Sri Lanka v England, 2011-12 March 15, 2012

Broad injury takes edge off Panesar haul

ESPNcricinfo staff

England 6 for 0 (Strauss 6*, Cook 0*) trail Sri Lanka Board XI 169 all out (Silva 66, Panesar 5-37) by 163 runs

England's bowlers experienced a day of mixed fortunes as they began their tour of Sri Lanka with a warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Board XI in Colombo.

While Stuart Broad was forced to pull out of the game shortly before the start following an injury scare, James Anderson and Monty Panesar adapted seamlessly to the heat and humidity to share nine wickets between them and dismiss the hosts for 169 shortly after tea on the first day.

Broad tripped over the boundary rope during fielding practice and sprained his left ankle. The injury is not thought to be serious and England have not, at this stage, thought it necessary to send him for a scan. Broad had been named in the England XI, but Steven Finn replaced him in the team.

An ECB spokesman said: "England medical staff will review the injury overnight and Stuart will undergo ice treatment in the meantime."

Anderson, by contrast, was quickly into his stride. He claimed the first four wickets to fall, reducing the Board XI to 67 for four, and winning reward for a well-controlled spell.

Panesar did not strike until his 15th over, but then produced a spell of five for 14 as the Board XI lost their last six wickets for the addition of just 37 runs, collapsing from 132 for four.

"It's nice to get some overs under my belt out there and get used to the conditions and obviously the heat," Panesar said. It's slightly different from UAE. I was pleased bowling a lot of maidens out here. Especially on a first day pitch you bowl slightly different as a spinner, more of a holding role and you are obviously helping the seamers as well so that they can bowl 4-5 over spells because it's very hot.

"When you are playing on a first day pitch you look to attack, you look to bowl disciplined and from there you look to take wickets. Luckily it brought a few wickets for me today. You've got to be disciplined with the lines but you should also not look to over attack. It's a place where you can see a couple of balls turn quite big and you want to attack and get wickets. But they are very good attacking players so you just got to hold in there and create pressure and not get carried away if the wicket does something. You've got to keep everything simple."

The only meaningful resistance came during a fifth-wicket partnership of 65 between Ashen Silva and Sachithra Serasinghe. Silva, a 21-year-old opener from Colombo, compiled a patient half-century before Finn induced an edge to the wicketkeeper.

England gave some indication of their plans ahead of the two-Test series by selecting Ravi Bopara ahead of Samit Patel for the No. 6 position. Bopara came on as first-change bowler, but could not maintain the pressure applied by his colleagues as he struggled with over-stepping.

The match is the first of two warm-up games before the Test series begins on March 26.

While England will be encouraged by the performance of their bowlers, they will also be aware that it was not the bowlers who were the problem in the UAE. England succumbed to a 3-0 series defeat against Pakistan with the batsmen unable to adapt to the conditions or Pakistan's spin attack.

England's openers faced few problems on the first day of this game. Having negotiated seven balls without any undue difficulty, bad light forced an early finish.

Edited by Alan Gardner

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  • Samuel on March 16, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    landl - you may get your wish; I think we might see Patel get a run in the second game after Bopara's monumental 12 from 55 balls today! Bell once again failed, so maybe after his century Cook will be rested so England can squeeze Patel in and put the pressure on Bell and Bopara to perform in the second warm up game. It could be the rocket up the backside they need, and if they fail, it also tells Flower something about their temperament.

  • John on March 16, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (March 15 2012, 15:44 PM GMT) Seriously - you want SL to beat England?

  • John on March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (March 16 2012, 02:55 AM GMT) You say it's critical that Bopara and "to a lesser extent" Bell bat well. Personally I'd say it should be as (if not more) important that Bell bats well. He has played 5 matches (at a guess 9/ 10 inns) without scoring 30 let alone 50. I know that Bell has a better test record than Ravi but right now I believe his confidence is shot. To me Bell full of confidence is an automatic pick but one lacking confidence is a liability. I know ODIs are a different format etc but Ravi has shown more confidence/form in those matches than Bell showed in any of the tests/warm up games. I do doubt both players in pressure situations but right now I think Ravi possibly deserves his chance. Regardless I think they'll play both.

  • John on March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Shan156 on (March 16 2012, 03:04 AM GMT) Mate , that would probably be my way to go. Why not try Finn and Bres in the same team in the next warm up match whether by trying a 5 man bowling attack or resting Jimmy and Broad? That way we can see who is more effective. Even if they played Bresnan in a 5 man bowling attack to add a little to the batting - to me that would be a step forward from the current formation.

  • John on March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @landl47 Hello , Could they not play Patel as a number 5 batsman with Prior at 6 - omitting Bell and Bopara.I know Bell has performed brilliantly in the year leading up to this series but to me Bell is a hot and cold player and right now it's very much the latter. To me it's only weakening the batting on paper by omitting the 6th batsmen. I'm not sure about Patel but certainly Bell and Bopara strike me as batsmen that make their runs when there is little pressure after one or 2 of the top 3 or 4 have scored big. As Shan156 says (and I think Laxman might be a bad example) but maybe if we had a Hussey or AB at 6 it might be different. I really don't see that we're losing much by losing Bell, Bopara or Patel compared to what we'd gain in having Bres or Finn as a 3rd seamer. I posted on one of the Patel stories comparing when we beat a decent Oz side with a 5/1/5 formation. Also we maybe could do with an extra bowler as SL prob have a better batting line up than Pak.

  • Andrew on March 16, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    The SL line up (Board XI) is not a particularly good one, I wonder if the SL Board were foxing a bit with this side? Anyways - England look like they'll post a reasonable lead. I think SL is a tough place to tour so it will be another test for the poms. == == == Seems the injured pace bowler is not an Ozzy monopoly! I think England will do better in this series as I think KP is about to go into a run-scoring spree.He will score runs quick enough to give England time to take 20 wickets. That is important, as 20 SL wickets in SL is not easy. == == == Bell is looming as a real concern, a duck against modest bowling.

  • Jason on March 16, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @Jonesy, I actually thought it was a new training method to teach the players the proper deportment when on the field, they have to field without letting the ice cap fall off.

  • Amila on March 16, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    it doesn't matter , i don't think England will lose much here ,their spinner will take all the 10 wickets , coz SL are the worse players of Spin ..

  • John on March 16, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    There's a bit of video of Monty and some of the wickets on the ECB site too.,317179,EN.html

  • John on March 16, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    I just read the report on yesterday's play on the ECB site and apparently Swann should have had at least one wicket but a chance was put down in the slips. It was apparently Anderson's second drop in the slips, so that kinda makes a mockery of Front-Foot-Lunge's comment. He certainly is a better slipper than your average fast bowler though. Before any of our Australian friends start whipping themselves into a frenzy over that, just remember that there was a day that Mark Taylor dropped four slip catches, at least two absolute sitters, so anyone can drop them.

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