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Sangakkara targets series win

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara is confident his side can win the upcoming Test series following a winter of discontent for England.

The left-hander, who has scored more than 25,000 international runs for Sri Lanka and is ninth on the list of all-time Test run scorers, will play for Durham in the next two rounds of the County Championship.

And despite Sri Lanka having not won a Test match in England since 2006, the 36-year-old is confident that his side can add to Alastair Cook's woes this summer.

"We're always come here fancying our chances," he told Sky Sports. "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 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."

Sangakkara, who represented Warwickshire in 2007, will play for the county champions against Yorkshire and Sussex next month.

And he will be hoping to spend some valuable time at the crease in order to gain a feel for conditions before linking up with his team-mates for their one-day international and the two-Test series against England in June.

Asked if he was surprised that he has been allowed to look at conditions and 'The Duke' ball before the start of the tour, Sangakkara said: "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."