England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Cardiff, 5th day May 30, 2011

Tremlett and Swann secure incredible victory

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England 496 for 5 dec (Trott 203, Cook 133, Bell 103*) beat Sri Lanka 400 (P Jayawardene 112, Paranavitana 66, Anderson 3-66, Swann 3-78) and 82 (Swann 4-16, Tremlett 4-40) by an innings and 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Graeme Swann and Chris Tremlett bowled England to an extraordinary innings-and-14-run victory as Sri Lanka collapsed in a barely believable 24.4 overs on the final day in Cardiff. The pair shared eight wickets before Stuart Broad bounced out the last two batsmen to secure one of more remarkable wins in recent memory considering the amount of time lost to rain. Sri Lanka were shell-shocked and couldn't handle the pressure, losing eight wickets in the final session.

When Andrew Strauss declared two overs into the day, having given Ian Bell chance to reach his hundred - after play was delayed until 3pm by heavy morning rain - the summit of England's ambitions appeared to be taking some psychological points to Lord's on Friday. However, Tremlett removed both openers before tea to set the nerves jangling, and when Mahela Jayawardene became his third at the start of the final session, panic was beginning to set in the Sri Lankan ranks.

Only when they were eight down did the visitors try to erase England's advantage with any haste as Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis put bat to ball, but wickets were never far away against a pumped-up bowling attack. It didn't matter that Strauss only had three frontline options, with James Anderson suffering a side strain. Tremlett preyed on the batsmen's insecurities against the short ball, Swann found turn to force frazzled minds into playing loose shots, and then Broad hustled through the final resistance with 26 overs still to play.

The merits of Strauss allowing Bell to reach three figures would have been hotly debated had England run out of time at the end, but his bowlers ensured he didn't have to worry. The door was pushed ajar by Tremlett's new-ball burst, elevated to the role vacated by Anderson and one he'll be reluctant to relinquish. He struck with the last ball of his first over when Tharanga Paranavitana edged a low chance to first slip that was well held by the captain.

Tillakaratne Dilshan is a player who could have quickly erased the deficit and eased the pressure, but he got into a tangle against a shorter delivery from Tremlett and the chance lobbed back to the bowler. Dilshan was given out straight away but he went to the DRS and replays confirmed a glove. Mahela and Kumar Sangakkara survived until tea with Sri Lanka 33 for 2, yet they gave a false sense of security.

Although Tremlett changed ends after the interval, he maintained a probing length which left doubt in the batsman's mind as to whether to play forward to back. Mahela opted to come onto the front foot and Tremlett's extra carry ensured another edge carried comfortably to Strauss. England began to sense something could happen.

Swann then gave another example of why he's the world's best spin bowler. Thilan Samaraweera was caught playing back to one that didn't bounce and dragged onto the stump. Next, from round the wicket, a beautiful piece of bowling lured Sangakkara into an edge and Strauss snaffled his third edge - this time in the unaccustomed position of slip to the spinner.

There was no stopping England or Swann as Farveez Maharoof edged his third ball and again the DRS was fruitless as HotSpot showed a clear edge. However, TV evidence was less clear when Prasanna Jayawardene, the first-innings hero with 112, was given out off a gloved pull. This time it was England who called for the review and although HotSpot wasn't conclusive, Rod Tucker, the third umpire, went on the noise as he had with Sangakkara's first-innings dismissal. The subsequent use of Snicko proved he was right again.

Sri Lanka aided in their own demise, none more so than Rangana Herath who played a horrid sweep at Swann to be caught in front, leaving the visitors 52 for 8. Perera and Mendis quickly worked out the only chance was to get in front of England and the next two overs brought 20 yet, amazingly for a match were 139 overs were lost to rain, there was plenty of time left.

Broad was disappointing in the first innings but when Tremlett was rested he responded with a fierce spell to the lower order. He roughed up Perera who lobbed a chance between three fielders before being brilliantly caught, low down, by Bell at short leg. Two balls later Suranga Lakmal fended another short delivery into the slips. England, four months on from Sydney, were back in victory mode. In contrast, Sri Lanka's dressing room was full of blank faces and this will take some getting over.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 2, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    There were comments earlier that India saved a test in 2007 series because of rain ,In that match not 130 overs were lost .So every one agrees that to draw a rain affected match also require some skill LOL

  • on June 2, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    just hope lots of money was not involved on the fifth day :):)

  • sammykent on June 1, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    I support New Zealand (hard at times) but man I love this England team. I backed them to win the Ashes in Australia and my friends have coughed up the cash for being too bloody minded. Swann and Prior have been two players I would single out as headlining a cultural change within the squad and making a believer out of me. When you look at the team make up it is so perfect. Three pace bowlers, a great spinner and usually a genuine allrounder (Not this Test but I am sure that will change in time). All the batsmen are just there to bat with a couple having a few easy overs of slow/medium or offspin which hardly takes a toll. Balance is the key and it is what Australia and now Sri Lanka have overlooked. Bowlers need to bowl, batsmen need to bat, the keeper needs to keep wicket and the one allrounder should contribute in both areas but not to the same extent.

  • on June 1, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Ok,Stop blaming Dilshan or the team.what did you say when we humiliated england in the world cup 2months ago? Its cricket.Anything could happened.If we had Dilhara,Nuwan pradeep, welegedara & mathews this could have been a different result.Hope we'll do better on friday. cant we just make someone injured & get vass into the squad as he took 10wickets yesterday.:P

  • Dharaka on June 1, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    REST IN PEACE Sri Lanka Cricket....- A Sri Lankan fan who's fed up of the politics that led to the fall of SL cricket.

  • TexanBlue on June 1, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    I'm so happy to see SL humiliation at Cardiff: well done England! This was the curse inflicted upon Dilshan for uttering rubbish about playing in Pakistan. He may win the next test, even the series but he will never ever be able to write off the most humiliating defeats of all time in his very first test as captain. It will remain there to haunt him for a very long time.

  • on June 1, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Give SL senior players more taste of IPL, then things will change more - - -

  • Ameega on June 1, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    I understand the frustration of SL fans criticizing their team and their board, and pointing finger towards IPL, and so... Cummon, this is not the end of the world. Remember, last August India were thrashed for a mere 88 in a one dayer (and lost by 200) against kiwi's who just made semis in WC thru a surprise win. In same series, India were shot out for 103 and lost by 8 wickets, but after 8 months they beat the same SL team to win the WC (And now they are like unstoppable for last 10 years!) And remember that last year Pakistan were shot out for 72 in second test (and eventually lost the match), then won the next against England. And more more and more.. Keep calm, you will see some good stuff from SL team very near future. People who rated MS as a useless fellow last October, raised the same guy as the best ever captain of them in this April! That is the beauty of cricket and funniest thing of criticizers.

  • Sudu_putha on June 1, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Dilshan.. will take Sri Lankan cricket to early 80's for sure... He can not lead a teaM..

  • on June 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    im not so inspired with one sided commentry board and freaking hot spot decisions!

  • on June 2, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    There were comments earlier that India saved a test in 2007 series because of rain ,In that match not 130 overs were lost .So every one agrees that to draw a rain affected match also require some skill LOL

  • on June 2, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    just hope lots of money was not involved on the fifth day :):)

  • sammykent on June 1, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    I support New Zealand (hard at times) but man I love this England team. I backed them to win the Ashes in Australia and my friends have coughed up the cash for being too bloody minded. Swann and Prior have been two players I would single out as headlining a cultural change within the squad and making a believer out of me. When you look at the team make up it is so perfect. Three pace bowlers, a great spinner and usually a genuine allrounder (Not this Test but I am sure that will change in time). All the batsmen are just there to bat with a couple having a few easy overs of slow/medium or offspin which hardly takes a toll. Balance is the key and it is what Australia and now Sri Lanka have overlooked. Bowlers need to bowl, batsmen need to bat, the keeper needs to keep wicket and the one allrounder should contribute in both areas but not to the same extent.

  • on June 1, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Ok,Stop blaming Dilshan or the team.what did you say when we humiliated england in the world cup 2months ago? Its cricket.Anything could happened.If we had Dilhara,Nuwan pradeep, welegedara & mathews this could have been a different result.Hope we'll do better on friday. cant we just make someone injured & get vass into the squad as he took 10wickets yesterday.:P

  • Dharaka on June 1, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    REST IN PEACE Sri Lanka Cricket....- A Sri Lankan fan who's fed up of the politics that led to the fall of SL cricket.

  • TexanBlue on June 1, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    I'm so happy to see SL humiliation at Cardiff: well done England! This was the curse inflicted upon Dilshan for uttering rubbish about playing in Pakistan. He may win the next test, even the series but he will never ever be able to write off the most humiliating defeats of all time in his very first test as captain. It will remain there to haunt him for a very long time.

  • on June 1, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Give SL senior players more taste of IPL, then things will change more - - -

  • Ameega on June 1, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    I understand the frustration of SL fans criticizing their team and their board, and pointing finger towards IPL, and so... Cummon, this is not the end of the world. Remember, last August India were thrashed for a mere 88 in a one dayer (and lost by 200) against kiwi's who just made semis in WC thru a surprise win. In same series, India were shot out for 103 and lost by 8 wickets, but after 8 months they beat the same SL team to win the WC (And now they are like unstoppable for last 10 years!) And remember that last year Pakistan were shot out for 72 in second test (and eventually lost the match), then won the next against England. And more more and more.. Keep calm, you will see some good stuff from SL team very near future. People who rated MS as a useless fellow last October, raised the same guy as the best ever captain of them in this April! That is the beauty of cricket and funniest thing of criticizers.

  • Sudu_putha on June 1, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Dilshan.. will take Sri Lankan cricket to early 80's for sure... He can not lead a teaM..

  • on June 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    im not so inspired with one sided commentry board and freaking hot spot decisions!

  • on June 1, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Hello Guys, you are forgetting something.... Guess What??? There is no Murali in Sri Lankan attack. Murali played major role when SL won the series in England. I think this is 1st test after Murali's retirement, Isn't it?

  • on June 1, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    entire responsibility of this lost shud go to poor performance of sanga & mahela..they wer walking wkts in both inns..less than 30 runs in 4 inngs of batting no 3 & 4 ..if SL have played Chandimal and thirimanne instead of these two atleast we wl not lose by inns..nothing can do without practise/preparation..these thing s happen wen they give priority to money,greediness over country.no point blaming IPL.and BCCI..if our players think country ahead can skip IPl like eng players did ... no excuse shame on these two not coming to play first practise match before very very important series..now deal with this ..some fans try to blame SL politics for this case stupidly ..actually sports minister wanted entire SL players to come @5 may to get well prepared.but players actually didnt want to come..now its time to not act according to greedy players ..SLC be strong ,drop any one if not give priority / interest to country and replace with young talents ..atleast its good for future

  • on June 1, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    When we check the test averages, we find Mathews is worse than Prasanna. Mathews has'nt scored a century even like Prasanna. Randiv is a better batsman than Prasanna and can be included as a recognized batsman on Friday as 6 : 5 combination was a failure. If Mathews is fit by the commencement of the match against Essex, he can prove I'm wrong. It won't be a problem for me as I like to see SL include players in form even Mathews for that matter. My conclusion is that Mathews is not a great player and the result of the 1st test would have been same even he had been included. SL minister wanted the players to come before the 2nd practice game. Only Dilshan came for the whole tour.

  • landl47 on June 1, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Blaming the IPL for SL's loss is foolish. The problem is SL could only take 5 wickets, which left them without any chance of winning. Everyone knows playing for a draw is demoralising. Unless SL comes up with a better bowling attack, how are they going to win? As for all the Indians on here boasting about what their side will do, let's just wait and see. There's a lot of Indian players at the end of their careers and touring England is tough. Australians were on here bragging about their side before the last Ashes series, too. You don't hear so much from them any more.

  • on June 1, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    SL cricket is dead..It wont be next Pak or WI..it will become a team like ZImbabwe. we can never recover...now our cricket board is just a bunny of BCCI. SL will lose 3-0..ODIs 5-0.We gifted our bowlers to IPL & let them injured..SLBCC destroyed the future of Nuwan Pradeep. Only option left for our young players is to become freelancers & play for IPL,Bigbash & etc and earn some money.If they want to play TESTs they should leave SL & move to a country like England or India.They will never get chance in our team if they dont have good contacts with our politicians. cricket fans too should try alternative options & select a IPL team as their home team to support. Well done DS de Silva,Selectors & other administrators..You guys destroyed SL cricket..Now its all over ..........

  • CandidIndian on June 1, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Well SL won both practice matches and made 400 in first innings,where was this ill effect of IPL then? Its easy to put the blame on BCCI, IPL etc etc.SL have olny themselves to blame for this debacle of getting out in 24 overs.About England they are in great form but certainly not no 1 ,SA and India are right up there.England look unbeatable at home but they are poor in subcontinent, they could not defend score of 387 in their last tour to India on a rank turner .India again look unbeatable at home but they have merely managed to improve from "Debacle" to "Survival" when they tour but they are still far from" Dominance".SA play well overall but they have not won a home series since 3 years and they choke consistently too.So its hard to decide who is no 1,England India and SA are the top three for sure, who will rule? that we will find out soon.For now congrats England, great win out of nowhere .

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 1, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    @harshalb, i am srilankan mate,but i wont blame ipl like you.You are just giving an excuse for our players poor show.did u praise IPL when dilshan made 123 in first warm up game(immediately after IPL) or when he made 50 in the first innings of cardiff test.our bowlers didnt play in IPL and stilll they couldnt take wickets.we should have drawn the test by batting up 50 overs in the last day.sanga and mahela is just the two members in the team,but what about remaining players who never played IPL?I dont like IPL either but when our team won two warm up matches and made 400 in the first innings ,did u say anything good about IPL and now where IPL talks comes in between when our players couldnt bat properly in the last day?Its really a silly excuse.every team folds below 100 atleast once a match in year.It happened to australia last year against pakistan.rather than backing our players just blaming IPL for everything is not good.Its actually a personal excuse.

  • on June 1, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    When we check the test averages, we find Mathews is worse than Prasanna. Mathews has'nt scored a century even like Prasanna. Randiv is a better batsman than Prasanna and can be included as a recognized batsman on Friday as 6 : 5 combination was a failure. If Mathews is fit by the commencement of the match against Essex, he can prove I'm wrong. It won't be a problem for me as I like to see SL include players in form even Mathews for that matter. My conclusion is that Mathews is not a great player and the result of the 1st test would have been same even he had been included. SL minister wanted the players to come before the 2nd practice game. Only Dilshan came for the whole tour.

  • dhpr111 on June 1, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Everyone...please be patient....This is only a single test match.These type of things can happen.Definitely Lankans will come back hard...Don't criticize players after a single defeat even though it is a huge one...I'm sure they will give answers to all the questions in next two matches...

  • fazald on June 1, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    This reminds me of the bad old days of Sri Lanka cricket.Thanks to the BCCI for destabilising overseas teams by offering players big money to play in the IPL thus weaning them away from their interest of playing test cricket for their country as in the case of Sangakkara and Jayawardane for their lacklustre performance.Their body language itself indicated that they were hardly interested in the game.

  • on June 1, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    @fellow sri lankans, just saying guys;VAAS got 5 for 22 and another 2 wickets so far against glamorgan.

  • Finn92 on May 31, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Put these sub-continental batsman with bloated averages on a pitch that does a bit and see how good they really are. I don't think it was a case of not wanting to be there for the SL team but more that they just crumbled like a badly built wall under the pressure our bowlers put them under. I have no doubt that Sanga and Mahela will probably have a decent knock at some point in this series as they are both very good players but the rest have no answer to a sporting wicket where movement is possible after scoring easy runs on highways at home. Bring on Lords! Oh and you can tell they have nothing better to say when they are coming out with comments about players and where there from, who cares! They want to play for England and so shut up moaning and let them!

  • chanatom on May 31, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    Single Lion Vs Three Lions :) lol good game, SL won't get 10 wickets in Test match for the forseeable future

  • mets692006 on May 31, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    West Indies collapsed again? Opppps i stand corrected. It's the sri lankans. No murali or malinga... sounds like meat's back on the menu boys... they will lose every match...

  • Sageleaf on May 31, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    3rd_man where were you when we toured Australia last time? Don't you remember Mahela scored a hundred? Looks like you have short memory. but its OK. We will do better in the Lords test. Our cricketers found the weather was too cold. Even lot of spectators were wearing warm clothing. So have patience. These kind of thing could happen to any team. It very unfortunate.

  • 3rd_man on May 31, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Guys, I would like to ask you guys performance of our top order specially in England, Australia and New zealand. check mahela, he always fails.I am watching SL cricket for long time. He never played memorable match winning innings for sl. I remember he played good innings in ODI where murali called for throwing. It s looks like he lost his ability. I cant see he use feet against spinners. no shots in-front of the wicket. That's why he poke his bat out side the off stump. you cant do that, specially in test cricket cos if you dont have off side shots you cant score. he always try to use the pace of the ball. no confidence in driving. some say he scored 4 centuries in the UK. I know 2 of them came on dead wicket at loads. he may score something on a flat wicket like loads. sanga is a class act. just going through bad patch. he proved in Australia, New zealand and in pakistan as well. he is good because he can drive the ball against fast bowlers.

  • Biggus on May 31, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    @rahulcricindia-Mate, I'm not a Pom, I'm Australian, and if you read my comment carefully I did NOT say England are No.1, I said they had the potential to go there. Maybe your english is not very good, or maybe your just being ultra-defensive, but I did say they are just about the best England side I've seen in 35 years of watching the game, and if the Indian side are as complacent as you sound they are in for a shock, mark my words.

  • sehwaguparcut on May 31, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Looks like our old colonial masters are returning to conquer us :) First they got Pakistan last summer and this year they have lined up Sri Lanka and India ... VVS Laxman will be the last line of defence in this second coming.

  • Afridynamite on May 31, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Come on Lankan fans, but for Murali and his biologically advantaged arm/wrist, Sri Lanka was never a great side. You are just seeing the reality now. Lankan batting was good only on the slow pitches of Sri Lanka. Now that the bowling is average post-Murali, the team is exposed.

  • wibblewibble on May 31, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka collapsed like a beach chair on a windy day. Hopefully they can bounce back a bit and make the next two matches at least competitive, although unless they have another couple of quicks and another mystery spinner - Mendis bowls 3 balls, and he shows you exactly which one is which before he bowls it - I can't see SL taking 20 wickets in a match.

    India are another story, and I'm very much looking forward to those games. If JA is fit and firing for that series, and the weather plays ball, the Indians may be surprised by the master of swing bowling, in the land of perfect swing bowling conditions. On the other hand, Zaheer Khan is also an excellent swing bowler - not as good as Jimmy tho.

  • gujratwalla on May 31, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    THIS IS PHENOMENAL! JUST CAN'T FATHOM IT! TREMENDOUS! A GREAT PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT.TEST CRICKET IS WHAT ENGLAND ARE BEST AT.CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PLAYERS!

  • jaat98 on May 31, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    ha ha poor srilankans they were playing against three nations together ireland southafrica nd england .dont worry indian fans india will thrash englaND

  • Somapala90 on May 31, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    poor show by us.. will do better in the 2nd test..

  • Lonelion on May 31, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    This is the aftermath of putting your bank accounts infront of your country. Both two so called best batsmen of the side were much more interested in playing IPL cricket which was way more profitable than test cricket. So they missed the practice sessions and games. Landed there few nights earlier and thought " Well we can con the idiotic population in Sri Lanka if we score here. They will forget The IPL and our delay." Unfortunately for them they were playing in England instead of subcontinent and the plan did not work. The whole country was disgraced of such a pathetic performance.

  • sabit.butex on May 31, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Really cricket is a game of glorious uncertainty.... and every test cricket playing country should promote test cricket because such kinds of matches must be continued for the sake of test cricket.......

  • saara93 on May 31, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    super performance by da entire eng team! their bowlers did a great job and awesome captaining by straussy to declare with only a lead of 96 and have so much faith in his bowlers!really feel sorry for all those sl fans who said dat sl will trounce eng! looks lyk its da othr way abt! this eng team has the potential to be the number 1 team in the world! numero uno here we come!

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    This has nothing to do with the IPL. The only reason Sri Lanka lost is their pathetic batting in the second innings. I think the bowling performance of Sri Lanka was just ok considering a young inexperienced attack

  • Cruzan on May 31, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Sravan , you are right. IPL has nothing to do here. Sanga,Dilshan,Ja, Samar,Para each are worth at least 50 on ave. They all made it good in the first innings. The first innings was closer to IPL, if you see on that point. Some people bring their personal IPL-Affection ! into topic.

  • Cruzan on May 31, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Actually the strong SLanks did not apply themselves well enough. Last year Pak.team also got out 3 times below 100 in England. They did not play in IPL. Give credit to England please. SLanks lost becoz.of IPL and then England won becoz.of IPL. So sad personal dislike

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    ANY TEST SIDE REQUIRE MIND TO STAY AT THE WICKET WHICH WILL DEFINITELY THE BATSMEN THE CONCENTRATION. MAY BE THE SHORTEST VERSION WOULD HAVE DISTURBED THE CONCENTRATION OF SENIOR PLAYERS LIKE JAYAWARDANE AND SANGAKARA. HOPE THEY WILL COME OUT OF IT SOON

  • cricketclubber on May 31, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    he he he ......Now the over hyped and glitzy Indians will arrive for their tour in July and let us see how they perform.... surely we will have an innings like this from the Indians as well. They may score 200 in 20 overs....but the real test is batting 200 plus overs and scoring 500+ runs and taking 22 wickets. The current Indian team @ max will play 40 overs, IE two T20 innings.

  • cricketman123 on May 31, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Sri Lanka need Mathews and Kulasekara back as soon as possible

  • delastbastion on May 31, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    West Indies players Gayle and co simlarly arrived in england late from IPL instead of coming over with the team and getting acclimatised, neeedless to say WI got whupped, english players the vast majority of them are emerging from their winter hibernation and are fresh and hungry for cricket, lankans on the other hand are probably tired straight from WC, straight to IPL, onto englanfd tour.. Result might be the same as when WI were last there in england........there are a lot of similarities. dilshan, Sanga & mahela just might perform as Gayle chanderpaul and Sarwan did then. ......... There is no "I" in the word team.

  • harshalb on May 31, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    TO all Indians defending the IPL...LOOK what IPL did! It messed up SL batting and bowling seriously. SL minister was right in demanding early return of players. Players like Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan failed purely due to playing in IPL instead of joining the camp to unlearn the IPL habits. Man of the match is IPL in this case. LOOK what IPL did!!!!!!!!!

  • Percy_Fender on May 31, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    It was an amazing collapse by a team ranked so high in the ICC rankings. I feel the Sri Lankans have still not got used to playing in England where it is cold at this time of the year. That can be the only reason why a good bowler like Herath was ineffective. I am not clear as to why Dilhara Fernando and Nuwan Kulasekhara were left out of the team.Sri Lanka looked too meek to be considered a top ranked side.But I am hopeful that they will give more fight to England in the next two tests.

  • on May 31, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Calamitous. Sorely miss Murali and Jayasuriya.The young "Turks" are ill-prepared to deal with this. Turn around time may help as they will not have too much time to dwell on this disaster. Kumar and Mahela have to lead with Dilshan.

  • on May 31, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    IPL has cost us the match..if the Lankan Board had its way and Sanga and co could've come off on May 5, They could have got acclimatised to the Eglish conditions..Get roid of the IPL

  • 5wombats on May 31, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I just got back from Cardiff - OH! BOY! am I glad I was there!!! That was BRILLIANT! TOP QUALITY!!! Such a pity there were only 58 or 59 of us there to see it. I think the wombats made up the majority of the crowd. More later when I have caught my breath! Work is definitley the curse of the cricket watching classes!

  • Roar911 on May 31, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    ... as for the extremely hyped non British fans (our dearly beloved neighbors who think that they own SL cricket).... SL hav never been on top (except in 96) n never been punks either! we love the game n love our team even more! even if we lose 3-0 and 5-0, we still welcome our lads gracefully! we dont hav GODS in our team but we hav performed miracles! ...we are the only team that came as associate nation n had the consistency to retain good ranking position! we win, we lose, we forget... it's all about the next match! GO SL, win or die trying! \m/

  • on May 31, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Congrates England......Wonderful job:)

  • on May 31, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    IPL is a waste of space, just greed for players. Sadly it will ruin what true cricket is about a test of your abilities over 5 days.

    The fact that the sub-cuntinental teams cannot provide wickets that are fair to both bowlers and batsmen is the reason they prefer the quick 20 over biff rather than REAL cricket.

  • on May 31, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    England can not be the No.1 until and unless they defeat sub-continent teams like India and Srilanka in sub-continent conditions. Every team is good when they are playing in similar home conditions, so beat India in India first then you can be the No.1.

    Where are Sangakara and Jaywardhene who said that india Don't deserve no.1 test team status. Well, we defeated england in england in headingly test, then we defeated Australia in Australia (Adelaide Test) and then we won Durban test in south Africa? What's sri lanka's progress?

  • Roar911 on May 31, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    C'mon Dila, learn from the mistakes. ...Get the moral up n give ur best at Lords! Lankan fans are behind you! ...Congrats England, terrific performance. but never underestimate the opponent...!! no excuses about Cardiff, SL got out played. If you are a cricketer, you must hav the ability to adapt into any form of the game. anyways someone had to lose n unfortunately it was SL! :(

  • rahulcricindia on May 31, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @Biggus ,staek62 guys INDIA is no. 1 side in the world lets face .....we beat england in their own backyard and beat them in our home too and that too scoring 316 on last day of the test and winning thats comprehensive.....you guys call yourself no.1can you guys survive on turning tracks .....the answer is big NO, look what happened in WC 2011 ..your best bowler anderson was expelled out of the team as he got hammering in all the matches and INDIA has proved in south africa to how good they are against better attack than of england.....first learn to play on all types of tracks and then think of beating us....we are coming later, better WATCH OUT!!!!

  • on May 31, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Lol

    Now this thread if FULL of INdia fans telling the ENglsish not to take this win as any sign that they might beat India later. Funny - I never noticed posts saying that in the first place. Indias bowling is woeful. Zak is the only class seamer, and he barely bowls above 82MPH. Back many years ago when Pathan could bowl he was the same WAYYYY to slow, Harbajan is the other decent bowler. If those two don't perform out of their skins then India will not only lose - they will be humiliated. Sreesanth? Seriously? I'd set a wide leg slip or a long stop to help the keeper catch his wayward leg side dross that he chucks down. Decent pace but no accuracy. Looking forward to England India. The last two series were very tight India wins. But England have entirely new bowling unit now, and Cooke and BEll have grown up and Trott is the best number 3 in world cricket. Morgan may prove to be the best of the lot. Swann better than Panesar, Tremlett and Finn better than Harmison and Hoggard

  • Aniruddha1977 on May 31, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    I am sure it is because of IPL. After all, before IPL came into existence the Great Sri Lankan team had a wonderful overseas record in England, Australia, South Africa and India. They used to win majority of test matches before in these countries. IPL has consumed players like Mahela and Sanga, who otherwise were scoring excessively overseas. Shame IPL could not spoil the Indian Team.. no wonder the SL coach doesn't recognize India to be the no. 1 Test Team in the world.

  • on May 31, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Why does the talk of IPL come in here? The same team that bundled out for 82 made a mammoth 400 in the first innings. If one blames IPL for 82, then one has to praise it for 400! The fact is IPL is irrelevant because it's over. Sri Lanka didn't hold their nerves, and that's that!

  • Stos on May 31, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    @Pravin Autade: Nobody said that people are always sensible when money is involved.

  • on May 31, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    All Lankans are blaming IPL for this loss.What about Lankan bowling? Lakmal+Mahroof+Perera+Mendis+Herath ? I don't think they can take 20 wickets...!

    Vaas+Kulashekhara+Randiv+Herath will have more balance..!

  • Yevghenny on May 31, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Sri Lankan players switched off after the 4th day didn't start until the afternoon. They believed at that point (like us all) that this was going to be a draw now, but we are spectators and they are the players. You can't do that, there have been many examples of how it can all go wrong.

    It was as if the Sri Lankan team had gone home and the crowd decided they'd give England a game instead.

  • Tijara on May 31, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    SL have changed the captain unnecessarily. Sangakkara was doing good job. And they do not have a huge number of talented players, being a small country. So they should have managed Murali, Malinga and Vaas better. Better managment means give sufficient intervalls so that injuries do not destroy the body.

  • on May 31, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    haha, I went out to dinner thinking the test was dead ....... missed what was probably the best test cricket in a while

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 31, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @ramesh darshana perera, u forgot to mention one more league ie.SCPL in july.Dont blmae IPL when we lost last 10 wickets in just 20 overs.This is very poor cricket from our players.The same team made 400 in the first innings including dilshan 50 and they won 2 warm up matches9dilshan made 123 in first warmup match).But that time we didnt point fingers at IPL or anything and now what?we really played bad in the last day and cant give excuses like that for our poorshow.nuwan and fernando didnt even play IPL and got injured.so dont just find a way to give excuse when our team perfom bad.we need some good bowlers and patience to bat out to come up with a win in the next 2 test matches.

  • Joby_George on May 31, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Srilanks are never good in Test cricket. They don't have any good series test victories anywhere outside srilanka. They can do some miracles in one days on their own day, no technically good batsmen other than mahela & sanga. Bowling is no where without Murali, Malinga. No wonder of England takes series 3-0

  • on May 31, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Absolutly Brillent performance Eng ..no wonder Y SL lost ..playing 6/5 combination is a high risk in Eng specially WK at 6 who still unable to prove under pressure ..and Thisara,Maharoof who did nothing in practise matches to play test cricket they r Neither test batsmans nor wkt taking bowlers..may be a very good T20 side this ..P.stupid selection ..no way u can win a test playing with these all rounders play a proper bowler and batsman instead ....Welagedara proper wkt taking test bowler who performed well in practise match watching this test ..no excuse this a pathetic batting by SL ..anyway Cong ! Eng they r on rise

  • Damo23 on May 31, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Even though I am an Australian Sri Lankan fan, I can readily admit that this is what real cricket is about. I only wish I wasn't arriving in England just after this test series finishes. Nevertheless, I'll try to make a one dayer.

  • on May 31, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    dramatic win for england as they are strong in Test cricket rather ODI

  • AjayVijayan on May 31, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    The BCCI and the new generation cricket fans who don't have time 2 watch cricket should see these cricket matches. Its not all about hitting those DLF maximums, its all craft, pace, patience, technique and personality that wins matches.

    Long Live TEST Match crickets, there should be more Test Matches played on all over the world especially between the Top 8 Teams more often and that too on sporting wickets.. Pitches that have pace, bounce, swing n seam, vicious turn etc. would make test match more ideal to watch rather than playing on dead indian tracks....

    Still remember those matches in England and Newzealand where ballns keeps on swinging or the old indian tracks which offers lots os spin with all those close in fielders........

    This should be and eye opener for BCCI along with these new Fans who are killing cricket inch by inch....

  • satanswish on May 31, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Fact is that SL can't win test matches now because their main wicket-taker (or chucker) Murali have retired. Another chucker called Malinga have also announced retirement from tests. Their current bowlers are very ordinary not fit to play test cricket.

  • on May 31, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    A debacle difficult to digest. ... With Kumar, Mahela & Dilshan as regulars such performance is damning. !!! Need to regroup for sure. ....

  • ahmadzubeee on May 31, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Srilankan batsmen should have played more sensibly like they did in the first innings. This time they were going for the ball outside the off stump and looked to play every ball. Nevertheless it was an impressive performance from English bowlers considering that they had only three bowlers. England have shown that they are the best test team in the world and India will also find it difficult in these conditions.

  • RohanMarkJay on May 31, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    I must say, it is disappointing to see Sri Lanka fold like this. I am used to watching Sri lankan teams of the last 20 years scrap and fight for everything. I must say Sri Lanka must show some of the fight they displayed in the last 20 years. Sri Lanka should have with the batting talent at their disposal, been able to put up shutters and secured a draw. Although I know a dramatic result like this is good for test cricket. Sri Lanka must lift their game for Lord's and the test after that. . Hopefully they can secure another win somewhere and come away from England with a creditable stalemate. I hope Sri Lanka's frontline bowlers are fit. Well all I can say now is although disappointed I wish the Sri Lankan team all the best of luck in the next game and better weather for Lord's and the last test after that.

  • on May 31, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    @ I have to agree with Najib Yusuf on concerns on why Sri lanka is having step mother treatment from ICC , why don't Sri lanka have Overseas trips more as mots of their eayer planner is busy with playing home??? We have to agree that Sri Lanka does not has the experiance of playing in traks like AUS,ENG,SA OR NZ...why don't we ever get tours for our youngsuter's to play there? questions raised to the Sri Lankan board? I think this will be a turing page for Sri Lanka but still if we do not get any positives out this I think it's a same old story!!

  • on May 31, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Eng has such depth in their fast bowling resources. Let's see how the rest of the tests will go on.

  • on May 31, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Just awesome, hats off to the spirit of English cricket team.

  • Ranura on May 31, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    wel pleyed sri lanka. IPL rockz!!!!

  • jatheesh on May 31, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka bowling talent is over with the retirement of Murali. I don't think they can win a test match any longer.

  • Eyefromadistantland on May 31, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela got out to perfectly pitched and unplayable deliveries that would have got any top batsman in the world out, nothing to do with the IPL. The worst shots were Samaraweera and Herath, were they playing in the IPL? Mendis pitched the ball consistently where he wanted, no pwoblems with his grip, but he's never been a big spinner of the ball and English pitches will rarely help him, and batsmen have learned to pick him. Brilliant by Straus, shows loyalty to his teammates even in the face of external criticism, which is then returned in abundance by the team, great team spirit. With Cook, Trott and Bell so dominant, and KP and Morgan always capable of a spectacular innings, he can go out and bat with less pressure at his home ground Lords next test. Beware Sri Lanka.

  • gettussaa on May 31, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    This collapse just happened by chance ... such events do tend to happen once in a while. Poms were definitely helped by incompetence of Sri lankans though who could still have saved the match.

  • on May 31, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Will SRI LANKA be like Parkistan or west Indies in near future? good job Nuwan pradeep ur are not nessary and also Dilhara you ar a fool . go after money guys, you 2 don't want to play for sri lanka. and we dont need guys like you. Sanga & Mahela what you are thinking ahhh.. we can play good cricket without u 2. go india and play for money. people say that MR.mahela is a classact,but yet to find form in out side asia..

  • on May 31, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    This resembled the 1992 test against the OZ's at the SSC., Snatching defeat from a nothing situation. I feel Dilshan should not be captain.

  • on May 31, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    hmmmm....all this talk of IPL being blamed and england more deserving than INDIA stands no base....its rubbish....we won last tym we came and in the past 10 yrs we have done well abroad and its impossible to defeat us in our backyard,....INDIANS r the best and it will be proved in this englidh summer....best luck england...we r coming......

  • on May 31, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    This collapse is too dramatic to believe

  • on May 31, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    India WON the CRICKET WORLD CUP.........We are the World Champions.....Also we THRASHED the poms both home and away (2008 and 2007) in test matches.

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Its really a shame.just culdnt hold on da last day 4 save da Test match.@ last just lost by an inning too and they hve chosen Maharoof 4 da team as well,but for what..He cant bat,he cant bowl,and he cant even chase down a ball well..this z ridiculous...SL Cricket z sinking thnks to IPL and BCCI..

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    On all my Srilankan friends jumping on Sanga and Mahela for non performance of one single test match...Folks, you should understand without this Dynamic Duo, none will consider SL a test side away from SL. You are missing Murali a lot. So, don't even think about playing without these two players in test for next 2 years...Otherwise, your unofficial sponsor BCCI will stop funding, i mean BCCI will stop the bi-monthly sorry bi-lateral tours...

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    its not ipl fault,i mean Sl played well in the first innigs,but one has to lose,eng bowled well the last day nd they also have a homeground soo they took their car home,,sl players a re worldclass players,i hate when people blame such brilliant plkayers

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    guys relax...m an Indian....and we asian teams are slow starters in alien conditions.reg:blaming IPL for it.yes it may be the reason to some extent but we Indians were affected at times too..so instead of infighting lets stay together and dominate world cricket.after one bad show u want mahela n sanga to be axed??i thought u support ur players through ups n downs..be proud of them...reg:2nd innings batting may be the conditions were really bad(remember india's batting after rain delay in 1st test 1st innings in SA before WC n 5th day to go with it)..so lets stay united first...lets dominate together....otherwise SL run the risk of going th paki way....hope PAK comes out of dis crisis and we(Ind SL n Pak) rule the cricket world....

  • TopC on May 31, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    IPL and all 20/20 sucks...Test cricket rules!

  • Lakpj on May 31, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Weldone to SL boys for handing over a match which was going for a harmless draw to Eng. I don't think Eng realistically thought they could win this when they declared. This is what happens when politics interferes with cricket.

  • anshu.sunny on May 31, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Now coming to the bowlers..

    Zaheer Khan..anderson..i would pick any day zaheer khan over Anderson..simple because not only Zaheer has the skills ..he is far more experienced and shrewd.

    Swann..if he wont get a wicket in his first over ..he wont get another wicket under indians.Lol..

    and rest assured ..he will come a cropper against Indians.

    and the sideshows..expecting Tremlett..Broad etc to be performing better than ishant sharma's..Sreesanth..is exepectinga bit too much..

    The English will hype the Sehzads etc as some special things and they nt in teh side meaning English bowling is too good...

    doing well in few games is nt that great a thing..

    Just t inform them..Pathan n Praween kumar swing the ball much better than ur englishmen..but they wont even get a look in the Indian side.. .wait fr the Indians to arrive..all properly rested ..and fit...and raring to.go.N dont forget its the lasts eries of Dravid,SRT n VVS .They would not like to go back defeated.

  • evenflow_1990 on May 31, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    we can blame the ipl all we like, but mahela and sangakkara have played long enough to adjust properly to english conditions on short notice. we lost because the english bowled really well in their conditions and our bowling was toothless. end of story.

  • crickstats on May 31, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Good advert for test cricket, but SL needn't be part of it, what a shame, Bangladesh would have fared better, IPL played its part, England will be helped in their quest to become World No. 1 by the IPL as SL realised today. The IPL and English Summer will clash for eternity and this is a big boost England.

  • anshu.sunny on May 31, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    i do understand..the English men going over the top after ther ashes win and this freak win..all credit to them... They should but now pray that they catch india on the hop in the first test..as they dont adapt that quickly...that will be the best chance England will have whole summer. English conditions are tailor made fr India..Swing seam..and Indian bowlers bowl even better in conditions which aid seam and swing.what Indians did too a very very strong SA side after the first game in their own backyard..and only an once in a lifetime performance by Kallis helped SA saving the game. Its a known thing that English pitches dont offer the same amount of bounce as the Australian or African pitches.Now man to man..Indian batsmen are far better than English.Their openers though very good ...pale in front of Sehwag and Gambhir.Their next two..though Trott is scoring a hell lot of runs..still he is nowhere near dravid..KP and SRT..no match..VVS...???Dhoni?

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    SL showed the true talent. It's the reality.SL must practice hard, at least, to draw the next 2 tests, considering the facts for the success of England. Must practice to avoid or evade the bouncers. Anything less than 600 will be a difficult task and must avoid batting on the 5th day. Note that the run rate of England is less than SL and did not throw away the wickets as SL did. That is the main cause for their success. 6 : 5 combination proved futile. Randiv must play for his batting along with Wela. Prasanna was successful as he survived in the forties. Randiv could have performed better than him. SLC must discuss with Malinga to get him for the next 2 tests. If it fails, he must not be selected for any match as he likes to get broken down. Allow another player to get international exposure in all forms. Malinga must not have any problem in playing in cold countries. He could be included for the world cup, only. Thilan had a fair contribution. No way to drop him.

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    In the same condition Bangladesh team played far better test match last year though some reactive people question about their test status.Strange! How you overlook the extraordinary century of Timim Iqbal and 5 wicked haul of Shahadat Hossain in their first test in Lords.

  • Silverbullet1985 on May 31, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Great show England... they are not far from being the best in the World.. India will surely struggle... especially with the second string.. bowling is not anything to rely on and batsmen will have to bat bringing out their best.

    Lots of comments about Sri Lanka not being the best.. though I wont write them off just yet.. they are not their complete unit... so give them time.. even then.. if Sanga and Dilshan get going.. and as they bat deep.. can cause worries.. but still do not think they can beat this England side.

    Trott has been one of the best Batsmen of late.. Cook has to be one of the best openers of all time for England if not globally. I just hope they continue this form.

    Beware India!

  • RakeshDash on May 31, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Absolutely loved the massacre...well done Poms...eagerly waiting for Eng-Ind series...truly said the golden period over for SL after Murali n Malinga.

  • nwsk on May 31, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    so mahela & sanga played IPL only> they cant play good cricket for our land. ? what is the point of NLTC PERERA, Better choice Dinesh our selection do the mistake? poor cricket?

  • on May 31, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Unbelievable victory by the Britishers .......

  • on May 31, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    for all SLcricketLovers ,if you are blaming IPL for their poor show in first test,then why is SL board planning to have their own premire league.

  • shivif on May 31, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Long live test cricket . I am a die hard Sri Lankan cricket tragic. Sad about losing, but it just shows that nothing compares to test cricket. IPL, 20-20 is for the uninitiated

  • on May 31, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    cricket in will die within next 5 yrs.this is only the beginning~ our board dont have any vision .their job is to make BCCI & indians happy. no matter how good,no player can score runs without a preparation.IPL effected not only Sanga, Mahela.Dilshan.& Tissara. Randiv is SL`s main TEST spinner.He is not playing bcz he cant grip the duke ball.bcz he had no preparation as he is asked to work for BCCI` IPL now. Dilhara & Nuwan Pradeep injured.This is expected.sources said Nuwan(bowls at over 150+) was forced to bowl for hours n the nets for RCB batsman.Same with Dilhara ! +the team is under a new captain & any one with even a half a brain knows that team should practice together for few weeks as a unit.Also so politics too is now involved with team selections.As a result Chandimal, & Thirimanne still cant find a place in this brittle batting order. SL improved a lot as a team during last 10 yrs,but now its all over.our young players should leave the country and start playing IPL now.

  • on May 31, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    India is coming and bet Eng in England.. but Eng is good....,

  • ulhas.ravi on May 31, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    I want to watch the highlights of Day5. Is it available on the net? Can anyone please guide me... I was unable to watch the live telecast last night... plz help

  • Vernacular_Press on May 31, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    @Noks Nils...Ok i agree ipl is money premier league which does not allow players to represent their team .Then what county cricket does Eg: Jack Rudolph, pedro collins, corey collymore , jermaine lawson, hamish marshall and manymore.

  • Horn.OK.Please on May 31, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    It's hilarious how fans from a certain part of the world (not England or SL) are trying to desperately put the blame on yesterday's loss to IPL. Cheer up guys, your time in IPL will come too ;-)

  • denwarlo70 on May 31, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    I totally agree with ibbani. He is absolutely right.

  • SangakaraFan on May 31, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    NO POINT IN BLAMING IPL FOR EVERYTHING..SRI LANKA PROVED TODAY THAT WE CAN ONLY PLAY ON HOME TURF...THE MOMENT WE STEP OUTSIDE SUB-CONTINENT WE CAN'T EVEN HOLD A BAT.

  • Eugynne on May 31, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Bravo England! You played marvelously well against time. Although 139 overs have been lost to rain and bad weather conditions, you proved that you are a top class performer. As far as test cricket is concerned, SL has to go a long long way,especially when it comes to handling pressure.Oh! poor Dilshan! I pity on you maan! First you stop undermining others and start concentrating playing your game. You have showed you are not a thinking captain. Pull your socks before it is too late.

  • Afridynamite on May 31, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Ah! here comes all the excuses ... Sri Lanka was never a great team before Murali and will never be a great team after him. The golden period has ended.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on May 31, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    Sri Lanakan Big Batsmen MAHELA & SANGA did NOTHING to the team in this match. They were talking for Malinga & said his decision was correct to play IPL over his country. Malinga's decision was correct. He gave priority to IPL & left Test Cricket. But these big fellows played IPL & ignored playing 1st practice match. Then They came to ENG & played 2nd practice match & struggled like kids in front of ENG fast bowlers. SANGA & MAHELA were talking big stories to protect Malinga but they had lost their skills badly after the IPL. IPL is not a bad tournament for honest cricketers. But Selfish & Money minded players like these guys played for money as captains in IPL & did nothing to their teams & lost and went ENG without any preparation & did nothing & made the way for the country to lose.SLC should omit these kind of players & look for new young talented cricketers. Thilan Samataweera is only suitable for playing TEST matches only in SSC Colombo.He has no skill of playing against seamers

  • dhpr111 on May 31, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Lots of people shouting about Mahela's and Sanga's talent to play outside of Sri Lanka.Nobody can measure a player by a single match..They are top players...Nobody can argue about that..Because Mahela has achieved four centuries in England.And Sangakkara is the best batsman who batted against Aussies in Australian pitches...They will surely come back strongly in next two matches...Because without their runs Sri Lanka can't win with this bowling attack...

  • Srini_Indian on May 31, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    I don't understand the underestimation of India in this comments column. Last winter, India almost manged to beat SA in SA if not for the match-saving Kallis-boucher partnership in 2nd innings when SA were 130/6 leading only by 128 runs. That was accomplished even without a warm-up game. I always say SA is the toughest place to play cricket for India with the extra bounce. England conditions are nothing new to India. If the ball swings, India would destroy the England top order. the so called "best spinner in the world" Swann would pose no problems for India. We have clobbered Warne and Murali, so Swann is nothing. Strauss, Cook, Morgan will have tough time against Zaheer. Steyn, Morkel is lot better than Anderson, Tremlett, Broad. Another embarassment for England in their own backyard against India is due.

  • on May 31, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    One of the reasons why Test cricket is still the best form of cricket, nothing comes close to it, not even a T20.

  • on May 31, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    without murali SL cant achieve anything in test cricket,,,,,,he z one man army 4 SL test cricket....

  • psychicsaint on May 31, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    blaming it all on ipl is the meanest excuse srilankans can think of.. if mahela, sanga and dilshan are real world class performers then ipl shouldn't affect them much.. just admit lack of application guys.. indians have played more ipl and you will see how they perform in wi and england (i can vouch they will play better than sl).. a quality professional is one who can adapt quickly and switch modes easily..

  • on May 31, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Good show by English mens. Test Cricket still alive.

  • on May 31, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    This is the worse test performance i saw form SL in long time. out for 82. SL cricket is in agony. we don't play like a team. all the senior players played much better in the IPL.we need to fully rebuilt the team. sanga,mahela,samaraweera,dilshan only can play for 3 years or 4. all are age 34+ now. and dilshan is not a captain. need a better one. angelo mathews is the right one to me. if he can fit for matches. in 2007 india done it. they put dhoni as a captain and built a young team and now they are the best team in the world. we need to do that. if not we going to be like westindies.

  • on May 31, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Go and get 3-0 England- a good net session before you knock over the other pretenders India. Go boys!

  • on May 31, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    For srilanka, this is the biggest upset in this summer....well swann and tremlett..........

  • ibbani on May 31, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    no application from Lankan batsmen, why was IPL not blamed in 1st innings. Any cricket is meant for application of mind which none of them applied in 2nd innings. No point in blaiming IPL afterall no one is branded for any version of cricket in this modern era.

  • We_Win_All on May 31, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Losing 8 for 49 in 12.4 overs is not good enough even in T20 Match. So blaming IPL for the Lankan loss is foolish. They had one both matches comfortably. If openers Dilshan and Parnavitana, guys who had practiced in England for a fortnight have batted for 20 overs and Lanka collapsed due to the failure of the big 2 the blaming IPL would have had some merit. Now accept the defeat and do well in the next match... Congrats to England for their well deserved win

  • PremasiriS on May 31, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    This is what happens where the selectors (SL , last 10-12 y's) evaluate batsman's quality by the number of runs (only)scored irrespective of the manner he gather his runs. There are batsmen who've born with the Lucky stars behind them or according to Buddhism who've done good 'Karmas' in their past lives. Who can very often survive offering 3-4 straight forward chances & 101 risky [edgy, false (play&miss) & lofted ]strokes but, in a situation like y'day (30/5)arises one needs great skills like Trott to save the match. None of the SLn top order has that skill except P'thana&S'weera, unfortunately they too failed. Some may argue that S'kara&M'ela were the best Test players on record but the two don't have the best technique to bat under pressure ,they are yet to prove that & they never will .However we've 3 young proven (as young sch'lboys & consistent in Domestic scene) b'men in the present squad, who've been continuously ignored by the s'tors & failed to include in the final XI.

  • just_chill_chill on May 31, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Mahela, Sanga are just flat track bullies, and they can't put bat to ball when they play outside subcontinent. And Sanga the BIG mouth was claiming that ICC rankings are flawed - send him the video of Indians playing SA fast bowlers on fast pitches in SA and winning crucial test matches. Maybe that big mouth Sanga will learn how to bat properly.

  • on May 31, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    England has outplayed Srilanka in style... Without a proper bowling attack Srilanka is certainly going to suffer further more in this test series.... This Srilankan team in England without Murali, Malinga, Vass and Jaya is like a bow without a string...

  • ranilranathunga on May 31, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela please retire ....we need chandimals bhanukas in our side....u guys go and play IPL

  • SnowSnake on May 31, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    England has been playing with sissy teams for far too long. Can't wait for Eng-Ind or Eng-SA series.

  • on May 31, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    This does confirm the "Glorious uncertainties of cricket"! It is a tribute indeed from England to Test Cricket.

  • Amarjitmadan on May 31, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    One of the poorest performances by SL it suggests that in the second innings they went back to the IPL mode and made a mess of the match.Well done English team

  • NP_NY on May 31, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    Nothing has changed with SL in test matches. They still cannot win or even draw against decent teams these days outside SL. Infact they lost this match in less than 3.5 days. Good luck Stuart Law! :).

  • on May 31, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    @3rd_man, Dude i don't know what r u trying to point out here. You are trying put blame on Sanga and Mahela. and moreover on IPL. Nothing to do with these guys.team is unsettled since WC final coz we asked to loose the match. They played for Sri Lanka and they wanted to win it AND Mahela scored a majestic century to put SL in upper hand. So do you think they have free mind to play for your country?? Mahela is already proved that he is a world class player scoring centuries in all the countries accept SA. He has scored 4 centuries only in the UK most by a sri lankan and his avg is 44. So is that dead wickets??? Sanga also same & together scored over 18000 test runs. We can not afford to loose those 2 players coz their experience is vital for youngsters to get confidence. They have done enough for Sri Lanka and hope you know what happened in 2006 tour. True fact is that there is a big problem in Lankan team. Malinga just not retired.

  • on May 31, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    Unbelievable victory and England definitely worthy of becoming No.1 shortly.Barring controversial fall of Pietersen and failure of their Captain with the bat everything went perfect for this team.Congrats !!

  • on May 31, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    5th day almost white washed in rain till 3pm then game started SRI bowled out on 82 in 25 overs.Any one who Put Money On ENG win he definitely becomes a Millionaire in 1 hours wake up ICC :)

  • bookie7600 on May 30, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Where are all the Sri Lankans now who said India doesnt deserve the No 1 ranking etc etc!! India has always been a force even abroad.. YES they haven't won as frequently as a WORLD BEATER would but they have not LOST either...India drew against SA in SA.. lat time they were in AUS they gave a serious run for Aussie's money (had it not been for the infamous Sydney umpiring they would have drawn that series as well) .. Bottom Line.. India are not World Beaters but surely they deserve their no 1 ranking.. U'll see that when they play against ENG in ENG.. BTW Zaheer is the best but he has not been the only one to win matches for INDIA. Sree, Ishant,Bhajji all have stepped up now and then to help Zaheer.

  • on May 30, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Probably the best Test Match win since Adelaide 2006. They have a seriously good team now, if guys like Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad aren't even picked in the 12.

  • noorisb on May 30, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    what a fantastic day of test cricket!! these kinds of matches proof that test cricket is the best cricket.

  • WestIndies1987 on May 30, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    Those who are blaming the IPL are talking RUBBISH! That is the way pro cricket is now, you have to perform in whatever format you are playing in,it's as simple as that. I have never been an England fan but congrats to them and it's good that they have been playing ATTACKING cricket for the last 10 years instead of the negative cricket we saw in the 90's.

  • on May 30, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    honestly its more of sri lanka gave it away then england winning and guys saying things about india .. i dont like comparing man to man but india is better side both in england and in india (thats where they will est matches people forget this) bowling wise i dont htink anderson is that great.. really they planned wel against australia true but australia dont eeven have good test openers ponting was out of form thats the top order hussey,played well at start.. well i dont htink england bowlers did soemthing special to be honest its jsut that their bowling was weaker or anything talking abt australia.. india will win in england im sure baout that zaheer is great bowler with almost 300 test wickets and ishant lookedin good rythem and was bowling 140 plus all the time i dont se how this bowling attack is week sreesanth did well in south african test matches.. and sri lanka tour so bad its almost next to bangladesh really lol

  • ruchinn on May 30, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    Cannot believe Pommies have whipped the Lions!!! Indians have a fight on their hands. This is going to be an exciting English summer. No.1 team being challenged by the real challengers.

  • drpramit on May 30, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    gr8 win by eng! they really have a blend of powerful batting & bowling,with both seam & spin!we will be having a gr8 series between india batsmen & eng bowlers! many ppl are criticising india's no. 1 rank! but no one will say a word if eng manage to win both of his home series against srilanka & india & get to no.1! well we have a system & we have to respect that! i dont believe much in ranking system but i knw that it was india who has defeated eng in eng last time & they will remain favorite!

  • on May 30, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    As an English cricket supporter it doesn't get much better than two consecutive Ashes wins, but this win against Sri Lanka will always be remembered. When Tremlett took those first two wickets, I thought to myself, damn it, England are going to get close to winning this match but thanks to typical English weather, we will be so close yet so far. But they proved me wrong. England, right now, look like the best test team in the world. Everyone knows ranking means nothing in cricket. Australia were the only team (in the heyday) that I would actually say deserved the number 1 title because they were unstoppable. India on the other hand are a fantastic team, but they play at home nearly all the time so it's hardly proof that they are the best. All I can say is, India better watch out. Even though they are coming over here as favourites, they could leave as embarrassments.

  • on May 30, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    If you look at the bowling speeds, SL fast men were not that far behind their English counterparts. However, English bowlers got more lift and movement. This is partly due to their height and partly due to unfamiliarity of our bowlers to exploit the conditions to their advantage. That is why it was important to arrive in Engalnd as early as possible. This was not done. Some were sitting on the bench in IPL and others were leading IPL teams. Obviously they knew about the schedule long time ago and should have discussed the matter with SLC beforehand. SLC is also at fault for not negotiating with IPL until last moment. It was obvious that Sanga and Mahela were not in proper state of mind to play test cricket. We need go out with positive intent to win at Lords with Dilhara and Welagedara brought in to strengthen pace bowling. Also should seriously consider playing an extra batsman.

  • allblue on May 30, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    @dam12641 on (May 30 2011, 17:47 PM GMT) That is an excellent point you make. There's a lot more to captaincy than meets the eye, a lot of the subtext goes unnoticed. I think that Strauss's on-field captaincy has evolved from 'good' to 'very good' since he was thrust into the job, but his off-field captaincy has been excellent from the beginning. The current growing strength of the England side is not just about the XI performing on the field, it's about the strong team ethos that extends to a much wider group. These players believe in him and want to play for him, and that is the real mark of a successful captain. In conjunction with the granite Andy Flower they provide a real strength and solidity which underpins their success so far, and I'm sure, success to come.

  • skidmarks on May 30, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    wow, great win brilliant tremlett, brilliant swann. but kudos to Jonathon trott he set it all up, cook and bell helped too.

  • on May 30, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    This shows that IPL has done some damage to SL. Sanga and Mahela has not yet changed the technics,and the bowling was horrendous ,the next match SL will have more practice,may be a win or a draw and only the last match SL will win ,thus making the series 2/1 or square the series.When it gets hotter SL will get more hot. watch out!

  • Jose_Cyriac on May 30, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Great stuff by England :) Long live Test match Cricket.. after Tea, just 12.4 Overs, 49 runs, 8 wickets :D !!!

  • landl47 on May 30, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    England are pretty well placed as a test team now. They have batsmen who can make huge scores, their bowling is excellent if the pitch gives them anything and they're a great fielding side. They don't score quite fast enough or bowl quite tight enough to be a great one-day team yet, but that's coming. SL have some problems. Their batting is good (despite today's capitulation), but the bowling is so weak that the batsmen have the feeling that the best they can hope for is a draw. I can't see them bowling England out twice without extraordinary weather/pitch conditions. Their best 3 batsmen are all in their mid-30s now and there don't appear to be many world-class youngsters coming up. England has a huge pool of good young players; they could pick an excellent test side with no-one over 26 in it. These are two teams going in opposite directions. Great day for Strauss and the side- one of the best wins in recent years.

  • 3rd_man on May 30, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    this two guys so called best batsmen for srilanka, where is their experience and ability?? Marvan should eat his words. Sangakkara is still suffering from IPL nightmare and also WC loss and captaincy problems. he looks like out of sorts now, and better to be back soon rather than later. MJ is keep on proving us how much over estimated player he is. don't have metal ability and skill for handling English bowling. I wonder why SL fear to put younger guys in to the team. like pakistan . they don't worship so experienced players like sl. they can even send completely young team for a tour like this. I think its time for us to rest these so called experienced guys and give chance to younger guys. they will at least take some experience. MJ is a better captain than sangakkara. but useless batsman against good bowling and good wickets. no shots in front of the wicket. without forceful off side shots cant succeed in English conditions. you will see. Loads is dead wicket.

  • phoenixsteve on May 30, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    An amazing somewhat freakish test result but full credit to England. We all know that Sri Lanka are beter than this display but their bowling does seem quite tame and they are mssing Malinga and Murali - just as the Aussies missed Warne and McGrath. In a little while we'll probably see the same thing with India when the 'old men' retire. As for who will be the no1 ranked Test side time next year..... WHO CARES! I think most knowledgable cricket fans recognise that the India no1 position is highly dubious and the importance of home advantage makes the rankings quite useless? I guess it's up to India to prove me wrong but my expectation will be for another England series victory? Roll on Friday and let's see what Sri Lanka make of Lords and an upbeat England.........

  • Stark62 on May 30, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Amazing!

    Last year Pak's batting was poor but they had the bowlers to get them out of that hole whilst, SL and Ind won't have that luxury.

    It's basically going to be a summer of bat vs English bowlers for both SL and Ind later this year.

    I can see Zaheer troubling Eng but realistically he can't bowl 23 overs on the trot.

    SL need to realise they have to bat Eng out of the game!

  • Biggus on May 30, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Well, I said after the Poms whipped us in the Ashes that they were a seriously good team and could potentially go to number one. Most Indian fans scoffed at this idea and said there was no chance, and that they had only beaten a hopeless Aussie side. That our team is only a shadow of it's former self is beyond argument, but that's missing the point. We're not as bad as they made us look, and that's the issue. They controlled almost every aspect of the game to such an extent that it was almost impossible for us to get into the game. Anyone who has ever played Chess against a much stronger opponent knows how that feels. No matter what move you make the situation just gets worse. I think this England side will grow to be the best I've seen 35 years of watching. It's almost there already. Well done John Bull!

  • avmd on May 30, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    SL cricketer aren't robots, can't get themselves changed, mentally from money oriented (IPL) to country pride mode (TEST) overnight. England was favorite to win but the manner SL gave up was very disappointing. Who cares, they made some money anyway. It was obvious from their body language , they were forced to play tests.

  • Hasso29 on May 30, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    poor performance by lankans i dont expect that kind of performance from them!

  • on May 30, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    IPL woes for Sri Lanka and may be soon for India as well. We will wait and see how IPL affected India will perform against a re-surging Windies. Then India will experience the effects of the monster created by them. Once this happens hope India will be able to tame the monster.

  • on May 30, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    @Aziz Ahemd: Very well said. Though 400 runs were scored in the first innings, it is important to note who scored those runs. I wouldnt say that the SL collapse was because they were still not out of the T20 mode or IPL but still the players should have chosen to leave earlier. Maybe they can bounce back in the next match but they need not have been embarassed in this match if they were used to these conditions for a little longer. Even if they had underestimated the England team it they should have never underestimated England in their Home conditions in particular. Losing 20 wkts and still couldnt surpass England's score for fall of 5 wkts which includes a night watchman who couldnt bowl an innings? They could have done better if they werent complacent

  • on May 30, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    England no. 1 test team what a joke?.....they couldnt win a single test against India in the last tour with the almost same team.....and now they are dreaming to defeat India at the back of their ASHES performance against against a mediocre australian team....even their spinner SWANN admitted that "we will give india run for their money if not beat them" it shows that they can only think of competing not beating India....watch out England this Indian team is one of the best test teams ever ...get ready for thrashing u POMS......

  • InsideHedge on May 30, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    It seems Lanka fans will first exhaust the EXCUSES database before turning on their own team. Something the Indian fans can learn from given their propensity to criticize their players at the drop of a hat!

    Meanwhile, it was great to see SKY's contingent of former Eng players announce with confidence that the #1 Test status is theirs, just a formality once they defeat India later in the summer.

    I would remind everyone that on Lanka's last tour, they were defeated handsomely only to recover and level the series. A crushing win ensued in the one day series. And when India last toured in 2007, they were supposedly an over-aged, has-been team. India went onto win the Test series. On India's last Test tour, against SA just before the WC, they were crushed in the 1st Test, recovering well enough to come close to a series win in the deciding 3rd Test. Most of the Asian countries are now made of sterner stuff. I wouldn't be so quick to write off a side after just ONE Test

  • voma on May 30, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    I was going to say why dont we pick 5 bowlers against the Sri Lankans , as they have a good batting line up . But we just beat them with 3 , Finn in for anderson .Lets finish off the job at Lords . 3 -0 to England

  • CandidIndian on May 30, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Congrats to England.Our SL friends should not worry at all, their team is more than capable of bouncing back and i believe they will.Asian teams face the problem of adjusting to conditions in first test of a overseas series,same is the story with other two Asian giants India and Pak.India too lost badly against SA recently to bounce back in Durban.I think Feranando and Randiv should play instead of Perera and Mendis that may help.@Suranga Devamullage its funny that you mentioned Indians which is totally irrelevant here, but i should tell you we Indians dont forget the past easily, we remembered what happened in 96 and hence took the sweet revenge on 2nd April 2011.Too much hatred against Indians eh?Why dont you worry about your own team.Give respect get respect.

  • on May 30, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Take a bow england. Superb cricket from u. But in the next years inshallah the tigers will be the better side than never...

  • Sageleaf on May 30, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Gosh enough is enough. Sri Lanka will bounce back. That's for sure. rain cold weather always given matches in May June. Show some sunshine and we will give England its own medicine. The tour is not over yet. England enjoy your victory now. I hope you remember our last tour. So Sri Lanka will come back hard n be ready. For the guys who want India to play England....don't bother you cannot match the Indian line up. If you play India right now you get thrashed. Be humble in victory!

  • Quazar on May 30, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Incredible win by England! But shockingly poor batting from SL! Must have been nerves. Lord's will be a real test of character now... will SL's demons from this Test lead them into another massive loss, or can they resurrect themselves to earn a draw?? (hard to see them snaring a win)

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    I am not a big fan of IPL and too much T20. noiw the point is that in a manner they played, dived and celebrated for their franchizes those things were missing when these guys were playing for SL. I can look that they are more inclined to money than the country.

  • Quazar on May 30, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Incredible win by England! But shockingly poor batting from SL! Must have been nerves. Lord's will be a real test of character now... will SL's demons from this Test lead them into another massive loss, or can they resurrect themselves to earn a draw?? (hard to see them snaring a win)

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Although can understand what happened to the SL batting.. England played more , or shall I say, England were able to play more POSSITIVE cricket than SL.. They deserve the win... And I'm sure SL will bounce back in the next match, after getting some time to think abt what went wrong... Hope Dilhara has recovered from his injury...

  • cyniket on May 30, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    don't agree with the ipl comments. sanga, jayawardene and dilshan all got out playing defensive shots to good balls. nothing untoward in what they did. the concern for sri lanka is not the batting, it's the bowling. it looked a different game both times england bowled. sri lanka need to get fernando back and find some penetration from somewhere.

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Well some guys are saying that IPL has nothing to do as they scored 400 in 1st innings. no you are absolutely wrong. in the 1st innings scoring was done by non-IPL players. sanga, mahela, dilshan, prera, mendis, maharoof totally failed. I am concerned about SL cricket......

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Offcutter, I see your point about boorish tribalism,

    but,

    England for No 1 Test Team!!!!

    Bring on India!!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    Difficult to see how SL can recover from such a capitulation - but you can never know in a game like cricket!

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    The uncertainities of cricket -what more can you say ? look at England in the world cup and now taking on the runner ups soon after Moorali Dh. is gone. But well done England! you got more a than shot in the arm.

  • hudsen on May 30, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Thank you ESPNCricinfo for putting up a show like Two Chucks .. Its really Hilarious !! Alastair Cook's Many faces - hahaha loved it. Congratulations to England too. Dunno what the two chucks will do .. In my opinion England, Australia and India are the top 3 test teams in the world.

  • knan on May 30, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Incredible performance by the English team. India's no 1 status is under serious threat now. Hope the Indian team is still hungry for more success, which should give us a cracker of a series. I expect SL team to bat better in the tests to follow. But it is their bowling which should be their biggest worry.

  • Basingpiechucker on May 30, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Chris_Howard has it right. Strauss believes in his players and they respond to that. Once they had the momentum it just happened. That's what makes a great team.

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Wow! Well played England. This was an amazing game.

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Stunning performance from England today with a 3 man bowling attack....

  • hudsen on May 30, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    LOL .. The Two Chucks video is sooooo funny !! .. Alastair Cook's Many Faces - Hahahaha Loved it !

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    I don't what has happened with SL, but it is bizzare, and they behaved like Pakistani Team, no offense, just a comment :)

  • Munkeymomo on May 30, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    noticed somebody mentioning Sri Lanka underestimating England... after all the talk of England doing the same this is a very good point I was thinking about last week. Sri Lanka will come back strong though, too good a side not to, expect a fightback from Maha and Kumar at lords. I cant believe Mendis is playing, Somerset dropped him at the end of his spell because he couldn't take wickets against county sides (glad Murali Kartik is back soon), so how would he do well against England? I'd like to see Randiv getting a shot at lords.

  • lottieng on May 30, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    I think this is going to be a very long series for SL. I just cant see them ever taking 20 wickets with that attack, and if their batters dont fire them there just going to get rolled over time and again.

    Ive loved watching SL down the years, for me they have always been the Brazil of cricket; technically brilliant and full of flair. I hope this isn't the start of a long, slow, aussie style downward spiral.

  • Nathan_123 on May 30, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Can Srilanka take 20 wickets in the next test with this bowling attack? Murali, could you please come back from retirement and help Srilanka restore some pride? Srilanka better stick to playing T20 and one day cricket rather than playing test matches and getting humiliated. Srilankan cricket has become a joke like their administrators and politicians.

  • voma on May 30, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    People say Swann is overated , i actually think its the opposite . I believe him to be the most dangerous spinner in test cricket .Against inexperienced batsmen he can be unplayable , remember when he roughed up Graeme Smith in the world cup .

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Oh common guys, this is not end of the world. We just lost one match. If you guys remembered when we toured England in 2004, we bowled out just 54 in the opening practice match. But we leveled the Test Series 1-1 and we beat them 5-0 in ODI's. Just for one match you guys wants to replace Sanga & Mahela ?? Do not forget our team is unsettled since World Cup final. We know what happened there. So why are so worrying about this match. We shouldn't be like Indians who forget their so past quickly. Sanath Jayasooriya is playing ODI's again so you guys can expect lot more miracles in this summer. Don't blame players or IPL. Nothing to do with IPL and that is also different version of cricket. Last time we lost to Australia 2-0 in Australia. Is that because of IPL ??? You knows who is governing SLC. So you can not expect good performance in the future.

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    i have serius doubts on srilankan batting performance..........u all know why...!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    clearly IPL is responsible...SLC should take steps against mahela kumar.and malinga.

    mahela, kumar missed a practice match....never easy to cope up with english condition.

    See, indian players are getting rest at home now and they skipped windies tour....

    but Srilankan player dilshan, kumar mahela have to play each game.... they clearly needed some rest and they shud have skip ipl. English players are now charged up . difficult to beat. Fatigue issue comes out again

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela need to do better if SL has a chance at Lord's. Hopefully Dilhara is fit, and Welegedara better play next game. Herath bowled well, but we should replace Mendis with Randiv. Sure the batting collapsed, but with a better bowling attack, Lanka could've got the English out for around 360. Please make Sanga keep cuz he sucks at fielding without the gloves.

  • offcutter on May 30, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Why are people so obsessed with the issue of the number one status? The glory of test cricket is not only that individual sides do well in different conditions, but also that an individual series can swing. Obviously teams should aspire to improve, and some manage even to dominate for a while, but for the spectators and the real lovers of the sport what is important is the brilliant narrative of an individual match. As an England supporter I loved this victory, but England have been where Sri Lanka were today. It is perfectly possible that Sri Lanka will bounce back in the next test, but even if they get stuffed three times, their time will come. Let's hope the same is true of the West Indies who used to dominate so fiercely under Lloyd and Richards. What is good for cricket is the excitement of the most marvellous game, which has time to evolve over five days. Let's all stop behaving like football supporters and being borishly tribal.

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Stunning performance by the team, i was in the office when this match on day 5 began, i was telling one of my colleague , england has nothing to loose, they should declare . Who knows magical spells could turn the match around or at least if they can get 4 to 5 wickets , they will have an edge on srilanka in next match........

    Fantastic bowling show by tremlet and number one spinner swanny....

    Congratulations to team england :-)

  • intcamd on May 30, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    SL is in serious danger of falling into the bottom half of the rankings of ICC. With Murali retired and Malinga not playing tests, their bowling is toothless. They are good enough to beat the lower ranked teams at home and draw with the better teams at home as well, but they cant beat even the lower ranked teams on the road, and will get thrashed by the better ranked teams in away tests, as had happened in this test. Unless you develop a couple of match winning bowlers in a hurry.

  • InsideHedge on May 30, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    So, until Eng declared with barely 50 overs left in the game, 4.5 days of play completed, the IPL had no effect. But then suddenly, post tea, the IPl effect kicked in.

    Lame excuses. You weren't good enough, as simple as that.

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    dont blame IPL for lankan poor show, nobody asked them to p;lay. there own decision. also lankan batting except mahel and sanga is crap. dilshan is only a good player in one dayers not in tests, they shd look at samarwera. much better option

  • InsideHedge on May 30, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    The Sri Lankan loss had NOTHING to do with IPL. Grow up, and grow a pair too. Good thing Fernando - who is always injury prone - didn't play a single IPl game for MI. He got injured in the last practice game against Eng Lions. Both Mahela and Sanga, experienced cricketers, got out to good deliveries, nothing to do with IPL. Herath played an ugly shot, typical of T20. But did he play in the IPL? For Eng, Anderson got injured bowling in the 1st inns, another injury prone player. Did he play in the IPL? Lanka collapsed despite Eng being a bowler short.

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Poor SLC, you should be made of sterner stuff. Great Job England for giving a wake up call to the Indian Team and its management! I doubt Suresh Raina can even survive an over of swing, seam, drift and bounce. I am praying for the whole team to be fit so we can put in Viru, Gauti, Dravid, God, VVS, Pujara, Dhoni, Bhajji, Zak, Ishant and Sree. But Congratulations to England!! It is going to be a hell of a 4 Test Series!

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I Really Really hope SL's not gonna be the next West Indies.!!! Cant believe we dont have a player to play in Perera's position who has no idea how playr bouncers.someone teach him how to duck for GOd's sake.!Its unlucky that we r missing out of Mathews.Tremlet reminds me our well missed PRABATH NISSANKA who could have been a amazing fast bowler :(

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    if Even after all these years in test cricket, Srilanka's performance is such, then I must say Bangladesh is way better.

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Unbelievable!! What a win! I've got to say, England possess one heel of a test side!! Their side is perfectly balanced in all 3 departments!

  • ranilranathunga on May 30, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela go Play IPL....we should drop these guys and give the young players a chance at least we will have a good team in future...

  • sandson on May 30, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Sri-Lanka--Starters.. India--Main Course.. Who's hungry?!!

  • Harmony111 on May 30, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    @Voma:

    In another article you had labelled Cook as a flat track bully. But he alone scored more runs than all the SL batsmen made in the 2nd innings. If Cook is a flat track bully than I am sorry to say, SL batsmen (all of them) are flat track pussies.

    HA HA HA Poor SL batsmen.

    All SL had to do was to bat for ~45 overs, that is half a day. What kind of a test team is this that fails to do even that? I am sure Ireland can bat at least a day in a test match. And remember, the conditions were not cold or too helpful to the English bowlers. All out in 23 overs for 82? I think it is time for Requiem for SL Test Status, esp after Murali and Malinga.

  • MOONAMALPE on May 30, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    REALLY DISSAPOINTED THE WAY SRILANKANS BATTED.Especially the top order batting.They have not showed any application to survive.But the tail ender ajantha mendis played very well in batting.srilankans have gifted a test match to ENGLAND dUE to lack of concentraton,commitment.They showed lack od fighting spirit as well.They can bounce back in the second test but they need DILHARA TO Play who can get extra bounce and consistant pace over 140kmph.

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    unbelievable performance by england.. i think that test is match is going to be drawed but eng give a increable performance and win the test match..

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    I Really Really hope SL's not gonna be the next West Indies.!!! Cant believe we dont have a player to play in Perera's position who has no idea how playr bouncers.someone teach him how to duck for GOd's sake.!Its unlucky that we r missing out of Mathews.Tremlet reminds me our well missed PRABATH NISSANKA who could have been a amazing fast bowler :(

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    wohoo great result for England i was much surprised to see SL 2nd innings !st innings 400 2nd 82 very strange but i m happy England won 1st match

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Yes, Test cricket is a maverick master, yet this result is unexplainable! Two sides played over 120 overs each and scored over 400 each in the first innings on what appeared to be a shirt front of a pitch and then with just under 100 to wipe off the deficit in 50-plus overs...but you collapse in under 25 overs for 82? With all credit to Tremlett and Swann given, there was no way this cd happen but did. This is a freak result! Don't read too much into it, both sides and approach the next Test with neither overconfidence nor utter hopelessness. And blaming it on IPL (Though I am myself a fierce critic of it) is ducking the issue - we just don't have too many Test class batsmen across the world. In the way Jon Trott restarted his innings even after getting a 100, there is an object lesson for the rest of the batsmen.

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    SL need to forget this horror-test and put it behind them , getting out for 82 on a flat track is more than humiliating really, clearly eng are fav to win the series while SL has a lot of cathing up to do.Dissapointing but it is ''CRICKET UGLY CRICKET''.

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Awesome victory for England. But for Sri Lanka, its the ultimate and raw truth, without any star bowlers in the side, out of the island victories are going be dreams...

  • abhyudayj on May 30, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    SRILANKA IS QUALITY TEAM AND THEY CAN BOUNCE BACK IN THESE SERIES

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Go England Go... Kick SL hard they deserve it, this was bound to happen for players who prefer club over country, same will happen to India soon.... IPL sucks !

  • likeintcricket on May 30, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    SL is a great side and they will bounce back in batting but without Malinga and Muralitharan their bowling seems weak and they have to work very hard on it. But the players and the IPL or T20 leagues are responsible for this kind of showing. It is very hard for a player to adjust itself for the demands of a test match after fulfilling the demands of IPL. Cricket boards around the world should open their eyes now and should do something to save the players from burning out completely.

  • vk71 on May 30, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Game offered every bit of entertainment for Cricket lovers. Even the greatest pundits of the game may not have expected result from this game. For all practical purposes end of fourth day decided in favor of a dead game. But then it is Cricket. Fifth day Lanka lost the game. Credit certainly goes to Swann and Tremlett. Agony to Lankan batsmen who just could not hold nerves. End of the day my opinion is that it is a freak accident where Lanka lost the game. With due respect to Trott, Cook and Bell for amazing display of test cricket, I can't completely rule out Lankan ability to play just 50 overs. True result of this game is actually how much England team gained confidence for next two games and how much Lanka spoiled their trust with in. We got to wait. Hope we will see some awesome Cricket.

  • stormy16 on May 30, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    SL were pathetic and that is to put it mildly. How on earth can a team not survive 50 overs on a wicket which the opponents made 450+ declared for 5 including a nightwatchman. Sure SL's bowling attack was weak but the batting was supposed to be the strenght and the way the top order failed was simply unacceptable. Lost the plot with test cricket is what comes to mind. While Eng bowled well the batting required application and sound technique to survive and it was no where to be seen. Even Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga and Thilan got out to poor technique than anything else. Its easy to praise Eng but the real issue is SL were poor and no where to save what should have been a simple draw.

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    yeah sri lankans should stay for more IPL instead of preparing for a test series.

  • faizalsehwag on May 30, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    as i told last week this series england will clean sweep ..lanka can only perform at colombo or galle..with top ranked teams at outside lankans are proves again and again that tey are just puzzy catss....... shaMe on u lankan fans..where are the voice like we are better than india and we are goin to win the series...? !!!!!!!!!!!!!! after few months indians will show u to ppl that how to win abroad ...... learn from that ok....ve best of luck for next matches ...also try to earn one draw if u can..that will be big achievements for u lanka fans....

  • asim900 on May 30, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    WOW!!England pulled an amazing result..Srilankanz so called greats brought down to earth..They are just lions in their own den on flat decks..Come on Sanga and Jay u should leave playing cricket and just concentrate on your IPL teams as Gayle is doing..You will get hefty money from there..No need to play ultimate game of cricket i.e.test cricket..When everyone was pleading them to leave early they decided to lure themselves in IPL...Pathetic...This is what IPL does..Look at England they have been super fit for test matches..Cant wait to see Eng vs India the ultimate series of the year...

  • sl_cricfan on May 30, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    SL deserved this loss... go play the IPL all u care about is money right... Arjuna Ranatunga will be saying I said so right now... there's no unity in the team right now... and too much politics is affecting the game... GOD BLESS SL CRICKET

  • ibbani on May 30, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    How can IPL come into picture for 2nd innings when it did not count for 1st innings. Guys, think like grown ups. The ball swinging and the pitch had a played true with good swing bowling. I feel only the application by the so called good batting line up of Lankans were too opmplacent. IPL is also cricket, only thing is that you have to score quick runs, you have to apply yourself in cricket format and play with brains, with a cool head on the shoulders. No play can be played with pressure, otherwise you succumb to pressure and surrender meekly. Good bowling, batting, fielding always pays off and does reap good fruits which are not sour.

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    each team got 1st inng 400+ runs and finally england got the stunning victory on final day,all credit goes to Tremlett and Swann ,trott

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    well done England team ......... it's good to lose the 1st test ........ my opinion is we should drop both Mahela and Sanga ........ and should put Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanna in who were successful in practice matches ......... Cause it's soo difficult for Sanga and Mahela to change from the T20 mind set to Test mind set ......... we should not mind winning or loosing a match but we should mind that SL team is not playing good test cricket ..............

  • dhpr111 on May 30, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Well done England...Your bowlers are simply superb today.I'm a Sri Lankan but I should appreciate the work has done by England today...At the same time I have to accept the Sri Lankans play poorly today.One session in a test match can decide the whole match...It has been proven today...As a Sri Lankan I hope our team will come strongly...Because we have to accept both victory and defeat...Lankans are clearly defeated..

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    IPL effect. Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan wake up wake up it is not IPL sorry MPL ( money PL). Play for your motherland.

  • Shan156 on May 30, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    @Tom_Bowler, As incredible as this victory is, a repeat of 2004, I'm afraid, will be very difficult to achieve considering that we play world #1 India in 4 tests in the second half of the summer. I can't see SL troubling us much and we should win the series either 2-0 or 3-0 but India will be a sterner test. Their batting line-up is the best and Zaheer is one of the best pacemen in the world. Harbhajan is a good spinner and Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth have had their days. In 2007, England struggled to bowl India out in 2 out of 3 tests and Jimmy and Tremmers were part of our attack then. Siders and Monty are replaced by Broad and Swann now but India's batting has grown stronger with two solid, world class openers in Sehwag and Gambhir replacing Jaffer and Karthick. It would be a hard-fought series, I think, and I hope England wins.

  • skyeshwin on May 30, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Congrats to the England Cricket team for pulling off a rabbit from the hat.....But this does'nt mean that they are No.1 team ......

  • Sageleaf on May 30, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Disgraceful. I just can believe it. But hats off to England. Sri Lanka survived only 24 overs? When it mattered most Sri Lanka gave it away again. It should have been the responsibility of senior players to carry till the end. This match shows character of some of our senior cricketers. Guys you got nothing. So don't brag about performances in the past and "we should have done that" line. As senior players accept you threw the match away. Sanga your fielding sucks. Tissara Perera was supposed to be a good batsman. Yeah? Well, I was wondering what he was doing when facing broad. Well you weakness is highlighted and I'm sure more teams will capitalize on it. Learn you pull short or just don't bother. We should never have Sri Lankan players as any coach. Our standards will go down dramatically. I hope they will put on better show from the second test.

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    I am sure this performance would again fuel the IPL v/s country debate. That the Sri Lankan cricketers spent more time playing T20 cricket in IPL rather than concentrating on the Test match cricket and the conditions in England.

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Wow, Serious win for England. The sort of resolve that a side that wants the no 1 spot needs. Reminds me of 90s Aussie agression and desire to win. Great batting performance against a negative bowling attack followed by determined and cunning bowling.

  • Thalapathy1 on May 30, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    This England team has amazing self belief. They always seemed to think they will get a result at any condition and that beliefs coupled with never say die attitude has seen them produce some great matches recently. They never give up till it is actually allover. It is quit sad to see Sri Lanka's great batsmen such as Sanga and Mahela struggle. But they have seen it all before and they will bounce back. So, beware three lions [England] the sole lion [Sri Lanka] may come back. Although this defeat may take longer for these sell shocked Sri Lankan batsmen to recover in time for next match at lords. Bring it on!!!!!!!!!! Come on England…. Let's carry on till we reach the summit.

  • dam12641 on May 30, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    I'm staggered that Strauss is getting criticism for batting for 2 overs this morning. It was certainly not all about letting Bell get his 100. It was about doing "What the opposing captain would least like you to do." The SL openers spending 10 mins in the field, rushing back to the pavilion, getting changed, rushing back out and batting in a 'no-win' situation is what it was about. As an opener, Straus is v well aware of this. Gven that both the openers were removed almost immediately, he wasn't wrong was he? Amazed that none of the ex-England captain Sky pundits mentioned this.

  • Arthaurian on May 30, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    As i said from the very beginning, if you are a Sri Lanka fan and Sri Lanka loose, look no further than the IPL. I dont care whether you are Sangakarra or Jayawardene, no player is able to acclimatize in such a short space of time. A lot of talk was that England should be wary of underestimating Sri Lanka, but I'm afraid it was the other way round...

  • swingnseam on May 30, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Incredible result, more proof that England are a very formidable test match team. That was still a good pitch, by no means an early season English green top but as soon as England smelt blood they really went for Sri Lanka and finished the job clinically. The exciting part is there is real competition for places too. People like Finn or Onions can come in for the injured Anderson and there are many young batsmen scoring consistent County runs like Stokes, Taylor or even Bopara should Pietersen continue to struggle for form.

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    I'm still in a state of disbelief. Under normal circumstances there wouldn't have been a way to achieve a positive result, yet England got the win and did so without James Anderson second time round! Who said Test Matches are boring? In effect, England beat Sri Lanka in a little over two and a half days due to the weather. They want to be World #1 in Test Cricket, that's their aim, and with a performance like that, well who'd want to argue with their aspirations?

  • DeAmO on May 30, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    If only SLC had the guts to stand up to the BCCI and the IPL!!?? Congats dear SLC officials you can claim this loss all for your self.... And as for England, simply BRILLIANT!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    awsme......jst simply unbelievable......lions were shocked.........simply england stand right on top than other teams.....jst like the incredible Aussies in 2005.......breathtaking...all hail england........

  • Kavum on May 30, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Shock, horror, bemusement and burgeoning anger. It was ok in the distant past when SL's batters behaved like rabbits in the headlights before Hadlee and Donald but England minus their strike bowler? Crikey! Serious rethink needed asap.

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    What kind of a brit doesn't mention THAT slip cordon? Now, now, Andrew McGlashan, no knighthood for you.

  • scripted on May 30, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    It would have been a surprise if Strauss's decision would be hotly debated. Victories like these need a lot of things to align for the winning side - great bowling, poor batting, no lucky escapes for the batting side, etc. It only happens once in a while, so it's pretty normal to give a batsman those few extra runs as a psychological boost for the next game. Anyway, great win for England!

  • nlambda on May 30, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Bad karma for Dilshan for asking Randiv to ball that no-ball to Sehwag! Enjoy your captaincy debut...

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Did SL lose or what??? Impossible turned possible!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Good call Dylan :) Obviously a dead game

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Truely fantastic and this result is an indication that life is going to tougher for the icelanders without murli

  • Ellis on May 30, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Cannot wait to hear from the SL " pundits" who write comments and were forecasting a 3 nothing sweep. No doubt the weather, IPL, injuries, poor selections, will all figure in their responses. Time for some perspective from them rather than their over-the-top comments. England won well and no excuses from SL supporters can deny that fact. SL are not out of the series and can make a comeback. They would do well to ignore all the " pundits" and put this loss behind them and come hard at Lords.

  • tjsimonsen on May 30, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Amazing result! A freakish one, yes - but also one that sends a warning to other teams. This England team mean buissiness, and they are prepared to seek out their luck on the way. The fact that Strauss let Bell get his century will certainly be debated - despite the fact Eng ended up pulling off an amazing victory. But who knows, perhaps the unexpected declaration actually helped Eng? SL probably expected Strauss to declare over night. But as he didn't, SL may well have thought they were in for a longer spell in the field (until Tea at least). So being sent in after a mere two overs must have been a surprise and could well have caught them off guard.

  • MeSL on May 30, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Well played England. That's all I've got to say. Even though, maybe we could've done something at the second and third tests, I'm pretty sure it is hard for our team to overcome from consecutive disappointments. No excuse, though. They played very bad. Hoping some day will be ours. Go Sri Lanka!

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Did SL really lose the match or am still dreaming?

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Test cricket. Really boring yes?

  • rahulcricindia on May 30, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    well the TEST MATCH at its vintage best.....can not get such a thriller in any other form .......tremendous entertainment.....real victory of test match.

  • 6pack on May 30, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Mind boggling how bad SL were today. You really have to wonder if there is more to this catastrophic display than meets the eye! Otherwise, it's just sheer lack of application. Either way - depressing for SL fans.

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Not Good defently nod good As a Sri Lankan i feel soo upset . How 82 all out ICC Ranking 2,3,9 Sri lankan players played this match ??? This is y they should leave IPL early. but they stayed for IPL. Just cant take it ....

  • shoarthing on May 30, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Stunning to force a win on such a placid track.

    With three bowlers.

    In 25 overs.

  • Trickstar on May 30, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Absolutely stunning from the England bowlers, blitzed the SL away in 25 overs, the most remarkable victory I have every witnessed. Just showed, soon as the pitch came to life a little, the SL batsmen couldn't handle the bowlers, amazing stuff.

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    ITS REALLY AN AMAZING WIN:):)

  • Tom_Bowler on May 30, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Amazing. The pitch had produced the best part of 900 runs for 15 wickets, our main bowler was out and we'd lost so much time to the rain. No one could have forseen us dismantling a high class batting line for under a hundred in less than a session. Back in 2004 when Vaughan had the awesome foursome to call on we went seven from seven against NZ and the West Indies, I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't do the same thing this summer which will perfectly set up the proper heavyweight clash when SA tour next summer. Stunning, just stunning.

  • SUMIT-KHULLAR on May 30, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    hahahha. i can stop laughing on srilanka downfall.very entrrtaining.

  • Praxis on May 30, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Great match! Watching every ball paid off finally.

  • Neil1489 on May 30, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    A victory for ambition over negativity against massive odds. England want to be number 1 team and they have the attitude to give it their best shot. Its a shame that the same can't be said for all of those who wanted them to play it safe today and just bat out the overs. The team and management have moved on. Time for the fans to do likewise?

  • Vernacular_Press on May 30, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    U cant be third time lucky..

  • AJ_Tiger86 on May 30, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    What a performance! I'm so proud of the boys. They are true champions and the REAL no. 1 team in the world. Go England!

  • imranahmadsyed on May 30, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Test of nerves in test match and it is typical asian team collapse under pressure, lets see how Indian's handle this when then came to england later in the summer.

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Well done England!

    Top order batsmen in Sri Lanka should play more IPL and leave the national side.

    SLC it is high time you opened your eyes if cricket is to live in Sri Lanka.

  • Deepakrox on May 30, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    bell peformed well for his 98 therefore he deserves his 100

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Having watched Sri Lanka for 20 years I have to say this looks like the end of an era for Sri Lanka Cricket. If the Sri Lankan selectors are listening I say this:

    * Start afresh: No amount of modification is going to help you in Test Cricket. So be prepared to take the humiliation but identify talent and stick with them like in the Arjuna era which paid off (albeit after 5 years). * Accept that were building: Don't do a knee jerk when Zimbabwe spring a surprise on us. It happens. * Dont lose the aggression and fight: Remind the team what brought us here.

    Good luck Sri Lanka. Keep your spirits up. We in Sunny Sri Lanka usually do!

  • VipulPatki on May 30, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    India also have a very real chance of being thrashed in UK this summer. I go out of my home with the news of a delayed start and come back to find this astonishing information. Test match is alive!

  • pavan.rpr on May 30, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    It was more of srilanka collapsing under pressure than england bowling well. Pavan

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    What!!! England are true No.1... desperately waiting for Indian tour to England...

  • Pilgrim1311 on May 30, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    I'd be interested to hear from the Lankans who were saying on Day 2 that our bowlers were not good enough to cope with the SL batsmen, that SL would win the series 3-0, and that Eng were nowhere near being world No. 1. We took 20 wickets with Jimmy out for most of the game, lost only five wickets in posting a score good enough to win by a innings, and showed the kind of ruthlessness that is needed to be No. 1. Surely world no. 1 test team isn't that unrealistic...??

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Truely fantastic and this result is an indication that life is going to tougher for the icelanders without murli

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    One More Incredible Match To Be Added To The Article: ESPNcricinfo XI: England's most memorable Tests

  • TheFridge31 on May 30, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Boooooooooom ! can only see 3-0 now.

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    perhaps now lankan players will realise the folly of playing in the IPL as long as possible or maybe they would be happy that this defeat will start the beginning of the end for test cricket which will mean playing in mMore IPL like league's around the year

  • sugumarrising on May 30, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    srilanka is the best cricket team in the world, what a team nobody can match them, these same srilankan former captains jayawardene & sangakkara were questioning about india's status as the no.1 test team, but see how they play, winning & loosing is part of any sport but their should be a limit in defeats also, this test was heading towards a draw, bcoz more than 50% of the game was affected by rain, but still they lost the match, this shows srilanka's ranking last year as the 3rd ranked test team is a big joke, but hats off to england, we are very happy to be touring england to play one of the best test teams in the world at the moment, by the way my comments about srilanka is "empty vessels make more noise" LOL!

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    that is absolutely stunning victory by england ever well played england ,bowler did an excellent job!

  • Shavia on May 30, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    What a shame Sri lanka!! You've lost a 3 and a half day test match by innings!!!!! Even a school team would have done better;

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Oops Mahela, Dilshan,Sanga forgot its a test match 82 all out.. IPL effect .

  • chakravarthysurya on May 30, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Players are in t20 (24 overs all out) mood.Now Srilankan cricket brd will point fingers are IPL.Now real game begins.

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    [Eng Vs SL] what a [Test]match it was, 896 runs in first two innings and then after rain SL[in their 2nd inning] didn't even bother ENG to bat again! they all got out on 82, and england won the match by an Inning and few runs! No one would have expect that before the start of 5th day..! that's the beauty of Test Cricket!

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    He got his hundred and they won with bags of time to spare! Cricket's a funny old game eh?

  • allblue on May 30, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Test cricket! Don'tcha just love it!

  • SDHM on May 30, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing Dylan! Not quite sure how England pulled that one out of the bag, but what an incredible win!

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Awesome win...Excellent game by England...SL succumbed to pressure..as usual..

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    2 overs did'nt make much of a difference...Well played England...thoroughly and deserving win...wat a start to the English summer...Real Cricket has jst begun!!!

  • cooljack_143 on May 30, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    MIND BLOWING STUFF FROM ENGLAND.What a finish that was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one of the best matches I have ever watched.Eng flying towards claiming world no 1...

  • rustyryan on May 30, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Ha ha what a funny team SL is. Where was the mindset Mahela? Lions at home and Lambs outside. Even bangladesh played better than this over-hyped lankans.

  • Chris_Howard on May 30, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Letting Bell get his century is what about the team. It's about showing support for your teammate and trusting the others to do the job (which they just have!). You can bet anything, the spirit in that team is great, not just because they win, but because they have a captain who supports the individual. It's no wonder they're winning. I bet those guys - Bell especially - would die for their captain.

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Dumbfounded! spectaular collapse! Very dissapointed!

  • Munkeymomo on May 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    agreed. nobody would have thought England would have won this game. Insane end to a test match!

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    If the game was closer to a result then letting Bell get his hundred would have been fool-hardy. But given the amount of time lost he may as well take the milestone.

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  • on May 30, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    If the game was closer to a result then letting Bell get his hundred would have been fool-hardy. But given the amount of time lost he may as well take the milestone.

  • Munkeymomo on May 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    agreed. nobody would have thought England would have won this game. Insane end to a test match!

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Dumbfounded! spectaular collapse! Very dissapointed!

  • Chris_Howard on May 30, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Letting Bell get his century is what about the team. It's about showing support for your teammate and trusting the others to do the job (which they just have!). You can bet anything, the spirit in that team is great, not just because they win, but because they have a captain who supports the individual. It's no wonder they're winning. I bet those guys - Bell especially - would die for their captain.

  • rustyryan on May 30, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Ha ha what a funny team SL is. Where was the mindset Mahela? Lions at home and Lambs outside. Even bangladesh played better than this over-hyped lankans.

  • cooljack_143 on May 30, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    MIND BLOWING STUFF FROM ENGLAND.What a finish that was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one of the best matches I have ever watched.Eng flying towards claiming world no 1...

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    2 overs did'nt make much of a difference...Well played England...thoroughly and deserving win...wat a start to the English summer...Real Cricket has jst begun!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Awesome win...Excellent game by England...SL succumbed to pressure..as usual..

  • SDHM on May 30, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing Dylan! Not quite sure how England pulled that one out of the bag, but what an incredible win!

  • allblue on May 30, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Test cricket! Don'tcha just love it!