England v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Old Trafford May 28, 2014

Jordan stars in crushing victory

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England 73 for 0 beat Sri Lanka 67 (Jordan 5-29) by 10 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

What a weird one-day series this is becoming. The levels of batting collapses are increasing with each match. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 144 at The Oval, England plummeted for 99 in Durham and here the tourists subsided for 67, their third-lowest total in ODI cricket.

There is, perhaps, more sympathy for Sri Lanka's plight in these conditions than for the home side who are brought up in them but it was still a horribly limp display as they did not show any stomach for the fight on a chilly, drizzly Manchester afternoon and faced with a pitch with pace and carry.

Chris Jordan, who is becoming something of a pin-up for England's new generation, surged to his maiden five-wicket haul by hustling the Sri Lanka batsmen with his pace, following the early exemplary work of James Anderson.

Test selection should not always be rubber-stamped by white-ball form, but if there was any doubt over Jordan's credentials for the five-day side next month they are now surely banished. He bombed Sri Lanka with the short ball at The Oval but, towards the end, had carte blanche to go for it with the match won. Here, it needed cleverer thinking and he showed that with judicious use of the short delivery, especially at Dinesh Chandimal who England have made no secret of peppering.

Jordan finished with 5 for 29 when he trapped Lasith Malinga lbw, after beginning with the scalp of Kumar Sangakkara, to end Sri Lanka's innings after just 24 overs, an even worse effort than England managed in Durham. Their final demise was 6 for 9 in six overs. The 227 balls England had remaining in their chase marked their most in a 50-over ODI.

Alastair Cook, who had returned from injury, and Ian Bell - who finished the match with a straight six - knocked off the runs before the scheduled tea break although Cook was given a life on 12 when he was dropped at square leg pulling Malinga. It allowed him a useful period of time in the middle, but his most important job for the day had been winning the toss. Unlike at Chester-le-Street there was no shortage of early wickets. From being a procession of batsmen in light blue three days ago it was now a procession of those in dark blue.

Anderson set the tone through a spell of seam-bowling beauty. By the time he was withdrawn after an extended opening burst he had figures of 7-2-10-2. Four of the runs came from a Mahela Jayawardene edge to third man and even when he did stray marginally, to be called wide, the extra delivery brought him his first wicket when Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had anchored Sri Lanka in Durham, inside edged a delivery which nipped back.

The identity of Anderson's second wicket should not have come as much of a surprise. He had previously dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne six times in seven international matches - including twice in this series - and the left-hander appeared quickly ruffled by again struggling to rotate the strike. To his 16th delivery, and in only the fifth over of a match where circumspection was clearly the order of the day, he charged Anderson then flayed at a shorter delivery which he edged to Jos Buttler.

Then it was over to Jordan. There remains the likelihood of a greater number of loose deliveries from Jordan, as was shown when Sangakkara latched onto a hint of width, but the incisive qualities he also brings were soon evident next ball when he adjusted his line and length to find Sangakkara's edge. Jordan's celebration jig took him half way towards fine leg. He was able to repeat it a few more times.

The arrival of Chandimal saw Cook go on the attack, immediately bringing in a short leg, posting three slips and letting Jordan loose for a short-pitched attack. It was not a short delivery which brought success, but Chandimal's errant drive which went straight to cover may have been, in part, because his mind was on playing back.

Jayawardene, who would have been run out on 4 if Anderson and hit the stumps from his follow through, withstood England's frontline quicks through an examination of his technique only to succumb to James Tredwell's first delivery, playing back to a ball which turned a little but was not overly threatening.

Angelo Mathews brought up Sri Lanka's fifty with a rare boundary but became another batsman to fall driving, giving Buttler his fourth catch, although he used the DRS. The review did not show a mark on Hot Spot but there was a noise on Snicko - now a full part of the process - so the decision was upheld.

There was a disappointing lack of spine from Sri Lanka (the same criticism was levelled at England a few days ago) as they aided in their rapid demise. Ashan Priyanjan, who played with impressive verve in Durham, was run out when Ravi Bopara hit direct from mid-on, a sure sign that this was England's day. Nuwan Kulasekara then prodded a catch to second slip and Sachithra Senanayake, who benefited from some reckless batting in the second match, repaid the favour by swinging down to long-on.

Jordan then brought out his celebratory leap for a fifth and final time, leaving England's openers to race off the field and the job was done just as the Manchester office workers will have been thinking of heading down for an evening of cricket.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 1, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    fans who love good cricket need tharanga back

  • SLC-2020 on May 30, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    MD Kusal J Perera c Blake b Joseph 1 run (4minutes - 3balls)..!!! How many times we have seen this during the past yrar..??? For the 10th CONSECUTIVE TIME the GATE was opened by Kusal Perera within the initial overs! Amazing to see this happening in EVERY single occasion that SL played in seaming, fast bouncy tracks in WI, Ireland & England, since June 2013! Kusal had been given ample opportunities and failed miserably outside Bangladesh (Av 14.2 from 21 ODIs)..! All the fans who really love SL cricket, badly miss you Tharanga!

  • on May 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    If we want to win . We should play our brand of cricket .we use to play attacking cricket .last 3 game we didn't do that. Yes I agree that condition was different but the way thirimanne play . Allowed england bowlers to one line & length. But we played kusal he can attack from ball one. I like to mention what did against dale stain. hit few big shot and kusal put lot of pressure to the bowlers. That tactics should use against England. If u can unsetal the bowlers that will help to the following batter. But opening with thiri not happen that he leaving the ball and put lot of pressure on the dilly to scored runs. First 10 over we should play carefully but ply few attacking shots dilscoop of dilly and pull shot over midwicket will put pressure on Anderson and Garni.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on May 30, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Do not change the team. Same eleven for more records.

  • nursery_ender on May 30, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Hold the front page: Sri Lankan players struggle in English conditions and English players struggle in Sri Lankan conditions. Who'd have thought it?

  • markatnotts on May 30, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Agreed dunger.bob. The problem with England is the 'conditions' - at international level are purely the overhead conditions. You see precious little seam movement and pitches like Old Trafford and The Oval have lost pace in recent years. The latter factor doesn't help England when we go to Oz and SA. Mind you if we played Tests on green tops we would be seeing 2 day tests on a regular basis as defensive techniques are so poor across all Test playing countries these days.

  • dunger.bob on May 30, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Despite the abysmal score lines in the last 2 games I'm enjoying this series. We've seen plenty of spin bowling recently so it's nice to see the quick men get something to work with for a change. Kulasakera and Anderson are both excellent swing bowlers, particularly when conditions are helpful, and from the sound of things they certainly are. A great spell of swing is a beautiful thing to watch and I'm with those who say cricket needs to offer variety in conditions so that ALL the skills get a chance to shine over the course of a years cricket.

    Wanting to have conditions your own way all the time is negative, cloistered and doomed to bring your side down. To my way of thinking the only way to go is to relish playing in foreign conditions and simply try like hell to master them. Not easy at all, but if you can you're well on your way to being a great cricketer, not merely a good one.

  • on May 30, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Hope inconsistant and non performing Mahela will be dropped for remaining ODI matches. Tharanga and Kusal are available options for his place.

  • on May 30, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    cricket is a summer game and these conditions not suitable for cricket at all. take this in to account icc. these things kills cricket.ashame

  • SLC-2020 on May 30, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    @Chandrasoma Senanayake: Are you joking... Kusal again? The damaged he had already done during his unjustified tenure (expanded over 28 continuous ODIs ) is significant! Isn't it enough....? This is the problem with SL cricket governors & some fans... never see the reality as REALITY!

    Strange world..! A guy who has the HIGHEST overall Batting Average (34.5) for a SL player (Tharanga) in Eng, Aus, WI, SA & NZ all Seaming, Bouncy Fast- Decks & conditions, is playing SL-A cricket…. while all the rookies, nowhere near him play in the National Side.. way to go SL :))

    Tharanga had played 51 innings, scoring 1687 Runs (with 2 N/O) maintaining almost 35 runs per inning Average playing in those countries, yet no place for him! No wonder why SL is struggling in England.

    Congratulations England for the very convincing win ! Keep it up!

  • on June 1, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    fans who love good cricket need tharanga back

  • SLC-2020 on May 30, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    MD Kusal J Perera c Blake b Joseph 1 run (4minutes - 3balls)..!!! How many times we have seen this during the past yrar..??? For the 10th CONSECUTIVE TIME the GATE was opened by Kusal Perera within the initial overs! Amazing to see this happening in EVERY single occasion that SL played in seaming, fast bouncy tracks in WI, Ireland & England, since June 2013! Kusal had been given ample opportunities and failed miserably outside Bangladesh (Av 14.2 from 21 ODIs)..! All the fans who really love SL cricket, badly miss you Tharanga!

  • on May 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    If we want to win . We should play our brand of cricket .we use to play attacking cricket .last 3 game we didn't do that. Yes I agree that condition was different but the way thirimanne play . Allowed england bowlers to one line & length. But we played kusal he can attack from ball one. I like to mention what did against dale stain. hit few big shot and kusal put lot of pressure to the bowlers. That tactics should use against England. If u can unsetal the bowlers that will help to the following batter. But opening with thiri not happen that he leaving the ball and put lot of pressure on the dilly to scored runs. First 10 over we should play carefully but ply few attacking shots dilscoop of dilly and pull shot over midwicket will put pressure on Anderson and Garni.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on May 30, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Do not change the team. Same eleven for more records.

  • nursery_ender on May 30, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Hold the front page: Sri Lankan players struggle in English conditions and English players struggle in Sri Lankan conditions. Who'd have thought it?

  • markatnotts on May 30, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Agreed dunger.bob. The problem with England is the 'conditions' - at international level are purely the overhead conditions. You see precious little seam movement and pitches like Old Trafford and The Oval have lost pace in recent years. The latter factor doesn't help England when we go to Oz and SA. Mind you if we played Tests on green tops we would be seeing 2 day tests on a regular basis as defensive techniques are so poor across all Test playing countries these days.

  • dunger.bob on May 30, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Despite the abysmal score lines in the last 2 games I'm enjoying this series. We've seen plenty of spin bowling recently so it's nice to see the quick men get something to work with for a change. Kulasakera and Anderson are both excellent swing bowlers, particularly when conditions are helpful, and from the sound of things they certainly are. A great spell of swing is a beautiful thing to watch and I'm with those who say cricket needs to offer variety in conditions so that ALL the skills get a chance to shine over the course of a years cricket.

    Wanting to have conditions your own way all the time is negative, cloistered and doomed to bring your side down. To my way of thinking the only way to go is to relish playing in foreign conditions and simply try like hell to master them. Not easy at all, but if you can you're well on your way to being a great cricketer, not merely a good one.

  • on May 30, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Hope inconsistant and non performing Mahela will be dropped for remaining ODI matches. Tharanga and Kusal are available options for his place.

  • on May 30, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    cricket is a summer game and these conditions not suitable for cricket at all. take this in to account icc. these things kills cricket.ashame

  • SLC-2020 on May 30, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    @Chandrasoma Senanayake: Are you joking... Kusal again? The damaged he had already done during his unjustified tenure (expanded over 28 continuous ODIs ) is significant! Isn't it enough....? This is the problem with SL cricket governors & some fans... never see the reality as REALITY!

    Strange world..! A guy who has the HIGHEST overall Batting Average (34.5) for a SL player (Tharanga) in Eng, Aus, WI, SA & NZ all Seaming, Bouncy Fast- Decks & conditions, is playing SL-A cricket…. while all the rookies, nowhere near him play in the National Side.. way to go SL :))

    Tharanga had played 51 innings, scoring 1687 Runs (with 2 N/O) maintaining almost 35 runs per inning Average playing in those countries, yet no place for him! No wonder why SL is struggling in England.

    Congratulations England for the very convincing win ! Keep it up!

  • SLFan-2200 on May 30, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Interesting bit of stats: The opening pair of Mahela Jayawardene & Upul Tharanga is not a new combination for SL. This pair has been prolific in the six innings they have batted together as opening partners - three stands of 200-plus and one 50-plus they achieved was something special!. this kind of batting we need for the World Cup!

    Upul Tharanga's feat of reaching 5000 in 157 innings is the 2nd FASTEST by a SL player in ODIs (Marvan Athapattu took 152 innings to achieve that).

    He is the ninth SL player (64th overall world) to complete 5,000 runs or more in ODIs -- 5153 at an average of 34.81 in 164 matches, Just 28yrs of age...he is the best SL opener to carry forward for the future.

  • markatnotts on May 29, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    @tumbleweed, try being a bit objective. Although it must upset you, England have had overseas successes, just as SL have. England were woeful, and SL were woeful in each of the games they have just lost. With regards to conditions - do you think certain English conditions are unacceptable for International cricket? What is your definition? Oh and in case you hadn't noticed this tour is reversed from previous to play the Tests later than the ODI's so I am sure in your mind SL will win the Tests 2-0.

  • SLFan-2200 on May 29, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    @Chandrasoma Senanayake: do you want SL to go through another lease of GATE OPENNING with the specialist ? Poor Sanga.... he will have to do the opener's role for another while...!

  • jb633 on May 29, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    @tumbleweed, that is a ridiculous comment. How are we supposed to change the weather here? It is like us saying the Sri Lankans method to beat us is heat, crumbling wickets and having good spinners. A variety of conditions is good for the game and it allows us to separate the good from the great, ie Dravid vs Mahela (great vs the good). I don't like the rain as much as the next man but sides have got to play in a variety of conditions or cricket would be boring. I hate when English fans whinge when pitches start to turn and I hate when people complain about swing or seam.

  • sussexsunrisers on May 29, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    @ tumbleweed: remember that conditions such as early summer ones in Britain have an effect on both teams and there is an equal chance of winning the toss and bowling first. Furthermore, after the last 6 months I think the last thing any England supporter or player wanted was conditions that made it harder for an already struggling batting lineup to cope in. In addition, Lords, the oval and old Trafford are all much easier conditions that some Australian pitches such as the WACA, where Nathan Lyon managed to turn the ball from outside off into leg slips hands.

  • SLFan-2200 on May 29, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Upul tharanga was totally eliminated from TESTS in 2007, to make room for another "Johnny", who is nowhere in the scene now! Obviously, if Upul did have any major weakness/flaws in his batting, he would not have survived to make 13x100 & 28x50 (including a score of 175 n.o. and a marvellous century at Lords). It is impossible to accumulated more than 5,000 ODI runs with 13 big Centuries + 28 Fifty plus scores, at the age of 28 yrs! He was the fastest & youngest SL player to pass the first 1000 ODI runs in their careers!! Can anyone with an iota of sense justify his elimination? I think he should be recalled immediately for the TEST SQUAD as well.!

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 29, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    This is not surprising. Two mediocre teams playing against each and the poor English crowd turning up to witness a sad excuse for a cricket match. What next ? England all out for 10 or SL bundled out for a single digit score !

  • CodandChips on May 29, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    @jb633 some interesting and controversial opinions there.

    Re Ali if you like what you've seen then fair enough. I did initially want him in my test side as a batsman and back-up spin option to Kerrigan. However since then he hasn't done much for England or Worcestershire. Though the England stuff was in a different format and he was underused as a bowler and it's a small sample size. The fact that he scored bucket loads in the championship last year which suggests he's good enough as a batsman.

    Re Cook and Carberry intersting theory. Certainly credible though given Johnson is such a confidence bowler.

    Very brave of you to call Root "painfully average". My opinion on him was that he started off very well and then just got exhausted. However he hasn't done much since he had that rest. However if he is "painfully average" then how come he still makes your team?

  • Hewy123 on May 29, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    As always there's a knee jerk reaction to one heavy defeat which went the other way this time. Suddenly England are world beaters and SL are a team in crisis, a complete reversal of comments after Durham. For me, winners of a game are very often decided by who wins the toss and the conditions that suit that of your own back yard. As for the calls to ditch Thirimanne, there is merit in seeing out the first few overs with the new ball. He may not have scored heavily but he was playing according to the conditions. He has the potential to be a class player and failing to go big in three innings should be a sign to axe him as this happens to ALL batsmen at some point. With better conditions at Lords I'm sure it will be a much closer game

  • on May 29, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    What's going on with Sri Lankan team? Thirimanne is not an open batsman bring back Kusal Perera or Mahela should open the batting. Disgraceful batting by Sri Lanka! Come on guys, you are playing for your country and should be proud.

  • tumbleweed on May 29, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    When England lost at Durham their embarrassment was explained away with an avalanche of excuses - it was the toss, the conditions etc etc, but the win at Old Trafford was due to the skilful captain and Jordan - never for a moment acknowledge the advantage of atrocious weather conditions that Sri Lanka had to overcome.

    It is patently clear, the formula for England's victories have to be a winning the toss, damp wicket, cloud cover and a sub-continent team to play against in icy cold early May to boost their ratings. I bet Australia or India will never ever accept to play in such conditions. The ICC need to take these into account and allow the tour to start in June as a fair compromise.

  • VikumHerath on May 29, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @ Muhammad Reza Thahirread: some posters like you in this forum are saying Tharanga's lack of consistency caused his demise & trying to justify SLC. Since July 2012 to the day he was axed July 2013, Tharanga had played 20 ODIs-2 N/O, and accumulated 567 R at an Av of 31.5 on home soil & lively decks! He has a Batting Av of almost FORTY (39.9) in his last 8 ODIs, before dropping in July 2013! Is this inconsistency for a player who had managed so many achievements right from the day he began his ODI career?

    Opener Tharanga 163 ODI innings -5228 Runs - 174* HS - 33.94 Average the e- S/R 73.86 with 13x100 & 28x50. (TEST stats: 15 Tests - 26 innings - 713 runs - 165 HS -28.52 Ave)

    5th Best batsmen in 2011-WORLD CUP (395 runs - 133 HS - 56.42 Avg - 472 Runs - 83.68 S/R 2x100 +1x50).

    He is holding the ODI world record for involving in highest numvber of 200+ partnerships SEVEN TIMES. Only Ricky Ponting has equalled this record. Can A TECHNICALY FLAWED acheive this kind of Records.?

  • jb633 on May 29, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    @CodandChips, I personally just rate Ali as a cricketer. When you watch him you get the sense there is something special in the offering. I have watched guys like Root, Ballance and Butler and for me they are technically limited and don't have the natural abilities that Ali does. I know Ali needs to go on and prove himself but he I feel he has that potential in him to be special, not a workmanlike player we produce at will but someone capable of dominating good bowling. I think the time has come for England to have a gamble and try and let a flare player just play and not inhibit them. I honestly feel Carbery and Cook lost us the Ashes series in Brisbane. Johnson's first spell was rubbish and instead of being 5-0-30-0 he was 5-0-10-0. Instead of the barmy army getting to him and the pressure mounting we let him ease into it and well the rest is history. We need a change of approach and the run rate must increase. Root is painfully average for my money too.

  • Lahori_Munde on May 29, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    This was the most one sided game I have seen in last many years. It felt like England was playing against some club side..

  • Lion83 on May 29, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Expecting a sunny day on saturday in Lord's and Sri Lanka will bounce back to level the series in style

  • Kavum on May 29, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    England by 4-1? This is embarrassing for SL which has to look way beyond 2015 if it wants to continue to enjoy the benefits of top-echelon cricket for much longer. Send promising youngsters overseas at 19 or 20 to play grade cricket in Aussie, minor counties in England and second or third level cricket in SAf. Let them learn their batting basics not mere T20 bashing from day one. This can be funded by cutting down on contract fees for these super-compensated, big-headed national "stars" who easily earn 10 times as much as Cabinet Ministers (not counting "other" income). By all means, pay them huge win bonuses to offset their contractual losses and motivate them - calculated by series/tour contribution and not by individual match performance. Gone are the batting technicians like Dias, Sid Wettimuny and even Marvan. Sanas, Muralis and Aravindas do not emerge but once every 4 or 5 generations. All others, work hard like Sangakkara who is the only exemplar in this current touring side.

  • rajcan on May 29, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    @Muhammad, footwork is not only the one makes batsman very successful. Compare the stats between Mahela and Tharanga.

    Mahela batted 388 innings, scored 11561 runs, 16 100's, ave 33.03 and the strike rate is 78.29 and most of his runs and centuries came from playing in sub-continent.

    Tharanaga batted 164 innings, 42% innings of Mahela, in other words Mahela played 58% more matches than Tharanga. Tharanga scored 5252 runs, 16 100's, ave 33.88 and the strike rate is 73.66. Better average than Mahela and touch lesser strike rate.

    Are you saying, Mahela is a better scorer than Tharanga? It does not matter how the footwork is. There are many great batsman does not have good footwork. Stop discrediting Tharanga please, give him the place he needs.

    Mahela's ODI Batting averages: Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 415 388 38 11561 144 33.03 78.29 16

    Tharanga's ODI Batting averages:

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 172 164 9 5252 174* 33.88 73.66 13

  • CodandChips on May 29, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    @jb633 thanks for the response. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who wasn't overly impressed by Stokes. To me he seems a bit-and-pieces players with the potential to do something special. He bowled with good pace and played some nice shots. But he leaked runs and lacked control with the ball, and with the bat is inconsistent. And his ODI career stats are awful (though that shouldn't have much if any bearing on the test side). Just wondering why you'd pick Ali if Monty's playing?

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Our team is very balance team .they will come back. We should change our batting order . Kusal should come in for thiri .thick should go down the order at no 4. Wish u all the best to SL team.!!

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    We are going to win da next 2 game good luck...!!

  • on May 29, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Andrew Silva you have no idea of Tharanga's batting faults. Tharanga don use his feet to the pitch of the ball, consumes so many balls in the first mandatory power play, takes ages to score the first 10 to 15 runs & by the time dilshan runs out of patience & goes for a risky shot & tharanga remains int he wicket. He has no clue to a ball thats pitched back of the length & moves away from the body & upul tharanga will get beaten 10/10 times. though he's average looks healthy at 35 but its in average at the cost of a wicket & slow strike rate. I must admit Tharanga is the best timer of the ball in world cricket but has other many defects in his batting. For an example he scored 170+ against india in west indies but he didnt carry his form for the next 10 odis, as usual struggled n got dropped. The problem hes not addressing to his technical faults in batting.

  • ChandimaEranda on May 29, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Everyone talking about big three. Where are the??? I can only see Dilshan. It doesn't matter the average or the history behind the players it does matter the consistency of failure and success.

  • jb633 on May 29, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    @codandchips personally I would go with Cook, Robson, Bell, Root,Ali/Ballance, Prior, Stokes (if fit), Jordan, Anderson, Broad, Panesar. I agree with sirViv that you need a spinner and although Monty has had a patchy year he is still better than any other spinner we have at present. I would not be adverse to dropping Stokes ahead of Ballance as bar his 100 at Perth he has looked ordinary. I would think he may need some runs and wickets in FC cricket before he comes back in.

  • Englishmanabroad on May 29, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    @Romesh Perera: You do know it is 2014?? 2006 was a long time ago.

  • Yevghenny on May 29, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    I'd much rather be running around in the cold than in 43 degree heat!

  • nickexplore on May 29, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    For SL it doesn't really matter how you shuffle the middle order, the team must get off to a good and/or quick start. Dilshan is batting well - he just needs a reliable partner. Given Tharanga is not in the squad , the swashbuckling Kusal remains the best choice for the Lord's ODI. With Kusal opening, SL will either get off to a flyer or be one-down at a run a ball. And, if he stays in for a while, SL will be in pole position to win the match.

  • Englishmanabroad on May 29, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    I have to say that I am continually amused by people who use the weather as an excuse. Both sides play in the same weather on the same day. True, if the weather actually interrupts the game, it can affect the outcome, but the real truth is that it's not the weather to blame, it's how the players deal with it.

    When England goes to the sub-continent, they have to cope with temperatures and humidity that is way outside English norms. They also have to deal with pitches that are dry and give no help to the batsmen, or fast/seam bowlers. The pitches are made for spinners, and batsmen who can handle spin. In those conditions, England always struggles, however we know what to expect.

    Surely, by now, Sub-Continent teams should know what to expect when they come to England, especially early in the season. It is cold, and damp. That's life, deal with it!

  • CodandChips on May 29, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    @Guernica fair enough what you say about Read.

    @SirViv1973 perhaps the role of Stokes will decide who they pick as a spinner. Perosnally I don't think Stokes is good enough or has enough control to feature in a team with just 3 front-line bowlers as well as him. If Stokes plays, I think England will have to pick a front-line spinner. I think England will pick Monty but I'd chose Kerrigan. I understand what you say about picking Stokes and the batting. Perhaps England might want a bit more batting stability, something that Stokes is too inconsistent to provide in my opinion. Or will playing Stokes persuade them to select a wicketkeeper just for their batting, as opposed to somebody who can actually keep competently?

  • rajcan on May 29, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    @ Andrew-Silva, I am with you. I have written many comments about Tharanga even before the series started. I have no clue, why would they leave Tharanag out of playing XI, not only for this series even for other series.

    Everyone have some lean patch in their career, when Taharanga was not scoring couple of matches, they already started trying with new openers. Kushal was given endless oppertunity. Thiremane was removed by Anderson 7 times for cheap. Yet Tharanga is warming the bench.

    It is same as latter part of Marvan's career, he was not choosen for the playing XI eventhough he was perfoming well. As a coach now, I am sure he is making the same mistake what others did to him, leaving Tharanga ou.

    I even posted my comment to cricinfo to comment it, noone ever commented as to whats happening with Tharanga.

    I suspect some politics involve here and trying to promote some non-performers. Mahela has a very bad record against seaming, moving balls.

  • SirViv1973 on May 29, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    In regards to the First test an interesting question for me is how does Stokes fit in. Given how well he performed in Aus you would think Eng have to persist with him. However given the rebuilding required within the middle order & question marks over the form & fitness of the old insurance policy Prior, can Eng really afford the luxury of 5 bowlers with Stokes batting at 6? One option may be to use Ali/Root as the spinner, however I think Cook is a firm believer in a balanced attack & I don't believe in the theory that as it's still quite early in the season you don't need a frontline spinner (Swann took 10 for at Leeds this time last year). The rest of the seam attack is shaping up to be Jordan, Anderson & Broad which means we would have 4 right arm fast medium bowlers, with no express pace & no left armer, its an attack lacking variety. I wonder therefore if Moores in the short term at least will sacrifice Stokes to shore up the middle order?

  • Guernica on May 29, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    @CodandChips - Read was given a lot of opportunities at test level, but against test class bowling he looked out of his depth with the bat. From memory he also wasn't perfect behind the stumps, despite his excellence at county level. Sometimes it's about temperament rather than talent. Foster was a bit hard done by with his opportunities, but Prior didn't give him another chance. Unless a 'top class' wicket keeper is taking a load of chances that the likes of Bairstow/Buttler/Keis would miss then yes, it obviously does make sense to go with the better batsmen. And the better batsmen should not just be judged on their first class average. It should be about how they fare against bowlers like Steyn, Johnson, Ajmal.

  • SpinDr on May 29, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Drop Sanga and Mahela. They are hardly their old selves and it's high time that they hang their boots in ODI too without causing any further embarrassment to themselves or SL. Both should continue in tests for sure. We all agree, this is the ideal platform form to build a team for 2015 WC. So, bring on the new blood. Bring Kusal and Kithruwan. Let Kusal open with Dlishi and let Thiri come 1 down to bat. New look T20 team is doing just fine without the these 2 seniors and same could be replicated in ODIs.

  • matchfixerpkn on May 29, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    67 all out..in really its shame ..but after playing t20 all player take it as casual..due to t20 nature of game..most players forget how to play long innings and milking the ball in middle over...they know only defend or hit...t

  • nickexplore on May 29, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    The decision to add the returning from injury Herath for the injured Lakmal was a strange one indeed, especially as the SL squad is brimming with spinners Senanayake, Mendis and the unplayed spinning alrounder Chathuranga. The team is crying out for an experienced opener to partner Dilshan and Upul Tharanga is the obvious choice. Kusal Janith is out of form and favour, and the under-performing Thirimanne better suited to 3 or 4. Tharanga has an unsurpassed record in England, played a critical innings in the Ireland ODI and has succeeded many times batting with Dilshan. As well, Tharanga provides cover for first-choice Test openers Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne for the upcoming two-Test series and many would argue his record says he should be selected ahead of both of them.

  • cricat16 on May 29, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    SL batting heavily depend on big 3 . This issue is created by mathews . he do not allow other middle order batsman to play a role when there is a good score in the board . When there is a good score in the board he comes before Priyanjan and Chandimal . So those one's not given chance to play some big number of overs. What a hell . If they didnt given chance to have confidence by playing in a good situation how they can play in a bad situation . bad management by Mathews, Maven and Sana .

  • CodandChips on May 29, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    @Brusselslion (continued) In county cricket there a 4 top-class glovemen: Foster, Read, Davies and Bates. That one has given up the gloves, one can't get into his county side, and the other 2 are considered no-hopers for a test place, all because of an apparent lack of ability with the bat is an absolute tragedy.

    I wonder what other people think the England test side should be or will be. And what do they think of the names I've suggested in my comments below. And has anyone played themselves into the test side during this ODI series? With just 1 round of championship matches to go, I assume the selectors will have a pretty good idea.

    I am also disappointed that Hales has been let go, as it means he won't make his ODI debut. But at least he'll play some cricket.

  • CodandChips on May 29, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @brusselslion re the keepers last time Moores went with a player who was more of a batsman than a keeper. He later lost his place, improved his keeping, and came back and became the best keeper batsman in test cricket. Will he try the same with Bairstow or has the very brief time he's spent with Buttler convinced him?

    Re Davies it surprises me too. Bar Prior, he's the only player in England who can bat and keep to a high standard. Also his excellent glove-work and counter-attacking batting with a good record made me think he was a tailor-made Prior replacement, especially as he had been reserve keeper for England on occasions. Perhaps his Ashes snub has made him think he has little chance of getting an England shot? Or maybe he realises that England pick keepers on their batting ability.

    Personally I'd go with Foster or Davies, irrespective of their batting form (though Foster is averaging 43 this year in the championship)

    (continued)

  • FlatTrakBully on May 29, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    SL should schedule an immediate tour to Bangladesh and India to get back to form. It will help legends to boost their average. Also Virat kohli seems like scoring more hundrds than our legend. he is only 10 years younger i guess.

  • gsamiru on May 29, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @ Romesh Perera: There's no doubt that Sanath is a world class cricketer who changed not only SL cricket but also the the world cricket. Here I only considered Sanath's approach to the game, not any other his records. Sanath's approach was to go there and blasting the blowers, sometimes it was succeeded sometimes it was not. This approach was very much suited in that era where only the first 15 overs had the fielding restrictions. So you need to grab as much as runs since that gives you the edge. But today it's a different scenario. You actually don't need to go there and play wildly. If 2,3 wickets were down in the first 10-15 overs, you won't be able to take the advantage at the back end of an innings. So we don't need a Sanath type approach in cricket anymore in ODI unless the rules are changed back. Today's cricket needs solid operners...... !

  • on May 29, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Impossible series to predict now, this one could go any direction. But for the Test matches it's still hard to see England scoring 400, 450 plus and putting pressure on Sri Lanka.

  • on May 29, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    very poor batting display by a well experienced batting order. very good bowling attack by england bowlers. this series will get more exiting. chandimal should be left out. england doesnt have a good batting line. lankans just have ti score 230+ n we can see a good match. waiting for the next game how lions will bounce back...

  • Lord.emsworth on May 29, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    I knew SL would lose (disgraceful loss at that!) when Thrimanne was again partnered with Dilshan with the 2 inconsistent 'legends' to follow. I have been sceptical of using MJ and KS in match after match. They are now waning, highly inconsistent, and hopelessly unable to do what they did early on in their careers. Sanath & the SL 'think tank' continue to use them with Micawber - like hope. Better that new players are blooded than persist with hopelessly inept 'legends' and overrated players. New players may fail too, but that's the only way to move forward and create a new team for the WC 2015 down under. .

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on May 29, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    What a poor selection by Sanath Jayasuriya. This isn't the right combination. Please bring Thisara Perera in and give Kithuruwan an opportunity.

  • on May 29, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Didn't watch the game but v shocking for me though nice to see boyz on track.

  • on May 29, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    At Lords the team in batting order should read as Dilshan, Kusal, Sanga, Mathews, Thisara, Priyanjan, Vidanage, Kula, Senanayake, Mendis, malinga

  • on May 29, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Chris Jordan could be the impact bowler :) for now..well he will have to wait till the sun shines in England..its not about the pacey track..its about the late movement...in this bowler friendly weather conditions will bring them joy till india comes in july....in other part of the world, he will get the better treatment he deserves..specially in sub Continental tracks..he is a nothing bowler there...anyway SL batting is not consistent, and i m pretty sure they do not worry too much about these collapses, because when the big tournaments are their they will get their combinations right and trial and error periods will be over by then..they are the most consistent ICC tournament players...not England.. :)..youngsters will learn by these mistakes and senior will lead the team when it matters as Sanga did it in recent ICC finals...where Mahela has done it marginally in the ICC WC finals before the recent finals..so they are all big game players...so better try the combinations now..

  • rickyvoncanterbury on May 29, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Funny game cricket..... gotta love cricket..... a couple of months ago England fans and the team where on the canvas a total shambles, Sri Lanka were crowned T20 champs and the fans were telling us about a new golden era.... YA GOTTA LOVE CRICKET.

  • on May 29, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    "Chris Jordan is the new impact bowler England have been looking for" Not so sure about that one as it has been heard too many times before. It's up to him nowto grow and iimprove with England's help. At the moment on Test wickets he will prove expensive but is definitely worth a shout as second change bowler.

  • Chennai_Cricket on May 29, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    England easily winning matches with srilanka but the real test is india tour they need to play real hard cricket to win INDIA.

  • karnamgiridhar on May 29, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Asian teams are again and again giving chance for the critics to tell that they cant play on pace tracks. Iam an Indian but love to see SL win matches. Mathews, perera, chandimal need to up their level of game. Sanga and Mahela have proved in the past. its new generation players who will carry the legacy

  • first_slip on May 29, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    all SL players gifted their wickets to English bowlers apart from Dilashan who got good one form Anderson, dont see any threat in England bowling apart from Jimmy and Jordan is getting lucky wickets, and SLs go wicket with good balls in second game. Horrible weather didnt help ether

  • St.John on May 29, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Tinybaba... Firstly as Boycott said a few years ago...Test cricket is dying and may not exist after the year 2020. Secondly, as for soggy, gloomy conditions...If you are playing on this professional level you have to master ALL conditions. Thirdly, SL have played in OZ with almost this same team and have never won a Test match. And BTW useless Mahela and Sangakarra have long since past their best before date..

  • latnadu on May 29, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Congrats to English Players, This is a Good Lesson for Sri Lanka to get ready for 15WC, Now they know there weak points. Specially Mathews, Chandi Thiri, Should show there Skills under these conditions.

    If chandi can sacrifice his captaincy, why not sanga mahela and dilshan?

  • on May 29, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @ gsamiru; Sanath has scored 28 ODI Centuries,Sangakkara has 18 ,Dilshan has 17 ODI centuries,Mahela has just 16.

    Man of the match awards, Sanath 48 Awards, Sanga 28, Dilshan 19 and mahela just 19 awards,

    It's clear sri lanka needs highly impact player liker Sanath Jayasuriya.

  • on May 29, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    In 2006 tour,@ Oval Sri Lanka Made 319 and Sanath Jayasuriya made 122. England all out for 273.

    In the Final match @Leeds England made 321 and Sri Lanka won by scoring 324 just from 37.3 Overs, Sanath Jayasuriya scored 152 in that match from just 92 Balls. Sri Lanka needs such a positve and real match winner if we target 2015 WC.

    Mahela should be kept for home ground matches specially for SSC. Since the next world cup is not played in Sri Lanka it's better to DROPP Mahela from the team and bring Kusal back to the team.

  • ground-boy on May 29, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    This reminds SL batting debacle in Bangladesh. Mathews's team was 75/7 (or 8), Tisara who was batting,stormed placing them on around 175 and SL narrowly defended against BD. Batting debacles are nothing new to cricket fans. It may happen when playing against a big team or so called underdogs disappointing fans n troubling candy/beer sellers.Yesterday they were 150 runs short. On Saturday they might score over 300 runs with the correct combination.

  • on May 29, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    K. Perera, Mendis, Hales, need to play next game

  • on May 29, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Series haven't finished yet , to all cricket engineers out there , please hold your horses , you can't write off SL cricket with one defeat.

  • ChanaSL on May 29, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Loosing is acceptable, but not like this. All credit should go to England bowlers. They were simply unplayable. Anyways I think it's good that SL lost the match like this way, because I hope this can be an eye opener for the selectors. We should rest our out of form players (Mahela, Chandimal, Thirimanne) and give chances to youngsters (Kusal, Chathuranga, Maybe Kithruwan). Also I strongly believe Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan all three shouldn't include at the same time, at least 1 should rest and give that chance to a youngster. We should give the priority to country first, not for big names.

  • Yousufahmed1 on May 29, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    @ John_Geo Finally a sensible comment. I agree with you completely. SL fans overhype their cricketers so much. Sanga has only 4 centuries outside ASIA after playing 122 test matches. And SL fans call him a LEGEND. LOL. Chandimal scored a 30 odd against Ireland and suddenly he was the best. Please open your eyes.

  • Andrew-Silva on May 29, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    During the past year, virtually Sanga had to do the opener's role in almost every inning except in a few, where Kusal managed to survive 3 overs (outside Banglsadesh). In the subcontinent, Sanga & the rest of the batsmen somehow stabilized the side to materialize a winning streak! No point blaming the senior players or the junior batsmen, who did a marvellous job in pulling the load, when they can. Always, the problem remained at the top! Unfortunately, outside subcontinent, SL will never succeed until they utilize the resources!

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on May 29, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Now would you consider bringing Upul Tharanga back?

  • on May 29, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Congratulations to England Team. Superb Bowling and the arrival of Alstair Cook leadership Have made England Proud in Manchester. There is no Excuse for the defeat at all. SL Team Selectors are to be Blame for this defeat. Knowing very well thirimanna.s Poor performances and not attacking as a opener Why they decide him to open the innings. Secondly for this important game why they select Chandimal again. When there is Pinch Hitters in the team they should have introduce well balance team to obtain Reasonable total. for the next game we Expect Kusal, Thisara Perera or Vithanaghe to be in the team.on the part of england They did not have any problem What so ever. they Achived the target Easily.

  • John_Geo on May 29, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    This is exactly what is needed for Sri Lanka and it is far better this happened while the so called 'Seniors' still in the team - particularly Mahela and Sangakkara. Otherwise we say 'wish we had the seniors a little longer'. Mahela has been an expired can of milk for a while now. Sanga on the other hand has proved time and again (without any reasonable doubt) he cannot bat outside Asia.

    Asking selectors to drop Chandimal is like talking to a wall. So let us not dwell on it. He is neither a batsman, nor a bowler or fielder. So let's make him the captain. This is a joke by the way!

    Why don't we try without the seniors (with full respect to their past glory). It cannot get any worse than this so why worry (67 all out in a 50 over match with 26 overs to spare - SERIOUSLY! - most school cricket teams in SL will put up a better show). Also the SL needs a proper coach who can help strategize overseas matches.

  • ground-boy on May 29, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Delight for English fans. SLs half-day off? It was ENGs day. One great bowler used to say, no matter how much we scored, lets get them all out below the target. But what can bowlers do when runs on the board are only 67. Chasers have no pressure.Batting debacles diluted the game and deprived fans of a full day fixture. With two more to come, pundits had better utilize human resources correctly, without any bias to watch full days games on arm-chairs.

  • on May 29, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    All those wanting upul tharanga back are absoluteky right.He formed a good pair with dilshan in the world cup .By now he should have been a senior player alongside mathews malinga and Kulasekra .It is poor selection from SL selectors .

  • Udendra on May 29, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    If it rains and chilly, England wins. If it's sunny, SL wins.

  • ms2000 on May 29, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    At least now the SL selectors will open the eyes anddrop Thirimanna and Chandimal. How many people have written on this forum about this so many times. The slectors must be crazy to include the 2 f them again and again. There must be a proper opener. Thissara msut be included with Chaturanga De Silva and perhaps Kaushal. Look at the way the English openers played on teh same track? There is a lot to lern from This game. This is not the way we should handle this team. Sanath , please open your eyes now

  • gsamiru on May 29, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    @ Eranga Abeygunawardana; ODI Cricket has changed a lot than in 2006. At that time every team looked for a bashing, power hitting opener to get as much as runs in the first 15 overs, fortunately Sanath did that for SL. But nowadays there is no need of such an opener who goes there and scores a quick fire 15-20 and gets out. All the teams now searching for solid openers who can build 75-100 opening partnership in 20 overs. That gives the stability in the middle overs. Also, with new odi rules, with wickets in hand you can double the score at 30th, in the next 20 overs. ...... On this basis, I believe we don't need another Sanath, but an Upul who can stabilize the innings ...... !

  • gsamiru on May 29, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    I wish we could have Upul Tharanga in the squad ...... ! At least we could try him once Thiri fails again and again in these demanding conditions. But now its too late, since these selectors are never going to give any chance for Upul to come back .... ! Pathetic ....... !

  • on May 29, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Good lesson to SL. Thirimanne can't play to moving ball. Please send Mahela as a opener.

  • ajithabey on May 29, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    What a pathetic batting performance by SL having so much experience in their line up. It is indeed a poor show and shot selection against the moving ball in early summer conditions (more wintry) and unless SL batsmen learn to play straight and in line with the ball they are in for a torrid time. So much was expected but so little gained. It was a disaster right from the outset to say the least. Hopefully, they will recoup from the lessons learnt and improve their performance in future matches.

  • on May 29, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    That is what happens when you play with temperature less 10 degrees. Soon after toss it rained and the humidity increased, and Jordan who under normal circumstances would have been nothing became a terror. Lankan players too were to blame because they had no strategic plan on how to cope and were laden footed stuck to crease. The temperature in Manchester is always low, and freezing. This does not mean England will win world cup in Australia, and on the contrary players like Jordan in that hot climate will get brutalized by the likes of Warner, Kholi and others

  • Chennai_Cricket on May 29, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    After sangakara, dilshan, jayawardene srilanka going to struggle in batting. They dont have quality batsman. Bowler like mallinga is winning matches continuously but the srilanka batsmans are not good in these swinging conditions. They playing like Robo.

  • Sinhaya on May 29, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    What a splendid comeback by England and congratulations! Nothing was wrong with the pitch at all as it was awful batting. High time Chandimal is dropped from the team. As I predicted after the Durham triumph, England will come hard at us and it happened yesterday. Hope we at least see nail biters on Saturday this week and Tuesday next week.

    Refreshing back to 2011, it was on the 30th of May that Sri Lanka were all out for 82 in Cardiff on a good batting pitch. Seems the last days of May in England are inauspicious for the Lankan cricketers. Sunny weather at Lords as predicted for Saturday should hopefully be a good sign for the Lankans. Once again congratulations to England.

  • DreamCricketer on May 29, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    DreamCricketer: 67 Runs all out??? Mavan and The rest of our team better have an answer to this. Have they gone to have some fun or play cricket. I am sure they must be partying over there until late night. You guys have to be a shame of yourself . Put a school cricket team over there today they would have put a better total than this. By the way Chandimal must be happy because this will not reflect his performance.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 29, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    When you have a country that considers a batsman with a life-time ODI batting average of 33 as a legend, you get a good estimate of that team's standards in cricket. Minnows get beat-up by a Caribbean import. Interesting series!

  • ken51 on May 29, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    May Chris Jordan be spared the hyperbole of the English media...although it now seems already too late."...becoming something of a pin-up for England's new generation" indeed.Where are you,John Arlott?

  • on May 29, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    what about mahela opening? it may be a temporary arrangement..just for this series. i hope he will regain his touch if he opens...!!

  • brusselslion on May 29, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    @CodandChips: I agree with you entirely about the WK position. However, I've more chance of winning Euromillions' top prize than Foster has of getting a game: No doubt Bairstow will get the nod, as the England selectors attempt to prove the 'Infinite Monkey' theorem (give him an infinite number of games and he'll eventually make runs & take blinding catches)

    Davies' decision to give up the gloves (temporarily?) baffles me. OK, he has struggled a little bit with the bat this season, but we are not that far into it. Moreover, he has virtually zero chance of getting picked by England solely as a batsman.

  • Tinybaba on May 29, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    Dont worry friends. This is just another bad day in office. SL should learn from all these silly mistakes and ensure they iron out all the issues before test matches begin. Remember what matters is test metaches and how we play during this series. Playing in England in early summer , in soggy , gloomy and bowler friendly conditions are totally differnt to what we are going to encounter in Australia and NZ for the world cup next year. So all isnt lost. I hope our seniors will take this as a challange and perform to their best ability and perform well next in two matches and then go with head high for that all important test matches.If we play to 75% of our real ability , we dont have any difficulty of beating England be it in sub-continentent wickets or in English wickets. Go boys ! Show your true colours !

  • SL_Fan_5 on May 29, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Wow...That was a spanking. Happens, but I agree with a couple of folks here that we did not have the best team available for the match. How long is SL going to keep trying Chandimal? He is no Atapattu and I think we need to look past him at this point with less than a year to the world up. Let him play some SL A cricket and see how it goes. Ausie pitches are going to be fast and bouncy, so if the selectors think that Kusal is not the right man for the job, pick someone like Tharanga and be done with it for the next year or so (if he is decent form). Thirimanna is solid at 5, we are just not getting the most out of him from shuffling him around. SL also needs a little more wow factor the ace attack. Why not get someone like an Nuwan Pradeep for those very green wickets.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on May 29, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    maybe this game should be looked more closely by ICC...just sayin' !!!

  • 12345SS on May 29, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Well done England. I hope you guys slept well last night. sleep well because it will help you guys to clear your mind and to focus more on the game. Good Luck

  • brusselslion on May 29, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    @CodandChips: I agree with you entirely about the WK position. However, I've more chance of winning Euromillions' top prize than Foster has of getting a game: No doubt Bairstow will get the nod, as the England selectors attempt to prove the 'Infinite Monkey' theorem (give him an infinite number of games and he'll eventually make runs & take blinding catches)

    Davies' decision to give up the gloves (temporarily?) baffles me. OK, he has struggled a little bit with the bat this season, but we are not that far into it. Moreover, he has virtually zero chance of getting picked by England solely as a batsman.

  • phermon on May 28, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Reading these posts I get a strong sense that very few posters are/were cricketers themselves.

  • wazza85 on May 28, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    I agree, the selectors are getting the whole thing wrong. Bring Tharanga in. Dilshan and Chandimal should be dropped. If not SL are going to lose this series looking at the way the openers are batting.

  • kandykolla on May 28, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    As Sri Lankans we have to be more with our team during difficult times..!!!

    Something says to my mind that the 420+ score against the Dutch would be at risk during the next two games !!

    All the best guys, wer`re always with you....!!!

  • jmcilhinney on May 28, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    While it's nice to see the England bowlers dominating, albeit in helpful conditions, and probably even more pleasing to see a genuinely good performance in the field, there are still question marks over England's batting. Such an easy victory, while perhaps a boost to the confidence, is not what they needed to help work those out.

    With regards to Jordan potentially playing Test cricket, it will be interesting to see whether England take the same attitude towards him as they did to Steven Finn. Even though he was taking a significant number of wickets, Finn was considered too expensive and unable to maintain the pressure that was desired. Jordan looks capable of being similar in that he looks a wicket taker but may bowl the odd boundary ball. I can't help thinking that having one bowler who's a little expensive is not the end of the world as long as he's taking wickets. If everyone else is tight then the batsman may look to go after the other and that makes wickets even more likely.

  • Sir_Francis on May 28, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    If only this team had contested the Ashes, England would have won 5 - 0

  • Patchmaster on May 28, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Its the best I've seen Bopara play in an ENG shirt ;-)

  • shanepe2003 on May 28, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    I would rather see K vithanage or K perera try to have a go at the ball and fail to score but not a player who played close to 450 odis still try to learn how to play swinging conditions. Hope selectors have watched previous series eng in Sri Lanka how Thirimanne struggle against Anderson this time no diffrence. Bring vithanage to the game he is in good tough!

  • UkSlCol on May 28, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    SHOCKING! A defeat can be acceptable but not in these kind.. All credit to England as they have managed to turn it around this time. No idea where the SL selectors are holidaying in these days BUT they need to cancel the rest of their holidays and need to come back quickly. Thirimanne is scaremongering and the way he has been playing not only he's scared of Anderson's bowling but also bringing the unnecessary panic for the rest of the batsmen. Chandimal is not improving and it is about time for him to go back for some club cricket. They should give a chance to Vithanage or Kusal now. No point playing Hearth as another spinner as there're few spinners operating already and need to bring an all-rounder like Thisara.

  • on May 28, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    great bowling from jordan good find for england

  • Retour on May 28, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    67 all out. May be SL thought it was playing a 10 overs a side game

  • rk_ks on May 28, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Where is lionism from fans today. Everyone went dumb after looking at their overrated team. Come one lion fans, please say something. A cub cannot be a lion. It takes time and practice to be a lion which SL will never get. What happened to the best cricket batsmen in the whole galaxy. Oh right, they were best only when pitches favor batsmen and that too against teams like BD or India. Even a club team plays well than this.

  • on May 28, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    SL selectors keep getting the team wrong.. Thirimanne is not and opener in these conditions.. Why not Upul Tharanga who is a proven player. What on earth is Chandimal doing in the team. Disgrace to SL. Come on get the selections right nor go back early to SL. Embarrassment.

  • mattandy on May 28, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    And that is the begining of the END for Sri Lanka for you!!!!!

  • St.John on May 28, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Weird alright...Mathews promised before the match that Sri Lanka will be aggressive. Indescribable how Trimanne, Mahela Sangakarra, Chandimal and the rest pathetically poked around! Meanwhile Tharanga the ODI opener with the best record in the SL team is left to dry. I suppose Mathews would say it was a bad day at the office, but this SL team is a very bad one; office or not! SL must have the guts to get rid of Mahela Jayawardene. He's never good abroad and begins to score only when a series is already lost.

  • SLMaster on May 28, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    I thought Chandimal's wicket cause the problems. He is unstable. They should get Vithanage into the side replacing Chandimal.

  • on May 28, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Looks like the teams are taking it in turns to see who can get the lowest score. SLscored 144 in the first match, England replied with 99 in the second mstch and now SL have smartly responded with 67, saying to England: Beat that! Hw will England respond....50 runs, maybe. According to the pattern so far, next game is England's turn to mess up. And then SL will mess up the final ODI, concluding what promises to be the most peculiar two-sidedly one-sided series in the history of cricket?

  • on May 28, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Strange! Will there be another twist to this Sherlock Holmes mystery? Wow! Jordan was magnificent. Is he the next-generation bowling maestro? Hope he endures and become one of the best ever. Congratulations to him and the English team.

  • on May 28, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    At least, this will do wonders for ticket sales!

  • NP_NY on May 28, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    As far as boring one sided series's go, this one takes the cake.And this match getting over in 34 overs! What a waste of time for the fans. I'd rather watch the IPL which is far far more exciting.

  • Yousufahmed1 on May 28, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    What is happening to the best SL player in these conditions. Chandimal !!! He scored a mere 30 odd against Ireland and SL fans were like he had scored a triple century. Praising him so much. LOL.

  • on May 28, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Well well well... Embarrassingly embarrassing.

    VERY well done to ENG. They were a lot better on the day and more than deserved to win.

    We batted abysmally, and that's putting it nicely. The worst SL've been in quite a while. Yes, we lost the toss, yes, conditions were difficult after rain, but there was enough time to accelerate. ENG showed that the pitch was not a nightmare, so SL definitely could've got more at the end. The seniors didn't take much responsibility - one of them should've batted a long innings even if youngsters kept falling at the other end. Another failure from Mahela, getting out to a 'nothing' ball from Tredwell. Ashan did the same mistake Mahela did in the last match - didn't DIVE! GET YOURSELVES DIRTY, guys! Too stiff cos of the COLD weather?!

    If it rains before/during the match, ENG win. If there's even a hint of sun, SL win. One sided contests determined by the weather.

    Thiri is NOT an opener. Seems like seniors are there just to intimidate the opponents :/

  • Jeewaka9999 on May 28, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Negative batting of thirimanne is not good for us. Both Thirimanne and Chandimal hv been given fair chances. It is more than enough for Chandimal. People criticized management when he failed at no 7 position . but he has failed at 4./5 positions in fair number of times after 2011. He should be dropped. Thirimanne is good only in sub continent but his strike rate is very poor. It is wonder not only how he is included in t20 team but also how he hv been appointed t20 vice captain.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 28, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    What a bizarre series! Didn't follow the game at all and haven't looked at anything yet except the scorecard and this report. Well done England and what an answer to last game's humiliation. I guess when it clicks, it clicks, and when it's not your day, it's just not your day. Let's hope for a close nail-biter next game...

  • vkumar_086 on May 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Great batting practice by SL for 2015 WC...all out for 67!!!!!!! and England won without losing a wicket.....keep it up

  • on May 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Will be a far more level playing field on Saturday....decent weather, better wicket and not so much cloud cover. We will see which team has the players to make a difference on a good surface.

  • Andrew-Silva on May 28, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    As I have said many times before, without an experienced OPENER, SL will constantly have a massive problem in ODIs outside subcontinent! Among the current players, Tharanga is the most Experienced, most Consistent Opening Batsmen to tackle the conditions that we saw today in Eng. He holds the Highest Batting Average (69.4) in Eng for a SL player. He has the HIGHEST overall Batting Average (34.5) for a SL player in countries (Eng, Aus, WI, SA, NZ ) on Seaming, Bouncy Fast- Decks! He had played 51 innings, scoring 1687 Runs (with 2 N/O) maintaining almost 35 runs per inning Average!

    in England - 5 Ing- 347 R -120 HS- Av 69.40 in West Indies - 18 Ing- 571 R- 174*HS - Av 33.58 in South Africa - 5 Ing- 176 R- 66 HS - Av 35.20 in Australia - 15 Ing- 329 R- 86*HS -Av 23.50 In New Zealand - 8 Ing- 264 R- 103 HS - Av 33.00 I can't believe how SLC, & SL Media can overlook, such a valuable young player (a humble guy)? No one can deny FACTS & STATS, HE IS THE BEST..!!!

  • cha.anju on May 28, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    So far no tight contests in this series. Hope best performance from both side at Lord's.

  • buncers on May 28, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Thiramane opening is killing us. No runs and no support for Dilshan. Bring back Kusul.

    Chandimail needs to be dropped - bring in de Silva or Thisara.

    Come on selectors. Mathews can't rescue you every time and Dili will have an off day. The old guys are not getting any younger.

  • Andrew-Silva on May 28, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    A need of a solid opener, who has mastered these conditions PROVED yet again. Losing the first wicket inside 2 or 3 overs was the most SHOCKING feature of this tour. In 2nd ODi Dilshan managed to absorb the presuure and played a long inning, which made the difference. As I have pointed out in my previous postings, Dilshan's natural capabilities are different & he needs support from the other opener to bloom. Missing a main ingredient in our winning formula is always going to be hard..!

    Success behind the 5-0 rubbing against Eng in these seaming, bouncy conditions was Opener Tharanga, His average stay at the wicket is 26.2 Overs!

    Tharanga had averaged over 80 STRIKE RATE (he has a fine career S/R 74) He had the HIGHEST Batting Average 69.4 with 2 x100s 120 R - 76.92 S/R v Eng-Lord's (Thar 48.4 ov) 17 R- 56.66 S/R v Eng-Oval (Thar 9.0 ov) 41 R - 95.34 S/R v Eng-Chester-(Thar 16.4 ov) 60 R- 75.00 S/R v Eng -Manchester (Thar 24.5 ov) 109 R- 106.86 S/R v Eng-Leeds (Thar 31.5 ov)

  • Andrew-Silva on May 28, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    A need of a solid opener, who has mastered these conditions PROVED yet again. Losing the first wicket inside 2 or 3 overs was the most SHOCKING feature of this tour. In 2nd ODi Dilshan managed to absorb the presuure and played a long inning, which made the difference. As I have pointed out in my previous postings, Dilshan's natural capabilities are different & hee needs support from the other opener to bloom. Missing a main ingredient in our winning formula is always going to be hard..!

    Success behind the 5-0 rubbing against Eng in these seaming, bouncy conditions was Opener Tharanga, His average stay at the wicket is 26.2 Overs!

    Tharanga had averaged over 80 STRIKE RATE (he has a fine career S/R 74) He had the HIGHEST Batting Average 69.4 with 2 x100s 120 R - 76.92 S/R v Eng-Lord's (Thar 48.4 ov) 17 R- 56.66 S/R v Eng-Oval (Thar 9.0 ov) 41 R - 95.34 S/R v Eng-Chester-(Thar 16.4 ov) 60 R- 75.00 S/R v Eng -Manchester (Thar 24.5 ov) 109 R- 106.86 S/R v Eng-Leeds (Thar 31.5 ov)

  • AltafPatel on May 28, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Great answer to 99 humiliation. Moral boosting win.

  • on May 28, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Dismal showing from our Lions, or for today, should I say kittens? Kusal should come in for either Sanga or Mahela, and Thirimanne should go down to no.3, as he is very poor against Anderson. Chandimal at 4, Ashan at 5, thhen one of Mahela or Sanga at 6, and the rest of the XI should remain the same. Hope they can strike back hard in the next game. Good luck, SL, don't let one failure bring you down, just as England didn't allow their failure to bring them down.

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Credit where credit is due. Well played Cook and Bell. It could have been tricky against a highly skilled attack in such conditions but they played pretty well and pretty positively (despite my fears they were batting too slowly considering the rain threat).

    What a strange series. In each game one side has won very convincing. Suppose it's Sri Lanka's go at Lord's.

    A word on Cook's captaincy. I've never really been a critic of it (expect for the often abysmal over rate). But he captained well today. Short leg when needed. Used his bowlers well. Good attacking fields.

  • SILVERSANGA on May 28, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    What a Disastrous and Embarrassing performance by SL today! I am very much ashamed of our pathetic batting. I mean 67 batting first in a full 50 over game? And England chasing it without losing a wicket with 6 runs in an over!Come on! This is ridiculous. The pitch didn't have many demons. Sure we lost the toss and the conditions were tricky but for heaven's sake at least cross 100 mark!

    I remember a similar match between the exact same 2 teams back in 2001 at Dambulla. England made 88 all out from 46 overs and SL chased it in some 13 overs without losing a wicket. Similar situation today although England had the last laugh and marginally better THUMPING of the two :(

    The series is still wide open. Now it's SL who really have to come harder. They got lot of work to do if they are to come back and win the series. Forget today as one off day and make sure you do the basics right next time.

  • Balladeer on May 28, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Extrapolating, England will score somewhere in the thirties in reply at Lords, and Sri Lanka will scrape into single figures in the decider. Don't think it's great practice for the World Cup, if I'm honest.

  • Stat1977 on May 28, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Pathetic display from SL cricketers!

  • Captainman on May 28, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    This series has been so dull and boring thus far. Bad weather, one-sided contests, game finishing in quick time etc etc

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on May 28, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Mathews will say "Just Bad Day at Office" Then what would we suppose to say.

  • on May 28, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    I can still remember the SL tour to England in 2006. We won the tournamant because of positive batting displayed by Sanath Jayasuriya. Now Sri Lanken team is badly missing a positive batsman like him.

    In 2006 tour,@ Oval Sri Lanka Made 319 and Jayasuriya made 122. England all out for 273.

    In the Final match @Leeds England made 321 and Sri Lanka won by scoring 324 just from 37.3 Overs, Jayasuriya scored 152 in that match. Sri Lanka needs such a positve and real match winner like Jayasuriya if we target 2015 wc.

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Hence, my predicted team: 1.Cook 2.Robson 3.Ballance 4.Bell 5.Root 6.Stokes 7.Prior (Bairstow) 8.Bresnan/Jordan 9.Broad 10.Anderson 11.Panesar

    My chosen team (giving Broad more recovery time): 1.Cook 2.Root 3.Bell 4.Ballance 5.Taylor 6.Woakes 7.Foster 8.Jordan 9.Anderson 10.Roland-Jones 11.Kerrigan

    If not enough batting and more than enough bowling, bring in Vince or Mitchell or somebody for Woakes.

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    The keeping debate is also interesting. I don't think Prior should be rushed back but I'm sure if he's slightly fit, he'll play. Buttler kept well today but is still a work in progress with both bat and gloves. Bairstow isn't good enough with bat or gloves but I'm sure England see it differently. Kieswetter hasn't set international cricket alight and his keeping poor in my eyes.

    We have 4 excellent glovemen in this country: Foster, Read, Davies and Bates. I did think Davies would have the advantage given he's 27 and the best batsman of the 4. But he's been poor this year. I'd go for Foster. An experienced county campaigner and an excellent keeper, and a better batsman than people give him credit for.

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    (continued)

    Batting wise it's probably easier for the selectors. Cook Bell and Root are definites. Robson and Ballance have probably played themselves into the side. The order will be interesting. Have England batted Ballance at 3 these ODIs to prepare him to bat 3 in tests, eventhough he bats 5 for Yorkshire?

    I'd actually consider Root and Cook opening. Root deserves another go in my mind. Bell should take responsibility and bat 3. Then the 2 most talented young batsmen in county cricket, Ballance and Taylor.

    It'll be interesting to see if Root or Ballance get a go today, and if so how they bat.

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Excellent bowling performance. This is how we should perform at home.

    May Jordan have just bowled himself into the test side? Personally I would have included him before today. But I feel England would always have gone with Bresnan, Broad and Anderson. Perhaps Jordan could play instead of Broad? Or maybe Jordan would play as the 4th seamer with Ali or Patel as the spinner? Or will England finally ditch Bresnan?

    If they play Stokes they have to go with a front-line spinner. I assume that'll be Monty, though I'd pick Kerrigan. I'd also consider Woakes over Stokes while Stokes recovers from injury. Woakes seems to be more consistent in red-ball cricket anyway, though he has batted poorly this county season and isn't playing any cricket currently.

    Other seam options are Plunkett, Shazad, Meaker, Barker, Tremlett even. Finn has taken wickets but is still probably fragile, especially after being taken apart by James Vince on Sunday. My choice is Roland-Jones (continued)

  • on May 28, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    To Win Matches non performing Mahela should be dropped and need to be brought a POSITIVE batsman to the side.Cant understand a valid point to give Mahela an opportunity for this England tour knowing he is only good at home conditions specially pitches like SSC. His time is up now. Tharanga should be given a chance..

  • Balladeer on May 28, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    99 all out looking pretty good now. I'll take that from England this coming innings!

  • on May 28, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    What has the experience done?Sanga and Mahela keeps on failing .Either they themselves or the selectors should realise this and limit them for tests where you can waste enough time and balls.Give the oppotunity for the youngsters for the furture

  • on May 28, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Thirimane replacing Kausal not good decision at all. It should be Tharanga who has best record of After Mahela,Dilshan & sanga . After these 3 leave he will be only one has more experience than others and he is only 29 we should consider that. This is serious issues . We give more chances to Chandimal what about Tharanaga ???????????????????????????

  • rajcan on May 28, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Jayawardene has very poor records outside of sub-continent. He piled up his runs playing in sub-continents. Even the last tour to England and Australia, he failed miserably in all matches except in one or two. He gets to play all the matches even though he fails and in one match he scores good runs and it keep his average slightly better.

    I am sure, same chance is given to Tissara Perera or Chandimal to bat up in the order results would be better.

    I would say the failiure started by not having solid opening pair. I would say Tharanga is the way to go.

    My team would be for the next match,

    1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanaga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Dinesh Chandimal,5. Angelo Mathews (capt), 6. Nuwan Kulasekara 7. Tissara Perera 8. Ashan Priyanjan/Thirimane, , 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Lasith Malinga

    I am sure, this team would win a match.

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Good to see some sense in the removal of Carberry. But I'd like to have seen Hales get a game. Partly because this series is meant to be about a new England. And partly because the game is likely to be shortened, therefore Hales at the top would be useful.

    Also now Cook is back from injury it seems like the Hales call-up was pointless. He is brought in because Cook got injured, despite there already being a reserve opener in the squad. Perhaps England wanted another drinks carrier after releasing Bresnan to Yorkshire.

    Woakes still looks like he'll be the England drinks carrier 2014. It's a shame as I think he could be more than handy test allrounder. Denying a talented young player of cricket seems pointless to me unless he's going to play. Just like when he was taken out of the big bash, where he was getting regular cricket, to carry the drinks in Australia. Perhaps we need to consider having smaller squads for home ODIs, and getting the people who sub in tests to sub in ODIs.

  • rajcan on May 28, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Unnecessary pressure on Dilshan affects his performance too. Does anyone know why Tharanag who is a proven, successful opening batsman in alien conditions not playing?

    By giving chance to Thirimane and Kushal, proven failures outside of sub-continent for opening batting, unnecessarily putting pressure on Dilshan. When Tharanga and Dilshan were opening, both were complementing each other, some days Tharanga starts quicker than Dilshan.

    Please, please, can cricinfo comment on why Tharanga is neglected?

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  • rajcan on May 28, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Unnecessary pressure on Dilshan affects his performance too. Does anyone know why Tharanag who is a proven, successful opening batsman in alien conditions not playing?

    By giving chance to Thirimane and Kushal, proven failures outside of sub-continent for opening batting, unnecessarily putting pressure on Dilshan. When Tharanga and Dilshan were opening, both were complementing each other, some days Tharanga starts quicker than Dilshan.

    Please, please, can cricinfo comment on why Tharanga is neglected?

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Good to see some sense in the removal of Carberry. But I'd like to have seen Hales get a game. Partly because this series is meant to be about a new England. And partly because the game is likely to be shortened, therefore Hales at the top would be useful.

    Also now Cook is back from injury it seems like the Hales call-up was pointless. He is brought in because Cook got injured, despite there already being a reserve opener in the squad. Perhaps England wanted another drinks carrier after releasing Bresnan to Yorkshire.

    Woakes still looks like he'll be the England drinks carrier 2014. It's a shame as I think he could be more than handy test allrounder. Denying a talented young player of cricket seems pointless to me unless he's going to play. Just like when he was taken out of the big bash, where he was getting regular cricket, to carry the drinks in Australia. Perhaps we need to consider having smaller squads for home ODIs, and getting the people who sub in tests to sub in ODIs.

  • rajcan on May 28, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Jayawardene has very poor records outside of sub-continent. He piled up his runs playing in sub-continents. Even the last tour to England and Australia, he failed miserably in all matches except in one or two. He gets to play all the matches even though he fails and in one match he scores good runs and it keep his average slightly better.

    I am sure, same chance is given to Tissara Perera or Chandimal to bat up in the order results would be better.

    I would say the failiure started by not having solid opening pair. I would say Tharanga is the way to go.

    My team would be for the next match,

    1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanaga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Dinesh Chandimal,5. Angelo Mathews (capt), 6. Nuwan Kulasekara 7. Tissara Perera 8. Ashan Priyanjan/Thirimane, , 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Lasith Malinga

    I am sure, this team would win a match.

  • on May 28, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Thirimane replacing Kausal not good decision at all. It should be Tharanga who has best record of After Mahela,Dilshan & sanga . After these 3 leave he will be only one has more experience than others and he is only 29 we should consider that. This is serious issues . We give more chances to Chandimal what about Tharanaga ???????????????????????????

  • on May 28, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    What has the experience done?Sanga and Mahela keeps on failing .Either they themselves or the selectors should realise this and limit them for tests where you can waste enough time and balls.Give the oppotunity for the youngsters for the furture

  • Balladeer on May 28, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    99 all out looking pretty good now. I'll take that from England this coming innings!

  • on May 28, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    To Win Matches non performing Mahela should be dropped and need to be brought a POSITIVE batsman to the side.Cant understand a valid point to give Mahela an opportunity for this England tour knowing he is only good at home conditions specially pitches like SSC. His time is up now. Tharanga should be given a chance..

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Excellent bowling performance. This is how we should perform at home.

    May Jordan have just bowled himself into the test side? Personally I would have included him before today. But I feel England would always have gone with Bresnan, Broad and Anderson. Perhaps Jordan could play instead of Broad? Or maybe Jordan would play as the 4th seamer with Ali or Patel as the spinner? Or will England finally ditch Bresnan?

    If they play Stokes they have to go with a front-line spinner. I assume that'll be Monty, though I'd pick Kerrigan. I'd also consider Woakes over Stokes while Stokes recovers from injury. Woakes seems to be more consistent in red-ball cricket anyway, though he has batted poorly this county season and isn't playing any cricket currently.

    Other seam options are Plunkett, Shazad, Meaker, Barker, Tremlett even. Finn has taken wickets but is still probably fragile, especially after being taken apart by James Vince on Sunday. My choice is Roland-Jones (continued)

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    (continued)

    Batting wise it's probably easier for the selectors. Cook Bell and Root are definites. Robson and Ballance have probably played themselves into the side. The order will be interesting. Have England batted Ballance at 3 these ODIs to prepare him to bat 3 in tests, eventhough he bats 5 for Yorkshire?

    I'd actually consider Root and Cook opening. Root deserves another go in my mind. Bell should take responsibility and bat 3. Then the 2 most talented young batsmen in county cricket, Ballance and Taylor.

    It'll be interesting to see if Root or Ballance get a go today, and if so how they bat.

  • CodandChips on May 28, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    The keeping debate is also interesting. I don't think Prior should be rushed back but I'm sure if he's slightly fit, he'll play. Buttler kept well today but is still a work in progress with both bat and gloves. Bairstow isn't good enough with bat or gloves but I'm sure England see it differently. Kieswetter hasn't set international cricket alight and his keeping poor in my eyes.

    We have 4 excellent glovemen in this country: Foster, Read, Davies and Bates. I did think Davies would have the advantage given he's 27 and the best batsman of the 4. But he's been poor this year. I'd go for Foster. An experienced county campaigner and an excellent keeper, and a better batsman than people give him credit for.