England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Trent Bridge July 6, 2011

Quickfire Cook leads England rout

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England 171 for 0 (Cook 95*, Kieswetter 72*) beat Sri Lanka 174 (Sangakkara 75, Anderson 3-24) by ten wickets - D/L
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Alastair Cook made a mockery of his dour one-day reputation by galloping along to an extraordinary 75-ball 95, as England crushed Sri Lanka by ten wickets in the fourth ODI at Trent Bridge. The final margin was exactly the same as Sri Lanka themselves had inflicted on England in the World Cup quarter-final in Colombo back in March, and though this display hardly atoned for that drubbing on the game's biggest stage, it was nevertheless a hugely significant performance. The series is now squared at 2-2 with one to play, but more importantly, Cook has stated his credentials as a one-day cricketer in the plainest terms imaginable.

Admittedly, he will face tougher days at the crease, for Sri Lanka's bowlers performed dreadfully in defence of a substandard total of 174, serving up a diet of half-volleys, long-hops and leg-stump deliveries that fed every one of Cook's renowned strengths. But, as Mahela Jayawardene had demonstrated in his matchwinning displays at Headingley and Lord's last week, the secret to one-day opening is finding the gaps in the field. Cook struck 64 of his runs from 16 perfectly timed and placed fours, and he was only denied a century when Craig Kieswetter, at the behest of his captain, cleared the ropes twice in his last ten deliveries, as England hustled to victory in 23.5 overs.

This was England's first ten-wicket victory since South Africa played at the same ground in 2008, but the target on that occasion had been a meagre 83. Cook and Kieswetter's eventual stand of 171 (after a brief shower had shaved two overs off the chase) was England's highest for any wicket against Sri Lanka, and apart from anything else, it served to demonstrate just how inadequate their opponents' own batting had been earlier in the day.

After two matches played out in glorious sunshine at Headingley and Lord's, today's overcast conditions were a throwback to Sri Lanka's thumping defeat in the first match at The Oval. And once again, England's bowlers thrived in the swinging conditions. James Anderson reprised his new-ball performance in that Oval game to take 3 for 24 in eight overs, as Sri Lanka collapsed to 20 for 4 inside the first nine overs. Kumar Sangakkara prevented a complete meltdown with a gutsy 75, but only Angelo Mathews, who made 39 in a sixth-wicket stand of 72, could provide any lasting support.

Though it was overshadowed in the final analysis, Sangakkara's innings was as significant as Cook's in terms of timing. Following on from his majestic speech to the MCC at Lord's on Monday, he showed that his attack on the "cronies" who are ruining the game in his country had not distracted him from his principal role of run-scoring. After bearing the brunt of England's new-ball attack to reach an 80-ball half-century, he was last man out in the 44th over, caught off a leading edge to give Jade Dernbach his best ODI figures of 3 for 38.

The key bowler, however, was Anderson, who set the tone by extracting Tillakaratne Dilshan for a duck in the first over of the day. A full-length delivery swung just a fraction to graze the edge of the bat, and was easily pouched by Kieswetter behind the stumps. Three overs later, Tim Bresnan provided a variation on the same theme to dislodge Sri Lanka's form batsman, Jayawardene, for 9 - the ball nibbled off the seam and took the splice of a poorly-judged push outside off.

Within five deliveries, Anderson had struck again, as Dinesh Chandimal was pinned lbw for a duck by a full-length inducker, as if to suggest that Cook's invocation of the cricketing gods after Chandimal's Lord's century had paid dividends. And Anderson soon made it three in five overs, as Thilina Kandamby continued his poor series with a limp fence to second slip.

Stuart Broad's introduction to the attack started inauspiciously when he was edged second-ball through the vacant third slip for four, and his figures were starting to suffer at the hands of Suraj Randiv when he extracted a thin edge down the legside, to claim his first wicket of the series. He doubled his tally when Jeevan Mendis edged a lifter to the keeper, while Bresnan took the Catch of the Day award with a superb finger-tipped chance off Mathews, as he dived forward in his followthrough to scoop a leading edge.

With rain in the air and an onus on fast scoring to get ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis requirement, Cook was set on his way by three fours in the space of consecutive deliveries from Nuwan Kulasekara - two on a driveable length, and one ripe for a clip off the toes. Lasith Malinga then offered a rank long-hop that Cook carved past point, before Kulasekara's figures were further desecrated in a dreadful third over that went for 15 - seven in two balls to Cook, followed by a brace of boundaries for Kieswetter, whose method was agricultural but unquestionably effective in the circumstances.

Sri Lanka's bowling did not improve. Suranga Lakmal's line and length was non-existent as Cook cashed in on two half-volleys and a long-hop in the space of 10 deliveries to hurtle along to a 37-ball half-century, and England's only moment of alarm came when the clouds closed in midway through the eighth over. The 20-minute break served only to sharpen England's focus, and by the time Kieswetter slog-swept Randiv over midwicket for six to reach a 48-ball fifty, the only relevant target was the 20-over mark that would ensure a victory in the event of rain.

As with Mike Atherton's 98 not out on this ground against South Africa in 1998, Cook declined the opportunity to put personal milestones ahead of team glory as Kieswetter took control of the innings tempo in the final overs of the game. A second hundred in as many ODIs would have been richly deserved in the circumstances, but seeing as he has scored seven in his past 17 international innings, Cook will not be mourning the one that got away.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 8, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    SRI LANKA plays in complete boring manner. for this they were out of da WC now england is going 2 eradicate them from da NATWEST.BEST OF LUCK FOR COOK BOYS.

  • asablaster on July 8, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    wait guys .... after winning of SL cook will rethink about England future.... some are boasting this blog for Englishmen. wait till the end of last match. good luck cook try to get two figure marks

    lions are lions have their pay calm and quitely

  • Lord.emsworth on July 8, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Kothumalli...Very funny..really! I'll say one thing about Kandamby though, the 'man of the series'. Its NOT his fault! The SL board + selector Duleep Mendis selected him and ordered him to play in this ODI series. If he had refused he would have lost his contract and present livelihood. What was he supposed to do? Kandamby's selection seems more and more a pawn in the power struggle between the SL Board and certain 'others'. I'm sure you who....

  • kothumalli11 on July 8, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    News flash!!!!! All SL fans!!!!!! A request has been lodged by SLC with ECB & ICC to provide sun shine, flat batting track when SL bat, turn when SL spinners bowl, use bowling machines to replace extreme slow medium pacers Kula, Suranga etc. in the final ODI match . If these demands are not met, SL will not play the 5th ODI and they'll be considered the winning team because of their inability to face and bowl under swinging conditions. Kandamby will be awarded Man of the series for his contribution (????) in this series. Best bowling award goes to SL bowling machines. I am just kidding!!!!!!!!

  • stormy16 on July 8, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    SL beaten fair and squre and were no where in the game with bat or ball and yes less said about the conditions the better given the comments already made. Credit to Cook - the guy's numbmers (ave and s/rate) are sensational in his first series and we (includes me) critisize him! SL just has no idea how to bat and even the in form Mahela played one of those 'get out' shots he played all the way through the test series. The SL bowling was rubbish, sure Eng made 170+ for no loss but that was pathetic bowling once again highlighting the strenghts and weakneses of each team.

  • Domzo on July 8, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    @ranga_s: "Lot will try to make Anderson a world class bowler but for me he's not...he can only bowl well if the condition suits him fine"

    Have you watched any test series recently? Anderson is now world class or thereabouts as a test bowler. He's not quite there with the white ball yet, but then a lot of pure swing bowlers don't like the ODI ball. I'd like to see him pick up some tips from Z. Kahn who can make the white ball talk in all conditions.

  • asablaster on July 8, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    wait friends tomorrow is a boxing day if there is gloomy it's England day lions like sunshine we know England think high and dream on series win we will see they don't know how lions catch their pray

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 7, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Well well well. Cook and co can thrash useless teams like Pak and SL. Wait till the BIG BOYS show up !!

  • 5wombats on July 7, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Hey guys. What a pasting! Really nice to see Cook & Kieswetter take this ordinary SL bowling to the cleaners. About time; anyone watching the last 2 games would have thought that Sri Lanka were bowling hand grenades. A real captains knock! Cookie is really in some serious form and our good Aussie friend @Marcio correctly points out that a run a ball and some is the way to go against this sort of bowling. Aggression is what I've been waiting to see and we've finally got some. Bring on Old Trafford and bring on the indians....

  • on July 7, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Very well said jackiethepen. Cook got the treatment for his attack on youngster. But nevertheless great it was coming from you. Hats Off!

  • on July 8, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    SRI LANKA plays in complete boring manner. for this they were out of da WC now england is going 2 eradicate them from da NATWEST.BEST OF LUCK FOR COOK BOYS.

  • asablaster on July 8, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    wait guys .... after winning of SL cook will rethink about England future.... some are boasting this blog for Englishmen. wait till the end of last match. good luck cook try to get two figure marks

    lions are lions have their pay calm and quitely

  • Lord.emsworth on July 8, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Kothumalli...Very funny..really! I'll say one thing about Kandamby though, the 'man of the series'. Its NOT his fault! The SL board + selector Duleep Mendis selected him and ordered him to play in this ODI series. If he had refused he would have lost his contract and present livelihood. What was he supposed to do? Kandamby's selection seems more and more a pawn in the power struggle between the SL Board and certain 'others'. I'm sure you who....

  • kothumalli11 on July 8, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    News flash!!!!! All SL fans!!!!!! A request has been lodged by SLC with ECB & ICC to provide sun shine, flat batting track when SL bat, turn when SL spinners bowl, use bowling machines to replace extreme slow medium pacers Kula, Suranga etc. in the final ODI match . If these demands are not met, SL will not play the 5th ODI and they'll be considered the winning team because of their inability to face and bowl under swinging conditions. Kandamby will be awarded Man of the series for his contribution (????) in this series. Best bowling award goes to SL bowling machines. I am just kidding!!!!!!!!

  • stormy16 on July 8, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    SL beaten fair and squre and were no where in the game with bat or ball and yes less said about the conditions the better given the comments already made. Credit to Cook - the guy's numbmers (ave and s/rate) are sensational in his first series and we (includes me) critisize him! SL just has no idea how to bat and even the in form Mahela played one of those 'get out' shots he played all the way through the test series. The SL bowling was rubbish, sure Eng made 170+ for no loss but that was pathetic bowling once again highlighting the strenghts and weakneses of each team.

  • Domzo on July 8, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    @ranga_s: "Lot will try to make Anderson a world class bowler but for me he's not...he can only bowl well if the condition suits him fine"

    Have you watched any test series recently? Anderson is now world class or thereabouts as a test bowler. He's not quite there with the white ball yet, but then a lot of pure swing bowlers don't like the ODI ball. I'd like to see him pick up some tips from Z. Kahn who can make the white ball talk in all conditions.

  • asablaster on July 8, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    wait friends tomorrow is a boxing day if there is gloomy it's England day lions like sunshine we know England think high and dream on series win we will see they don't know how lions catch their pray

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 7, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Well well well. Cook and co can thrash useless teams like Pak and SL. Wait till the BIG BOYS show up !!

  • 5wombats on July 7, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Hey guys. What a pasting! Really nice to see Cook & Kieswetter take this ordinary SL bowling to the cleaners. About time; anyone watching the last 2 games would have thought that Sri Lanka were bowling hand grenades. A real captains knock! Cookie is really in some serious form and our good Aussie friend @Marcio correctly points out that a run a ball and some is the way to go against this sort of bowling. Aggression is what I've been waiting to see and we've finally got some. Bring on Old Trafford and bring on the indians....

  • on July 7, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Very well said jackiethepen. Cook got the treatment for his attack on youngster. But nevertheless great it was coming from you. Hats Off!

  • on July 7, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    I think what england saying that they are not seeking personal milestones is rubbish. Honestly can he do that after commenting about chandimal like that. Yes! chandimal shouldn,t have done that. Lords is an over hyped ground anyway.

  • criczealot on July 7, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    cook & co. really put england in a new high in cricket. wish gud luk for english cric.

  • on July 7, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    ok same story being repeated listen England can only win odis only if their bowling restricts oppositions on grassy pitched for less than 200 and with all due respect dat WORLD CLASS BAITING ORDER could only chase down minnow scores.If there's no seam movement with swing combined on Saturday SL will surely win mark my words they have already won a series in AUS in fast and bouncy wickets so Manchester wont be alien conditions.....

  • voma on July 7, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Thats more like it England , and yes when the weather conditions suit us we can beat anyone .Its not jimmy andersons fault that he is a master at swinging the ball , but cook and kiessweter were superb .

  • SnailBod on July 7, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    On watching the coverage of the game after getting home from work yesterday evening I was dismayed to hear Micheal Holding bang on about the conditions and wicket not being condusive to entertaining cricket. That the origin of the shorter form of the game was to bring in the punters ... Was he not looking around the ground ? It was a mid-week game and the stands were nearly full of people, all bouncing around with joy. Why should all wickets be like the sub-continent ? I dont get it, all countries have their own advantages. The english wouldnt expect to go to India and get a pitch that didnt suit the Indians and vice-versa. Neither Sri-Lanka or England are world leaders in ODI and one of those reasons is because they do not adapt. The Indians do and hence the reason for being at the top. It would do no-one any favours if conditions were all the same for every game. The game yesterday was a great one and even for the Sri-Lankan low score, if bowled better the game could been closer.

  • ranga_s on July 7, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Logic is simple...Look at the sky...game is done.....Cloud it's England....Sun it's SL....Btw....Cook was really superb....Lot will try to make Anderson a world class bowler but for me he's not...he can only bowl well if the condition suits him fine.....Swann is exceptional and love watching him bowl.....Cook on the other hand has been the find for England....He was really good right through out the series....Still maintain the idea Bell and Morgan should swap places....Finn should find a place and if possible Tremlett, England have a competitive side.....SL are doing fairly fine...nothing alarming going on there....still believe SL will win the last ODI.... should be a cracker of a game.....

  • landl47 on July 7, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    SL fans saying England can't win in Sri Lanka should remember the result of the last ODI series played there between the two countries in 2007. 3-2 to England, and one of the SL wins was the dead rubber game after it was 3-1. England do have a way to go, but they have a younger side. SL's great players (Dilshan, Sanga, Jaya) are in their mid-thirties. What happens when they are gone? England only have three players over 30 and the oldest of them, Swann, is only 32. I have no idea what Jackjak is talking about; England have 3 hitters (Kies, KP and Morgan) two accumulators (Cook, Trott) and one who can play either game (Bell). Seems like a pretty good balance to me, especially if Cook can play like this. England does need to be more flexible in their bowling and bring in an extra slow bowler when conditions require it, as they did at Leeds and Lord's. Other than that, England's OK. A series win over the WC finalists would be great.

  • on July 7, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Thisara should included feor next game instead kulasekara. If 70mph bowler cannot swing in overcast conditions , what's the use of him been included. I'm not talking a word about Kandamby. Coz he's our vice captain by everymean....... LOL

  • coatsie89 on July 7, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    I think people need to back off of Cook. He is one of the few players in the England squad that has a T20 hundred to his name for his county - he's not a boring, proddy, scratchy batsman - he can play all round the wicket. He is still in his early 20s and is quite obviously a quality player. He proved that on his test debut against India. I'm a firm believer that if you are a quality player, which he most certainly is, you have a part to play in any side in any form of the game. We have Morgan, Pietersen and potentially Kieswetter as our match winners - you need your consistent players to score at a strike rate of 70/80 and get you big runs - Cook will do that. When he first came into the ODI side, we were still chopping and changing players every game rather than giving people a fair crack at it. Mark my words, he will become one of England's most pivotal players in this form of the game, like he already is in our test team. Go Cooky!!!

  • pradeep_dealwis on July 7, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Well ENG has every right to manipulate their wickets to win. Not fair, but nothing wrong. Home advantage after all. But it also shows why they can't win ODIs anywhere else. @ JakJak....TEST matches is ENGLAND were supposed to be in those conditions, and in spinning conditions in the subcontinent, and in bouncy ones in SA and AUS. totally fair. that is test cricket, which is supposed to be a test for everyone involved. ODI conditions should be more batting friendly, obviously not 400+ wickets, but where bat has a slight advantage over ball. the last two games were played on such pitches.

  • Yolk_Eater on July 7, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    well the english fans seem to have come back again after their inexplicable absence in the last few days. I have been seeing some Sri Lankan fans accepting defeat gracefully and congratulating the England cricket team, but i can not state the same about the England cricket team fans. It's pretty evident they are not following the series in the right spirit. And as far as Mr. Cook is concerned, the man is a great talent, he gets me hooked up whenever there's an England test match, but yesterday he made a fool of himself because of the barrage of criticism he showed towards mathews. He was left to perform what he himself had asked for despite knowing that he could have easily got to a ton sans affecting the result of the game,getting to a ton in that situation doesn't mean that you put yourself before country, it only means that you deserve a little individual glory because of the hard earned 99 runs you made for your country, he must have got the lesson.

  • Turbo_lover on July 7, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    @all those who claim to know the "Only Correct conditions" for a "Correct cricket contest", Cricket was not 'mean to be', cricket is what it is. This is what entertains me most about cricket, there are dozens of variables contributing to a completely unique contest every single time even between the same sides. Hence, we must thank England and Subcontinent (former for its swinging kinda pitches and the later for its turning/dead mat ones), because in every such occassion, the cricket fan is treated to class,skill and composure of these fine gentlemen we call bowlers and batsmen. Stop complaining and excusing. Look at every pitch as an opportunity to excel in. Thus it is important for England to tour sub-continent and vice versa. Only this way, a team can grow from good to better to best and will be crowned world champion. All pitches are good, they favor different sides in different occassions. A consistently thriving, adapting and innovating team is the champion.Others are sore losers

  • Guernica on July 7, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    @Chameera - Cardiff was a very flat wicket and England won easily. A lot of people here are also forgetting that England won their last one-day series in Sri Lanka: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/291206.html. The two sides aren't that much different to how they were then.

  • Turbo_lover on July 7, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Thank you England. That was a delicious treat to those who love swinging deliveries. Befittingly, coming from a cricket rich nation. Respect for Anderson, he set the mood. Bresnan and Dernbach followed up successfully. Broad, wait another day man, you are no less, Just keep the spirit up. Swanny, they didn't leave any wickets for you :) . Captain Cook made it look easy (misleading). If he had not opened those flurries, the Srilankan pacers would not have sprayed and fumbled all over. I hope the Sri Lankans realise how important it is to have atleast a couple of pacers who are genuine swingers with an upright seam position. Sri Lanka has classy batsmen, England proved they have the classiest bowlers. I wish for a different pitch now where the tables are turned and a classic pressure ODI treats us all. Good luck Cricket !

  • pom_don on July 7, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    BTW all this tosh about green wickets favouring England, looking around past & present English county sides it would appear a lot of overseas players both batsmen & bowlers should be used to our surfaces including Malinga....if he is that much better than Jimmy why didn't he bowl us out?

  • mike88 on July 7, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    i can see some english fans commenting that srilanka can play only on flat pitches...i would say vice versa...that english team can play only in wet conditions...it is not the matter of pitch...its the matter of weather i would say.... srilankans prefer sunny conditions...srilanka even thrashed england in 2006 under green pitch conditions...but still the weather was sunny out then.,..they drew the test series and thrashed england in odi series...get lome sunny conditions and then test sl...nevertheless england played well today...the winner of this game is anderson i would say...the match was won by england in the first 30 mins.... also cook is the best england batsman in any form of cricket plus one of the best in crciket right now... waiting for an interesting 5th odi and not a one-sided one...

  • Lord.emsworth on July 7, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Chameera Sampath... England have won on easy wickets and sticky wickets in the recent past. Thats what has rejuvenated their game. They won the first ODI on a fairly easy wicket. SL for some reason cant seem to cope on green tops on this tour. They did excellently last time with Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga tearing away at the top but for some reason cant do it this time around. Perhaps its the politics that Sangakarra hints about?

  • Trickstar on July 7, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    @CharMal Well it must have been raining in England a lot because they've lost only one series in England, in nearly 3 years. Some of these comments, really show what a set of poor losers the SL fans are. You may want to start, having a look at your own teams problems, they've been hammered twice now, worse than any of England's losses. If conditions were so great for bowling, why haven't they managed to get a wicket, in England's chase. Fact is, SL can only bat on flat wickets, any life in the pitches and they play like amateurs and they're bowling, well less said about that, the better. Some of the SL fans, also might want to learn the difference between a average Trent Bridge pitch and a doctored pitch, how can it be doctored, when the ball was only swinging a bit, the pitch was a road when England batted . But I suppose whatever makes you feel better, next time we come over to play in SL you can prepare dust bowls, oh wait, that's what happened last time and you lost 3-2 in 2007.

  • Domzo on July 7, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    @sageleaf - And India will be playing on exactly the same pitches and in exactly the same weather conditions. Interesting point about Cook/Trott/Bell being too similar (don't agree on Bell - the problem with Bell it seems to me is that no-one has really defined his role in ODIs, too often he's either picking up the pieces from a top order collapse or dinking around in the middle overs then having to accelerate too suddenly and getting out. From his recent test batting, he has all the strokes. To me he's more of a Ross Taylor type and that's the kind of role he should be playing). I think that is more true about the bowlers. If there's swing on offer, Anderson will find it, Bresnan has really surprised me and Broad (when he gets it right) gets some awkward bounce from his height but they're all right arm over and a notch below express pace. Dernbach seems like more of the same but worse. Swann is an (excellent) conventional offspinner. A change-up bowler may help.

  • cyniket on July 7, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    there's a certain irony in the accusations that england can only play in english conditions, due to a few irrelevant odis. test matches are the true barometer, sri lanka have never won a test series in england, south africa, australia or india, and you want to talk about can't play in certain conditions? sri lanka were so out of their depth in the test series, their bowling looks less than county standard, that's what you should be worrying about.

  • Yevghenny on July 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    It's no wonder pitches around the world fail to attract test match crowds when they expect to bat on flat tracks every time. Everyone pitches into England when they fail in hot conditions on flat tracks, well why can't teams like Sri Lanka learn to deal with these conditions themselves?

  • on July 7, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    how much was in the game for sri lanka to lose?

  • on July 7, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Chandimal was actually not out....if u see the hawk-eye,the ball was pitching outside off,so no way u can give that out..........in the 3rd ODI at Lord"s, Chandimal was actually out at 67 off Swann but the umpire turned it down......so u can say it was a TIT for TAT for Chandimal..........

  • bobmartin on July 7, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Funny how most posters on here are commenting that England can only win in certain i.e. typically "English" conditions. Obviously that igores the fact that Sri Lank can't. That probably says as much about Sri Lanka as it does about England. Horses for courses and all that...

  • WhoCaresAboutIPL on July 7, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Many of the SL supporters seem overwhelmed by the "green" wicket. Remember all wickets in England have been covered for at least (from memory) 20 years, so home advantage bowlers (like the master, Derek Underwood) are now "hobbled". Atmospheric conditions were not that strange for an English summer and obviously then a home team bowling has an advantage of experience. That said, Captain Dishan said he would have batted first. All this proves is that almost all one day matches are limited - this one was effectively over in 30 minutes. The same is not true in a "proper" cricket match - no scoreboard pressure for later batsmen in the same innings, and also a second innings. That is why real surprises only occur in "normal" cricket (like 1st Test of SL series).

  • Truemans_Ghost on July 7, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    This series so far has led meto draw the following conclusions. 1. England are not a rubbish ODI side 2. England are not a great ODI side. 3. Sri Lanka are not a rubbish ODI side 4. Sri Lanka are not a great ODI side. None of these statements seem at all contraversial, but i bet most of the posts on here today will be passionately disagreeing with at least one of them

  • CricketingStargazer on July 7, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Some of the posters here have a point. ODIs should only be played in the sub-continent in "normal" conditions. Any match in which the conditions dictate that the pitch will not be a dead batting-fest should be abandoned as unfit for play. Any batting and bowling records set in any form of cricket elsewhere than the sub-continent should be expunged from the records, or treated as "Minor cricket" only :-). Let's make a move to real cricket in which any hint of challenge to the batsmen is removed from the game. This is obviously a far superior system the the old one where sides like the West Indies and Australia showed that they were the best by winning in all kinds of conditions all around the world!

  • chandau on July 7, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    oh well when it rains... anderson gets wickets and cook makes runs lol lol lol what a difference a green pich with clouds above does to an otherwise ordinary bowler ... and he's the best england have !! did SL read the pitch correct, coz I heard the commentator say Dilly wanted to bat anyway .... hmmm the guy has a sense of humor after all :) now i no brainer for all SL fans out there: what is Kandambi the VC doing in the middle order ?? who wants thilan back ? i prefer chamara k simply becoz he has age on his side :) pity Dilhara was injured.. he may have enjoyed bowling yesterday as one of the few seam bowlers we have.

  • tjsimonsen on July 7, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Well, well, I was going to say that England goes from the ridiculous to the sublime. But in reality England are EITHER ridiculous or sublime in ODIs at the moment. Could they only find a way to be more consistently sublimeā€¦ As for the conditions: they were sporting, not horrible or something similar. I for one certainly prefer to watch cricket in sporting (challenging) condition, as opposed to flat batting tracks. And yes, by that I also mean sporting tracks in the Subcontinent. They challenge everybody: visiting team as well as the home side; the batsmen as well as the bowlers - bowlers aren't gifted the wickets on sporting tracks. As we saw yesterday, they still have to bowl well. One of the most sporting wickets I recall in recent years was the one played on by India and Australia in the Mumbai test in November 2004. . Let's have more of that, please.

  • JackJak on July 7, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Originally Cricket was meant to be played on grassy pitches and typically English conditions..now that the game has become more popular in other countries than England itself..the new age fans fail to realize what cricket was all about or was meant to be. The real pitches are like the ones in Trent Bridge..something in it for the faster bowlers/and for really good spinners and for batsmen who can adapt technically. Playing on those low dead pitches in india, sri lanka, west indies, pakistan, bangla etc..is more frustrating and negative than anything else.

  • nimal183 on July 7, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Not much of a surprise!!! I knew this is going to happen.. England should start their home season in March... so that they can beat any team in the world!!! and be no1..

  • on July 7, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    My Team for the last match: Dilshan, Mahela, Dinesh, Sanga, Mathews, Dimuth, Jeevan, Tisara, Randiv, Malinga, Lakmal. Tisara and Lakmal should bowl high arm if possible to get more lift. Drop Kandamby and Nuwan...

  • CricketingStargazer on July 7, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have made a much bette effort to defendthis total. The conditions shoulod have suited their attack and at the innings break there seemed to be that 200 would be challenging to chase. That said, England went about the chase the way that they needed too: a solid stat, without getting bogged-down. Kieswetter did exactly the job that he has been picked for. Cook though, was astonishing. Where was the tortued, prodding, paceless batsman of previous matches???

  • on July 7, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    @Lord.emsworth Why England can't win on "easy wickets"?

  • mrgupta on July 7, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    @hawkeye30: My Comment was directed to people who were predicting 5-0 or 4-1 win for SL. And Whats about this alien condition thing? If SL think that they are among the best then they should start winning abroad and stop giving excuses like 'Alien' condition. Every top team must deal with this else they should not consider themselves among the very best, truth is SL were overconfident before this ODI series and have been under fire from England. A 10 wicket loss is not an Off day but a drubbing.

  • crictime11 on July 7, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    wow... i gotta say alaister cook's batting performances have really been amazing recently.. He's been a pleasure to watch... hats off to Mr Cook for leading from the front!

  • JackJak on July 7, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    England should start playing different bowlers for different pitches..James Anderson is better suited for those pitches where it swings a bit ..why waste him on those flat tracks..Maybe England should have separate bowlers for flat tracks and helpful tracks..Bresnan etc..might be a better option for the flat tracks..and England playing a few negative bowlers might be a good idea on flat tracks and a good yorker bowler...Ajmal Shezaad..Tremlet Bresnan might be a good idea on the flat pitches..tremlett of course is good on all pitches but its time England realizes they have an abundance of talent ..just play sensible and they will start winning everywhere consistently

  • arawet on July 7, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    England played really good cricket in this match and it's fair enough to say that the deserve the win..but gotta keep in mind that this was a English friendly scenario..well that's not an excuse for SL because they are supposed to adapt to the conditions, having 4-5 high class batsmen! But as Mr.Holding pointed out during commentary it's not all about taking home advantage in one day matches.It was simply like Nottingham guys left some grass on the turf to save the series for England.That's why ENG as a team is overwhelmed whenever they play in alien conditions.. Cook played a wonderful knock and Sanga was the only one to prove himself as a batsmen in a poor SL batting display.. and a word on commentary is essential I think...a pathetic piece of commentary by both Atherton&Nick which was followed by a 'funny' presentation by Nassar.. The commentators ought to be more 'neutral' in their profession....

    So let's keep our fingers crossed for the 5th ODI.Hope it'll be a 60% 40% pitch!

  • JackJak on July 7, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    What gave England the idea that Alastair Cook wont make a good one day player..if players like Rahul Dravid, Kallis, Attapattu etc..could play one day cricket then why cant Cook. The problem with England is.. they have too many similar batsmen playing together adn thats where they are wrong..Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell(he is slow in the beginning)..they should keep rotating them and not play all 3 together. Cook of course is captain now...so he will have to play so that means Trott has to sit out in one days most times because u cant have so many similar batsmen..you need different kinds ..1 or 2 of the dravid/Cook/Kallis kind, 2 of the Pietersen/Yuvraj kind and 1 or 2 of the Ian Bell/Ross Taylor kind. Maybe they should try playing Pietersen opener along with Cook instead of Kieswetter...Kieswetter a bit down the order will be a better option. If Pietersen starts getting used to opening in one days then would be just perfect.

  • KAIRAVA on July 7, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    jackiethepen, you hit it right on the nail regarding the Cook/Chandimal/Matthews saga. After all the bold talk that he did in the previous match and faced with no other options, Cook had to score at more than run a ball & had to do it without making a century. No team like to see an opposing batsman score a century, on their own turf.

  • JackJak on July 7, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    England should go back to its natural ways..preparing and playing on pitches where the ball seams/swings around..India/Srilanka etc..will be nullified when they play to their strength which is a team full of good tall seamers and batsmen with good technique. England is by far the best all round team in cricket today but please stop playing into the hands of India and Sri Lanka by preparing such flat tracks. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka are only a force when its total flat batting beauties. It's time to see England rise and dominate cricket..but hope they can start winning in all conditions..however hard and frustrating it maybe to play on the negative slow tracks in the subcontinent. They play good cricket and if they can develop the mindset to win everywhere then they will become a super team

  • Marcio on July 7, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    WMan, Cook deserved his criticisms. This is the first ODI innings I've seen him play where he really trumped the bowling. He needs to keep scoring at a decent rate. I wrote after the last game when he scored at about 80/100 balls, that he should be scoring at at least 110/100 against this weak SL attack. I mean, other than Malinga, all the other SL bowlers do is waddle up to the wicket and put the ball on the spot. Credit to them that they did that, but Cook and company allowed them to dominate with unimaginative, risk-free and tame batting.

  • Lord.emsworth on July 7, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Overwhelming England! Stupendous Cook! Atherton must be fighting shy of the cameras these days! Pundits said smuggly at the start that Cook was never even in the last ODI side and is now made the captain. I say he should never have been left out in the first place! SL, I'm afraid are looking more and more like a side that bat brilliantly only on easy wickets. Prove me wrong SL and make 300 odd on a seaming, swinging, green top! SL should look into their larder and fish out a quality support bowler to Malinga and a new quality spinner. Mendis & Mendis & Randiv have been tested, tried and found woefully wanting.Swann is streets ahead of them...

  • on July 7, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Two things: 1) SL should not have played Kandambi after finding out that he is in very bad form. They should give Dimuth a chance 2) SL bowling coach and selectors need to not that SL pacies are not able to extract bounce, seem movement or swing on such favourable environment. So SL should look for at least 2 tall bowlers who keep the seem upright and have a high arm action. Malinga, Lakmal are all low arm actions which generate extra pace but no surprise bounce or seem movement, the seem is always scrambled. Chmpaka Ramanyake is a failure in this tour. So how about Ramesh Ratnayake or Vassy for bowling advisor or coach ? We should promote high arm action and use low arm action mainly in the sub continent like Wasim Akram did. He change his action to suite the wicket, high arm for bouncy wickets and low arm for dead wickets in the sub continent. Nuwan also seems very ineffective in the green tops. Vassy would have revelled in such conditions but his time is over...

  • on July 7, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    The relation between England & Rain, If there is a rain England can win :D .That is why they never cant be a good one day team.

  • DIL7 on July 7, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    SL is completely out played by Englishmen @Trent Bridge.cook showed what type of a player he is in ODI,s.i think Bell should come @ no 3 spot for england.again weather played a part i think. yeah we will come back @ you Englishmen wait for the last encounter.......ALL THE BEST TO THE FIRE RING SKIP COOK.......FROM SL

  • nasharda on July 7, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    congrates england.but watch out a situation like a final they got no fear.in WC if any one can remember Englang defeated by 10 Wickets.yes it is true that in sloppy conditions it seems some what difficult but 9th any one can see what means 200%.other thing to add is why England prearing pitches like this.are thy feared on 4-1 loss.but in sri lanka it is hard to find a home advantage pitch.that is the bravoury of lions.in WC there was no even a single home advatage pitch prpared. where as England cant bat on flat piches.they are heros only in there home.not in the ssubcontinent.but english can do it if they are a team like austrailia.but a country like SL,IND or PAk still beat them.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on July 7, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Kandambi again FAILED as usual..Dilshan again FAILED as usual.. All the bowlers FAILED.. only Sangakkara made an great effort to put SL in a great position..all others FAILED.. Congratulations ENG..U have done well in this game.. ENG should thank, Mr.Dulip Mendis for selecting players like KANDAMBI who gives great support to opposition team to win.. DULIP MENDIS must answer to the country why KANDAMBI was selected to the team ? He's totally out of form for long long time.. DULIP MENDIS is the only one who knows the reason of KANDAMBI's inclusion to the team.. DULIP MENDIS must take the responsibility of all the games if he wants to play with USELESS VICE CAPTAIN KANDAMBI..

  • hawkeye30 on July 7, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    mrgupta- the ODI series is a tie so far. Which means the visitors have been equally competitive in alien conditions. Hence I suggest you worry about your own drubbing which might take place very soon! Congrats England and cook. Well deserved win. SLanka batted poorly and bowled even worse. Yet I believe Lanka will bounce back strongly!

  • on July 7, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    congrates coook ,u well played& kieswetter also played well ,yesterday i hv seen a different cook who was playing faster as compare to his last inning .nice improvement . now series is level both team hv chance to claim the trophy .........best of luck for next match

  • on July 7, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    from India.i think most boring 50 overs matches playing in england..this series was very boring..one sided matches..when the flat pitches given england cant chase 270..when they get opposition out for below 200 they are batting like superman.thing is when there is score board pressure england can bat well..because of that england lose lot of matches out side england..they cant win matches in sub continent.its ok coz it is very different to england pitches.but they cant win oneday matches in australia,southafrica,newzealand..giving green tops to opposition will give wins to england.but long term they cant win lot of matches & become no:01 team..if they want to become no:01 they have to play every single match on green tops in england.i cant see england win world cup for another 30 years.50 overs cricket will be in danger coz of low score matches..

  • Black_Rider on July 7, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    First of all congrats to England.They played really well.Outplayed us.We had a off day in the field.I think this will be career ending series for Thilina Kandambi.He is a failure.Drop him and play Thisara perera.He can bowl too.There is one more game to go.Wish you all the best Sri lankans.And for Cook and Sanga.Hats Off.

  • Sageleaf on July 7, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Why is Kandamby still playing? He not a bowler, fielder nor batsman but yet he is in the side? I guess if Darren Sammy can captain the West Indies without any contribution Kandamby also can play for Sri Lanka. Gosh man we are going down, no team spirit and losing to an England side has nothing but using weather and grassy pitches to their advantage well it's fine because they face the music when they come to Asian countries by playing bad in hot humid weather conditions. Watch out England, the Indian cricketers are on their way soon and they will put you where you belong.

  • on July 7, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Hi Stationmaster: Here's a comment from a SL fan: Cook and Kieswetter were both really good, and full credit to them and also to Anderson. But we'll talk about things after the next match. Hope the weather gods won't unleash their "wrath" on Chandimal that day.

  • on July 7, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    We should just look at the weather and award the game based on that. It is a problem that both teams have to correct that they are so dependent on the weather. Regardless of the final result neither set of fans is in a position to crow as this series has revealed Englands over-dependence on the ball swinging and Sri Lanka's inability to play the swinging ball.

  • CSpiers on July 7, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    take that all who criticise cook in the one day game! This guy is clearly a talent, he has been such an unbelievably consistent player in the last year or so. You only ever hear from know self proclaimed 'know it alls' on this site when someone scores under 10 or doesnt get a wicket. from an australian. btw scoring 95 off 75 balls in an international game is never 'a breeze' *rolls eyes*.

  • CharMal on July 7, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    @ stationmaster: i thought it is obvious as for most of the previous comments from UK fans that they only win if the rain is there. :) thank god for raining. so not much comments from SL fans.

  • Viz-from-OZ on July 7, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Think motivation is a huge factor when it comes to SL performances(as well as ball movement). Mark my words they'll turn up for the final aggressive and assured regardless of the wicket. SL can't sustain their enthusiasm for too long when they're winning or if they feel the opposition is substandard :0), if you check the stats we almost always lose more than a few games after world cups, while this is due to team rebuilding for other teams, it's low care factor for Srilankans I believe after doing so well in world cups. The only reason they got 175 was because Sanga was motivated after his speach, he couldn't afford to fail.

  • PremasiriS on July 7, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    Cook proved that a technically perfect batsman can play aggressively if he wants to. In contrast SL selectors of last 12 years have always preferred reckless hitters who always offer 2 -3 chances, even to score a 50 runs & find it difficult to play the ball along the ground when it matters most. Dilishan ( With his fractured thumb) K'mbi , R'dee , Jeewan shouldn't h've been played in any of these matches, (their 1stCl. Bat. & bow. stats are enough to evaluate the quality of them) who are very average players of limited skills. Though there is a dearth of fast bowlers in the Country mainly due to Rugby is being popularized in a big way, as if we are the World's No1 Rugby team, (the main reason why the great Game has been made to go out of favor from all leading schools by their greedy school principals), the quality batsmen&pinners are in abundance. You can't always succeed with avge bowlers who can bat a bit. Even Malinga looked very average b'cos of these babes of inept selectors.

  • landl47 on July 7, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    Yesterday, commenting on the preview, I said there was far too much gloom and doom being talked. I was right! Today I'm going the other way. This win, in favorable conditions, was so easy that it masked England's real problems. Yes, in situations which favor swing, England are too good for pretty much anybody. What they have to master is winning on flat pitches. It was fine to play 4 seamers today, but in 7 or 8 matches out of 10 it won't be. They need to develop a game plan to win in all conditions to be a top team in ODIs. That said, great play by Cook and Kieswetter; they made SL's struggles look amateurish. @Jackiethepen: Huh? Cook stays true to the principle of the team first and you get on his case? If he'd asked Kies to let him get his century, no doubt you'd have called him a hypocrite. Cook is doing what a captain should. At Lord's if Cook had got out going for rash shots England would have been rolled over as SL were today. Cook, so far in this series, has been a revelation.

  • Trickstar on July 7, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    @jackiethepen I don't agree with you, at all, if they wanted to, when the score needed, was about 20 to win, they both could have quite easily milked the scoring, so that it seemed Cook scoring a ton, happened in a quite organic way and I wouldn't have thought, no one would have given it, a second thought, well no one apart from you, who's seemed, to have seen, far more, than there was actually there imo. As far as the comment he made, if you're talking about, the cricketing Gods comment. It's hardly here nor there, really is it? and I would hardly say, he attacked the player, that's far too strong imo. He got asked about it, after the game, the other day and gave his opinion, whether you disagree with him, or not, is down to your opinion, of personal milestones, over getting the team over the line, first. I mean really? 'It made Cook look priggish, hoisted by his own petard', got to admit, it made me chuckle and 10/10, for trying to use, the most uncommon words, ever on cricinfo

  • NZLankan on July 7, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Here's another S lankan opinion: well done England! Those predicting a 5-0 (then a 4-1) series must feel a bit silly. What Mathews and Chandimal contrived to do at Lords was sad at best and (as someone suggested) helped refocus the English this time round. And there is nowhere to hide when a WC finalist succumbs to a 10 wicket defeat. Having said all that, this series is now set for great finale - here's hoping the weather stays fine and C'MON S LANKA!! 3-2 would be a good result against this particular English team in England.

  • on July 7, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    we were thoroughly outplayed this time.. hats out for cook and the rest of the team. got to say that sl cricket is unstable with all these freakin politics going on. rather than that, just to point out a fact, IT RAINED AGAIN AND ENGLAND WON!

  • mrgupta on July 7, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    I think almost every SL fan had commented before the start of the series that it will be either 5-0 or 4-1 in SL favour. How much bullish can you get after the test series drubbing? Yes drubbing, because SL were lucky due to weather playing spoilsport else it wud have been either 2-0 or 3-0 in the tests. SL fans and players speak more than what their team actually does on the field.

  • Percy_Fender on July 7, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    In weather conditions like what they were last night England has match winning bowlers. There is no question about that. I feel however that had they batted they too would have been in the dumps as Sri Lanka got to be in. Probably Lakmal and Kulasekhara did not bowl the right lengths and Sri Lankans like all Asians suffer in cold weather such as in England. Even if England wins the 5th ODI I would still say that barring the pace bowling the two teams are evenly matched.

  • Cricketluv on July 6, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    teams are made of individuals. Individuals are made of performances. England need some names like Gooch.. Do they have a Mahela or a Sanga in this sense, or Thendukar or Ricky. That's why personal milestones are important. Cook's knock, if with a ton, with little generosity from the non striker would have helped to creat a name like Mahela in Cook. All that is the game.

  • WMan on July 6, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    Its a sad state of affairs to continually read the criticism that Alistair Cook gets with his test cricket and his one day cricket. I have been following this guy since he started his career at Essex and since he has been in the spot light he has been the subject of countless negative opinions from people who wouldn't know if they fell accross a decent cricketer. Its an absolute joke that someone like Michael Atherton (who's that) makes the comments that he does. Cook is tallent, and brains, and temprement and thats the basic principals of cricket regardless if its 20/20's, limited overs or Tests. I said it when he started his career and I'll say it again, Cook will be the highest and most successfull run scorer for England. Hes not a smasher nor a dasher but there are very few smashers and dashers that are successfull and those that are have a brain betwen their ears. Good luck to you Cooky you deserve everything you achieve in your career!! WMAN

  • on July 6, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    What exactly were the boo boys doing in the crowd for the presentation? A thumping win, with Cook on fire, yet they were booing him? Idiots. They don't deserve seats.

  • on July 6, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    hope final of the series will be a thriller oppose to one sided matches up till now.

  • stationmaster on July 6, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Not many SL fans commenting today - strange.... :-) Massive congrats to Cook - it takes courage to go out and play like that under fire from media and ex-players. Loved every minute of watching him cement his place in this side. It's the best I've seen Ian Bell bat this series as well ;-)

  • jackiethepen on July 6, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Congrats to England and especially to Jimmy Anderson. He is unplayable when he bowls like that. It was a breeze for Cook and Kieswetter but very satisfying that Sri Lanka got a 10 wicket drubbing. The tables were turned. However the cricketing gods taught Cook a little lesson for his self-righteousness when he attacked the young man yesterday for wanting a ton. It was perfectly reasonable for Kieswetter to give Cook the strike for his century - it made no difference to the destiny of the game. But given Cook's strictures he had to ask Cook and Cook had to refuse. It made Cook look priggish, hoisted by his own petard. For goodness sake we don't want another Atherton as captain! And when Kieswetter said it was a matter of team spirit and the team before the individual - in the circumstances it became laughable. Cook didn't think of that when he was going slow for his century at Lords.

  • cyniket on July 6, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    when you watch a game like this, you do wonder if captains could be a bit braver in odi cricket. both sangakkara and kieswetter benefited from edges through vacated slip areas. whilst fielders in the ring may stop a few boundaries, surely teams would actually save more runs in the long run by having two or three slips. on a different point, i was delighted to see a team that was not obsessed with personal milestones, it's the sign of a good team and bodes well for england.

  • Roar911 on July 6, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    oh well, thats some thrashing... awesome batting from cook n kieswetter! congrats to England! .... only silver lining is, Sl is on it's way, creating a better middle order than the worldcup squad! once Dily finds his form, hope we'l be back in the groove!

  • subbass on July 6, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    2-2 I always thought this series would be close. England to win 3-2.

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  • subbass on July 6, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    2-2 I always thought this series would be close. England to win 3-2.

  • Roar911 on July 6, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    oh well, thats some thrashing... awesome batting from cook n kieswetter! congrats to England! .... only silver lining is, Sl is on it's way, creating a better middle order than the worldcup squad! once Dily finds his form, hope we'l be back in the groove!

  • cyniket on July 6, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    when you watch a game like this, you do wonder if captains could be a bit braver in odi cricket. both sangakkara and kieswetter benefited from edges through vacated slip areas. whilst fielders in the ring may stop a few boundaries, surely teams would actually save more runs in the long run by having two or three slips. on a different point, i was delighted to see a team that was not obsessed with personal milestones, it's the sign of a good team and bodes well for england.

  • jackiethepen on July 6, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Congrats to England and especially to Jimmy Anderson. He is unplayable when he bowls like that. It was a breeze for Cook and Kieswetter but very satisfying that Sri Lanka got a 10 wicket drubbing. The tables were turned. However the cricketing gods taught Cook a little lesson for his self-righteousness when he attacked the young man yesterday for wanting a ton. It was perfectly reasonable for Kieswetter to give Cook the strike for his century - it made no difference to the destiny of the game. But given Cook's strictures he had to ask Cook and Cook had to refuse. It made Cook look priggish, hoisted by his own petard. For goodness sake we don't want another Atherton as captain! And when Kieswetter said it was a matter of team spirit and the team before the individual - in the circumstances it became laughable. Cook didn't think of that when he was going slow for his century at Lords.

  • stationmaster on July 6, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Not many SL fans commenting today - strange.... :-) Massive congrats to Cook - it takes courage to go out and play like that under fire from media and ex-players. Loved every minute of watching him cement his place in this side. It's the best I've seen Ian Bell bat this series as well ;-)

  • on July 6, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    hope final of the series will be a thriller oppose to one sided matches up till now.

  • on July 6, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    What exactly were the boo boys doing in the crowd for the presentation? A thumping win, with Cook on fire, yet they were booing him? Idiots. They don't deserve seats.

  • WMan on July 6, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    Its a sad state of affairs to continually read the criticism that Alistair Cook gets with his test cricket and his one day cricket. I have been following this guy since he started his career at Essex and since he has been in the spot light he has been the subject of countless negative opinions from people who wouldn't know if they fell accross a decent cricketer. Its an absolute joke that someone like Michael Atherton (who's that) makes the comments that he does. Cook is tallent, and brains, and temprement and thats the basic principals of cricket regardless if its 20/20's, limited overs or Tests. I said it when he started his career and I'll say it again, Cook will be the highest and most successfull run scorer for England. Hes not a smasher nor a dasher but there are very few smashers and dashers that are successfull and those that are have a brain betwen their ears. Good luck to you Cooky you deserve everything you achieve in your career!! WMAN

  • Cricketluv on July 6, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    teams are made of individuals. Individuals are made of performances. England need some names like Gooch.. Do they have a Mahela or a Sanga in this sense, or Thendukar or Ricky. That's why personal milestones are important. Cook's knock, if with a ton, with little generosity from the non striker would have helped to creat a name like Mahela in Cook. All that is the game.

  • Percy_Fender on July 7, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    In weather conditions like what they were last night England has match winning bowlers. There is no question about that. I feel however that had they batted they too would have been in the dumps as Sri Lanka got to be in. Probably Lakmal and Kulasekhara did not bowl the right lengths and Sri Lankans like all Asians suffer in cold weather such as in England. Even if England wins the 5th ODI I would still say that barring the pace bowling the two teams are evenly matched.