Close of Play

  • Wed, 26 Nov - day 1 - Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI 1st innings 142/8 (WMB Perera 29*, 58.1 ov)
  • Thu, 27 Nov - day 2 - England 1st innings 225/5 (MA Butcher 105*, GO Jones 4*, 51.2 ov)
  • Fri, 28 Nov - day 3 - Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI 2nd innings 135/4 (44 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • Batty wins the battle of the spinners

    England's Test warm-up match duly petered out into a soggy draw, as Colombo's notorious weather closed in on the dot of half past three, as it has been doing with atomic precision all tour

  • Flintoff prepared for battle

    Andrew Flintoff insists England are ready for the first Test in Galle

  • Butcher returns to form in Colombo

    Graham Thorpe and Mark Butcher eased themselves back into form after their three-week break during the one-day series, but Nasser Hussain missed out, as England moved into a comfortable position on the second morning of their warm-up match in Colombo

  • Giles and Kirtley take command

    James Kirtley grabs three wickets in five overs to push his claims for a Test place