasol had 17 points and Zach Randolph 16 for Memphis. Guard Mike Conley strained his right hamstring, briefly returned and left for good with 8:48 left. Conley went down in the third quarter near midcourt dribbling when Kendrick Perkins reached in for a steal. The Memphis guard returned briefly, but Conley was limping noticeably. 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