England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Cardiff, 2nd day

Broad fluffs the DRS but grabs his 100th

Plays of the Day from the 2nd day of the 1st Test between England and Sri Lanka at Cardiff

Andrew Miller in Cardiff

May 27, 2011

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Stuart Broad can't believe his luck as another appeal is turned down, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Cardiff, 2nd day, May 27 2011
Stuart Broad had a frustrating time in the field until he finally ended his wait for his 100th Test scalp with Thisara Perera's chip to mid-on © Getty Images
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Scalp of the day
Mahela Jayawardene's 34th birthday was not the happiest affair. The omens were promising when he resumed on 4 not out overnight, having gauged the pace of the wicket in a 24-ball evening stay, but sadly for him, he encountered the version of James Anderson who spent 2010 putting the wind up all-comers. He couldn't lay a bat on a succession of well-directed outswingers, but then fell victim to the classic Anderson variation. His 11th delivery of the morning nipped the other way, Jayawardene fenced with hard hands, and Andrew Strauss at slip gave England their breakthrough without an addition to the overnight score.

Tilt of the day
Since their early run-ins with the review system in South Africa, England have slowly but surely come to grips with the use of technology, and the removal of Kumar Sangakkara on day one pointed to a more judicious use of appeals - which in essence, according to Anderson, boiled down to ignoring Graeme Swann's over-zealous approach. Mind you, they still haven't quite brought Stuart Broad to heel either. His desperation to bring up his 100th Test wicket led, in the 84th over, to one of the less advised referrals of recent times, as Farveez Maharoof was struck on the back pad, but well outside the line. And eight balls later, all restraint had been dispatched. Anderson again rapped The Roof on the pads, and though his appeal had more merit, the marginal call remained with the umpire.

Tip of the day
Among other things, Paul Collingwood's retirement leaves England light on back-up seamers - the type of job-a-day trundlers who can plough a furrow for three- and four-over spells and give relief to the frontline men on days when wickets refuse to come in a hurry. Jonathan Trott's wobblers are some way short of matching Colly's cutters for class, but with the second ball of his second spell before tea, he nevertheless engineered the breakthrough, as Prasanna Jayawardene drove firmly down the pitch, and Maharoof's stay was ended in the cruellest of fashions, via a fingertip deflection onto the non-striker's stumps. At 278 for 6, and with concerns about Anderson's back strain, it was more than just a bonus for England, it was vital.

Absentee of the day
And yet, in the course of the Ashes, England's weakest batting link had justified his presence with the effortless brilliance of his fielding. Collingwood's tally of 83 runs in five Tests was offset by nine crucial catches, none more spectacular than the one-handed snaffle of Ricky Ponting in Perth. But in the first fielding display of the post-Collingwood era, England showed what a difference a safe pair can make. On 19, Thisara Perera was dropped at a wide third slip by Alastair Cook, a spectacular effort maybe, but a place that his predecessor made his own. And then, five overs later, with Strauss standing at slip to the spin of Swann, Prasanna Jayawardene also earned a key reprieve in a former Collingwood position. Not since the loss of Marcus Trescothick has England's cordon been quite so shaken up.

Painful moment of the day
Chris Tremlett harried the batsmen with the lift he was getting even off the slow track. The most pain he caused on the day wasn't through bouncers though. Tharanga Paranavitana was struck, as the TMS commentator called it, "right in the bullseye" looking to defend a length ball off the front foot. Paranavitana went down on his knees, before getting up and hobbling towards square leg and jumping up and down on the spot as he tried to regain composure. The 12th man raced out with drinks, though it didn't help Paranavitana much. The physio followed, and after a few stretches, the batsman was ready to continue the fight, which only lasted five more minutes.

Milestone of the day
Stuart Broad has had a long wait to get the final wicket that took his Test tally to three digits. His 99th wicket came in early December during the second Ashes Test, and the next one remained out of reach for a long time in Cardiff as well. There were several ripping deliveries that nearly took the outside edge, there were several close lbw calls - which Broad started celebrating in his follow-through before turning to the umpire and appealing as an afterthought - but he reached the 100 runs conceded mark before getting the elusive wicket. His 100th dismissal finally came half an hour past tea, getting debutant Thisara Perera to chip a catch to mid-on.

Arrival of the day
England's response with the bat could hardly have been plainer sailing until Strauss, on 20, was shocked by a lifter and spliced a low edge to Jayawardene at slip. With five balls of the day remaining, a nightwatchman was the likely response, but the appearance of Anderson was unexpected to say the least. He is set to undergo a scan on a back and side strain, amid speculation that his series could be over. But he did what he had to do, on a ground at which he is used to defiance with the bat. Meanwhile at the other end, Alastair Cook leaned insouciantly on his bat and awaited the close. On 24 not out, England's Ashes hero had settled back into the role of innings anchor.

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Posted by Biggus on (May 28, 2011, 1:40 GMT)

Broad always looks on the verge of bursting into tears when one of his speculative appeals is turned down. He appears to regard an umpire's refusal as a crime against humanity. He's the biggest prima donna in the game since Dennis Lillee, and that's saying something, as there have been some other 'high acheivers' to challenge for the title. That the England selectors thought him suitable for a leadership role boggles my mind. Nevertheless, he has 100 test wickets at the tender age of 24 and that's not a bad effort, I just wish he'd calm down a bit, as I did with Lillee, and then I might be able to admire the fellow more. Someone should try to get him to work on that front arm of his too:-to pull it down in more on a vertical fashion instead of it splaying away to the side would give him more pace and rhythm. Anyway, enough said. The match is most interestingly poised.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

Wow Mr. Miller - quite a few references to the ashes in that, as per usual, one sided article ;-)

Great day for the Lankans - wonderful to see Mrs. Broad and her drop lip again. What a good idea by the English "Brains" Trust to give her some responsibility on other forms of the game. Can't wait to see how that works out.

Posted by cricketman123 on (May 27, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

Poor guy. anyway. gratz..

Posted by Winsome on (May 27, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

Broad's going to have to pull more weight than usual if Anderson is injured. His bowling average in test cricket is hardly anything to write home about no matter how much his golden boy status is talked up.

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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