'Not everything went our way' - Moody
The first day of the English season at Lord's and nothing could be more pleasant said those who would know. But the Sri Lankan bowlers didn't think so, when three of their lbw appeals were turned down by umpires Rudi Koertzen and Aleem Dar.
"Not everything went our way," said Tom Moody, the Sri Lanka coach. "It would have been nice if we had got a few nicks that carried and one less no-ball would have been better."
On the appeals that were turned down, he said "The lbw decisions are not for me to comment on. It's all part of the game. But it could have been a different scoreline at the end of the day." The first two appeals were against Marcus Trescothick, the England opening batsman, when he was at 28 and then again when he had scored 85. Trescothick went on to score his 14th Test hundred after having missed the series against India, for reasons he cited as personal. The third appeal was against Kevin Pietersen, the explosive England middle-order batsman, while he was at 4. Pietersen ended the day at 54, taking the team's total to 318 for 3.
Moody agreed that England had won a good toss, though he added, "We were fully aware it was going to be a good batting wicket. We just need to try and persevere."
Moody admitted that he hadn't yet spoken to the Sri Lankan selectors about Jayasuriya's decision to return to Test cricket. "He has had some deep thoughts about his decision to retire. If he is fit and wants to play it can't be a bad thing, can it? He can be a devastating player.
"Sanath would have been coming over in a few weeks for the one-dayers anyway so he will be here early and that means he will be able to get used to the English conditions for the one-dayers, if not before then."