England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Lord's, 5th day June 7, 2011

'Windowgate' and Cook's first stumping

Plays of the Day from the 5th day of the 2nd Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's
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Scandal of the day
A fit of pique, an etiquette breach, a trivial injury, a spurious explanation, a dash of "misinformation", and the sound of ECB shovels sploshing all the way down to the water table. This was cricket's best storm in a teacup since Jellybeangate in 2007 - and once again, it was Matt Prior at the centre of the (non-) events. In short, Prior was run out second-ball as England faffed over their declaration. He stomped back to the dressing room, where he threw his glove or placed his bat, depending on which ECB explanation you believe, and inadvertently caused the dressing-room window to cave in and shower glass all over the spectators below - one of whom, a lady on her first day as an Associate MCC member, suffered a cut to her ankle. Prior apologised before going out to field, and there the story almost certainly will not end.

Surprise of the day
After missing out on a century in England's first innings, Alastair Cook made amends at the first opportunity by grinding along to a 231-ball 106, his 18th hundred in 67 Tests, and his sixth in the past 12 innings. That, however, was not the surprising part. The shock was the manner of his dismissal, as he danced down the track to Rangana Herath, and was stumped by a split-frame as he tried to regain his ground. In eight years of first-class cricket, and 150 previous games, he had never once got out in such a manner - which says a lot about his style.

Ball of the day
Maybe this is the secret to Kevin Pietersen's phobia. For the 20th time in his past 65 Test innings, he fell to a left-arm spinner, but just for once, it would be cruel to dwell on that fact. The ball that bagged him was an absolute rip-snorter - pitching outside leg, hitting the top of off, not dissimilar to Ashley Giles's collector's item against Damien Martyn in the 2005 Ashes. Up until that point, Pietersen had looked to be regaining his fluency, as he dispensed with all the dancing at the crease and concentrated on reaching his first hundred in a home Test since The Oval in 2008. He missed out, but at least he's been reminded that some balls just have your name on them. Maybe he'll now be able to treat the rest with the contempt of old.

Fail of the day
For a batsman of the highest class, Kumar Sangakkara's Test record in England is unbecoming. In eight Tests since 2002, he has mustered just 399 runs at 26.60, with just a pair of half-centuries - 65 and 66 - at Lord's and Trent Bridge on his second visit five years ago. At the age of 33, this was conceivably his final chance to etch his name onto the honour's board at Lord's, and in the absence of Tillakaratne Dilshan, he was promoted to open alongside Tharanga Paranavitana. Sadly for him, on 12, Chris Tremlett banged in a long-hop, well outside off stump, and in a moment of confusion, Sangakkara slapped a cut straight to Eoin Morgan at point.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    @DazTaylor: I am sorry, I repent for my mistakes. You've shown me the light. btw, I didn't mean to criticize Cook but the action that Cook took... it was more of astonishment Really. Sachin did get sucky at times but never cocky. (It must rhyme, you see).

  • on June 9, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Bell batted beautifully, the best i've ever seen from him, he is really coming of age now and it is hard to believe he is the same player who struggled and poked around vs australia all those years ago. The reverse sweeps really summed up his form and game, he is really in a good space at the moment.

  • anurag4u10 on June 8, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    lol @ author he mentioned BALL OF THE DAY wdout even telling the bowlers name. clearly displays lack of gud writin skills

  • kriskingle on June 8, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    If England had won here, their claim to being the best test team would gather weight a hundred-fold, for no other team could replicate that kind of a victory. If SL had won, it would have been a victory every bit as improbable as England's last week at Cardiff. So, it is a return to the normal order of things in England,i.e, rain.

  • Kavum on June 8, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    I've got it! Matt Prior's bat handle cover, the rubber inside the handle and the material in his gloves as well as the cover of his kit bag had all been replaced by "flubber" (as in the Robin Williams movie). This hyperactive substance just went crazy in that dressing room. Those ancient windows just didn't stand a chance! Or maybe even Gilly had lent Prior one of his squash balls. BTW, if a visiting (probably non-caucasian) player had been in this situation, as many have pointed out, the credibility threshold would probably have been much lower for the sort of fatuous explanations trotted out by the team and Board officials. Much simpler if he admitted petulant "acting out" and took his lumps like any adult would. The IPL is what the IPL is and if you don't like it don't play in it or watch it. But some - ask Morgan, Sanga, Mahela and co. - seem to love it for what it is no matter what - go figure!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 8, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    @Kavum . You have the right to mention other teams in your comment and not others...yawn

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 8, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    @ Y2SJ. I agree with you!

  • DazTaylor on June 8, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Yawn SRT_Genius. Tell me, when your beloved Sachin (assuming you do judging by your moniker) got stumped off Ashley Giles, did you announce he was 'getting cocky' as you so eloquently put it? No, I thought not. Stop being a hypocrite.

  • crickstats on June 8, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    In fact Cardiff was a surprise

  • Aks2512 on June 8, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Ha the ECB's explanation was like that magic bulllet theory. Glove hits the kit bag, (incredibly) ricocheted off it, then hit a bat hard enough to make it slide down and break the glass. Then even they realised it was too farfetched so now they go with "Pprior had placed his bat by the windowsill and (oh so unfortunately) it slid down and broke the glass. Hypocrisy personified.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    @DazTaylor: I am sorry, I repent for my mistakes. You've shown me the light. btw, I didn't mean to criticize Cook but the action that Cook took... it was more of astonishment Really. Sachin did get sucky at times but never cocky. (It must rhyme, you see).

  • on June 9, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Bell batted beautifully, the best i've ever seen from him, he is really coming of age now and it is hard to believe he is the same player who struggled and poked around vs australia all those years ago. The reverse sweeps really summed up his form and game, he is really in a good space at the moment.

  • anurag4u10 on June 8, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    lol @ author he mentioned BALL OF THE DAY wdout even telling the bowlers name. clearly displays lack of gud writin skills

  • kriskingle on June 8, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    If England had won here, their claim to being the best test team would gather weight a hundred-fold, for no other team could replicate that kind of a victory. If SL had won, it would have been a victory every bit as improbable as England's last week at Cardiff. So, it is a return to the normal order of things in England,i.e, rain.

  • Kavum on June 8, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    I've got it! Matt Prior's bat handle cover, the rubber inside the handle and the material in his gloves as well as the cover of his kit bag had all been replaced by "flubber" (as in the Robin Williams movie). This hyperactive substance just went crazy in that dressing room. Those ancient windows just didn't stand a chance! Or maybe even Gilly had lent Prior one of his squash balls. BTW, if a visiting (probably non-caucasian) player had been in this situation, as many have pointed out, the credibility threshold would probably have been much lower for the sort of fatuous explanations trotted out by the team and Board officials. Much simpler if he admitted petulant "acting out" and took his lumps like any adult would. The IPL is what the IPL is and if you don't like it don't play in it or watch it. But some - ask Morgan, Sanga, Mahela and co. - seem to love it for what it is no matter what - go figure!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 8, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    @Kavum . You have the right to mention other teams in your comment and not others...yawn

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 8, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    @ Y2SJ. I agree with you!

  • DazTaylor on June 8, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Yawn SRT_Genius. Tell me, when your beloved Sachin (assuming you do judging by your moniker) got stumped off Ashley Giles, did you announce he was 'getting cocky' as you so eloquently put it? No, I thought not. Stop being a hypocrite.

  • crickstats on June 8, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    In fact Cardiff was a surprise

  • Aks2512 on June 8, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Ha the ECB's explanation was like that magic bulllet theory. Glove hits the kit bag, (incredibly) ricocheted off it, then hit a bat hard enough to make it slide down and break the glass. Then even they realised it was too farfetched so now they go with "Pprior had placed his bat by the windowsill and (oh so unfortunately) it slid down and broke the glass. Hypocrisy personified.

  • Y2SJ on June 8, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    If an Asian player had done what Prior had done, he would be banned for atleast a match and docked his match fees off.

  • kevinpp24 on June 8, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    All you Indian fans just remember one thing even T20 was invented by England 9 years ago. So dont fool yourself by sating IPL did everything. IPL is a copycat they just copied everything from every country and every sport. So stop talking about IPL in this article.

  • notvery on June 8, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    maybe they should install saftey glass... would seem reasonable. problem solved.

  • BanBouncers on June 8, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    England were clearly afraid of losing, knowing very well that "Cardiff" was just once in a lifetime phenomenon.

  • on June 8, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    It would have been better if ECB told that Window was so upset about prior run out that it put it handout and grab a bat near by and hit itself so hard that it broke the glass , Man !!! those dressing room thing get really upset when run outs occur ,earlier it was a tv and now it was a window ,I think ICC should rule prepare set of rules to dressing room equipments to ensure they behave properly next time LOL

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 8, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Cook's both dismissals were uncharacteristic... cook getting cocky ?

  • kitten on June 7, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Ponting was fined for a similar offence even though no one was injured. Prior did get off lightly, considering it was Lord's Cricket ground(Home of Cricket)....I feel too that had a Sri Lankan done the same, the penalty would definitely have been there for all to see and take note. Lucky Prior.

  • stationmaster on June 7, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    Cook was selfish, you can cover it up with 'nerves' or 'determination' etc etc, but he was in no way what so ever, playing for the tea. Really sad that the 'old' England crept back in, and they didn't push for the possible win, or at least give themselves a chance, mainly because of Cook. A team who wants to be number one in the World, would have pushed on. Credit to Bell for trying, Cook must have felt silly at the other end watching someone come in a score so quickly whilst he laboured through dot ball after dot ball.

  • Trickstar on June 7, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    @Prash Smith Your joking right? or are you just causing mischief. Why should anything happen to Prior, in every test that is played, players come in to their changing rooms, when they have suffered a frustrating dismissal etc and throw their bats or gloves around, that as always happened, as long as it's done in privacy, it is no one's business and is a part of pro sport. It was just unfortunate, that somehow a piece of his equipment, bounced and hit the window, nothing more than a accident. He then went down and personally apologized to all the MCC members, it should be the end of it. As far as you being 'sure a Sri Lankan player would have been fined and/or suspended for the next match', absolute rubbish, and it sounds like, your trying to fill some sort of agenda.

  • bigwonder on June 7, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    @Kavum, You got it buddy. Again and again, tests keep proving that they are boring and today we wall were expecting SriLanka to collapse (like the last test) and create some excitement. But alas, it ended up in draw. Compare this with T20 (or IPL as some rubbish english fans like to say) which gives you entertainment, excitement and above all a finite result.

  • the_blue_android on June 7, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    I wonder what's going on these days...the other day my I lost my cool and my wrist ricoched off my laptop screen and broke the display!

  • on June 7, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    If an opposition player had done the same thing Prior had done, would he got off so lightly? I'm 100% sure a Sri Lankan player would have been fined and/or suspended for the next match.

  • Kavum on June 7, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Ooh, a virginal conversation board! No Indian fans(?) commenting on a Sri Lankan match that does not involve them. That's a first (for me). Prior - shame on you; no jam or honey with your scones today dear. The ECB had better get Alistair Campbell on the job of explaining this one. Sri Lanka escaped impending defeat seemingly because of a lack of attacking spirit by Straussy. Thanks be to the 330 million deities and not to our batters. Sanga and Mahela have once again disappointed by not proving the class that the world believes they possess. Bat to your (inflated) averages if you can and the world will applaud you once again. Dilly: get better my man. The team needs you if you can play. Suggestion: Samaraweera leads instead of Sanga who didn't want the job anyway. His captaincy was not inspiring just like at Deccan. Third test on the horizon after the Essex third XI. Lay on MacDuff!!!!

  • KingOwl on June 7, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Sangakkara seems to be having a confidence problem. May be giving up the captaincy had uninteded consequences. I think he needs a big inning to get into his groove.

  • jackiethepen on June 7, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Belly's quickest Test 50 off 40 balls deserved a play of the day? He ended up 57* off 43 in an unselfish pre-declaration knock to speed things up. Mr. Centurion Cook got 11 runs in the hour before lunch, Bell got 13 runs off his first over.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 7, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Sanguinary is a great batsman. He will swing back the numbers.

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  • SRT_GENIUS on June 7, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Sanguinary is a great batsman. He will swing back the numbers.

  • jackiethepen on June 7, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Belly's quickest Test 50 off 40 balls deserved a play of the day? He ended up 57* off 43 in an unselfish pre-declaration knock to speed things up. Mr. Centurion Cook got 11 runs in the hour before lunch, Bell got 13 runs off his first over.

  • KingOwl on June 7, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Sangakkara seems to be having a confidence problem. May be giving up the captaincy had uninteded consequences. I think he needs a big inning to get into his groove.

  • Kavum on June 7, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Ooh, a virginal conversation board! No Indian fans(?) commenting on a Sri Lankan match that does not involve them. That's a first (for me). Prior - shame on you; no jam or honey with your scones today dear. The ECB had better get Alistair Campbell on the job of explaining this one. Sri Lanka escaped impending defeat seemingly because of a lack of attacking spirit by Straussy. Thanks be to the 330 million deities and not to our batters. Sanga and Mahela have once again disappointed by not proving the class that the world believes they possess. Bat to your (inflated) averages if you can and the world will applaud you once again. Dilly: get better my man. The team needs you if you can play. Suggestion: Samaraweera leads instead of Sanga who didn't want the job anyway. His captaincy was not inspiring just like at Deccan. Third test on the horizon after the Essex third XI. Lay on MacDuff!!!!

  • on June 7, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    If an opposition player had done the same thing Prior had done, would he got off so lightly? I'm 100% sure a Sri Lankan player would have been fined and/or suspended for the next match.

  • the_blue_android on June 7, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    I wonder what's going on these days...the other day my I lost my cool and my wrist ricoched off my laptop screen and broke the display!

  • bigwonder on June 7, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    @Kavum, You got it buddy. Again and again, tests keep proving that they are boring and today we wall were expecting SriLanka to collapse (like the last test) and create some excitement. But alas, it ended up in draw. Compare this with T20 (or IPL as some rubbish english fans like to say) which gives you entertainment, excitement and above all a finite result.

  • Trickstar on June 7, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    @Prash Smith Your joking right? or are you just causing mischief. Why should anything happen to Prior, in every test that is played, players come in to their changing rooms, when they have suffered a frustrating dismissal etc and throw their bats or gloves around, that as always happened, as long as it's done in privacy, it is no one's business and is a part of pro sport. It was just unfortunate, that somehow a piece of his equipment, bounced and hit the window, nothing more than a accident. He then went down and personally apologized to all the MCC members, it should be the end of it. As far as you being 'sure a Sri Lankan player would have been fined and/or suspended for the next match', absolute rubbish, and it sounds like, your trying to fill some sort of agenda.

  • stationmaster on June 7, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    Cook was selfish, you can cover it up with 'nerves' or 'determination' etc etc, but he was in no way what so ever, playing for the tea. Really sad that the 'old' England crept back in, and they didn't push for the possible win, or at least give themselves a chance, mainly because of Cook. A team who wants to be number one in the World, would have pushed on. Credit to Bell for trying, Cook must have felt silly at the other end watching someone come in a score so quickly whilst he laboured through dot ball after dot ball.

  • kitten on June 7, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Ponting was fined for a similar offence even though no one was injured. Prior did get off lightly, considering it was Lord's Cricket ground(Home of Cricket)....I feel too that had a Sri Lankan done the same, the penalty would definitely have been there for all to see and take note. Lucky Prior.