England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Rose Bowl, 1st day June 16, 2011

Anderson and Tremlett put England on top


Sri Lanka 81 for 4 (Samaraweera 24*, P Jayawardene 10*) v England
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ten out of eleven days in this series have now been impacted by the weather after the Rose Bowl's entry to Test cricket was limited to 38 overs, but James Anderson and Chris Tremlett took two wickets apiece to ensure England gained control. The start of play was delayed and two further interruptions made it tough for the batsmen as Sri Lanka limped to 81 for 4, although they did well not to be in deeper trouble.

Andrew Strauss had no hesitation asking Sri Lanka to bat first and two lengthy stoppages meant the pace bowlers remained fresh. Anderson highlighted his value to the team, and reaffirmed how much he was missed at Lord's, with a probing performance even though his consistency of line wasn't quite at its best, while Tremlett caused a host of problems with steepling bounce from a good length. There certainly wasn't much in Sri Lanka's favour but failures by Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene, coupled with Tillakaratne Dilshan's absence, left them exposed.

It took a few overs for England to find their feet and a highly critical assessment of the day would say Sri Lanka's batsmen weren't made to play enough throughout. Anderson pushed a series of deliveries across the left-handed openers and it was a change of line that did the damage when he came round the wicket to draw debutant Lahiru Thirimanne into a loose drive which flew to Strauss at first slip. Thirimanne, replacing the injured Dilshan, had looked solid on his first appearance at Test level but Anderson's skills eventually proved too much.

Tharanga Paranavitana needed early treatment after a blow on the glove from Stuart Broad and also survived a review when England were convinced he was caught behind on 6 but Billy Doctrove, the third umpire, didn't see enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision. Paranavitana collected the only boundary before lunch off Broad, who had been given the new ball ahead of Tremlett but struggled for rhythm during his four-over spell.

Tremlett, on his former home ground, was introduced in the 10th over and immediately found some extra bounce from a good length and that pressure played a part in Anderson's success. However, moments after England made the breakthrough more rain forced the players off for two hours.

On the resumption it didn't take long for England to cause further problems. Tremlett trapped Paranavitana lbw with a very full delivery that caught the batsman on the crease and there wasn't any point using a review. Anderson then claimed the key scalp of Sangakkara who played a horrid drive at a wide delivery, symptomatic of a player with plenty on his mind performing a role he doesn't want to in this match. Sangakkara knew the shot did him no favours and left with a frustrated swipe of the bat.

England were sensing blood when further heavy rain descended and it wasn't until 6pm that play resumed. Mahela Jayawardene was given a thorough working over, by the height of Tremlett and swing of Anderson, before edging a lifting delivery from Tremlett to Matt Prior leaving Sri Lanka in deep trouble at 39 for 4.

With the last pair of recognised batsmen together England could have got close to running right through Sri Lanka but the visitors dug deep during the final hour. Thilan Samaraweera played a couple of handsome drives while Prasanna Jayawardene hung in against the moving ball although the quicks may have gained further reward by pitching a touch fuller, particularly Broad who still waited to make a significant impact.

However, England know there isn't much to come in Sri Lanka's lower order and will have visions of keeping them below 150. All that, though, depends on the weather playing ball and the forecast suggests there will be more significant time lost in this game.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    sri lanka should been pick suraj randiv instead of rangana herath. played well in essex game & has much better batting ability than herath.

  • Gayan on June 17, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    The problem with SL test team is that all our bowlers have batting averages. (Fernando 36, Herath 36, Welagedara & Lakmal 50+, Maharoof 60+). We currently do not have any good test bowler in our team, to take 20 wickets in a test. So we cannot match Eng bowling, and bowl Eng out as they do to us. And none of them can bat as well. Wonder why they did not pick up Kula for tests, who is a real good line and length swing bowler, whereas none of the current quick bowlers can bowl to a good line/length.

  • Anver on June 17, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    This 3rd test is surely heading for a tame draw.........Series gone Eng 1-0

  • Chandani on June 17, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    love to hear from Mahela. Like to hear what he tells about him and Sanga. these 2 guys are ruining Sri Lankan cricket. They do not want new guys to come in. It was an utter shame to see both these 2 play. If Sanga does not want to be captain, there are 10 more guys in the team. May be Thilan would have been the captain. These 2 people Mahela and Sanga are worried only about the money they will earn, they do not care about the country. It would have been better if we did not play these 2 players and let them play in the IPL and earn money and let Chandimal, Lahiru and may be Kaushal Silva play these 3 matches. We may loose..but now also with these 2 cash greedy people we are still loosing. People in the SLC are also dancing to the tune of the players. We need people like Arjuna to be back and teach these cash hungry players a good lession. Come on Mahela and Sanga, if you guys do not want to play test, go and play in the IPL and do not ruin our cricket !!!

  • James on June 17, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Totally agree with stationmaster and would go as far as saying that Broad has more potential as an allrounder than as a new ball bowler. With only 4 bowlers selected and a batsman-wicketkeeper in the side I am struggling to see where he fits at present. Finn is surely a worthier option on current form. I am not writing Broad off as he is certainly a lad packed with potential and it does need to be acknowledged as Optic says, that he has just come back from a couple of injuries. England for the first time in a while has strength in depth in the pace bowling department and the selectors need to use the carrot and stick approach to keep the guys in the wings interested and motivated. A closed shop mentality in relation to selection would be counter productive in my opinion.

  • Christopher on June 17, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Broad is the ECB's poster boy and won't ever be dropped for not performing as unfortunate as that may sound it is true. Performance or lack there of has no bearing on selection for the privileged few with the ECB selectors. I'm still waiting on an explanation as to why Broad is the 20/20 captain? Broad hasn't got the experience, demeanor, or character that used to be required to even be considered to being named captain of the England side.

  • Kasun on June 17, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @aryasachin - Dnt start telling mahela and sanga are flat track bullies cos they failed just this series..Get your facts straight before you talk abt something..Mahela has 2 centuries at his two previous outings at lords..and if you r saying sanga is a flat track bully Check out his average against Australia..that oughta give you some idea on how good a player sanga is..

  • Duncan on June 17, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    I agree with a lot of people that Broad is not really worth his place in the side at the moment, but I'm not in favour of replacing him with Finn or Onions. That effectively gives you 3 number11s and the way Swann has batted recently he would be too high at 8. It would be a return to the bad old days (remember the tail of Caddick, Giddins, Mullally, Tuffnell?). You might get a way with it against a poor attack, but against a good attack, 6 down would become all-out in no time. Bresnan or possibly Woakes would be a better like-for-like when fit again and would hopefully do a lot more with the ball.

  • abdullah on June 17, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    it is amazing to see so many ppl commenting on this forum who dont know the abc of cricket,..patriotism is one thing but respecting good cricketers should be there...v all know what mahela and sangakara can do..forget the indians..v have seen them flatten too many times.. except for rahul dravid and great sachin, none of the others have impressed...

  • arya on June 17, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    it is clear sanga and mahela are flattrack bulleys,,,,,boosting a very high avg in subcontinent pitches........wait and see how indian will play english bowlers ...they will make merry of broad,anderson and tremlett.........

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