England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Chester-le-Street May 25, 2014

Morgan condemns 'worst' England display

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Eoin Morgan was at a loss to explain England's humbling defeat at Chester-le-Street, terming it "one of the worst performances I've been a part of in an England shirt".

Morgan was leading the side in the absence of Alastair Cook, who was ruled out on the morning of the game with a groin strain, and presided over England's heaviest ODI defeat on home soil and their sixth-lowest all-out total anywhere.

England had won four ODIs on the bounce before this match but now they go to Old Trafford with their tail between their legs.

"It's as badly as we can bat," Morgan said. "It was one of the worst performances I've been a part of, in an England shirt. I can't explain why we played that badly.

"It was a little bit tacky, and nipped around a small bit - but we're good enough to negotiate that. It's a pitch we would have turned up at and said 'Yes, perfect, we'd love to play', especially against a side like Sri Lanka. But we've been outplayed."

Morgan then tried to spin the margin of defeat as meaning England will be able to move on more quickly from the result than had it been a narrow loss.

"I don't think it's going to be a huge setback," he said. "I think it'd be a bigger one if we fell 40 runs short, had substance throughout the whole innings, looked like we were going to win.

"This is a performance I think we've got to draw a line under, and look forward to Manchester. You can't look into it too deeply - you'd be here for weeks. But today, throughout our batting display, it was just terrible.

"If you look at the quality or skill of the players, in the last game, you'd be really happy with it. Today, it was the whole game ... so it's easier to wipe to one side. I don't think there's a huge amount of change that needs to be made."

It remains unclear whether Cook will be fit for Old Trafford on Wednesday to try and pick up the pieces from this defeat and ensure another damaging run of results does not emerge.

"I'm not going to dwell on it a hell of a lot," Morgan said, "but certainly as a batting unit, there are a few guys who need to up their game a little bit. With the series in the balance, we've got to do that for Manchester."

Angelo Mathews, meanwhile, will be a far happier captain travelling south west on Monday. The team were forced to train indoors on Saturday and plenty were still sporting multiple layers against the spring chill.

"It always feels better to beat England at home because they have a very strong side when playing at home," he said. "We had to dig deep after the loss in the first one-dayer. Yesterday was a great example, we trained really hard and conditions weren't good, we had to train indoors, but the focus was there and it paid off."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SirViv1973 on May 27, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @Village Blacksmith, Even though I did not agree with Moores reappointment, for some strange reason I find myself half defeneding him. Re my other post I think it would have been difficult for him to introduce more younger players as he would have had to pick them on their c'ship form & not on their ltd overs form. He generally went with players who have been in & around the set up over the past year or so, with the exception of Gurney, which has come off, (although I am not sure how effective he will be overseas). Although Finn has started the summer well I think they are right to leave him be at Middlesex until they are sure he has turned a corner leave him there for the whole summer if need be.

  • Ms.Cricket on May 27, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Morgan, Bopara etc have been given many chances over many many years and they are still not automatic choices. England needs better talent starting with some new selectors.

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 26, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    @sirViv… its the emperor's new clothes XI… this is not eng's best side!! and including carberry shows the new coach has no idea what the best side is… u have highlighted other players who shd be involved & selecting carberry over hales or lumb for this/any match is truly baffling… and perhaps giles/moores did not see bairstow's great finishing vs india a while back, no idea why he hasnt been involved since, plus i understand middx will only release their excellent bowler finn when finn's ruiner saker is no longer in the eng setup, which shd be soon.. just because the WC is ''only'' 9 months away is no reason to continue picking the wrong players who have never won anything like the serial (100+ odis) underachiever ''bits & pieces bopara''… plus morgan (116 odis) himself is starting to look like a showpony never delivering anything of substance while pointing the finger at the bowlers.. Gurney (and Jordan) have done well so its never too late to introduce new talent..

  • on May 26, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    i think chandimal should play no no4 in this kind of pitches.mahela and dilshan open the innings and thirimanna bat after mathiws at no 6 .

  • Prabhash1985 on May 26, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    As a captain, you should take the responsibility of your team. You are the one to motivate. Being a manly man is very important. I would say you lack that. If you are not confident, if your personalty is not enough even to play as a player, I think you are useless. Think about that. You need to be a confident captain. Leading is an art. Like in Godfather, even the most innocent looking man can become the leader of the pack. Think about that. Be tough. Don't say "this happened, that happened". What's the use? I'm saying this, because it's a pity to see English performing really badly. What's wrong with you?

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on May 26, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka. It's superb display of Bowling.Specially Sachie and Kula. Sachie's variations r awesome Well Supported by Mali and Angi. And how could we forgot Dili Positive,Aggressive 80+ almost after one year and timely blasting knock from Ashan. But still some issues to existing in Our Team. 1/3 Senior Batmen got out less than 10. 1/3 Senior Batmen played with lower SR. Probably one go to big score. more than 2 youngsters out playing XI(kusal,thisara,chathuranga) at least one youngster playing in a in-proper position(Chandi-7) And What's Role of 31 year old Dhammika Prasad(6 -36-1) Normally past bowlers played 33,34. After 30 they become injury prone. Then what's d point of Prasad selecting ahead of young fast bowler like Jayampathy.

  • SirViv1973 on May 26, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    I don't want to use this as an excuse but I have to question the wisdom of playing a 50 over series before the domestic 50 over competition has begun. The only real benefit of bringing back 50 over domestic cricket was to help the national team as it would have been better financially for counties to stick with 40 over games which can be started later & are more likely to put bums on seats. Wouldn't it have been better to have had maybe a 2 -3 week period during early May when the first half of the 50 over competition was played? This would seem like better preparation for this series than 4 day championship games & the odd T20. It would have also given the chance for players at county level to push their claims as it's difficult to pick uncapped players on their c'ship form for 50 over ODI's.

  • BradmanBestEver on May 26, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Well that has to be the shortest "resurgence" of all time. Normal conditions have resumed it would seem

  • SirViv1973 on May 26, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    @Village Blacksmith, Do the likes of Ballance, Root & Buttler not count as young batsman? I'm certainly not sticking up for Moores or the rest of current Eng hire achy but It's not necessarily the right time to blood a team of young inexperienced players. The WC is only 9 months away & you can't blame Moores or anyone else for wanting to have the best side available to him irrespective of age, Surley the time to start blooding that young talent you talk of will be after the WC? Having said that, I think that Carberry was a strange selection. Lumb scored a 100 in WI a few months ago & with the WC in mind surely he would have been worth looking at again, personally I would also have liked to have seen Hales involved as if he comes off he could offer another dimension to the batting & has experience, all be it in T20 of Aus conditions. Also re Bopara, he's not just selected for his batting with the current lack of bowling options in the top 7 he is very much needed as the 5th bowler.

  • SirViv1973 on May 26, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @ Dushan Senarathne, What ever way you look at things SRL will miss their legendary players when they hang up their boots, any team with players of that quality would. From what I have seen of the new crop of SRL batsman they look fairly well stocked in the shorter formats. However I think it is at test level where the likes of MJ & KS will be missed most. None of the young SRL batsman who have been given a chance in the past 3 or 4 yrs have been able to score consistent runs and build a test career. Although I don't know too much about domestic cricket in SRL it doesn't seem as if the FC system is really producing batsman of test caliber. Perhaps this is due to the rise of T20 & having the riches of the IPL on their doorstep.

  • SirViv1973 on May 27, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @Village Blacksmith, Even though I did not agree with Moores reappointment, for some strange reason I find myself half defeneding him. Re my other post I think it would have been difficult for him to introduce more younger players as he would have had to pick them on their c'ship form & not on their ltd overs form. He generally went with players who have been in & around the set up over the past year or so, with the exception of Gurney, which has come off, (although I am not sure how effective he will be overseas). Although Finn has started the summer well I think they are right to leave him be at Middlesex until they are sure he has turned a corner leave him there for the whole summer if need be.

  • Ms.Cricket on May 27, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Morgan, Bopara etc have been given many chances over many many years and they are still not automatic choices. England needs better talent starting with some new selectors.

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 26, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    @sirViv… its the emperor's new clothes XI… this is not eng's best side!! and including carberry shows the new coach has no idea what the best side is… u have highlighted other players who shd be involved & selecting carberry over hales or lumb for this/any match is truly baffling… and perhaps giles/moores did not see bairstow's great finishing vs india a while back, no idea why he hasnt been involved since, plus i understand middx will only release their excellent bowler finn when finn's ruiner saker is no longer in the eng setup, which shd be soon.. just because the WC is ''only'' 9 months away is no reason to continue picking the wrong players who have never won anything like the serial (100+ odis) underachiever ''bits & pieces bopara''… plus morgan (116 odis) himself is starting to look like a showpony never delivering anything of substance while pointing the finger at the bowlers.. Gurney (and Jordan) have done well so its never too late to introduce new talent..

  • on May 26, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    i think chandimal should play no no4 in this kind of pitches.mahela and dilshan open the innings and thirimanna bat after mathiws at no 6 .

  • Prabhash1985 on May 26, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    As a captain, you should take the responsibility of your team. You are the one to motivate. Being a manly man is very important. I would say you lack that. If you are not confident, if your personalty is not enough even to play as a player, I think you are useless. Think about that. You need to be a confident captain. Leading is an art. Like in Godfather, even the most innocent looking man can become the leader of the pack. Think about that. Be tough. Don't say "this happened, that happened". What's the use? I'm saying this, because it's a pity to see English performing really badly. What's wrong with you?

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on May 26, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka. It's superb display of Bowling.Specially Sachie and Kula. Sachie's variations r awesome Well Supported by Mali and Angi. And how could we forgot Dili Positive,Aggressive 80+ almost after one year and timely blasting knock from Ashan. But still some issues to existing in Our Team. 1/3 Senior Batmen got out less than 10. 1/3 Senior Batmen played with lower SR. Probably one go to big score. more than 2 youngsters out playing XI(kusal,thisara,chathuranga) at least one youngster playing in a in-proper position(Chandi-7) And What's Role of 31 year old Dhammika Prasad(6 -36-1) Normally past bowlers played 33,34. After 30 they become injury prone. Then what's d point of Prasad selecting ahead of young fast bowler like Jayampathy.

  • SirViv1973 on May 26, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    I don't want to use this as an excuse but I have to question the wisdom of playing a 50 over series before the domestic 50 over competition has begun. The only real benefit of bringing back 50 over domestic cricket was to help the national team as it would have been better financially for counties to stick with 40 over games which can be started later & are more likely to put bums on seats. Wouldn't it have been better to have had maybe a 2 -3 week period during early May when the first half of the 50 over competition was played? This would seem like better preparation for this series than 4 day championship games & the odd T20. It would have also given the chance for players at county level to push their claims as it's difficult to pick uncapped players on their c'ship form for 50 over ODI's.

  • BradmanBestEver on May 26, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Well that has to be the shortest "resurgence" of all time. Normal conditions have resumed it would seem

  • SirViv1973 on May 26, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    @Village Blacksmith, Do the likes of Ballance, Root & Buttler not count as young batsman? I'm certainly not sticking up for Moores or the rest of current Eng hire achy but It's not necessarily the right time to blood a team of young inexperienced players. The WC is only 9 months away & you can't blame Moores or anyone else for wanting to have the best side available to him irrespective of age, Surley the time to start blooding that young talent you talk of will be after the WC? Having said that, I think that Carberry was a strange selection. Lumb scored a 100 in WI a few months ago & with the WC in mind surely he would have been worth looking at again, personally I would also have liked to have seen Hales involved as if he comes off he could offer another dimension to the batting & has experience, all be it in T20 of Aus conditions. Also re Bopara, he's not just selected for his batting with the current lack of bowling options in the top 7 he is very much needed as the 5th bowler.

  • SirViv1973 on May 26, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @ Dushan Senarathne, What ever way you look at things SRL will miss their legendary players when they hang up their boots, any team with players of that quality would. From what I have seen of the new crop of SRL batsman they look fairly well stocked in the shorter formats. However I think it is at test level where the likes of MJ & KS will be missed most. None of the young SRL batsman who have been given a chance in the past 3 or 4 yrs have been able to score consistent runs and build a test career. Although I don't know too much about domestic cricket in SRL it doesn't seem as if the FC system is really producing batsman of test caliber. Perhaps this is due to the rise of T20 & having the riches of the IPL on their doorstep.

  • on May 26, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    @ landl47, Don't underestimate the new young players in SL side. SL haven't big match winning stars with compare to other countries. The secret of SL winning is work as a team compare to others all around a world. For example see the big guns averages . Only Sanga has ODI average more than 40+. Others are below that level. But still they win the matches. So when big guns retire new people will definitely come to fill that position. Thirimanna, Chandimal, Kithruwan, Chathuranga de silva some examples. They haven't experience lot but they know how to work as a team.

  • on May 26, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    @ Eranga Abeygunawardana, Well said bro. I completely agree with your comment. Chandi is a excellent character for these kind of pitches. If SLC think 2015 WC he should bat at No.04. Next Mahela and after that Mathews. That is perfect arrangement for SL batting ling up. I think thiri should be open with Dilshan. He too much waste ball but he stay at the wicket in first few over is crucial. Any team does not want to 300+ score for win a match in this condition.

  • Jaffa79 on May 26, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    I'd like to see Hales, Vince and Willey to get a look in before the WC and Stokes to come back in. We'll be playing on flat decks in Aus during the WC and need a batting line up that can score 300 regularly and bowlers that take wickets. Broad will also come back and hopefully Finn will have sorted himself out by then to get the attack some teeth.

  • landl47 on May 26, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    This isn't a well-balanced England team and with a number of young and inexperienced players filling in there are bound to be some days when it goes badly. They important thing is to look at who improves and who doesn't from these bad experiences.

    SL is a good ODI side, although yet again two of the veterans, Dilshan and Sanga, held the side together. What SL will do when these guys finally retire I don't know. Not much, I'm guessing.

  • Lion83 on May 26, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Thirimanne should continue to play as a operner becuase we need to survive in the first 10 overs to set a flatform to post a decent total 220 is a winning score in these pitches in this time of the summer we dont need someone like Kusal to these kind of pitches cos we dont need 300+ scores in england.

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 26, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    still going to blame the bowlers morgan??!! the bowlers are generally not the problem, it is the batsmen, and there are a good number of players putting their hand up in the county limited over games over last cpl of yrs… im surprised moores, who has been well-involved at county level for 5/6yrs has not brought any of these promising county youngsters thru instead of clinging on to the likes of bopara & carberry, and there have been some consistent hard hitting keepers around as well… lets see some of yr ideas moores instead of a reheating the giles/flower's continually failing personnel…

  • LeoE on May 26, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    In the first ODI, SL had won the toss, but decided to field with rain in the air. That cost SL the match. When we went in to bat in the evening, due to the drizzle, the pitch got wet thoroughly. When the covers came on in England, there is a certain amount of dampness already absorbed from the light drizzle prior to the heavy shower. After the second break, it was quite clear that the required run rate of 9 per over, was too much for SL on a freshened lively wicket. The bounce was so much more and almost unplayable. If we win the toss, we should bat first, especially if there is rain forecast for the evening. Under D/L the require run rate climbs rapidly, every time the game is stopped for rain.

  • SLMaster on May 26, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Thirimanne is still my choice of opener as he did well in the tough pitch. His presence made Dilshan comfortable too. I liked when he set the standards for the team. It wasn't an easy batting pitch and SL did well.

  • FawltyBean on May 26, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    @Eranga Abeygunawardana - You are absolutely correct. Mahela's time is up in the ODI team. He's not contributing, what he has done in the past does not warrant a place in the team now.

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 26, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    ''Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has apologised to supporters after his Delhi Daredevils side finished bottom of the Indian Premier League''… I think that's the end of that argument!! Pietersen had not played an odi or t20 game for eng for years, and with an ever decreasing test ave it was time to let him go… as the headline says…

  • on May 26, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    I have no problem with the team selected by Sri Lankans. Kusal will continued to be omitted until he can demonstrate that he has worked out his technical flaws against quality swing/seam bowling. Thirimanne who had to open in the absence of Kusal struggled to get the scoreboard moving. But at least we did not have the first wicket falling within first few overs. Since he has got right technique and temperament I guess Thiri will succeed as an opener with time. But once Sanga steps down I would like him to bat at No. 3. When selecting Thisara for an ODI selectors not only expect him to do some slogging at the late stages of the inning, they expect good 5-6 overs at least from him. He did not look like doing that. But from time to time based on the conditions I am sure we are going to see him playing. Chandi unfortunately had to bat at No. 7 because those batted ahead of him deserved their places.

  • on May 26, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Few people are talking about Chandima'sl position and suggesting he should be kept if replacemant required. But actual thing is Mahela should be Dropped from the side and kept as a replacemant. Mahela is the real weak link in the current team but no one talk about.

    Compare last SIXTEEN innings of these Two playes.

    Mahela has scored 286 at the average of 18. Chandimal has scored 411 runs at the average of 27.4. So who has been inconsistent? Mahela's time is up now..Youngsters should be given enough opportunities to groom... Chandimal is definitely will be the next Aravinda of Sri Lanka..Most of people who tells that Chandimal should be dropped may be not real Sri Lankans.

  • Hatter_Mad on May 26, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    KP? The man who sits at the bottom of the IPL and points his finger at everybody else. England need grafters, not dreamers.

  • neil99 on May 26, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Posted by dewey on (May 26, 2014, 3:47 GMT) This is just one off loss. Don't count out Eng. They will bounce back before you know. Eng just had one bad day.

    A one off. Really? Like the 30 odd bad days against Australia?

  • neil99 on May 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Here we go again. Around in ever decreasing circles...

  • Andrew-Silva on May 26, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    In my Previous postings, I have emphasized the importance of an experienced opener who is capable of playing a long steady inning (min. 25 Ovs), where Tharanga becomes the solitary choice with his unbeatable track record. I was happy to see, Dilshan's (who's neck was at the Gillette of some shortsighted critics) transformed inning yesterday, to bring that convincing win. His atypical inning DEMONSTRATED what I have been saying, from word-to-word! This is the ESSENTIAL ingredient that we are missing in our formula, to win outside subcontinent. It worked out yesterday, thanks to Dilshan's superlative experience. But in a crunch situation, chasing a huge total could have crumbled Dilshan, since his natural capabilities are different. In my view, if SL to succeed in WC, recall Tharanga to the squad immediately! That is the only way forward.

  • on May 26, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    What ever said and done SL is performing well despite unsuitable weather conditions. possibility of winning the series.

  • SAF-Fan-no-1 on May 26, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Don't Talk about KP........Forget him..And concentrate. Big mistake of England leaving Mushtaq Ahmed out for Spin coach and leaving out of Moin Ali - he is better then every one allrounder. England should call Zafar Ansari as a Allrounder. Leave Root out and Carberry. Get Moin Ali and Zafar Ansari. That's make England Strong..........!

  • on May 26, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    England missing Alex Hales

  • ca2ca on May 26, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    "especially against a side like Sri Lanka. But we've been outplayed".

    What Morgan trying tell, He knows well that Sri Lanka is a good ODI side

    "I think it'd be a bigger one if we fell 40 runs short "

    Is he talking about his own contribution with bat ? 10 or 15 less runs would have been the lowest against any team. Will fans follow you ?

  • LALITHKURUWITA on May 26, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    It looks like that Sri Lankan selectors are still confused. What is Chandimals position? Is it No 7?. No Tissara is much much better than Chandimal for No 7. Although some criticized Thiri, he batted really well not giving wickets under very difficult condition. I think his stay at the wicked was a key in this win. It also helped Dilly. Dilly also understood the condition very well. This helped the lower order to accelerate as SL had wickets in hand. My team is Lahiru, Dilly, Sanga, Mahela, Anjelo, Ashan, Tissara, Kule, Sachitra, Erans/Prasad/Ajantha/Chathu and Toe Crusher. Chandi is extra batsman to cover up injuries for batsmen.

  • on May 26, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    The result could have been worse had Kusal Perera played. Need to give the young man confidence and not shunt him aside

  • on May 26, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    It will take time to turn England around and introduce flair/enjoyment. Let us hope that Moores actually intends to do so.

  • on May 26, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    I think England is missing KP. he was behind their wins

  • shanrasa01 on May 26, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Chandimal should Bat No 3 or no5.hes the future srilankan player mostly ideal to bat fast tracks.but last match he bat no7 so unfortunate for him

  • SOLNAN on May 26, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Sorry Mr. Cook. No KP to blame for this time.

  • philipg33 on May 26, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Sack Downton Apologise to KP and bring him in as captain across all formats. The rot this boys club has created has to stop.

    England simply cannot afford to not pick the player who won them the 20/20 world cup and winning contributions in all the major test series wins England have had since 2005

    This is starting to look like the 90s when Gooch dropped Englands then best batsman Gower and we had a seven year period of being unable to compete with anyone.

  • Udendra on May 26, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    is Kulasekara in the Test squad?

  • stormy16 on May 26, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Not sure if England should be more concerned about Kula who tore the top order or Sachithra who tore apart the middle order. Put it this way - I dont see any wickets with the slightest sign of spin for the rest of the summer, even the commentators were foxed by Sachithra!

  • dunger.bob on May 26, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Morgan said he wasn't going to dwell on this. Seriously,it's hard to see how you couldn't. He's probably got the right idea though.

  • dewey on May 26, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    This is just one off loss. Don't count out Eng. They will bounce back before you know. Eng just had one bad day.

  • on May 26, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka. England would surely come with renewed, do or die sort of determination from the next fixture onwards. Also we must be fair by Sri Lankans and admit that a win of this magnitude should get more praises from English camp. This chilly conditons worry not worry only Sri Lankans but also Englishmen. When England play in the subcontinets, it may be warm and humid,but they certainly like warmth, whereas nobody loves chill - specially to be out in a field and also do hard work with stiffed limbs. So this victory must worth double what it has been credied for. Once again congratulations Sri Lankans.

  • DarrylRod on May 26, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Worst batting display? Seriously? England players will never know when to walk the talk. Just one ODI win and the praises heaped on the team is like they are nothing short of being the best! Seriously England, WIN THE SERIES then you can afford the credit. As much as you can claim that you England didnt bat well, the same can be said that SL bowled very well! Poor shot selection, weather or indecision, it comes down to the serious issue of the entire team. I see no difference between the previous management and the current management.

  • Patchmaster on May 26, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Bopara has been a weak link for a long time now, surely county cricket must have a stronger contender for this spot ? I get less and less convinced by Bell, every time he walks on the field these days. How many highly paid newly apointed batting and fielding coaches do we have ? Why are they never held accountable ?

  • sanathputha on May 26, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Great win! Congratulations SriLanka!!

  • on May 25, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    It might be hard to swallow the lost to England in terms of the favorable conditions. Sri Lanka had a very effective game plan for this match. They have read the pitch more than any one else. When they post that total I thought they may be 15 to 20 runs short. Most pleasing thing is Sri lankan Lions have that kind of win under gloomy weather conditions. When sun start shining they may start playing their brand of cricket which would really interesting to watch.

  • on May 25, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    The new era of ENG cricket further delayed!

  • disco_bob on May 25, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Talk of an England resurrection after a D/L win in the first game, was a bit premature. But it's great to see the new team spirit without KP to disrupt proceedings.

  • shakeena on May 25, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Well England is going through a real rough patch at the moment. You have to be mentally strong to go out there and beat a team like Sri Lanka because in Sri Lankan team lots of players are really different from the cricketers that we see everyday.

    But in Sri lankan point of view its great to see the nation who taught them cricket been thrashed by their own hands.It's different conditions to them like been in Saturn but Sri Lankans are doing what England should have doing more which is trying.Not hit out or get out but really trying from their hearts out.

    As a cricket Fan I really like to see England been back in their glory for the future of this beautiful game. But as a Sri Lankan I wish them for another great game of cricket with Allah's blessings !!!

  • KingOwl on May 25, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    There is no doubt that England are a very good side at home. But that is also why this is such a morale boosting win for SL.

  • Herath-UK on May 25, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Well done Mathews, truly a great victory on English conditions itself and then handing out the worst defeat to England on their soil. Unfortunately for England who is seeking a resurgence, to have Sri Lanka, a champion side to travel in the early summer this year than another Test side. If Sri Lanka won today on this tricky conditions they can have good hopes for the whole tour.

  • Farooq3 on May 25, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Worst is yet to come!

    Remember these were conditions that favored England!

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  • Farooq3 on May 25, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Worst is yet to come!

    Remember these were conditions that favored England!

  • Herath-UK on May 25, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Well done Mathews, truly a great victory on English conditions itself and then handing out the worst defeat to England on their soil. Unfortunately for England who is seeking a resurgence, to have Sri Lanka, a champion side to travel in the early summer this year than another Test side. If Sri Lanka won today on this tricky conditions they can have good hopes for the whole tour.

  • KingOwl on May 25, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    There is no doubt that England are a very good side at home. But that is also why this is such a morale boosting win for SL.

  • shakeena on May 25, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Well England is going through a real rough patch at the moment. You have to be mentally strong to go out there and beat a team like Sri Lanka because in Sri Lankan team lots of players are really different from the cricketers that we see everyday.

    But in Sri lankan point of view its great to see the nation who taught them cricket been thrashed by their own hands.It's different conditions to them like been in Saturn but Sri Lankans are doing what England should have doing more which is trying.Not hit out or get out but really trying from their hearts out.

    As a cricket Fan I really like to see England been back in their glory for the future of this beautiful game. But as a Sri Lankan I wish them for another great game of cricket with Allah's blessings !!!

  • disco_bob on May 25, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Talk of an England resurrection after a D/L win in the first game, was a bit premature. But it's great to see the new team spirit without KP to disrupt proceedings.

  • on May 25, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    The new era of ENG cricket further delayed!

  • on May 25, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    It might be hard to swallow the lost to England in terms of the favorable conditions. Sri Lanka had a very effective game plan for this match. They have read the pitch more than any one else. When they post that total I thought they may be 15 to 20 runs short. Most pleasing thing is Sri lankan Lions have that kind of win under gloomy weather conditions. When sun start shining they may start playing their brand of cricket which would really interesting to watch.

  • sanathputha on May 26, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Great win! Congratulations SriLanka!!

  • Patchmaster on May 26, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Bopara has been a weak link for a long time now, surely county cricket must have a stronger contender for this spot ? I get less and less convinced by Bell, every time he walks on the field these days. How many highly paid newly apointed batting and fielding coaches do we have ? Why are they never held accountable ?

  • DarrylRod on May 26, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Worst batting display? Seriously? England players will never know when to walk the talk. Just one ODI win and the praises heaped on the team is like they are nothing short of being the best! Seriously England, WIN THE SERIES then you can afford the credit. As much as you can claim that you England didnt bat well, the same can be said that SL bowled very well! Poor shot selection, weather or indecision, it comes down to the serious issue of the entire team. I see no difference between the previous management and the current management.