England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Cardiff, 3rd day May 28, 2011

Cook and Trott hit hundreds in record stand

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England 287 for 2 (Cook 129*, Trott 125*) trail Sri Lanka 400 by 113 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Ashes series finished more than four months ago, but for Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott it looked like only yesterday as the pair resumed their remarkable run-scoring combination with a century each in an unbroken stand of 240 in Cardiff. Cook reached his 17th Test hundred to continue his prolific form from Australia and Trott brought up number six to cement his mighty average as England moved to 287 for 2.

Play was delayed until 2pm on a damp, chilly day and the atmosphere couldn't have been more removed from the cauldrons of the Gabba and MCG, yet it made no difference to the hunger of either batsman. Cook's hundred came from 224 balls when he collected his eighth boundary with a rasping cut off Suranga Lakmal and it was his fifth in ten innings since the 110 against Pakistan, at The Oval, when many were calling for his head. Trott's followed not long after, from 196 deliveries, with a flowing cover drive in the first over of the second new ball, and the pair's alliance became England's best for any wicket against Sri Lanka.

There is more rain forecast for the final two days, but England have the platform from which to put Sri Lanka under pressure although they will be down to a three-man bowling attack after James Anderson was diagnosed with a side strain. Despite the news that he won't bowl again in this Test, and is a serious doubt for Lord's, Anderson resumed as nightwatchman. However, he didn't last long before jabbing Ajantha Mendis to slip with England having not added to their overnight total. Yet it didn't harm England's prospects as, unless a nightwatchman can score quickly, his presence tends to hold up the game and that wasn't what this match needed after so many delays.

Instead, it allowed the two major batting stars of the Ashes to join forces again. It was a slow start as they got used to facing Mendis and refused to chase the succession of wide deliveries from the seamers, but steadily the runs began to flow. The first boundary of the day came with a Trott square drive in the 12th over of the session and it was actually the removal of Mendis from the attack that helped England increase the rate.

Rangana Herath struggled to settle into a consistent line as he offered Cook an opportunity to put away an early cut then Trott drove him through the covers. At the other end Thisara Perera was dispatched for consecutive boundaries by Cook although the first of those flew between second slip and gully off the edge.

Cook went to his fifty and Trott then began to catch him up with some trademark leg-side shots off the seamers who fell into the same trap as the Australians by bowling too straight. In the last over before tea the pair brought up their fourth hundred partnership in Tests and the one significant alarm in the entire stand came when Trott could have been run out by a direct hit from mid-on on 59, but Perera's throw missed despite having three stumps to aim at.

It was a rare opportunity for Sri Lanka and their attack was toothless on a slow pitch. Lakmal was wholehearted and Mendis economical, but from early on in the Cook-Trott stand there was the sense that Tillakaratne Dilshan wanted to protect what he had with 400 on the board rather than try and bowl England out. There was a period of an hour-and-a-half when they didn't hit a boundary, but with sweepers in place ones and twos were on offer to keep the scoreboard ticking.

As the final session progressed the scoring rate increased and either side of the two batsmen reaching hundreds runs came at more than five-an-over. The taking of the new ball helped England as the extra pace off the bat negated a slower outfield - Mendis conceded his first boundaries of the day when Trott twice put him through the covers - and Dilshan had to have a few more men in attacking positions. One thing the new ball didn't do, though, was provide Sri Lanka a breakthrough and they face plenty more leather chasing in this innings.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • NoMeRcY-RaGE on May 30, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge culmination of consistency??? nice one mate...no worries I would not like to draw up any measures and would wait to see what your UNDERRATED poms do...whether they thwart us or not..what happens when england is about to tour India?? no one of u guys comes out to say anything...but now wen we r to arrive at ur place suddenly the tongues r wagging..u knw what even that doesnt worry me a bit...i know what India will do when we come to england...no matter what u wont win sahajn@gmail.com

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    @NoMeRcY-RaGE- Mate England have had a settled team since 2005. This current team is the culmination of all that consistency. Watch them overtake the overrated sub-continent teams like India & Sri Lanka and demolish the chokers South Africa.

    Then all we will hear from Englands detractors is the predictable silence. Just like we heard from Australia last two ashes canings.

  • allblue on May 29, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    England's current selection policy can be summed up in one word - consistency. For England fans with a memory going back more than 10 years this is probably a good thing. On the other hand, we have a remarkable depth to our seam options right now, so perhaps a 'horses for courses' approach would be better. Broad, Tremlett and Finn are tall back-of-a-length bowlers, so are more effective on bouncy wickets - which Cardiff is most definitely not. Anderson and Onions will swing it, while Bresnan and Shazad are bustling, skiddy bowlers with a bit of reverse swing. So to my mind, Shazad should have been in for Tremlett here as that attack would be better balanced and suit the conditions better. Then again, playing a Test match in Cardiff in May perhaps we should be looking for cricketers with gills and webbed feet!

  • on May 29, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Sorry my friend...Swann is not the world's best spinner.He is good.But after murali retired , there is still harbhajan singh.You have to accept that.I'm a Sri Lankan.But becoming best is not as easy as you think...

  • Finn92 on May 29, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Looks like our batsman are going to tuck into this average Sri Lankan attack this series, these two are in such great form keep going boys and make them doubles

  • on May 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @YDES Sri Lanka have not yet won a test since murili retired, considering they had a three match home series against WI, who are not the best side at the moment that does suggest that "life without murali" will be hard indeed. To be fair its hard to replace someone like him.

  • NoMeRcY-RaGE on May 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @Hammond-England always hav had a bowling unit said to be willing and skillful(by you guys only) and yet you guys after playing for so many years have never ever been counted among the top teams...after beating aussies who were struggling at that time we will see for that when India tours ur backyard...suddenly u guys say that we r world's best team...stop thinking about India's rebuilding phase as england never had a settled team so u dnt have to figure out about rebuilding...leave aside the numero uno in tests...i am sure our neighbours lanka even widout dere best team on the park wud make u run like u knw what-POMS

  • AVRAJAN on May 29, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    A fan has mentioned that Swann is the best spinner in the world. He must correct this as one of the best spinners. Swann could not deliver much and forced to learn a lot in sub continent pitches in the world cup. He will further learn a lot when India comes there.

  • YDES on May 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    "Life Without Murali" Andrew MacGlashen's comment needs to be vwerified.I am sure SL have won matches without Murali.Moreover,400 against the so called the greatest bowling attack is not to be scoffed at.If SL had not suffered with injuries to the two Fernando pacies it would have been different.So far England batting has been so boring!That is the reason stands r half full.SL r world renown for attacking cricket.They have a better run rate agaianst the best attack!Unless the pitch breaks up (very unlikely in Cardiff)a draw is inevitable.

  • Narkovian on May 29, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Against a bowling attack as weak as this, ENG should be up past 400 by now. Progress was so slow at times yesterday that I just couldnt watch any more. With effectively only 1 wkt down what were we doing ? N

  • NoMeRcY-RaGE on May 30, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge culmination of consistency??? nice one mate...no worries I would not like to draw up any measures and would wait to see what your UNDERRATED poms do...whether they thwart us or not..what happens when england is about to tour India?? no one of u guys comes out to say anything...but now wen we r to arrive at ur place suddenly the tongues r wagging..u knw what even that doesnt worry me a bit...i know what India will do when we come to england...no matter what u wont win sahajn@gmail.com

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    @NoMeRcY-RaGE- Mate England have had a settled team since 2005. This current team is the culmination of all that consistency. Watch them overtake the overrated sub-continent teams like India & Sri Lanka and demolish the chokers South Africa.

    Then all we will hear from Englands detractors is the predictable silence. Just like we heard from Australia last two ashes canings.

  • allblue on May 29, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    England's current selection policy can be summed up in one word - consistency. For England fans with a memory going back more than 10 years this is probably a good thing. On the other hand, we have a remarkable depth to our seam options right now, so perhaps a 'horses for courses' approach would be better. Broad, Tremlett and Finn are tall back-of-a-length bowlers, so are more effective on bouncy wickets - which Cardiff is most definitely not. Anderson and Onions will swing it, while Bresnan and Shazad are bustling, skiddy bowlers with a bit of reverse swing. So to my mind, Shazad should have been in for Tremlett here as that attack would be better balanced and suit the conditions better. Then again, playing a Test match in Cardiff in May perhaps we should be looking for cricketers with gills and webbed feet!

  • on May 29, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Sorry my friend...Swann is not the world's best spinner.He is good.But after murali retired , there is still harbhajan singh.You have to accept that.I'm a Sri Lankan.But becoming best is not as easy as you think...

  • Finn92 on May 29, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Looks like our batsman are going to tuck into this average Sri Lankan attack this series, these two are in such great form keep going boys and make them doubles

  • on May 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @YDES Sri Lanka have not yet won a test since murili retired, considering they had a three match home series against WI, who are not the best side at the moment that does suggest that "life without murali" will be hard indeed. To be fair its hard to replace someone like him.

  • NoMeRcY-RaGE on May 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @Hammond-England always hav had a bowling unit said to be willing and skillful(by you guys only) and yet you guys after playing for so many years have never ever been counted among the top teams...after beating aussies who were struggling at that time we will see for that when India tours ur backyard...suddenly u guys say that we r world's best team...stop thinking about India's rebuilding phase as england never had a settled team so u dnt have to figure out about rebuilding...leave aside the numero uno in tests...i am sure our neighbours lanka even widout dere best team on the park wud make u run like u knw what-POMS

  • AVRAJAN on May 29, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    A fan has mentioned that Swann is the best spinner in the world. He must correct this as one of the best spinners. Swann could not deliver much and forced to learn a lot in sub continent pitches in the world cup. He will further learn a lot when India comes there.

  • YDES on May 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    "Life Without Murali" Andrew MacGlashen's comment needs to be vwerified.I am sure SL have won matches without Murali.Moreover,400 against the so called the greatest bowling attack is not to be scoffed at.If SL had not suffered with injuries to the two Fernando pacies it would have been different.So far England batting has been so boring!That is the reason stands r half full.SL r world renown for attacking cricket.They have a better run rate agaianst the best attack!Unless the pitch breaks up (very unlikely in Cardiff)a draw is inevitable.

  • Narkovian on May 29, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Against a bowling attack as weak as this, ENG should be up past 400 by now. Progress was so slow at times yesterday that I just couldnt watch any more. With effectively only 1 wkt down what were we doing ? N

  • Lord.emsworth on May 29, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    I wouldnt read much into Trott and Cooks centuries. Remember this is the Lankans 2nd string attack (Fernando & Pradeep absent) Even the Lankans first string attack is a really poor one after Murali and Vaas went. Still a hundred is a hundred and congrats to them. As everyone including Boycott has said, SL have a mighty batting line up but no matching bowlers. Compared to England, SL had to face Andsersson at his seaming best, the worlds best spinner Swann and the other quickies. Even with Sangakara & MJ failing (again!) they scored 400! If these two had chipped in the total would have been 600-700.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 29, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Domzo, absolutely right. He had a game in the county championship last week, which has been the sum total of his preparation since injury. He was far from match fit and was expensive. His county said that he was not ready for the Test. Sometimes I wonder just how much people on here actually follow cricket!!! It is hard to understand why Broad was picked - he's not at 100% in this Test - rather than given another game or two to get properly ready. He's hardly needed in this match for his batting and picking Finn rather than Broad would have arguably strengthened the attack significantly.

  • ranilranathunga on May 29, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Have England at least won a world cup after playin cricket for so many years??

  • Hammond on May 29, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    England have people like Onions, Bresnan, Finn & Shahzad just waiting for a chance to play- England just need to get the balance of their attack right- Tremlett isn't looking as potent as he did in Australia, but even England's second attack is better than India & Sri Lanka's attack- Swann is the best spinner in the world at the moment and county cricket iis choc full of willing (and skilful) pace bowlers.

    With Strauss at the helm this really could be one of the greatest English sides ever-with Cook only 26 and Finn only 22 and people like Bell & KP just on the verge of their peak as batsman I'd reckon that SA & Ind are nervously looking over their shoulders as people like Kallis & Tendulkar retire.

    England are going to roll over their "rebuilding phase" sides like an over-engineered steam roller or a Royal Navy Battle Cruiser.

  • rahulcricindia on May 29, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @Ahamed Fuami Mansoo well the match is going on between sl and eng and people started talking about INDIA and england this shows that how much they are scared of MIGHTY INDIA can not stop thinking about them....that not good for your health ....well an advice for you guy do not give INDIA these kind of flat traks.....or get get ready to chase leather......well ian botham feeling unsecured long before INDIA tour calling his team the best as he also knows wont get the chance of saying this after the INDIA tour....

  • Domzo on May 29, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    I'm guessing Stargazer may have been talking about Broad being half fit rather than Anderson - and Broad did look rather undercooked in the first innings. Anderson's injury was one of those freak events that happens. The 4 bowler strategy has worked in the recent past, and I think it was perfectly valid for this game (you can't predict injury), but it might be something to look at for the next, especially since Broad and Swann are no rabbits with the bat. I might also have a look at adding Ben Stokes from Durham to the Lions to develop him for the future.

  • ranilranathunga on May 29, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Brits were boasting about their bowling attack and sri lanka scored 400 even without their 2 top batsman not scoring and in english conditions...and now they are complaining the wicket is flat..did sri lankan make the wicket for them???

  • on May 29, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    well Englishmen should realize they are playing at home(that too in early summer & at 10-12 C) . This is the same way Englishmen struggle when they tour SL whether Murali plays or not. They rarely score 350+ or bowl out SL under 500 in SL. You wont see your anderson,Finn,Tremlet or Broad beating edges like this in SL & instead ull see Trott & KP chasing leather for 2-3 days n field ! So nothing to brag about here.

    Still this match will only be a draw.I think pitch too became better than first two days.still England is 130 runs behind so they have to score another 350 runs & bowl out SL too to win.Without Anderson England bowling too is not that great so i am not sure whether thats possible.

  • on May 29, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    @Trickstar-well tak about Cricket in Spain---well since you have not lived in Spain...for your information there is a Cricket club there with a ground to play the games...Yes i lived there once but have to say mate...I hate the rain and which ever the way spring rain comes..it's just bad weather and playing Cricket in a flatt track in Cardiff where Sri lankans allways get's when they tour to England..shame on you England boy's for being afarid of beaten by SRL...

  • on May 29, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    @likeintcricket,press ,Hammond-As a Sri Lanknakan fan we can clearly see that Indian's have something to think about now...as I believe most of them are talking about this partnership btwn Trott & Cook....well so much for the once who thinks that Indian's have th best batting line up...well I think you have a game in hand....I think Indians will have a tough time without a good pace attack...you are palying on their home lands..stop boasting....and get ready from action hope Englishman will give a time of their lives for the Indians...sooo looking forwards to it

  • sanath007 on May 29, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    lot thinks Sri Lanka is in trouble...NO looking at this pitch SL could score 300/1 in their second innings easily

  • kkrisawesome on May 29, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    phew we arent the only ones

  • likeintcricket on May 29, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Indians has a strong batting lineup and they will handle England bowling better than other teams however their bowling is average and its not easy for them to take 20 England wickets in a Test. However on moving tracks India has a better chance to win.

  • on May 29, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    @ Hammond India's bowling is better than what people like to think about them. Zaheer is much more experienced than any bowler that has toured Eng Since 2007 ,and way better than Johnson who lost Aus the Ashes (twice) . Amir,Asif should not be the benchmark for bowling in England.

  • on May 29, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    If England get a big score and leave a day to bowl out Sri Lanka they could win. But really that's going to be hard with 3 bowlers on a flat pitch. Can the England bowlers get more out of it than the Sri Lankans? Then we will see if the pitch has really flattened out or if Sri Lanka's attack is just no good. With more rain due a draw seems the most likely result.

  • MeSL on May 29, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    I don't understand. Having said that Sri Lanka is coming with a less experienced bowling attack, is it good to blame them? Don't have to keep saying two key players are injured as well. Some haven't even played in England before. Is it fair to compare England's county bowling attack to a newly formed Sri Lankan bowling attack? I don't think so. Home conditions are always with home team. Not tourists, specially if they're newly formed. They'll do great, at least they'll try to. I know Sri Lankan team doesn't turn down without giving a good fight. Go SL! Still behind you, team. Whichever happens.

  • Percy_Fender on May 29, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Frankly speaking this match is going on expected lines. Except that Sri Lanka got 400 in the first innings. I think England will win this game.

  • prasanna2929 on May 29, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    India better watch out too this England batting line up is the strongest around......ha ha ha if an english fan thinks dat dey have the strongest batting line up wat should an indian fan think........pls check the teams,der form everythin b4 makin a comment.......i am not underminin eng batting.......but is it d strongest........i don think so.....

  • Hammond on May 29, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Ha- if I were Sri Lankan I would be praying for more rain- otherwise this will be an embarrassing thrashing. ICC rankings mean nothing when Engalnd canter to essentailly 1/300. India better watch out too this England batting line up is the strongest around.

  • Trickstar on May 29, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer England didn't go into the game, with a half fit bowler, all bowlers were fit and you don't pick 5 bowlers, on the off chance, of one might get injured. England have won plenty of series, with a 4 man attack and it's never been a problem before.

  • Trickstar on May 28, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    @FlashAsh 400 isn't a bad score at all, but it's still only par, on one of the flattest pitches in the country and the closest to their own pitches they will get. It must be said, that SL's job was much easier, because Anderson, didn't bowl from around 270 onwards apart from 1 over and he was bowling lovely. The same can be said of SL, that they've got to take 20 wickets to win also, which looks like it will be a huge task for them. After watching the first 3 days, England will be very disappointed if weather allows to win the next 2 tests.

  • phermon on May 28, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Will Cook play for Essex in the tour match between the second and third test - be a good chance to grab some time in the middle!

  • dsig3 on May 28, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    @ Clive_Dunn it seems The Rose and Crowns standards have slipped significantly.

  • RohanMarkJay on May 28, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Also well said Akila Silva. I concur fully with your intelligent post.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 28, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    This match looked dead in the water when the first session was lost. Now though you can imagine England declaring half an hour before the close, safe from defeat and just wondering if the Sri Lankans will blink. It shouldn't happen, but if you bat again 150 or 200 behind with only a draw to play for, strange things can happen. However, the dangers of picking 3 seamers, one of them only half fit and having no credible back-up bowler are laid bare: it may cost England victory.

  • dsig3 on May 28, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Life without Murali and Vaas is similar to life without Warne and McGrath. The only difference is Aus actually have other guys who can bowl. What an embarrassment for Sri Lanka. The pitch is slow but surely you guys can find 4-5 better bowlers than that. Just trundlers and gimmick bowlers really. Very sad.....

  • FlashAsh on May 28, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    my first post was censored!!

    Has anyone noticed that SL have posted a very decent score given their lack of warm up, long tail etc?? This will not be a walk in the park for Eng this whole series if SL batsmen can keep the concentration and win the toss!

    Brave move by Dilshan to bat and it worked! Eng still have to take 20 wickets a match rain or not!

  • landl47 on May 28, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    It's not just that Cook and Trott made hundreds, it's that they never looked in the slightest trouble. Sri Lanka batted well yesterday, but they were frequently beaten and were either not good enough to get a touch or edged through the slip/gully region. I can't remember either Cook or Trott being beaten at all. This test looks like being a rain-affected draw, since I can't see England, with a three-man attack, getting SL out quickly enough in the second innings to win. SL can't win unless England completely collapses tomorrow, which doesn't look likely. The award for the poster getting it totally wrong goes to sanath007, who posted that rain had come to England's rescue. Don't try to get a job as a cricket expert, sanath.

  • Clive_Dunn on May 28, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Hi, my local pub - The Rose and Crown - have some injuries and would like to invite the Sri Lankan test attack to see if they are good enough to play in the 2nd XI.

  • likeintcricket on May 28, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    England has to play nearly 70-75 overs and score 300+ runs before declaring tomorrow. If they don't lose any quick wickets and if the weather holds than England has a chance to win otherwise the game is heading for a draw.

  • on May 28, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    More than the sri lankans indians are worried. Remember this bowling attack is better than the best indian attack.

  • on May 28, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Shame - we have had such a dry warm Spring - already being told that wheat crops will be very low this year due to lack of rain, yet on comes first test and rain comes. I'm not finding it cols at all, dull and overcast with a bit of rain - but hardly cold by out standards. Anything above 15 in Spring (and there is still a month of Spring left almost - Summer starts 22nd June here) Saying that we had mid 20's in April. We could all say "How dare Sri Lanka play in dangerously oppressive heat on dustbowl pitches - England fans would gladly put up with South of France temperatures..blah blah" But such a statement would be really REALLY stupid RohanMarkJay Englands Test record over the last 7 series has been excellent, but without Anderson it's going to be a tall order bowling Sri Lanka out a second time with only 3 bowlers. As fo

  • SDHM on May 28, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Haha jackie, thanks, although I was aware - compared to a lot of venues in test cricket, I'm guessing Durham still counts as wet...

  • bumsonseats on May 28, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    rohan mark jay. was not the one day series SL v WI posponed after the rain in SL or am i wrong. what i would like is england to play on better pitches than the 1 in cardiff they r to slow. pity old trafford was not available see how the S lankans would enjoy that surface. dpk

  • jackiethepen on May 28, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Geography lesson for TheHoneymonster. Manchester is West of the Pennine Chain and has lots and lots of rain. Winds from the Atlantic are very wet. Durham is in the far North East and East of the Pennine Chain so very dry. Prevailing Westerleys drop most of their rain on the West, Manchester and the high Pennine hills. Durham is near the East coast so gets much less rain. A couple of days ago we had a day of storm rain in Durham - the first rain for two months. And it hasn't rained since. This is a bit exceptional mind. In general the East of England is dry. The West is wet. So plan your cricket accordingly.

  • MeSL on May 28, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Hmm. Sri Lanka is just a warm up helper? I thought we had much respect than that. It's okay Sri Lanka. Apart from not having enough wickets, I'm still hopeful about a positive result. Let's get going team! Go SL! Great work by England too. Have to appreciate them.

  • TheFridge31 on May 28, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Theres county bowling attacks better than Sri Lankas , Walk in the park series this for England or as someone has already said a handy warm up for the India series.

    If Sri Lanka win a test here ild be amazed and embarrased , The bowling attack reminds me of Bangladesh.

  • Trickstar on May 28, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    @Akila Silva Your point is what? You need to bat all day, to make sure you win, this test match has 2 days left and it has already lost a day to weather, so England can win this test match, if they bat well tomorrow and SL fail on the last day. England know how to win test matches, especially in their own country, so your comments are wrong and a bit premature.

  • on May 28, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    ahaha...warm up all you need..the question is is this england team ggood enough to win?...its jolly good to bat all day and draw, but winning a test match takes some doing.

  • voma on May 28, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Alastair cook is going to score plenty of runs against this Sri Lanka bowling attack , without doubt it must be one of the weakest bowling line ups in test cricket ! . Thankyou Sri Lanka for warming our batsmen up , for the real test against India

  • SDHM on May 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    I think it's highly unfair to blame a country for its weather - I'm sure Britain didn't choose to float into the North Sea for an eternity of patchy summers and drizzle somewhere in the distant past.On the subject of the venue, Cardiff is a wet city, even for Britain - that, coupled with flat pitches and inconsistent crowds (which you'd expect - why would the Welsh want to watch England?), makes me wonder why it's been picked over somewhere like Chester-le-Street or Old Trafford - Manchester and Durham aren't exactly dry cities for sure, but the pitches tend to produce good cricket. This is, at the moment, dare I say it, rather dull...

  • Trickstar on May 28, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    @RohanMarkJay_TestCricketRules Stupid thing to say, play cricket in Spain, really? On what pitches and who would go to watch these games? England 's first baddish weather of the spring/summer so if you lived here you'd know what your talking about.

  • on May 28, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    why dilshan did not give opportunity to Maharoof at the begining.He is very good early swinger.

    Prasanna did his best yesterday what missed by senior cricketers mahela and Sanga.

    Considering Sl bowlers, wht happend to Welagedara.Lakmal did not bowl aggressive line and length today.

  • on May 28, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    ya i think Sl could have tried with dinesh Chandimal....but unfortunately he got no run in the practice matches...that made Sl go with Prassana...

  • RohanMarkJay on May 28, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Bloody British Weather and Rain. Next time they should host all future Sri Lanka vs England Test Cricket series in Spain. Sri Lankan cricket fans demand it. Sri Lankan cricket fans would gladly travel to Spain to do so rather than go to see cricket in UK with its appalling chilly weather.

  • 3rd_man on May 28, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    MJ is the most over estimated player in Sri Lankan side. Useless against good fast bowling and good fast bowling wickets. what I don't like is that before the series, writing stuff like he will win matches by him self, while not doing anything with the bat.

  • Cyprian on May 28, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Isn't a bit sick playing cricket ... creeekkate ... in Wales. I mean they are all supposed to be Myniin' ... ooops they have closed all the mines.

  • parakum on May 28, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    @Premasiri, so you wanted Prasanna Jayawardena dropped just because there is a promising youngster waiting? He is probably the world's best wicket keeper and averages 57 in the last 10 innings. Please talk sense. Selectors have to select the best 11, they can't always think about the future, they have to think about the present too. What the best team is is always subjective. At least in the current test team there is no batsman who doesn't deserve their spot. Bowlers on the other hand are all playing because better options are injured or retired.

  • WTEH on May 28, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    England might be able to get away from another humiliating defeat. Sometimes one can wonder why when Sri Lanka tour England, they always get Cardiff as a venue, where it always rain during a test match.

  • on May 28, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Premasiri you must be from a mental asylum to ask Prasanna to be dropped as he has a average of over 53 over the last 10 tests. We need youngsters and some are in the squad now. They will get their chances if someone gets injured or under performs. Every year we have a schoolboy cricketer but most fall off. Batting average of 33 if batting at the top is average, but at 6,7,8 is good.

  • PremasiriS on May 28, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    The PJ's 100 will be a good excuse for the team m'ment (influenced by seniors) to ignore promising youngsters for the remaining matches&frustrate them, this kind of situation has happened many times before, which made many a talented cri'ters to drop out of the Game. e.g.: a player who has won the Best Sch'boy Cri'ter of the Year award a few years back&the leading wicket taker in the last U23 Tournement&having 1st Cls. Ba &Bo.Aves of 33+& 17.5 respectively went missing in the just concluded Premier Div. Tou'ment. If this kind of players were in any other country they would've played 10-20 Int'na'l. matches by now. Though prominents have no objection in absorbing favorites of lesser skills even dropping the Country's No 1 player (Attapattu 2007WC) they always search excuses to block youngsters coming into the Team, who can be threat to their positions. In other countries 35 is the retiring age unless the player is very consistent (success rate is 4out of 5 innings played).

  • sachith88 on May 28, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    rain rain go away go away go away

  • sachith88 on May 28, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Feel sorry for the English lad. He balled really well. Hope he will recover soon. Expect play will start as soon as possible.

  • sanath007 on May 28, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Rain comes to England's rescue

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  • sanath007 on May 28, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Rain comes to England's rescue

  • sachith88 on May 28, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Feel sorry for the English lad. He balled really well. Hope he will recover soon. Expect play will start as soon as possible.

  • sachith88 on May 28, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    rain rain go away go away go away

  • PremasiriS on May 28, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    The PJ's 100 will be a good excuse for the team m'ment (influenced by seniors) to ignore promising youngsters for the remaining matches&frustrate them, this kind of situation has happened many times before, which made many a talented cri'ters to drop out of the Game. e.g.: a player who has won the Best Sch'boy Cri'ter of the Year award a few years back&the leading wicket taker in the last U23 Tournement&having 1st Cls. Ba &Bo.Aves of 33+& 17.5 respectively went missing in the just concluded Premier Div. Tou'ment. If this kind of players were in any other country they would've played 10-20 Int'na'l. matches by now. Though prominents have no objection in absorbing favorites of lesser skills even dropping the Country's No 1 player (Attapattu 2007WC) they always search excuses to block youngsters coming into the Team, who can be threat to their positions. In other countries 35 is the retiring age unless the player is very consistent (success rate is 4out of 5 innings played).

  • on May 28, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Premasiri you must be from a mental asylum to ask Prasanna to be dropped as he has a average of over 53 over the last 10 tests. We need youngsters and some are in the squad now. They will get their chances if someone gets injured or under performs. Every year we have a schoolboy cricketer but most fall off. Batting average of 33 if batting at the top is average, but at 6,7,8 is good.

  • WTEH on May 28, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    England might be able to get away from another humiliating defeat. Sometimes one can wonder why when Sri Lanka tour England, they always get Cardiff as a venue, where it always rain during a test match.

  • parakum on May 28, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    @Premasiri, so you wanted Prasanna Jayawardena dropped just because there is a promising youngster waiting? He is probably the world's best wicket keeper and averages 57 in the last 10 innings. Please talk sense. Selectors have to select the best 11, they can't always think about the future, they have to think about the present too. What the best team is is always subjective. At least in the current test team there is no batsman who doesn't deserve their spot. Bowlers on the other hand are all playing because better options are injured or retired.

  • Cyprian on May 28, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Isn't a bit sick playing cricket ... creeekkate ... in Wales. I mean they are all supposed to be Myniin' ... ooops they have closed all the mines.

  • 3rd_man on May 28, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    MJ is the most over estimated player in Sri Lankan side. Useless against good fast bowling and good fast bowling wickets. what I don't like is that before the series, writing stuff like he will win matches by him self, while not doing anything with the bat.

  • RohanMarkJay on May 28, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Bloody British Weather and Rain. Next time they should host all future Sri Lanka vs England Test Cricket series in Spain. Sri Lankan cricket fans demand it. Sri Lankan cricket fans would gladly travel to Spain to do so rather than go to see cricket in UK with its appalling chilly weather.