England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Rose Bowl, 2nd day June 17, 2011

Tremlett's six keep England in control

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Sri Lanka 177 for 9 (Fernando 33*, Welegedera 7*, Tremlett 6-42) v England
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chris Tremlett continued an impressive performance at his former home ground to claim a career-best 6 for 42 on a rain-hit second day to leave Sri Lanka 177 for 9 when the weather closed in again. That the visitors didn't collapse completely was down to Prasanna Jayawardene's fighting 43 and an unbeaten 33 from Dilhara Fernando at No. 9.

As had been predicted from a few days out, heavy rain greeted players and fans on the second morning meaning no play until after lunch was possible. A brief window then allowed 23.2 overs before the rain returned to leave the ground resembling a lake by late afternoon. Tremlett made the most of the drier period to become the first player on the Rose Bowl honours board, but his success wasn't shared by James Anderson and Stuart Broad who both endured a frustrating afternoon. There was a feeling that, despite Sri Lanka's difficult position, England could have done better.

Tremlett's first wicket of the day was Thilan Samaraweera, who had already taken a blow on the thumb before edging a drive to gully where Kevin Pietersen, another former Hampshire player, took a regulation catch. That broke a determined 50-run stand for the fifth wicket and exposed Sri Lanka's long tail as Thisara Perera showed he was nowhere near a Test No. 7.

Tremlett gave him a real working over with the short ball and Perera could have gone from his third delivery when he top-edged towards fine leg where Jonathan Trott was slow to respond from the boundary. However, it only took Tremlett three more balls to strike when Perera edged a cross-batted swipe to Matt Prior who had to react quickly. Rangana Herath wasn't in the mood for blocking, either, and played his shots before he fell to another top edge and this time Anderson settled under the catch at fine leg to give Tremlett his fifth.

However, amid some poor application from the tourists, Prasanna fought hard for his team. He is as technically correct as any of Sri Lanka's top order, which enabled him to survive the moving and bouncing ball by playing straight. His driving was especially impressive and he was denied a greater tally than five boundaries by a slow outfield.

The game turned into one of those frustrating periods when the main batsman starts declining singles with tailenders for company and England resorted to trying to bounce out Prasanna. Broad couldn't open his wicket tally, remaining the least effective of the pacemen, and was looking increasingly frustrated although some of the short-ball tactics employed were odd with the ball still swinging around.

Given how hard he had worked against the quicks it was disappointing when Prasanna picked out deep midwicket in Graeme Swann's first over but at least he went down in positive fashion. Fernando had provided Prasanna with solid support in their 41-run stand and showed far more determination than the two batsmen above him in the order. He kept the slips interested but also showed a deft touch when he late cut Anderson to third man, while the sight of Swann's slower offerings brought a few more shots.

Tremlett returned and claimed his sixth wicket, when Suranga Lakmal gloved a pull first ball, but despite a couple of huge swipes from Chanaka Welegedara he couldn't quite finish off the innings before the looming rain started to fall. However, the forecast for the weekend is more promising and Sri Lanka's low-scoring first innings at least means the match has progressed.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SirLen on June 18, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    ShadySlim - think you will find anyone who batted against England through the 90s had a superior average to their career. We were garbage. Average of 38 last time round though once we had an attack worthy of the name. I wouldn't put my house on any sporting event, but I'll have a few quid on us. India are certainly not in the same league as the Aussie tourists of 2005 and we are several rungs above our own class of 05. And we all know how that went.

  • on June 18, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    For all the people complaining about the "unfair" conditions earlier. They are not unfair they just favor the bowlers. Both teams have to bat and Struass has already gone, if Sri Lanka bowl well they can get wickets. Suddenly the pitch does not look like having so much bounce, I think that's more to do with the difference between tremlett and the Sri Lankan bowlers than the pitch.

  • heat-seeker on June 18, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Don't give up Team SL! If the weather stays like this, the opposition batters will also have a challenging time. Keep fighting... this match is far from over.

  • heat-seeker on June 18, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    @EnglishEmpire, that's a very apt name for your current (as Allan Border noted) Empire-XI side too! :) And pls do know your facts before spouting off bombastically - Tendulkar averages 60+ in England, as opposed to his career Test avg of 56. Finally, I hope you're not betting your house that the "underwhelming" Indians will get beaten 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0 by your mighty Empire-XI?? Wouldn't want even someone like you ending up homeless!

  • sameer111111 on June 18, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    The result would have been 3-0 if only the weather had held up. Didnt expect SL to win the series but the way they have played so far has been shocking, specially the batting. The bowling was always going to struggle since Murali retired. Surprisingly, the only batsman to have looked the part has been the wicketkeeper, who was under criticism for being a poor batsman.

  • SirLen on June 18, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Welcome to the home of cricket, for those of you who think it might actually be an Indian game. These are the conditions cricket was born in and are the truest test of bat and ball. You can keep your subcontinent dustbowls where runs flow freely, that is what is killing test cricket. The amount of average players with 50+ averages in the SL and Indian sides is nauseating, you can knock at least 10 runs off those averages for a true reflection. Tendulkar would have at least 25% less 100s and batting average if he had been born English. And finally, all the Indians saying wait until the World Champions (yawn) come to town. Well all I can say is the prospect is frankly underwhelming. Nothing like the fever when the Aussies are coming to town, and to a lesser extent the great WI sides of the past. Take a look, you can still get tickets for most days in most grounds.

  • on June 18, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Why is it that play does not start earlier to make up for lost overs? In SA this is normally the case.

  • nimal183 on June 18, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    I know its a bouncy and pace pitch but Tremlett needs bad weather to take wickets like that!!! not only Srilanka any team will struggle against this conditions. Lets hope the weather will get better and then we can see a real test!!!!!

  • lakhanpal.amit on June 18, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    india is one of the best team in world cricket today, they have won test matches all over the globe, even the great australian team of stev waugh failed to win atest series in india still they are considered to be great so why not india,and if SA ENG, AUS are such a great team why they fail when they come to subcontinent pitches.as far as this series goes.ecxept for the 20 over madness at cardiff it is pretty evenly contested.It is surprising to see Sanga and mahela fail in tandum. they are the back bone of srilanka team along with Dilshan.if your top three batsmen fail or get injured u are sure to struggle

  • Lord.emsworth on June 18, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Hammond ..your comments 'Cricket is an English game...Played on greenish wickets & unpredictable weather smacks of Xenophobia.Yes, England invented the game and have a really superb Test side right now but there is no need to have a 'master race' kind of attitude. Well, for all the' English game', rain, and green wickets,you mention England played 4 ( Yes four) WC's IN England and never once won the trophy...so much for your 'English game in English conditions. In these 4 instances the final was won by 3 teams from the Tropics (Twice WI, once India) and once by Australia.Cricket belongs to the world now...accept it, rejoice in it, and move on...

  • SirLen on June 18, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    ShadySlim - think you will find anyone who batted against England through the 90s had a superior average to their career. We were garbage. Average of 38 last time round though once we had an attack worthy of the name. I wouldn't put my house on any sporting event, but I'll have a few quid on us. India are certainly not in the same league as the Aussie tourists of 2005 and we are several rungs above our own class of 05. And we all know how that went.

  • on June 18, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    For all the people complaining about the "unfair" conditions earlier. They are not unfair they just favor the bowlers. Both teams have to bat and Struass has already gone, if Sri Lanka bowl well they can get wickets. Suddenly the pitch does not look like having so much bounce, I think that's more to do with the difference between tremlett and the Sri Lankan bowlers than the pitch.

  • heat-seeker on June 18, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Don't give up Team SL! If the weather stays like this, the opposition batters will also have a challenging time. Keep fighting... this match is far from over.

  • heat-seeker on June 18, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    @EnglishEmpire, that's a very apt name for your current (as Allan Border noted) Empire-XI side too! :) And pls do know your facts before spouting off bombastically - Tendulkar averages 60+ in England, as opposed to his career Test avg of 56. Finally, I hope you're not betting your house that the "underwhelming" Indians will get beaten 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0 by your mighty Empire-XI?? Wouldn't want even someone like you ending up homeless!

  • sameer111111 on June 18, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    The result would have been 3-0 if only the weather had held up. Didnt expect SL to win the series but the way they have played so far has been shocking, specially the batting. The bowling was always going to struggle since Murali retired. Surprisingly, the only batsman to have looked the part has been the wicketkeeper, who was under criticism for being a poor batsman.

  • SirLen on June 18, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Welcome to the home of cricket, for those of you who think it might actually be an Indian game. These are the conditions cricket was born in and are the truest test of bat and ball. You can keep your subcontinent dustbowls where runs flow freely, that is what is killing test cricket. The amount of average players with 50+ averages in the SL and Indian sides is nauseating, you can knock at least 10 runs off those averages for a true reflection. Tendulkar would have at least 25% less 100s and batting average if he had been born English. And finally, all the Indians saying wait until the World Champions (yawn) come to town. Well all I can say is the prospect is frankly underwhelming. Nothing like the fever when the Aussies are coming to town, and to a lesser extent the great WI sides of the past. Take a look, you can still get tickets for most days in most grounds.

  • on June 18, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Why is it that play does not start earlier to make up for lost overs? In SA this is normally the case.

  • nimal183 on June 18, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    I know its a bouncy and pace pitch but Tremlett needs bad weather to take wickets like that!!! not only Srilanka any team will struggle against this conditions. Lets hope the weather will get better and then we can see a real test!!!!!

  • lakhanpal.amit on June 18, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    india is one of the best team in world cricket today, they have won test matches all over the globe, even the great australian team of stev waugh failed to win atest series in india still they are considered to be great so why not india,and if SA ENG, AUS are such a great team why they fail when they come to subcontinent pitches.as far as this series goes.ecxept for the 20 over madness at cardiff it is pretty evenly contested.It is surprising to see Sanga and mahela fail in tandum. they are the back bone of srilanka team along with Dilshan.if your top three batsmen fail or get injured u are sure to struggle

  • Lord.emsworth on June 18, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Hammond ..your comments 'Cricket is an English game...Played on greenish wickets & unpredictable weather smacks of Xenophobia.Yes, England invented the game and have a really superb Test side right now but there is no need to have a 'master race' kind of attitude. Well, for all the' English game', rain, and green wickets,you mention England played 4 ( Yes four) WC's IN England and never once won the trophy...so much for your 'English game in English conditions. In these 4 instances the final was won by 3 teams from the Tropics (Twice WI, once India) and once by Australia.Cricket belongs to the world now...accept it, rejoice in it, and move on...

  • hawkeye30 on June 18, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    England fans: Sri Lanka has never complained about the conditions. It's a fact that SL does not feature in tours as they would like to in England. Yet it is known that SL has been a force to reckon with in which ever condition. However I must admit SL is having a horrible tour so far. England has played good cricket and SL has played very poor cricket. It's unfortunate that our best two players did not have sufficient match practice to get used to the conditions. It's their own seeking as they were not available for national duty due to the IPL. I strongly agree with Kirsten when he said T-20 is good for domestic cricket. It's after effects are already showing on international cricket as many players have already planned their retirement due to the IPL. The days that cricket was played for pride and glory are gone. Its all about the money.

  • 5wombats on June 18, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @jackthelad; England are T20 World Champions - so what obvious failings in the shorter forms of the game are you talking about? @jamrith; "This Test could get interesting, Sri Lanka have 3 quicks each with a different menu" - So Sri Lanka to win by an Innings before lunch on the last day? I think not. I think the only things on the menu are; "Pie" and "Sky".

  • aracer on June 18, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    "No chance of a result with this one - first innings hasn't even been completed!" Eh? England could easily have 100+ first innings lead by the end of day 3 and set SL 4 sessions to save the match chasing 300+. Seems like a perfectly decent chance of a result to me.

  • rmcsr86 on June 18, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    ds de silva eating our cricket :((((

  • Clive_Dunn on June 18, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    "Its high time ECB take action to give a fair chance to visiting teams"

    Quite right, I think the ECB should make the weather sunny at all times - it's a disgrace that the ECB fixes it to be overcast and a bit damp. This really is ruining subcontinent batsmens chances of padding their massively inflated statistics with more cheap runs. ECB LISTEN !

  • Woody111 on June 18, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    No chance of a result with this one - first innings hasn't even been completed! Broad is the most over-rated cricketer in England and is showing it right now.

  • kingcobra85 on June 18, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    England are not going to bat on another pitch they would be given the same pitch so get on with the game and play it with the right spirit. For the eng boys the next time you come to the subcontinent dont start this cycle again...

  • Hammond on June 18, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Plenty of ridiculous comments and excuses here. Everyone on the sub-continent seems to forget that cricket is an English game. Played in the summer like this with greenish wickets and unpredictable weather. I sincerely think that test cricket never would have made it if it was game developed on a dead flat track in the sub-continent with the ball never getting above your navel and everyone plonking the front foot down and swiping with a 3 pound bat. Sri-Lanka, Bang India and Pakistan would be well developing better test wickets with more bounce and seam movement if they are ever going to compete with the true, original and far more exciting form of the game as played in England and Australia. There is a reason why test cricket is still king in these countries, and it isn't just the ashes- it's because the cricket is better. No point complaining that the Sri Lankan batsman are facing "unfair" conditions- both sides have to bat twice. Maybe English batsman are just technically superior.

  • Manujer on June 18, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    SL cannot complain about the climate there. That is what test cricket all about. SL must be blamed for throwing away the wickets by reaching wide balls as well as rising balls and the selectors for ignoring 7/4 combination and Randiv as a batsman instead of Thisara . If the cricketers got the right attitude for test cricket with patience, application and dedication, SL could have performed well. Dilhara had these to a great extent even though he is not a talented batsman. That is the fault and not the whether. SL must get tours during the 2nd half of the English summer at least next time. Indians won't encounter with the climate problem like SL do.

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Its ridiculous that some people are blaming the weather and how it aids England's bowling attack. For all you people saying that, it's called "home advantage", and the touring team is supposed to overcome that to win. Thats why any team which is not able to win overseas is not really considered good. That's also one reason why the current Indian team is not considered "great", like the previous Australian outfit (fyi, I'm Indian) since they are yet to secure series win in SA and AUS. Unless the players posses the required technical knowledge and skill to adapt to foreign conditions, they'll always find it difficult to win overseas. I guess that's the problem with the SL team. And blaming the weather and pitch conditions for the SL team's performance is tantamount to saying that they are poor overseas performers, and would win only if they get very similar weather and pitches as they get in SL.

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    i find it absurd that ppl are complaining of home advantage, in fact it's the essence of test cricket. Even as an indian, i find this pitch more interesting than the batting friendly(dead in other words) tracks laid out in india . English and SouthAfrican pitches are a relief for test cricket as they can be the true test of a batsman in fast bowling.

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    I agree to an extent with Deepfreezed .. Tremlett anderson and all may be affective in These conditions but when they play in the Subcontignent they will see stars! Anywayz the positives i can take ut of this series is that Prasanna is definitely a capable batsmen under these conditions and Broad's confidence has been shattered( will be useful for India) and ofcourse Dilharas batting! wow.. Next time send him to bat at no3 :)

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Sanga let whole SL down. BigTalk bt No BigDeals @ BigMatch Moments. Sack him as Arjuna waz in 99 & play youngsters

  • Mitsui on June 18, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    @Deepfreeze : Altright my bad, Wrong person the comment was not meant @ you

  • jackthelad on June 18, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    England - despite their obvious failings in the shorter forms - are a good Test side, possibly the best in the world at the moment; Sri are not on that level, they were always going to struggle to take anything from this series. Home advantage? That worked well in the last Ashes series ...

  • Mitsui on June 18, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    @Deepfreezed: Do you have to give a** to every Sri Lankan article mate? Heard India-WI tour has begun so you can comment on them

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 18, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Ha ha truly lankan pussy cats r truly found rabbit in a headlight sanga and mahela r truly flat track bullies all srilankans commented that SA would romp indians 3-0 in test series but it was indians who had upper hand in Series third test not for boucher/kallis p/ship indians would have chased down 150 odd and won series but unfortunately SA saved series from losing and look what sl r doing in england and guess what we will see what happens when sl tour SA later this year

  • on June 18, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    @WhoCaresAboutIPL...err, actually Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman actually average around the same or higher away from home. Just a thought.

  • sanath007 on June 18, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    India is lucky they always play in the latter part of english summer, otherwise their batsman would struggle big time as well. but Sri Lanka always gets to play at the start of English summer when the conditions are bowler friendly and so cold, yesterday even kevin pieterson was struggling with the cold conditions because it was so cold.

  • on June 18, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Why are so many people complaining about home advantage? At the start of this series it was obvious Sri Lanka would do very well to draw due to the home advantage of England, this is still true. You'll get your turn next time we are in Sri Lanka so please stop complaining, its just sour grapes.

  • on June 18, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    @Deepfreezed "Sri lanka is the better side here" You must be watching a different series to the rest of us. It is actually summer and its unlucky that this series has been very badly affected by the weather. Having said that the weather didn't make people like Sangakarra and Perera play terrible wafts to balls they should have left or create Samaraweeras total lack of foot movement which makes him technically ill equipped to play the moving ball. Conditions are testing but well its a "test" match, England will have to bat too so we'll see if Sri Lankas bowlers can exploit the conditions.

  • on June 18, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    The temperature in Sri Lanka is at or just above 30C throughout the year in test venues. It never reaches 40C. If the tracks are flat and batting friendly it should obviously favour both home and visiting teams. There is no real danger of injury due to a sharp rising delivery from a pace bowler. The ball will turn from day one but most of the wickets are slow turners where batsmen have time to adjust. In contrast when there is a cloud cover, mosisture in the atmosphere and when the weather is bitterly cold there is tremendous amount of assistance to tall English pacemen in terms of bounce, seam and swing. The visiting seamers from sub continent except few exceptional cases with prior county experience cannot exploit these conditions to their best advantage. Considering all these with several bad weather breaks, conditions were definitely unfair for Sri Lankans. Still they could have done better. Few more first class games before test series would have done a world of good.

  • jamrith on June 18, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    This Test could get interesting, Sri Lanka have 3 quicks each with a different menu plus a left-arm spinner, a few early wickets could spread panic in the English ranks. Game on !!

  • skidmarks on June 18, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    with tremlett, anderson, swann and finn england should pick up plenty of wickets.

  • on June 18, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Perhaps they could have played a little bit later in the season, but really, it's England. It rains. They've been playing tests here since time immemorial, and deal with it. There's maybe been an unusually relentless patch of rain this past month, which is hardly something that could have been predicted whenever the tour was planned. Complaining about unfair conditions in this situation is churlish, and complaining about it causing the death of test cricket is just ridiculous. I mean what's worse, a five day match shortened by rain, or a Duckworth-Lewis 5-over-a-side pantomime?

  • on June 18, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    hi all! Its high time ECB take action to give a fair chance to visiting teams,why kill test cricket,cosidering the time lost its a shame on english cricket administration.Hope they will realise theirmistake sooner or later.

  • Deepfreezed on June 17, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    Sri lanka is the better side here. I don't see Eng facing these kind of tough conditions. Sri come here every 4 years to play 2 - 3 test. That is it... while Eng constantly plays in the sub-continent. What do you really expect to happen? Lets see End play on a slow turner with 35 degree weather and 90% humidity. Tremlet will bowl 10 overs max in these kind of conditions.

  • OliverWebber on June 17, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    @Frank Silva: it's the middle of June - this *is* summer! We have been very unlucky with the rain, but I'm afraid the fact is that English summers are unreliable. There's nothing "unfair" about it, and you can't blame ECB for the weather! Next time England tour in the subcontinent, will they complain that the hot, dry, dusty conditions are "unfair"? Of course not! Conditions are different all round the world, that is part of the richness of test cricket.

  • Puffin on June 17, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    If a home bowling attack cannot take advantage of local conditions it really has no hope elsewhere. The various conditions are part of Cricket's richness, it would be much the poorer if all were the same, ie flat boring batting tracks.

  • 5wombats on June 17, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    @Frank Silva; if you don't like seeing your team having their weaknesses exposed - then you are not under any obligation to watch. "England just want to chase stats not play cricket". No mate, it's called playing to win.

  • on June 17, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    There is nothing unfair about conditions. Most of the modern era batsmen are clueless against any sort of quality bowling. Really looking forward to India's tour.

  • stationmaster on June 17, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Broad needs to go now. Finn straight back into side please. Well done Tremlett, he seems more aggressive and seems to be finding his confidence, great news for England.

  • on June 17, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    This is not cricket the spectator sport it is meant to be. This is cricket by conditions only. ECB should give Sri Lanka a fair playing field ie summer tests and then you will see a proper cricket match. England just want to chase stats not play cricket.

    No wonder the ten test venues in UK are all loosing millions. ECB are doing their utmost to kill of what is left of Test Cricket

  • tjsimonsen on June 17, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Conditions are not unfair. Tricky, yes. But that is emphatically NOT the same as unfair. Rose Bowl today is not more unfair to SL than Galle is to Eng, NZ or SA. Good bowlers who know how to handle the conditions have an edge today, which means that batsmen who don't have the technique or (more likely) the application needed get exposed. That's what happened today. It's not "unfair" that the flat track bully get exposed. Players like Trott, Dravid or Kallis may be "boring", but in tricky conditions like this, they are more likely to show their worth. England's main concern before the India series must surely be that they seem to be fielding 3.5 bowlers at the moment. I am actually a fan of Broad (his cricket - not his attitude). But I think he should be send back to county cricket to sort out his game. Anderson spent a few years on the edge of the team after his great start to international cricket, and that definitly didn't seem to have done him any harm.

  • richardall8383 on June 17, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Please can we stop with the unfair conditions and other silly comments? Statistically Sri Lanka has a stronger batting line-up with several players averaging over 50, some may argue this is due to favourable 'home' conditions which are more bat friendly, thus why they have even better averages at home. If 'unfair' English home conditions are causing the Sri Lankan batsmen to make mistakes and lose their wickets cheaply, then isn't this a contradiction for several comments posted. If England where to play in Sri Lanka, they would score big runs and hardly be able to bowl the opposite team out. Pure and simply the Sri Lankan batsmen are being forced into silly errors and are imploding, but are not just to blame for themselves - this is also due to some great displays by the English bowlers. Despite Sri Lanka sending a great team, England at this current moment are playing better as a team and are creating more chances. They are on a role, on the flip side Sri Lanka are going through a tr

  • wilsondilip on June 17, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    HI ALL -- a-short note to say rain seems to be following sri lanka all the time; but we pray for good weather and clear sky's and ask the ALMIGHTY FOR victory.england would have struggled in these conditions as well.

  • sangamahela on June 17, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    @SLcricketLovers, What kind of technical skills you are talking about??? Why they shoud apologize?? Sanga & Mahela both played really well out side the subcontinent. I really don't Know how you forgot the past Series in Australia, England and West Indies. Sanga scored 192 and Mahela scored 100 in Australia, Mahela scored 125 in west Indies and 119 in England,140 in NZ ( last series) also 2 ODI hundreds in Eng . So if they are lack of skills how they can play in those conditions ??? Don't forget Mahela is the second highest run scorer in 2007 WC in West Indies and highest run scorer in T20 WC. This is a common problem for subcontinent players in bouncy pitches. Can England beat SL in Sri Lanka ??? That is called home advantage and till now only Australians did well in all conditions...

  • Herath-UK on June 17, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Worst thing from this series is when Indians come,it will be glorious sunshine and people will talk of glorious strokes forgetting the dismal weather and pitch conditions Sri Lankans got.Such in and out sessions due to weather make batting much worse having to begin new over and over.ECB has to think twice now having such early Tests not doing justice by Test cricket and crowds and early visiting teams. Ranil Herath

  • MartinC on June 17, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Some interesting comments about conditions being in England's favour because we are used to them. In stark contrast to when England play in the sub continent and it's 40 degrees on a baked strip of mud which gets shin high on day one and then gets slower. - because clearly English players play in those conditions most weeks. It all evens out - England win away not just at home.

    The wickets we play on are proper cricket wickets with some pace and bounce on day one that flatten out on day two and three and then offer some turn on the last couple of days. It's a good contest between bat and ball which is what a Test Match is all about - a test.

  • sparkatoff on June 17, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Maybe Sri Lanka would be able to exploit these conditions themselves if they had a half decent attack...

  • on June 17, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Let Indians (World champions) come ur way England. They will show you where you Stand.

  • hargreaves92 on June 17, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Conditions are not at all "unfair". It's what we in England call a contest between bat and ball, its also known as Test match cricket. Not boring subcontinent batting fests like Ind v SL series, 600 plays 700 and Sachin gets another double...whoopee...

  • scritty on June 17, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    @ Nivantha Tennakoon There is nothing particularly bad about these conditions in English terms. Broad hardly swing a ball all day and Tremlett only a touch (half a bat's width is all you need) Bounce was even, pace was average.light was aceptable Sangakkara and Jayawardene were hopeless in the first two tests. Sangakkarra is on his third trip to England and has 2 test 50's to show for all three trips and a top score of 66. If you want to delude yourself that this is all down unfair conditions that's up to you. Maybe England should refuse to play in 44 degree strength sapping, heat stroke inducing dust bowls next March and claim they are "unfair" as well Syndey bounces higher, Dunedin swings more and just about every pitch in SA is faste than the Rose bowl today. Light was ok Sri Lanka are being outplayed by a better team - it's as simple as that.

  • 5wombats on June 17, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    9/177. Well, so much for any idea that Sri Lanka were a strong batting side, or "equal" in some way to England. The evidence does not support this theory. My theory is that Tremlett is a darned dangerous bowler who is in the zone right now. There is strong evidence to support this. Sri Lanka has a great fighting tradition - but sorry, this time England are just too strong. A lot of time has been lost - England should reach SL's total in about 50 overs, this will still leave England more than 220 overs to post a total and force a result; 100 overs to get a lead of 400 and then 120 overs to bowl SL out again. Only rain can stop England doing this.

  • amir-test-cricket on June 17, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    @richard19913 i will double that ....

  • on June 17, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    an year ago sangakara was questioning the rankings system & blaming the FTP for less overseas tours for SL he thought that his side deserved to be no.1 but now they are struggling to draw the series furthermore they haven't got the bowling to take 20 wickets in a match

  • Lord.emsworth on June 17, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Dilhara Fernando my boy! my Boy! Keep it up laddie….As Sri Lanka's best batsmen no doubt you will be giving the Cowdrey lecture next year, learn to talk eloquently, score countless runs in the sub-continent, give off countless interviews, and turn down the captainship ….Amen!

  • WhoCaresAboutIPL on June 17, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Richard19913 is quite correct - actually this weather is not that typical for England in mid-June. Until a week ago most of East England had an official drought. In practice, this year SL would have done better to come in April. India may do better, although again their high batting averages have generally relied upon "home" conditions.

  • Ellis on June 17, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Thisara Perera showed he was not even a Test number 11. He obviously cannot play the short ball, and on this evidence lacks the stomach for a fight. Plonking his right leg towards the square leg umpire and swinging is not batting at any level. Prasanna Jayawardene batted with composure. Rangana Herath is a fighter. Dilhara stood his ground. Sri Lanka are in deep trouble unless the bowlers can come to the party. Most of the SL batsmen have not shown the patience needed to bat long on a strip like the Rose Bowl has prepared. Very disappointing performance.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on June 17, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Major issue is lack of correct technical skills of Sri Lankan batsmen. Paranawithana, Sanga, Mahela, Thilan all found it difficult to pick extra bounced balls from English super fast balers. This is the WORSE SL TEAM played ever in England so far. All the batsmen of current test team specially Sangakkara, Mahela, Thilan should be shamed of themselves and they must apologize from the country for all the silly things which they did in this test series. Prasanna Jayawardane is the one who did well in all three games. SLC should have sent a school team to ENG. If so they would have done something more than this very very poor national test team. Rain will not do anything harmful to ENG. If they score 350, that more than enough. Because Sri Lankan poor batting lineup will show their weaknesses again to the entire world & won't be able to score at least 100 runs in the second inning. ENG will definitely win the test series 2-0. You have done well ENG.. Best wishes for the IND tough series.

  • Richard19913 on June 17, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    @Nivantha conditions are seam bowler friendly for sure, but that is the climate of the country. In england seam and swing are given the advantage in our conditions, just as spin is in the subcontinent. Its is up to the batters to change their technique to battle it out in unfamiliar climates, that is what test cricket is all about

  • mets692006 on June 17, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    the conditions are absolutely crappy... the english players are used to playing in this year round so no wonder they have the upper hand... not to mention a very loaded englinsh line up against the B team from Sri Lanka. Lets see what's happens when the Indians come to town. England will be in for a rude awakening... oh did i mention that sri lanka don't play under these conditions...? hmmmmmm

  • sgh142 on June 17, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    A fantastic return to the Rose Bowl for one of Hampshires own, everyone delighted for Twiggy. All we need now is a blob for Pietersen and the place will be rockin'.

  • on June 17, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    No need skills to get wickets in these conditions.. mad... don't know why matches continue such unfair conditions.....

  • just_chill_chill on June 17, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Lankan "tigers" have been found out. Sanga and Mahela can't put bat to ball outside the subcontinent.

  • SirWilliam on June 17, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Er, "Sri Lanka sank", not "sunk", please!

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  • SirWilliam on June 17, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Er, "Sri Lanka sank", not "sunk", please!

  • just_chill_chill on June 17, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Lankan "tigers" have been found out. Sanga and Mahela can't put bat to ball outside the subcontinent.

  • on June 17, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    No need skills to get wickets in these conditions.. mad... don't know why matches continue such unfair conditions.....

  • sgh142 on June 17, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    A fantastic return to the Rose Bowl for one of Hampshires own, everyone delighted for Twiggy. All we need now is a blob for Pietersen and the place will be rockin'.

  • mets692006 on June 17, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    the conditions are absolutely crappy... the english players are used to playing in this year round so no wonder they have the upper hand... not to mention a very loaded englinsh line up against the B team from Sri Lanka. Lets see what's happens when the Indians come to town. England will be in for a rude awakening... oh did i mention that sri lanka don't play under these conditions...? hmmmmmm

  • Richard19913 on June 17, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    @Nivantha conditions are seam bowler friendly for sure, but that is the climate of the country. In england seam and swing are given the advantage in our conditions, just as spin is in the subcontinent. Its is up to the batters to change their technique to battle it out in unfamiliar climates, that is what test cricket is all about

  • WaldermaltCricketer on June 17, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Major issue is lack of correct technical skills of Sri Lankan batsmen. Paranawithana, Sanga, Mahela, Thilan all found it difficult to pick extra bounced balls from English super fast balers. This is the WORSE SL TEAM played ever in England so far. All the batsmen of current test team specially Sangakkara, Mahela, Thilan should be shamed of themselves and they must apologize from the country for all the silly things which they did in this test series. Prasanna Jayawardane is the one who did well in all three games. SLC should have sent a school team to ENG. If so they would have done something more than this very very poor national test team. Rain will not do anything harmful to ENG. If they score 350, that more than enough. Because Sri Lankan poor batting lineup will show their weaknesses again to the entire world & won't be able to score at least 100 runs in the second inning. ENG will definitely win the test series 2-0. You have done well ENG.. Best wishes for the IND tough series.

  • Ellis on June 17, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Thisara Perera showed he was not even a Test number 11. He obviously cannot play the short ball, and on this evidence lacks the stomach for a fight. Plonking his right leg towards the square leg umpire and swinging is not batting at any level. Prasanna Jayawardene batted with composure. Rangana Herath is a fighter. Dilhara stood his ground. Sri Lanka are in deep trouble unless the bowlers can come to the party. Most of the SL batsmen have not shown the patience needed to bat long on a strip like the Rose Bowl has prepared. Very disappointing performance.

  • WhoCaresAboutIPL on June 17, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Richard19913 is quite correct - actually this weather is not that typical for England in mid-June. Until a week ago most of East England had an official drought. In practice, this year SL would have done better to come in April. India may do better, although again their high batting averages have generally relied upon "home" conditions.

  • Lord.emsworth on June 17, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Dilhara Fernando my boy! my Boy! Keep it up laddie….As Sri Lanka's best batsmen no doubt you will be giving the Cowdrey lecture next year, learn to talk eloquently, score countless runs in the sub-continent, give off countless interviews, and turn down the captainship ….Amen!