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10.55 Right, we are set to start. Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss stride out. Sri Lanka's fielders take their places. Welegedara has the ball, and the initials UWMBCA

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"So much excitement at Cardiff - at least over the last 2 hours of the match - but weren't the Headingley and Edgbaston Tests of 1981 pretty dull until the last session or two?" asks Mark Kidger. "I suspect that anything that happens today will be an anticlimax, but the events on Monday have certainly awoken my interest in this series."

Sri Lanka have won the toss, and will bowl. Dilshan wants to bring his four seamers into play as early as possible, and insists he's still got confidence in his batsmen. "Dilhara and Welegedara are very experienced and can do a job for us."

Andrew Strauss expects the pitch to be "great for batting", but admits the first hour or so may be challenging.

10.30am More news, this time from the Sri Lanka camp. Dilhara Fernando returns from a knee niggle to lead the attack at Lord's, while Chanaka Welegedara will also get a chance, with Ajantha Mendis and Thisara Perera sitting out.

10.20am Did you know that Sri Lanka have never won at Lord's, although on the last two visits have secured creditable draws, particularly in 2006 when they batted more than two days to save the game. Pertinent info that, and if you'd like more of it, Andrew McGlashan has written a full preview for this match, and it's a worthy read.

Centuries from Mahela Jayawardene had much to do with Sri Lanka's good showings at their last two Lord's Tests, but those fond memories will seem a long way off now, writes Andrew Miller. Sri Lanka have insisted they aren't intimidated by pace and bounce, but that didn't seem to be the case in Cardiff, where they fell apart after Chris Tremlett blew the top order way. Tremlett insists he's ready to lead the attack once again, and with Stuart Broad and - as we've just heard - Steven Finn confirmed as playing, there'll be pace and bounce aplenty. Sri Lanka will do well to follow Jayawardene's advice and forget day five at Cardiff and focus on getting their mindsets right second time round.

10.15am "Perfect clear skies, a steady flood of punters, all rather splendid," writes Miller from Lord's.

10.10am Good morning everyone, and a warm welcome on a bright, sunny Friday morning in London. I'm Liam Brickhill, and together with Andrew McGlashan will be bringing you live commentary of today's play. Andrew Miller is at Lord's, and I'm sure we'll be hearing from him soon with any early news. An inspired England surged to a 1-0 lead on a dramatic final evening in Cardiff and they'll start as favourites again in this game, but Sri Lanka can't be written off. If this pleasant weather sticks around, there's no reason we couldn't get a full five days in too, which will make a nice change after the interruptions that blighted the first Test.

0.1

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, starts off with a shortish ball down the leg side that is left alone by Strauss

0.2

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, once more it is way past leg, Strauss tries to flick but misses

0.3

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, better line this time, homing in to middle and leg, inside-edged onto the pads by Strauss

0.4

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, and almost a repeat of the previous delivery, short of length ball that cramps Strauss, who again edges on to his legs, no much movement for Welegedara so far

0.5

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, off the middle of the bat this time, on middle stump, defended off the back foot towards mid-on

0.6

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, a touch fuller this time, clipped towards midwicket by Strauss and that is a maiden

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

Fernando won't be getting the new ball, it will be Lakmal from the Nursery end

1.1

Lakmal to Cook, 1 wide, that is a poor delivery to start, way wide of offstump, first run of the match, Lakmal suggests there is some problem with the area where his foot lands just before releasing the ball

1.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, outside off stump again, but not miles wide like the previous one, left alone

1.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, Lakmal keeps getting closer and closer to offstump, punched towards cover this time by Cook

Mark Hiratsuka, who is following this match from Japan, has just told us about a match taking place tomorrow to raise a few yen for earthquake/tsunami relief. It's in Tokyo and the details are right here. Anyone else tuning in from Japan?

1.3

Lakmal to Cook, no run, angling across Cook, short of a length and going away with the angle, Cook chases after it, looking to chop it behind point, he misses

1.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, nice delivery that, on a length and just outside off, Cook shaped to play initially before raising his bat to let the ball go

"I was intrigued by Mark Kidger's comment," writes Leonard Stokes. "Having watched and played cricket for over 40 years surely this day at Lord's is potentially crucial. England 325-2 at close of play perhaps? loss of toss negated. Heading for 600 all out an hour before the close of Day 2. Sri Lanka's only chance of winning? Get 800 in 7 sessions leaving Englad to bat 4 hours to save the match. Alternatively England 185 All out just before tea. Series wide open. Anti-climax not me thinks!"

1.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, too far outside off to worry Cook, that one was 85.3mph but it nearly bounced a second time before reaching the keeper

1.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, length ball on offstump to end the over, Cook defends with the full face of the bat, and the ball dribbles towards the stumps at the non-striker's end

End of over 2 (1 run) England 1/0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-1-0-0

2.1

Welegedara to Strauss, FOUR, first runs off the bat, nicely done by Strauss, a length ball angling into leg stump, no power behind the clip past midwicket from Strauss, the timing and the quick outfield does the job

2.2

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, length ball outside off, 82mph that one, Strauss shoulders arms

2.3

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, good line from Welegedara, in the channel outside off, Strauss is content to leave

2.4

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, a touch shorter than the previous one, same line though ,Strauss defends this one to the off side, no evidence of swing at all so far

2.5

Welegedara to Strauss, no run, well well, not quite a shot you expect to see ten minutes into a Test match, a short ball outside off, Strauss pulls that from outside off, cameras panned towards the boundary before we realised the ball had struck Samaraweera at short leg

2.6

Welegedara to Strauss, OUT, Welegedara has struck, he's removed the England captain, a short of length ball that nipped in, Strauss was coming across the stumps and looking to whip the ball to the leg side, he misses and is struck just above the knee roll, pitching outside off and hit him in front of middle, replays show that was going on to hit the top of middle and leg, Strauss ponders asking for the referral, but then decides against it, and Sri Lanka have made an early breakthrough

AJ Strauss lbw b Welegedara 4 (14m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 5/1
     UWMBCA Welegedara    2-1-4-1
AN Cook    0* (6b)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-1-0

3.1

Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, on the pads, Cook gets off the mark by tucking the ball down to fine leg

"Not quite Japan yet - but does waiting in Shanghai Pudong for a flight to Japan count?!" Yep, we'll give you that one Paul.

3.2

Lakmal to Trott, no run, that was on legstump, Trott shuffles across a touch and looks to work it to the leg side, the ball rolls towards short leg

3.3

Lakmal to Trott, 2 runs, Trott gets going, Lakmal feeds him on the leg stump once again, Trott punches that past midwicket to pick up a couple

3.4

Lakmal to Trott, no run, just outside the off stump, Trott happy to leave that alone

"Not following the match in Japan but not far away in Hong Kong. Hot and sweaty after a 33km bike ride to try to get fit and lose weight......failing both miserably as i'm on to my 3rd can of beer!" Fighting a losing battle perhaps, Tony.

3.5

Lakmal to Trott, no run, hint of away movement in that delivery, outside off and Trott is content to leave

"Leonard, if that 800 includes a first double century for Steve Finn in today's final session, anticlimax it will not be today," replies Mark Kidger. "We'll compare impressions later!"

3.6

Lakmal to Trott, no run, short of length ball, in the corridor outside off, blocked off the back foot towards cover

End of over 4 (3 runs) England 8/1
IJL Trott    2* (5b)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-4-0
AN Cook    1* (7b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    2-1-4-1

4.1

Welegedara to Cook, no run, Welegedara, tough name to type that, starts the over with a length ball outside off, pushed from the crease in front of point

"That wicket should be credited to the short leg fielder for stopping a certain boundary," writes Sujan. Not sure Welegedara would agree with that!

4.2

Welegedara to Cook, no run, angling down the leg side, Cook moves across and tries to help it to fine leg, off the thigh pad towards the keeper

4.3

Welegedara to Cook, FOUR, much better ball from Welegedara, length and around off stump, Cook picks up a boundary, but not exactly intentional, he was stretching forward to play that ball, gets a thick outside edge past gully for four

4.4

Welegedara to Cook, 3 runs, much more convincing from Cook, another legstump offering from Welegedara and Cook gets forward and eases it past mid-on, elegantly done

Three slips and a gully in place, short leg as well

4.5

Welegedara to Trott, no run, Trott defends off the front foot, inside-edged on to the pads, it was short of length and just outside off

4.6

Welegedara to Trott, no run, fuller from Welegedara to end the over, just outside off and pushed off the front foot towards point

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 15/1
IJL Trott    2* (7b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-1-11-1
AN Cook    8* (11b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-4-0

5.1

Lakmal to Cook, 2 runs, back of a length and outside off, Cook jabs it through cover for a couple

5.2

Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, length ball on the legstump, eased towards midwicket from the crease, batsmen sprint a single

5.3

Lakmal to Trott, no run, short and heading down the leg side, Trott looking to help that along towards backward square leg, he misses and is struck on his chest, doesn't seem too worried by that though

5.4

Lakmal to Trott, OUT, is it an early end for the run-machine? we have a referral, yup, Trott's gone, that was pitching just short of a length around off stump, no great movement, Trott looks to clip it to the leg side, he misses and is struck just below the knee roll in front of middle, replays show it was going on to hit leg, Dilshan will be delighted after all the questioning over the decision to bowl

IJL Trott lbw b Lakmal 2 (13m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

Kevin Pietersen is the new batsman, he averages 60 at Lord's. Much talk about his struggles against left-arm spin, and the camera zooms in on Herath as soon as Pietersen takes guard

5.5

Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, Lakaml welcomes KP with a 85mph bouncer on middle stump, batsman ducks

5.6

Lakmal to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen gets his first run by easing the ball towards cover off the front foot for a single

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 19/2
KP Pietersen    1* (2b)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-8-1
AN Cook    11* (13b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-1-11-1

6.1

Welegedara to Pietersen, no run, Welegedara sends this one outside off, Pietersen is happy to leave

6.2

Welegedara to Pietersen, no run, once more outside off, 83mph, bounces nicely through to the keeper, Pietersen leaves, then walks out and taps the spot where the ball bounced

6.3

Welegedara to Pietersen, no run, too far outside off to worry Pietersen, who leaves with exaggerated caution

6.4

Welegedara to Pietersen, 1 run, closer to offstump this time, making Pietersen play, punched off the front foot towards cover

6.5

Welegedara to Cook, no run, just outside off, Cook is content to leave

6.6

Welegedara to Cook, 1 run, full and on the pads, 85mph, easily helped along to fine leg for a single by Cook

End of over 7 (2 runs) England 21/2
AN Cook    12* (15b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-1-13-1
KP Pietersen    2* (6b)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-8-1

7.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, length on offstump, 86mph, blocked back down the track towards the bowler

7.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, short of length ball on legstump, Cook wanted to glance that down to fine leg once more, off the thigh pad and it rolls to the leg side

7.3

Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, oof, that was a run-out chance, a full ball from Lakmal is jabbed towards mid-on, Cook sets off immediately, Fernando picks up and fires in the throw which is wide, a direct hit and that would have been very close

7.4

Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, that was well outside off, Pietersen sees it through to the keeper

7.5

Lakmal to Pietersen, OUT, England are three down, Pietersen is gone to an athletic catch from Dilshan at gully, length ball outside off, moves away a touch and Pietersen was reaching for that one, gets the outside edge which flies towards Dilshan, who flings himself to his right to pouch that

KP Pietersen c Dilshan b Lakmal 2 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

At least there won't be more left-arm spin headlines tomorrow

7.6

Lakmal to Bell, FOUR, Bell gets going with a stylish shot, it was a shortish ball that Bell pulled square for four, does well to control that stroke

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 26/3
IR Bell    4* (1b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-0-13-2
AN Cook    13* (18b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-1-13-1

8.1

Welegedara to Cook, no run, Cook moves forward and lets the ball through to the keeper, initially intended to play that one

8.2

Welegedara to Cook, no run, once more an England batsman in trouble looking to clip the ball to the leg side, this was on off and middle, a length ball, Cook wants to turn it towards midwicket, outside edge pops towards cover

8.3

Welegedara to Cook, no run, Welegedara getting into a nice rhythm, keeping it around off, left alone this time

8.4

Welegedara to Cook, no run, a bit shorter, and a bit wider this time, Cooks stands tall and works the ball behind point

8.5

Welegedara to Cook, no run, nips in from a short of a length, Cook defends that one solidly towards the leg side

The sun is out, and it is a picture-perfect day at Lord's

8.6

Welegedara to Cook, no run, about a foot outside off, Cook moves across and lets the ball to the keeper

Wanderer seems pleased with himself: "Is Suranga Lakmal related to Kamran Akmal? ho ho"

End of over 9 (maiden) England 26/3
AN Cook    13* (24b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-2-13-1
IR Bell    4* (1b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-0-13-2

9.1

Lakmal to Bell, no run, blocked towards silly point, Samaraweera comes across from short leg to stop that one

9.2

Lakmal to Bell, no run, oohs and aahs as that one beats the outside edge, length ball pitching just outside off and Bell looks to defend that but ends up playing inside the line

9.3

Lakmal to Bell, no run, a bit wider, left alone by Bell, Sri Lanka's bowlers bowling more consistent lines and lengths now

9.4

Lakmal to Bell, FOUR, Bell picks up another boundary, a controlled glide by opening the face of the bat to send the ball past slips for four

Two slips in

9.5

Lakmal to Bell, no run, full and well outside off, hint of swing there, 87.2mph, that doesn't bother Bell though, Prasanna collects

9.6

Lakmal to Bell, FOUR, nearly a fourth for Sri Lanka, Bell survives, he was looking to defend from the crease, pokes at the ball, that was just outside off stump, lands short of slip though, Dilshan dives across from second slip but he can't wrap his hands around it

End of over 10 (8 runs) England 34/3
IR Bell    12* (7b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    5-0-21-2
AN Cook    13* (24b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-2-13-1

10.1

Welegedara to Cook, no run, Welegedara starts the over with a tight delivery in the channel outside off, Cook leaves

10.2

Welegedara to Cook, no run, length ball just outside off, Cook moved across the stumps and was cramped up a touch, he still prods it towards point, Welegedara getting the ball to duck in a touch

10.3

Welegedara to Cook, no run, Cook looks more at ease this time, punches the length ball towards mid-off

10.4

Welegedara to Cook, FOUR, short and wide, 82mph, Cook accepts the gift, stands tall and hammers that in front of point for four, Welegedara grimaces after seeing the shot

10.5

Welegedara to Cook, 1 no ball, no-ball, fullish ball on middle and off, eased towards midwicket, bat turns in his hand as he plays that shot

10.5

Welegedara to Cook, no run, length ball outside off, Cook gets a big stride in as he defends towards cover

10.6

Welegedara to Cook, no run, short and well outside off, Cook is content to leave that one, initially thought about bringing out the cut once again, but decides against it

End of over 11 (5 runs) England 39/3
AN Cook    17* (31b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-2-18-1
IR Bell    12* (7b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    5-0-21-2

11.1

Lakmal to Bell, no run, easy leave for Bell outside off

11.2

Lakmal to Bell, no run, length ball outside off, another leave

11.3

Lakmal to Bell, no run, Bell had all sort of trouble against Lakmal, how on earth did that miss offstump, Lakmal gets the ball to jag in a touch from a length, Bell looks to drives but the ball sneaks through the bat-pad gap and within an inch of offstump

11.4

Lakmal to Bell, no run, too far outside off to worry Bell

11.5

Lakmal to Bell, no run, once again Lakmal sprays it too far to interest Bell

11.6

Lakmal to Bell, 1 run, full 84mph ball to end the over, whipped towards midwicket by Bell

And that will be drinks.

End of over 12 (1 run) England 40/3
IR Bell    13* (13b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-0-22-2
AN Cook    17* (31b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-2-18-1

Welegedara continues after the break

12.1

Welegedara to Bell, no run, jammed down to keep Bell on the back foot, the ball defended to point

12.2

Welegedara to Bell, no run, just short of a good length once again, Bell is solid in defence

"Sri Lanka are like a different team," writes Lawrence. "I don't know what Stuart Law has said to them but whatever it is, it's worked. England in trouble."

12.3

Welegedara to Bell, no run, fuller, this one also goes a touch wider on the angle as Bell leans across to defend to cover

12.4

Welegedara to Bell, 1 run, tucked down to fine leg for a quiet single

12.5

Welegedara to Cook, no run, Cook defends to cover point with a hop, the hands extending into the defensive stroke

12.6

Welegedara to Cook, FOUR, shot! Welegedara sends down a juicy leg-stump half-volley that Cook clips neatly to the midwicket boundary

End of over 13 (5 runs) England 45/3
AN Cook    21* (33b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-2-23-1
IR Bell    14* (17b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-0-22-2

It appeared for a moment that Dilhara Fernando would come into the attack, but Lakmal will continue for the moment. Three slips, a gully, and a deep-ish short leg in place

13.1

Lakmal to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

13.2

Lakmal to Bell, no run, shaping away from the bat outside off, left alone

13.3

Lakmal to Bell, no run, aimed at the off stump, the bowler maintaining a disciplined line and Bell defends

13.4

Lakmal to Bell, no run, gentle away swing once more, and Bell shows good judgement in covering his stumps and leaving well alone

13.5

Lakmal to Bell, no run, this one slips out far too wide and goes further as it nears the batsman, Bell has a look and whips his bat out of the way

13.6

Lakmal to Bell, FOUR, stroked elegantly down the ground, impeccable balance and timing in the shot as Bell leans forward to drive past mid-off

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 49/3
IR Bell    18* (23b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-0-26-2
AN Cook    21* (33b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-2-23-1

And now we will have a change, but it'll be Farveez Maharoof, rather than Fernando, to have a go. Two slips and a gully

14.1

Maharoof to Cook, (no ball) FOUR, horrid start from The Roof, a no-ball hurled down outside leg stump is glanced down to the fine leg boundary

14.1

Maharoof to Cook, no run, that's much better, Maharoof quickly re-adjusts with a length ball that seams away off the pitch. A patient Cook steps forward and across and leaves well alone

14.2

Maharoof to Cook, no run, full and straight, Cook steps into his characteristic shuffling defence. It looks shaky, but it's strangely effective!

14.3

Maharoof to Cook, no run, good bounce and carry outside off, but the angle means it's easily left alone once more

14.4

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Maharoof continues to plow a furrow outside off, again Cook leaves alone

14.5

Maharoof to Cook, no run, same again, this one doesn't bounce quite as much but the line is identical, as is the shot

14.6

Maharoof to Cook, no run, and Maharoof recovers from a loose start with a tight finish to the over, another leave from Cook

Tim from Australia is strangely supporting England. "This should test Eoin Morgan's credentials as a test player. Funny, used to say that about Bell didnt we? Hope I'm not tempting fate. Go the Poms!!"

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 54/3
AN Cook    25* (40b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-5-0
IR Bell    18* (23b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-0-26-2

Lakmal continues, this will be the 8th over of a long spell

15.1

Lakmal to Bell, no run, full, wide, and going wider through the air. Bell isn't tempted, leaving well alone

15.2

Lakmal to Bell, no run, slightly closer to off stump, but still not quite close enough to get Bell playing

15.3

Lakmal to Bell, no run, moving nicely out of the hand, but again it's wide and there's no need to play a stroke

15.4

Lakmal to Bell, FOUR, finally Lakmal aims at off stump and gets Bell playing, and immediately something happens for him! A thick edge off the shoulder of the bat flies between the second and third slips ... but he didn't push at it, and soft hands meant the ball went down. A half-chance

A fourth slip comes in, gap in the covers now

15.5

Lakmal to Bell, FOUR, a handsome drive through cover point! Classy stuff from Bell, bending very low down and angling the bat face on a square drive

15.6

Lakmal to Bell, no run, Lakmal floats one up full and wide again, but Bell opts for safety this time and leaves alone

End of over 16 (8 runs) England 62/3
IR Bell    26* (29b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-0-34-2
AN Cook    25* (40b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-5-0

Maharoof continues. Apparently he was off the field during Lakmal's over, not sure why

16.1

Maharoof to Cook, no run, just short of a good length, but nicely straight and defended by Cook

16.2

Maharoof to Cook, no run, very full this time, Cook digs out a shovel-like drive to cover

16.3

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Cook steps across to cover his off stump and leaves a length delivery alone

16.4

Maharoof to Cook, no run, full on off stump, tapped back to the bowler who collects in his follow through and threatens to throw the stumps down, sending Cook scurrying back into his crease

16.5

Maharoof to Cook, no run, defended with the hands a little too far from the body for a purist's liking ... but effectively enough

16.6

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Maharoof completes the maiden as Cook leaves alone once more

End of over 17 (maiden) England 62/3
AN Cook    25* (46b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    2-1-5-0
IR Bell    26* (29b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-0-34-2

Phew, long spell this. Another over for Lakmal, his ninth!

17.1

Lakmal to Bell, no run, hitting the pitch and moving away from a good length, Bell defends but angles the bat to try and guide the ball past gully

17.2

Lakmal to Bell, no run, moving away from the right-hander again, this time it's left alone

17.3

Lakmal to Bell, no run, edged! But short of the slips! A great delivery, luring Bell half-forward and taking a thick edge, but again it doesn't carry, landing in front of first slip. How far back are these slips? That's the second one that's not quite carried

17.4

Lakmal to Bell, no run, Lakmal is testing Bell's off-stump awareness here, another outswinger and this is left alone

17.5

Lakmal to Bell, no run, just short of a good length, but the line is spot on. Bell defends to cover from the crease

17.6

Lakmal to Bell, 1 run, good running, drop-and-run to cover and they're through for a quick single

End of over 18 (1 run) England 63/3
IR Bell    27* (35b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-0-35-2
AN Cook    25* (46b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    2-1-5-0

18.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, Bell tries to force through point, but the fielder dives athletically to his right to stop the run. Sharp stuff!

18.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, full, driven into the covers where again the fielding is good

18.3

Maharoof to Bell, no run, Maharoof lands one on a length outside off, not much wobble either way and Bell leaves well alone

18.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, appeal! But is it going down the leg side? Bell was looking to whip to leg, missed, and was struck on the pad. They consider the review ... but no. Going well down the leg side, good decision by the umpire, and good decision from Dilshan not to review that

18.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, Maharoof goes wide of off again, Bell hops across and leaves

18.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, another appeal for lbw, this one more confident than the first! Again it's turned down, and rightly so - big inside edge into the front pad

Maharoof is just starting to nip them back in to the right-hander every now and then

End of over 19 (maiden) England 63/3
IR Bell    27* (41b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    3-2-5-0
AN Cook    25* (46b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-0-35-2

Lakmal continues, over No. 10 for him

19.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, speared down the leg side, Cook can't get a touch on it

19.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, and again, pushed way down the leg side. Lakmal looks a little tired

19.3

Lakmal to Cook, no run, landing closer to the batsman, but it's still on the pads and Cook whips to midwicket, hitting the field

19.4

Lakmal to Cook, 3 runs, well, there are a couple of men on the leg side but Cook has somehow threaded this through, and they're back for three before the fielder can get the ball back

19.5

Lakmal to Bell, no run, decent bounce from a good length, Bell stands up to defend to point

19.6

Lakmal to Bell, no run, nice shape away from the bat, the length is good too but Bell keeps a close eye on it and defends into the off side

Still some Bell scpetics out there. Irishman says: "Bell's either winning me over or in the lucky form of his life; I'm not sure which!"

End of over 20 (3 runs) England 66/3
IR Bell    27* (43b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    10-0-38-2
AN Cook    28* (50b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    3-2-5-0

20.1

Maharoof to Cook, no run, nicely full and straight, Cook defends into the leg side

20.2

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Maharoof pulls the length back a touch, Cook nudges off the pad to midwicket

20.3

Maharoof to Cook, FOUR, slapped on the up through cover point! Short and wide from Maharoof, and Cook unfurls a powerful cut that sends the ball racing away well in front of square

20.4

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Maharoof switches to round the wicket, and starts on a good line, aiming right at off stump. Cook defends

20.5

Maharoof to Cook, no run, much wider this time, and despite the round-the-wicket angle Cook can leave it alone with ease

20.6

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Cook shuffles across to the off side to defend the final ball to cover

We've had several mails along these lines. Rob Davis: "Strauss and Bell were dropped to sort out their slumps and Cook nearly was. KP's now a liability because he won't admit it. Maybe he can get to know his new-ish Surrey team-mates for a bit."

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 70/3
AN Cook    32* (56b 5x4)      MF Maharoof    4-2-9-0
IR Bell    27* (43b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    10-0-38-2

Finally the change comes, and Dilhara Fernando will have a short pre-lunch spell. Jeff Thompson is in the crowd today, we've just seen him taking a slug from a cold beer. Legend

21.1

Fernando to Bell, no run, just short of a good length to start, but he gets Bell playing, albeit defensively

21.2

Fernando to Bell, 2 runs, full and slipping in to the pads, tucked neatly through midwicket

21.3

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, attempted bouncer, decent wheels on the delivery but Bell is in a good position and pulls out to long leg

21.4

Fernando to Cook, no run, pushed down at good pace, but Cook can leave alone on the angle

21.5

Fernando to Cook, no run, pace and carry for Fernando, but again it's wide of off and Cook can find no reason to play a shot

21.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, quickest ball of the over, Fernando aims for the yorker but it's well wide of off again and left alone

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 73/3
AN Cook    32* (59b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    30* (46b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    4-2-9-0

22.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, Bell gets well forward and defends

22.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good length, a few inches wider of off and Bell raises his arms to leave

22.3

Maharoof to Bell, 2 runs, flicked off the hip, they take two as fine leg sprints round to cut it off

22.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, tempting line and length from Maharoof, full but not quite there for the drive. Bell does the right thing, keeping his eye on it and leaving well alone

22.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, fuller and wider still, but Bell resists the urge to have a drive at it

22.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, this one jags in off the seam to strike Bell on the thigh. That might've hurt, but no danger of getting him out

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 75/3
IR Bell    32* (52b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    5-2-11-0
AN Cook    32* (59b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-3-0

This could well be the last over before lunch, not exactly rattling through the overs are Sri Lanka

23.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, just short of a good length, but the line is right and Cook defends

23.2

Fernando to Cook, no run, hurled down really wide of off stump. Cook might've struggled to hit that even if he had decided to play a shot

23.3

Fernando to Cook, no run, good pace from the bowler, and this one seemed to come back in to the left-hander off the pitch. Hopping defence from Cook

23.4

Fernando to Cook, no run, attacking line and length on off stump, but Cook is forward into a solid-looking defence

23.5

Fernando to Cook, no run, full and fast, Cook steps into a checked-drive that goes straight to cover

23.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, full and wide again, Cook ends the session with a leave

That is lunch on the first morning at Lord's. Sri Lanka will be happy with their work, nipping out three early wickets, but England have recovered well and the 4th wicket stand has reached 53. There's been some life in a grassy wicket, but the sun is out and it'll dry up in the afternoon. The match interestingly poised, then, and the ascendancy could still go either way. To read all about the morning session, check out Andrew McGlashan's bulletin.

Keith is among the few KP defenders mailing in: "I dont think England should drop KP. He has 3rd best average of current players at 47+ and recently either comes in early when the ball/pitch is doing a bit or has to wait around day or so when quick runs are required."

End of over 24 (maiden) England 75/3
AN Cook    32* (65b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    2-1-3-0
IR Bell    32* (52b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    5-2-11-0

We're all set for the second session. Predictions anyone? Another Cook hundred or a burst of wickets for Sri Lanka?

Bell comes bounding out, whirling his arms about. Cook makes a more measured entry.

Maharoof to set the session in motion. Two slips and a gully

24.1

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run, a touch of comedy there, a length ball on off is pushed to the right of the bowler, who gets into a bit of a tangle with the non-striker midway through the pitch as the batsmen pinch a quick single

24.2

Maharoof to Cook, 1 no ball, a no-ball from Maharoof, a harmless delivery outside off, Maharoof was well over the crease

24.2

Maharoof to Cook, no run, length ball outside off, Cook will not tire of leaving those alone

24.3

Maharoof to Cook, no run, closer to offstump, making Cook play, Cook gets well forward and blocks it to the off side

24.4

Maharoof to Cook, no run, reverts to well outside off, Cook isn't interested in that

24.5

Maharoof to Cook, 1 run, a half-volley outside off, crisply driven by Cook, which is slowed by Samaraweera at extra cover before Fernando completes the fielding

24.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, on middle and off, blocked back to the bowler to end the over

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 78/3
IR Bell    33* (54b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    6-2-14-0
AN Cook    33* (70b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    2-1-3-0

25.1

Fernando to Cook, 1 run, Fernando sends this one in at 84mph, on the thigh pad, whipped away for a single

Two slips and a gully

25.2

Fernando to Bell, no run, this was a quicker bouncer, 87mph, at Bell's throat, batsman does well to defend that, standing tall to drop the ball at his feet

Chris: "I think KP needs to be dropped down the order to get his confidence back. Whilst his average overall is 47, over the last two years it's 40 and the lowest of our top 6."

25.3

Fernando to Bell, no run, fuller than the previous one, just outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover

25.4

Fernando to Bell, no run, length ball outside off, poked towards cover by Bell

25.5

Fernando to Bell, no run, 89.3 mph, the quickest ball of the over, length ball just outside off, pushed towards mid-off by Bell

25.6

Fernando to Bell, no run, a slightly slower yorker, 80mph, outside off, Bell squeezes it out towards the off side

End of over 26 (1 run) England 79/3
IR Bell    33* (59b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    3-1-4-0
AN Cook    34* (71b 5x4)      MF Maharoof    6-2-14-0

26.1

Maharoof to Cook, 1 run, worked to the leg side for a single

Predictions. I'll let you guess where these chaps are from. Lokesh Marwah: "Couple of wickets followed by some runs possible england winding up below 250." Gary: "I think Alastair will Cook up an absolute feast of runs this session, big score on the horizon!"

26.2

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run, short of length on middle and off, played gently towards midwicket by Bell, and there's time to take a single

26.3

Maharoof to Cook, no run, angling in towards the batsman, Cook is pushed back in the crease and he defends towards point

Chintan, who is from Kazakhstan, predicts: "with morgan and prior to come, i'd say 300-350 should not be difficult for England. "

26.4

Maharoof to Cook, FOUR, lovely shot from Cook, he's in prime form, slightly overpitched from Maharoof, Cook moves forward and pushes that past the bowler's right for a boundary, no power at all in that stroke yet the ball raced away

26.5

Maharoof to Cook, no run, defended towards cover by Cook this time

26.6

Maharoof to Cook, no run, length ball outside off, Cook shows off his forward defensive technique

End of over 27 (6 runs) England 85/3
AN Cook    39* (76b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    7-2-20-0
IR Bell    34* (60b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    3-1-4-0

27.1

Fernando to Bell, no run, ooh, Bell took his eyes off that bouncer from Fernando, wasn't quite sure what to do with that one, to defend or to pull, it ends up hitting the bat near the splice and pops towards the leg side, wide of any fielder, luckily for Bell

27.2

Fernando to Bell, no run, left alone this time, easy leave for Bell

27.3

Fernando to Bell, no run, another short ball troubles Bell, 88.3mph, Bell wanted to pull this one, under-edges it on to his stomach

27.4

Fernando to Bell, no run, Fernando working up a good pace here, 91.3 mph, outside off length ball doesn't tempt Bell

27.5

Fernando to Bell, FOUR, overpitched on the pads, poor ball from Fernando but not as poor as the fielding from Welegedara, it was all to easy to help that half-volley down to fine leg where Welegedara dives over the ball to allow a boundary

27.6

Fernando to Bell, no run, not a great stroke from Bell, short of length and outside off, Bell chases after it and looks to play it to third man, doesn't connect

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 89/3
IR Bell    38* (66b 7x4)      CRD Fernando    4-1-8-0
AN Cook    39* (76b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    7-2-20-0

28.1

Maharoof to Cook, 1 run, Cook looking very confident here, tucks the ball towards midwicket for a single

28.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, Bell continues to live on the edge, a length ball outside off, Bell prods at that one, and gets an edge that bounces towards gully

28.3

Maharoof to Bell, no run, a massive appeal from Maharoof, no one else cares about it, Bell was struck high on the front pad, and that was going down leg as well

28.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, gets well forward and glides the ball towards point

Mar Keeling: "Quick prediction-Cookie and Bell still there at the end of play! Time to send KP back to County cricket to find some form and let Ravi or someone in form have a chance in the last test after we have won this one of course to close out the series. My Mum n Dad are there at Lord's today, lucky buggers!"

28.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, on offstump this time, full face as Bell defends down the track

28.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, Maharoof keeps it tight around off, more defence from Bell

Josh from the UK is happy Fernando was picked: "Having made a private bet with a friend that Sri Lanka would bowl more no-balls than they would take wickets in this series, I'll cling to the hope of England being 280-3 come the close. Just to keep it interesting..."

End of over 29 (1 run) England 90/3
IR Bell    38* (71b 7x4)      MF Maharoof    8-2-21-0
AN Cook    40* (77b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    4-1-8-0

29.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, Fernando bowling plenty of bouncers here, that was pitching on middle and going on with the angle, Cook attempts a hook but doesn't get near the ball

29.2

Fernando to Cook, 1 run, a bit fuller this time, still pretty short, on legstump, Cook slaps that off his thigh pad towards square leg

29.3

Fernando to Bell, 2 runs, full 89 mph delivery on legstump, easy runs for Bell this, glanced towards fine leg for a couple

Hallam Riggs: "I grew up watching test cricket in the 90s - I never thought I'd see the day when someone was moaning about an England player only having test average of 40 in the past few years"

29.4

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, a quick single is taken, Bell pushes the ball towards mid-on and sets off for the run

29.5

Fernando to Cook, no run, fullish ball, 90.7mph, confidently punched towards mid-off off the front foot by Cook

29.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, full and outside off, left alone by Cook to end the over

Steven Lynch, of Ask Steven fame, has just sent us this from Lord's. "Some chat in here about Strauss being susceptible to left-armers. Today was his 29th dismissal by one (out of 147, which also includes two run-outs). More left-armers around these days of course."

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 94/3
AN Cook    41* (81b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    5-1-12-0
IR Bell    41* (73b 7x4)      MF Maharoof    8-2-21-0

30.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, length ball on off, Maharoof has been operating around the 80mph range, defended by Cook

30.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, length ball on off once more, careful defence towards silly point from Bell

Two slips, gully, backward point, cover, mid-off, mid-on, midwicket and fine leg. For those wondering what the field is

30.3

Maharoof to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

30.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, a mistimed drive from Bell to a length ball, Sangakkara fields at cover

30.5

Maharoof to Bell, 1 wide, a 81.3mph bouncer that is so high that the umpire signals a wide

30.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, short of length ball on offstump, quietly played back to the bowler

Tushar offers the don't-change-the-winning-combination theory: "I could not fail to notice the discussion about KP. Well, it is a good idea to send him back to county cricket to get his confidence back. The big question here is who will replace him ? We are still debating over Bopara or Morgan. After a long time England test team looks settled and now is not the right time to start messing it up."

30.6

Maharoof to Bell, FOUR, more edginess from Bell, short of length and outside off, Bell takes the bottom hand off the bat as he plays that, wide of slip and down to third man for four

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 99/3
IR Bell    45* (79b 8x4)      MF Maharoof    9-2-26-0
AN Cook    41* (81b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    5-1-12-0

31.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, good length delivery outside off, Cook gets across and defends it

31.2

Fernando to Cook, no run, a stifled appeal for lbw, Cook is struck on the left thigh as he looks to tuck that legstump ball to the leg side, off his leg towards point

31.3

Fernando to Cook, no run

31.4

Fernando to Cook, no run, Cook fresh-airs another quick one from Fernando, short and a bit wide, Cook gives it everything but he connects with nothing, that was 90mph from Fernando

31.5

Fernando to Cook, no run, a full slower ball outside off, 82mph, Fernando mixing it up here, Cook reaches out for it initially then draws the bat back

31.6

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, lovely from Cook, who shows how you hit a boundary with no follow-through, it was full and well outside off, Cook reaches out and drives that on, past cover for four

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 103/3
AN Cook    45* (87b 7x4)      CRD Fernando    6-1-16-0
IR Bell    45* (79b 8x4)      MF Maharoof    9-2-26-0

32.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, Maharoof keeps it tight, back of length on offstump, defended off the back foot towards point

32.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, length ball on off, blocked off the front foot in the direction of mid-on

32.3

Maharoof to Bell, no run, steady from Maharoof, 81mph, length ball on off, defended back to the bowler

Nick Hodges brings Strauss into the KP debate: "If stats alone were the deciding factor, then surely Strauss's batting (not captainancy) should also be considered for some criticism. Over the last 12 months Strauss has score 507 runs at an average under 30 compared to KP's 569 at an average of 38."

32.4

Maharoof to Bell, 2 runs, Bell whips this towards square leg for a couple

Btw, Ian Bell is averaging 265 this year

32.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, well outside off, Bell is happy to leave

32.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, too far outside the off stump to worry the batsman

End of over 33 (2 runs) England 105/3
IR Bell    47* (85b 8x4)      MF Maharoof    10-2-28-0
AN Cook    45* (87b 7x4)      CRD Fernando    6-1-16-0

33.1

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, Cook shows once again that you need no power to get boundaries, this time the Lord's slope helps him, on the thigh pad, Cook stands tall and eases it past midwicket for four

33.2

Fernando to Cook, no run, short ball outside off, Cook weaves out of the way

33.3

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, wow, what a shot to get to your half-century, this time Cook shows how to use power to get a boundary, a short ball outside off, Cook reaches out for it and pulls it to midwicket for four

33.4

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, another bouncer, another boundary, Cook was waiting on the back foot to muscle that to the square leg boundary, ten fours now for Cook

33.5

Fernando to Cook, 1 run, 90.7mph, on the pads, eased towards midwicket, only a single this time

Some precise predictions from Boo: "Predictions for Close of Play

Bell out in the 70's whilst looking well set

Cook 141 not out, Morgan 43 not out."

33.6

Fernando to Bell, no run, well outside off, Bell shoulders arms

Jagadish looks four days into the future: "My prediction with the danger of being booed at: A draw! I hope you guys remember me when it becomes true."

End of over 34 (13 runs) England 118/3
IR Bell    47* (86b 8x4)      CRD Fernando    7-1-29-0
AN Cook    58* (92b 10x4)      MF Maharoof    10-2-28-0

Spin for the first time today. Rangana Herath is into the attack, long after Pietersen's exit.

34.1

Herath to Cook, no run, starts with one well outside off, left alone

34.2

Herath to Cook, no run, flighted and full, defended off the front foot

34.3

Herath to Cook, no run, and again, Herath gives it some air, Cook blocks off the front foot

34.4

Herath to Cook, no run, much wider outside off, more forward defence

34.5

Herath to Cook, no run, quicker and straight from Herath, outside off, left alone

34.6

Herath to Cook, no run, off the pad to short leg, Herath appeals gently for lbw, but he was struck outside off

Owen Kosling makes a valid point: "Difficult to send KP back to county cricket to find form when there are no Championship matches going on, only T20's!"

End of over 35 (maiden) England 118/3
AN Cook    58* (98b 10x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-1-0-0
IR Bell    47* (86b 8x4)      CRD Fernando    7-1-29-0

35.1

Fernando to Bell, no run, well outside off, hint of away movement, Bell isn't bothered by that

35.2

Fernando to Bell, no run, once again, the batsman isn't involved, bowler to keeper

35.3

Fernando to Bell, no run, short of length and just outside off, blocked by Bell off the back foot

35.4

Fernando to Bell, no run, a full toss just outside off, Bell squeezes it towards mid-off, was a bit surprised by that one

Barry asks: "Why the continued calls for Bopara?? He's averaging 34 for essex this season after 17 innings! hardly fills you with confidence.."

35.5

Fernando to Bell, no run, a low full toss this time, on middle and leg stump, Bell opens the face to digs the ball in front of point

35.6

Fernando to Bell, 1 bye, a wayward 90mph bouncer, down the leg side, Prasanna leapt to collect that, gets both hands to it but can't latch on

ColinfromLondon remembers the bad old days: "I grew up watching England in the 80's and 90's and I never thought we'd make it to a whole 90 odd runs for just three wickets!!"

End of over 36 (1 run, maiden) England 119/3
IR Bell    47* (92b 8x4)      CRD Fernando    8-2-29-0
AN Cook    58* (98b 10x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-1-0-0

36.1

Herath to Bell, no run, squeezed out to short leg by Bell

36.2

Herath to Bell, 2 runs, delicately swept by Bell, that was heading down the leg side, Bell was in position for the paddle sweep early

Leg slip in place

36.3

Herath to Bell, no run, tossed up by Herath, on legstump, Bell plays it a touch inside out towards the bowler's left

36.4

Herath to Bell, no run, driven towards mid-on by Bell

36.5

Herath to Bell, 1 run, and there's his fifty, a full ball on the pads, nudged towards square leg for the run, plenty of applause from the crowd, 100 stand comes up as well

36.6

Herath to Cook, 1 run, Cook leans forward and works the ball behind square leg for another single

End of over 37 (4 runs) England 123/3
AN Cook    59* (99b 10x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-4-0
IR Bell    50* (97b 8x4)      CRD Fernando    8-2-29-0

37.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, length ball angling away from off stump, Cook follows it and defends towards cover

Chris: "Re Hallam Riggs comment - I started watching in 1974 and it's been a long time coming! Funny thing is since 1st June 2009 Bell, Cook and Trott are all averaging more than 60."

37.2

Fernando to Cook, 1 run, short ball on legstump, Cook pulls it away towards deep square leg for a single

37.3

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, on middle stump, tickled behind square leg for one more

Andrew from Rwanda: "In respect of Hallam Riggs's comment, I grew up watching test cricket in the 70s. In those days it was said that the only thing harder than getting into the England team was getting dropped when you were in it. It seems for KP that the legacy lives on. " And this just minutes after Vaughan made the case for retaining KP by saying that the old days of dropping players after a couple of bad days are gone.

37.4

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, full and wide, Cook stretches across and times the ball to the point boundary, Cook looking in superb touch

37.5

Fernando to Cook, no run, pitching outside off and angling further away, Cook leaves

37.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, another leave outside off to end the over

Drinks coming on.

Sarfraz isn't too impressed by Ian Bell's contribution today: "Bell has scored 32% of his runs through the slip cordon. Quality." Rajeev, however, is in raptures: "Bell is proving to be the English Dravd aka The Wall... Does the job perfect. Love his technique."

End of over 38 (6 runs) England 129/3
AN Cook    64* (104b 11x4)      CRD Fernando    9-2-35-0
IR Bell    51* (98b 8x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-4-0

Herath to continue, round the wicket

38.1

Herath to Bell, no run, full, defended to off

38.2

Herath to Bell, no run, watchful stuff from Bell after the break, defending back down the track this time

Slip and short leg remain in place

38.3

Herath to Bell, 1 run, tapped just wide of mid-off, Bell is alert to the possibility of a run and calls Cook through immediately

38.4

Herath to Cook, no run, tapped defensively towards short leg, Cook getting right across to the off side as he plays the shot

38.5

Herath to Cook, no run, pushed back to the bowler

38.6

Herath to Cook, no run, the bottom hand comes into a defensive push, the ball rolling gently to midwicket

End of over 39 (1 run) England 130/3
AN Cook    64* (107b 11x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-5-0
IR Bell    52* (101b 8x4)      CRD Fernando    9-2-35-0

39.1

Welegedara to Bell, no run, on a length, a hint of seam movement away from the bat as Bell stands up and forces to cover

39.2

Welegedara to Bell, no run, pushed even further across Bell this time, he steps across and leaves well alone

There's a packed off-side field, just two men on the leg side and a gap from fine leg to midwicket

39.3

Welegedara to Bell, no run, straighter this time, on a good length too and Bell pushes back to the bowler

39.4

Welegedara to Bell, no run, driven with rather more intent back at Welegedara as he over-pitches slightly on middle and leg

39.5

Welegedara to Bell, OUT, edged! Straight to Paranavitana at first slip. Finally the edge carries off Bell's bat. Once again, Welegedara got the ball to leave the batsman off the pitch, and the line was such that he had to play at this one. Good bowling, and Bell's stay is cut short at 52. That'll lift Sri Lanka

IR Bell c Paranavitana b Welegedara 52 (148m 106b 8x4 0x6) SR: 49.05

Here's Eoin Morgan. England included him as a counter-attacking, game-changing batsman at No. 6, and the stage is now set for him to do that job

39.6

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, full and wide to start, Morgan steps across and raises his hands to leave

End of over 40 (wicket maiden) England 130/4
EJG Morgan    0* (1b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-3-23-2
AN Cook    64* (107b 11x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-5-0

40.1

Herath to Cook, 1 run, Cook flashes a square drive out through point, but there's cover on the boundary

Odds on his first shot to the spinner being a reverse sweep?

40.2

Herath to Morgan, no run, appeal! There's some turn for Herath, the ball spinning in to beat the inside edge of a defensive poke, hitting the pad and looping to slip. Not out says the umpire, and rightly so - he was hit miles outside the line

40.3

Herath to Morgan, no run, Morgan steps back and defends back to the bowler

40.4

Herath to Morgan, no run, turned to leg, short leg shows good reactions to stop that

40.5

Herath to Morgan, no run, this one drifts away and goes on with the arm, Morgan solid in defence

40.6

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan's eyes light up as Herath sends one down wide, and he cuts hard out to deep cover to get off the mark

End of over 41 (2 runs) England 132/4
EJG Morgan    1* (6b)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-7-0
AN Cook    65* (108b 11x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-3-23-2

41.1

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, full, driven back to the bowler

41.2

Welegedara to Morgan, FOUR, another straight drive, this one's through mid-on though and beats the fielder to race to the boundary

41.3

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, a slightly bottom-handed whip goes straight to mid-on

41.4

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, Welegedara offers one up short outside off, but Morgan resists the temptation and leaves alone

41.5

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, outside off and seaming gently away, again Morgan leaves alone

41.6

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, three in a row, Morgan stepping across to cover his off stump and raising his arms to leave

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 136/4
EJG Morgan    5* (12b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-3-27-2
AN Cook    65* (108b 11x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-7-0

Josh from UK: "Very interested as to who everyone (commentators as well) thinks should be considered as a viable replacement for KP? I quite like the idea of Hamilton-Brown (a wildcard, granted) or James Taylor a couple of years down the line." My money is on Taylor, he's quality.

42.1

Herath to Cook, no run, nuggety defence from Cook

42.2

Herath to Cook, no run, turned to the leg side

42.3

Herath to Cook, no run, looped up outside off, Cook comes forward to defend to cover

42.4

Herath to Cook, no run, a little short and wide, Cook perhaps tries to hit this a little too hard, chopping the ball hard into the ground

42.5

Herath to Cook, 1 run, turned down to fine leg for a single

42.6

Herath to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan goes over the top! Confident shot from Morgan, getting to the pitch and lifting the ball high over mid-off

End of over 43 (5 runs) England 141/4
EJG Morgan    9* (13b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-12-0
AN Cook    66* (113b 11x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-3-27-2

43.1

Welegedara to Cook, no run, Welegedara gets Cook hopping back to defend to midwicket

43.2

Welegedara to Cook, 1 no ball, pushed down the leg side, Prasanna stoops to his right to cut it off

43.2

Welegedara to Cook, no run, very full on off stump, dug out back to the bowler

43.3

Welegedara to Cook, no run, just short of a good length outside off, Cook forces to off in somewhat ungainly fashion

43.4

Welegedara to Cook, no run, whipped neatly off the pads but a diving square leg fielder denies the run

43.5

Welegedara to Cook, no run, this was slightly slower through the air and seemed to shape away through the air, Cook defends

43.6

Welegedara to Cook, no run, and Cook is equally solid in another defensive forward push to end the over

End of over 44 (1 run) England 142/4
AN Cook    66* (120b 11x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-3-28-2
EJG Morgan    9* (13b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-12-0

44.1

Herath to Morgan, 2 runs, too short, too wide from Herath, Morgan cuts hard in front of square and places it well enough to be easily back for a second run

44.2

Herath to Morgan, SIX, eased over wide long-on! Morgan calmly waltzes down the track, getting right to the pitch and lifting the ball deliberately to leg. Such confidence

The field is spread after that shot, men out in the deep on both sides of the wicket

44.3

Herath to Morgan, no run, tapped defensively to point

44.4

Herath to Morgan, no run, Morgan lunges forward to defend to cover

"Suspect the 11 initials involved in this bowling partnership must be a Test record," says Steven Lynch. That's HMRKB and UWMBCA for anyone keeping track!

44.5

Herath to Morgan, no run, defended back to the bowler

44.6

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, angled down through gully for a sharp single to end the over

End of over 45 (9 runs) England 151/4
EJG Morgan    18* (19b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-21-0
AN Cook    66* (120b 11x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-3-28-2

A short, straight mid-on has been brought in now ... I'm not sure Morgan hits the ball in the air there much, but perhaps they're just trying to break his concentration

45.1

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, left alone outside off

45.2

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, full again and landing just outside off stump, Morgan steps into a neat drive to cover

45.3

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, great line for a batsman as naturally attacking as Morgan - outside off and slightly on the full side. He manages to resist the urge and leave alone

45.4

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, identical delivery, and again Morgan is patient enough to let it go

45.5

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, a sliced cut scorches towards gully, who stops it on the bounce. Good effort, the ball was really travelling there

45.6

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, pushed softly to mid-off, and that's a maiden

End of over 46 (maiden) England 151/4
EJG Morgan    18* (25b 2x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    11-4-28-2
AN Cook    66* (120b 11x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-21-0

Dilhara Fernando comes back into the attack. Good move, Morgan was dealing with Herath far too easily. The field is still quite defensive, however, with just two slips and a gully catching

46.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, full of length on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler

46.2

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, short and wide, Cook cracks him away in front of square ... Lakmal hares after it but makes a hash of his attempt to dive near the boundary

46.3

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, put away with authority! Another long-hop from Fernando, and Cook was waiting for this one, slamming it away through the off side

46.4

Fernando to Cook, no run, short of length again, but straighter this time. Cook stands up on tip-toe and guides down to gully

"Bopara's case is much like S.Badrinath from India," writes Sherul Mehta. "Scores a lot in domestic cricket but when it comes to playing for India someone always edges past and does well."

46.5

Fernando to Cook, no run, slightly fuller, defended

46.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, good line just outside off, but Cook is well in and leaves alone with no drama

End of over 47 (8 runs) England 159/4
AN Cook    74* (126b 13x4)      CRD Fernando    10-2-43-0
EJG Morgan    18* (25b 2x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    11-4-28-2

47.1

Welegedara to Morgan, FOUR, and now it's Morgan being fed short, wide filth outside off, and he responds in similar fashion by thumping the ball away to the cover boundary

47.2

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, Welegedara puts a little more effort into this one, and Morgan has to drop his hands into a leave as the ball rises past him

47.3

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, much fuller this time, but outside off and Morgan shoulders arms once more

Mark: "In reply to Josh, Ben Stokes is another one along Taylor who is probably a year or 2 from being a part of the England team. Another curve ball is Samit Patel has had a decent start to the season."

47.4

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, full and wide again, a definite plan to Morgan here, and so far he's resisting the urge to go after these

47.5

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, same again, but Morgan won't be tempted and lets the ball pass him

47.6

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, and yet another leave to end the other

End of over 48 (4 runs) England 163/4
EJG Morgan    22* (31b 3x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    12-4-32-2
AN Cook    74* (126b 13x4)      CRD Fernando    10-2-43-0

Suranga Lakmal comes back now, both Herath and Fernando tried with little effect

48.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, not the greatest start from him, short and wide but Cook misses the attempted cut. Close to the edge ...

48.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, fuller this time, but wide again and Cook leaves alone

48.3

Lakmal to Cook, no run, it looks as though Sri Lanka are going to try and wrest back initiative by playing on the batsmen's patience, but that could take a very long time indeed with Cook. Left alone once more

48.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, straight this time, landing on middle and heading to off. Cook offers the full face of the bat in defence

48.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, and another leave as Lakmal pushes the ball wide again

48.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, full and very wide once more, and Cook leaves

"Give Ramprtakash another go," suggests Peter, helpfully. What's Morgan done wrong?

End of over 49 (maiden) England 163/4
AN Cook    74* (132b 13x4)      RAS Lakmal    11-1-38-2
EJG Morgan    22* (31b 3x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    12-4-32-2

The captain brings himself into the attack, slip and short leg in place

49.1

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, defended into the leg side

49.2

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, again off the inner half of the bat to leg

49.3

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, full and flat, pushed back to the bowler

49.4

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Morgan drives just wide of mid-off for a single

49.5

Dilshan to Cook, no run, defended back down the track

49.6

Dilshan to Cook, no run, Cook brings the end to a decent first over from Dilshan by defending into the leg side

End of over 50 (1 run) England 164/4
AN Cook    74* (134b 13x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-1-0
EJG Morgan    23* (35b 3x4 1x6)      RAS Lakmal    11-1-38-2
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