Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

1367dThe Report by David Hopps

SL snatch victory after defiant Moeen ton

Sri Lanka won when they had almost abandoned hope. From the penultimate ball of a gripping final day, Shaminda Eranga found a hostile delivery to bring their first series win in England

1367dJarrod Kimber at Headingley

The pearl and the bank clerk

The stories of Shaminda Eranga and Rangana Herath sum up the Sri Lanka team, an under-prepared, under-financed group who refused to be beaten by England

1367dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

'I never quit on anything' - Cook

Alastair Cook has acknowledged that time may not be on his side as he battles to turnaround his form after two more disappointing innings against Sri Lanka

1367dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

Moeen shines amid rubble

It should not obscure the failures that led to England's defeat but Moeen Ali showed his talent and his temperament with a wonderful maiden Test century

1367dMark Nicholas

The tale of two balls, one winner and a piece of history

With two balls remaining at Lord's, Nuwan Pradeep was saved by an inside edge (and the DRS). A little over a week later, with two balls remaining at Leeds, James Anderson fended a bouncer to decide the series

1367dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Headingley

Root provides Sri Lanka spark

As Sri Lanka sought a famous victory, Joe Root's words to Angelo Mathews were a pin prick that triggered an explosion

Day 4

1368dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

New England, same mistakes

With Alastair Cook isolated and the deficiencies in his captaincy laid bare, the suggestion that English cricket is at a low point continues to gain credence

1368dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Headingley

Mathews unlocks another dimension

Angelo Mathews' innings may have defined the Test match but it also has potential to define his career

1368dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

Bell defends Cook captaincy

Ian Bell has rejected the suggestion Alastair Cook is on the brink of resigning the England captaincy and said it was the performance of the players rather than any tactical shortcomings that have cost the side in Leeds

1368dJarrod Kimber at Headingley

England's comedy of errors

It was not hard to spot England's mistakes on a day when they even ran out of stupid ideas

1368dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Jayawardene turns up heat on Cook

Mahela Jayawardene shot barbs at England's tactics at Headingley and questioned their embattled captain's public comments, after Sri Lanka finished day four with a famous away win in sight

1368dBishen Jeswant

Captaincy no burden for Mathews

Angelo Mathews' flourishing batting during his stint as Sri Lanka Test captain features in the stats highlights from the fourth day at Headingley

Day 3

1369dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

Moeen proves his worth - and unveils the doosra

A plethora of "experts" who have spent the last few weeks repeating the myth that Moeen is a "part-time" spin bowler may now afford him a little more respect

Day 2

1370dThe Report by David Hopps

Sri Lanka hit back after maiden Robson ton

Sam Robson's 127 guided England to a lead before Sri Lanka, armed with the second new ball, struck to pick 4 for 35, leaving the home side at 320 for 6 at the end of the second day

1370dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Headingley

Eranga leads Sri Lanka's survivors

For much of the second day Sri Lanka toiled without reward and the Test match was slipping away from them, but they refused to yield and their hard-working seamers have ensured they retain hope

1370dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

Old-school Robson plays it perfectly

As the home side stumbled in the final session the value of Sam Robson's maiden Test hundred, a model in concentration and self-denial, became clear

1370dMark Nicholas

Boycott remains a priceless voice

Cricket is still the fire in Geoff Boycott's belly. His passion is undimmed and each moment of each day is watched, analysed and forensically thought through before the burst of opinion is unleashed

1370dJarrod Kimber at Headingley

Robson does it the English way

Nothing about Sam Robon's batting against seam bowling even hints at coming from Australia at all. His pointy back elbow makes him look like an accountant from Somerset

Day 1

1371dThe Report by David Hopps

Plunkett and Broad rattle through Sri Lanka

Stuart Broad became the first England bowler to take two hat-tricks in Test cricket, and only the fourth bowler of all time, as England tore through Sri Lanka's lower order on the opening day of the Headingley Test.

1371dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

England's potent attack overcomes errors

England made life harder for themselves than it should have been on the opening day, but their pace attack - and those vying for selection - are offering the suggestion of a strong pack

1371dJarrod Kimber at Headingley

Plunkett finds the shock factor

Liam Plunkett flogged himself into the ground at Lord's and did not have much reward to show for it, but on (new) home turf the ball was fuller and so was his wicket tally

1371dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Headingley

Slapstick Sri Lanka give it away

There were a few occasions on the opening day at Headingley when Sri Lanka could be satisfied with their effort, but a succession of loose shots eventually proved costly and it could be a long road back



Tend to Cook the batsman, before Cook the captain

Mike Selvey, in the <i>Guardian</i>, casts the magnifying glass on the captain Alastair Cook and suggests he might be trying too hard to change himself and the process if proving to be detrimental

1371dMark Nicholas

England's reticent champion

To be playing a 100th Test at the age of 32 is a walloping achievement. Better still, the very best of "Belly" may be yet to come

1372dGeorge Dobell in Leeds

Poor form makes Cook sweat

At the ground where Kevin Pietersen once remarked that "it isn't easy being me" it has started to look a bit difficult to be Alastair Cook

1372dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Sri Lanka bowlers prepared for more toil

Headingley could be more responsive for the quick bowlers, but Sri Lanka's captain, Angelo Mathews, says his attack will not stray from basic principles of line and length

1372dAndrew McGlashan

Marrying steel with silk

As Ian Bell reaches his 100th Test at Headingley - becoming the 12th England player to reach the landmark - ESPNcricinfo looks back at five of his best innings

1373dGeorge Dobell

Bell recalls career turning point

As Ian Bell sat in the dressing rooms at Edgbaston in May 2009 and watched his former England colleagues take the field in a Test against West Indies, the prospect of a 100th Test cap seemed almost impossibly distant

Still rising


Alastair Cook has moved past Geoffrey Boycott on England's list of Test run-scorers. He is closing in on Kevin Pietersen

Leading by example


Angelo Mathews has scored three of his four Test centuries as captain

Exclusive club


Kumar Sangakkara becomes just the fourth player to score seven half-centuries (or more) in a row in Tests after Weekes, Flower and Chanderpaul

Sanga breaks new ground


When he reached 13 in his second innings, Kumar Sangakkara became the first Sri Lanka batsman to score 300 runs in a Test series in England