SL Development XI v England XI, Colombo, 1st day March 20, 2012

Silva leaves England toiling

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Sri Lanka Development XI 376 for 5 (Silva 163, Kandamby 64, A Perera 61*, Broad 3-55) v England XI
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Any illusions England may have had over the enormity of their task in Sri Lanka were dispelled as Chamara Silva thumped a century on the first day of the warm-up match against a Development XI in Colombo.

Silva, who has played 11 Tests and 75 ODIs, forced England to toil throughout an unremitting day of heat and humidity, making 163 as the Development XI reached the close on 376 for 5 from 90 overs. England's bowlers, lacking the rested James Anderson and Monty Panesar, conceded four an over throughout the day and could find little encouragement in the pitch or the overhead conditions. So hot were the conditions that Matt Prior kept wicket without pads for long periods.

There was some positive news for England. Stuart Broad, who missed the first warm-up match with a sprained ankle, was declared fit to play and claimed two wickets in his first spell and one more shortly before the close although did say following the day's play that he felt some soreness after 15 overs.

Former Test batsman Malinda Warnapura fell to the fourth ball of the match, driving to mid-off, before Dilshan Munaweera was bowled in Broad's fifth over. Later he trapped Kushal Perera with the first delivery with the second new ball.

There was little further joy for England. Graeme Swann, Steven Finn and Samit Patel all conceded more than four an over as Silva, whose career high came when he made an unbeaten 152 against New Zealand in 2006 but has not played Test cricket since 2008, stuck 25 fours and a six. He added 151 for the third-wicket with Thilina Kandamby (64) and 93 for the fourth with Angelo Perera (61 not out).

England's spinners - Swann and Patel - endured a particularly tough day. The pair claimed just one wicket between them while conceding 185 in 39 overs, with Swann going wicketless while conceding over 100 in his 21 overs. Patel did, at least, enjoy one bright moment when he turned one out of the rough to bowl Kandamby, but Swann was taken for 25 in his first three overs while, later in the day, Perera hit him for two sixes.

Alastair Cook, who made a century in the first warm-up match, was also rested ahead of the first Test that begins in Galle on Monday, providing an opportunity for Patel and Ravi Bopara to stake their claims for the No. 6 spot.

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  • JG2704 on March 22, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (March 21 2012, 00:51 AM GMT) It's unfair to judge re Finn or Bres on this surface where only Broad from both sides has succeeded. They've been given a batsman's paradise to bowl on. It's like batsmen being given minefield to prove themselves on. If anything on these batsmen's paradises there is an even bigger argument for playing 5 bowlers. If we are having little success bowling a second string side out with 4 bowlers then it will surely be much tougher to bowl out Sanga , Jaya and co with 4. I realise that half our likely attack were not there but Bres and Finn are not so inferior to Anderson. We do need to win this series (a drawn series and we lose our number 1 ranking) so surely it's worth the gamble to lose some runs at the expense of taking some more wickets. If we don't take 20 wickets we don't win regardless of what our batsmen do - simple as that.

  • JG2704 on March 22, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I like ROs comms on Landl when mysteriously RO/J are the 1st to leave ship when Oz are up S creek. Also quite ironic that we are losing our grip on the Ashes fast. But maybe not as fast as he is losing his grip on reality. Please publish ESPN

  • JG2704 on March 21, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    @Nutcutlet on (March 20 2012, 19:51 PM GMT) I'd say one of our best 2 bowlers was playing today and did quite well. I'm still glad they didn't overbowl Broad. I'd say you can still have Patel in the same side as Swann and Monty. Patel is primarily a batsman and his bowling is a bonus - maybe (and this will sound disrespectful) like a poor man's Hafeez. It was a very bad day for England today apart from Broad and maybe Bresnan showing control if not taking wickets. Maybe this is a belter to bat on and the lower middle order can fill their boots but then again it could be that because it is such a decent batting track it will not show a true reflection on how our batsmen are doing. Well played Silva for SL. Having said that I wasn't getting carried away by the win in the 1st match so I'll try not to be too down after this bad day at the office

  • Charlie101 on March 21, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    If Patel and Bopara are playing for a place I do not understand why Strauss / Flower declared when both were batting. Either Bresnan is going to bat at 7 or they have decided they need Patel's bowling already . It seems a bit unfair on Ravi not to be allowed to go on and get a decent score on a good batting pitch and press his claim.

  • truthhh on March 21, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    this is an advise for SL selecting committee:many srilankans players need rest bez of playing non-stop matches,so we can some rest for someplayers,such as dilshan,mahela&so on,but we can not rested sanga,he is key factor for many matches&other thing is we have to plan for long-term,not for short term,we can not predict whether senior players are gong to play 2015 world cup,so we must give chances for young players,dilshan must be rested,we have to some risk without that there will be no gains,AUS selecting is the best selecting committee!!do not depend on 1or2 players for many years,there are many players waiting out side for the matches,give chances for them,not give Priority for personnal records by staying them so long,that why AUS cricket is very good all the time,we do not need 20000 runs,please SL selecting committee select many young players for ENG test,give rest for mahela.dilshan!!!!!first country afterthat personal records!!

  • stormy16 on March 21, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    This is one of the flattest cricket wickets in the world so I would read much in to the scorecard. I am not sure where all this anit-Swan feeling is comming from. Sure he was outbowled in UAE - has happend to better bowlers than Swan, but surely Swan's wicket taking abilities and lower order runs will see him easily in the team. As for Chamara I see a sense of de-jaa-voo: he will get a chance make a hundred and then fail for the next three years and then eventually get dropped. The guy is 32 and has been tested and failed. Sure he is subline form this season but I would opt for another 22 year old who can play another 15 years and turn in to the next Sanga or Mehela. Thirimane played the last test against SA - he deserves a chance at home on conditions he is used to. They guy did a decent job in the one dayers too. What message are you sending to a guy like Thirimane if he is dropped after one test against the best bowling attack in the world.

  • satish619chandar on March 21, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    England should look out for second slow bowling option.. On form, Monty deserves it.. Plus with the vacancy of Morgans' slot and Bell's form likely to create a gap, they need to look out options to include Patel in case they can't pick Monty due to better batting abilities of Swann.. As of now, 4 batsmen in Cook, Strauss, Trott and KP are settled, Keeper in Prior, and two fast bowlers in Broad and Anderson are the sure starters.. With three positions to be filled, two would be shared between Finn, Patel, Swann and Monty, One slot has the options of would be between Bopara and Bresnan..

  • satish619chandar on March 21, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Usually SL produces some flat tracks where their batsmen can make merry and Murali used to wipe off the flat track advantage of the opponents.. Now without Murali, they will find it tough as the playfield gets even for opponents too.. The dilemma is, they can't produce nippy tracks too as England have more potent attack.. Spin is their only option left and they need to more than what they did against Australia to make a match out of it.. To add to the misery, they are heavily underprepared.. From neutral perspective, With odds against them, it will be great for them to escape with draw.. But on field, anything can happen.. Hope for a good series..

  • on March 21, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Could it be a bit of flat track then? Don't make judgements unitl both sides have batted. We'll see how England bats.

  • YorkshirePudding on March 21, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    @TheHoneymonster, agreed, though the difference between england and that Pakistan side was fitness, this england team is one of the fittest, even with Samit, in world cricket at the moment. We wont be able to tell if this is a competative total or not until england have had a chance to bat.

  • JG2704 on March 22, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (March 21 2012, 00:51 AM GMT) It's unfair to judge re Finn or Bres on this surface where only Broad from both sides has succeeded. They've been given a batsman's paradise to bowl on. It's like batsmen being given minefield to prove themselves on. If anything on these batsmen's paradises there is an even bigger argument for playing 5 bowlers. If we are having little success bowling a second string side out with 4 bowlers then it will surely be much tougher to bowl out Sanga , Jaya and co with 4. I realise that half our likely attack were not there but Bres and Finn are not so inferior to Anderson. We do need to win this series (a drawn series and we lose our number 1 ranking) so surely it's worth the gamble to lose some runs at the expense of taking some more wickets. If we don't take 20 wickets we don't win regardless of what our batsmen do - simple as that.

  • JG2704 on March 22, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I like ROs comms on Landl when mysteriously RO/J are the 1st to leave ship when Oz are up S creek. Also quite ironic that we are losing our grip on the Ashes fast. But maybe not as fast as he is losing his grip on reality. Please publish ESPN

  • JG2704 on March 21, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    @Nutcutlet on (March 20 2012, 19:51 PM GMT) I'd say one of our best 2 bowlers was playing today and did quite well. I'm still glad they didn't overbowl Broad. I'd say you can still have Patel in the same side as Swann and Monty. Patel is primarily a batsman and his bowling is a bonus - maybe (and this will sound disrespectful) like a poor man's Hafeez. It was a very bad day for England today apart from Broad and maybe Bresnan showing control if not taking wickets. Maybe this is a belter to bat on and the lower middle order can fill their boots but then again it could be that because it is such a decent batting track it will not show a true reflection on how our batsmen are doing. Well played Silva for SL. Having said that I wasn't getting carried away by the win in the 1st match so I'll try not to be too down after this bad day at the office

  • Charlie101 on March 21, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    If Patel and Bopara are playing for a place I do not understand why Strauss / Flower declared when both were batting. Either Bresnan is going to bat at 7 or they have decided they need Patel's bowling already . It seems a bit unfair on Ravi not to be allowed to go on and get a decent score on a good batting pitch and press his claim.

  • truthhh on March 21, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    this is an advise for SL selecting committee:many srilankans players need rest bez of playing non-stop matches,so we can some rest for someplayers,such as dilshan,mahela&so on,but we can not rested sanga,he is key factor for many matches&other thing is we have to plan for long-term,not for short term,we can not predict whether senior players are gong to play 2015 world cup,so we must give chances for young players,dilshan must be rested,we have to some risk without that there will be no gains,AUS selecting is the best selecting committee!!do not depend on 1or2 players for many years,there are many players waiting out side for the matches,give chances for them,not give Priority for personnal records by staying them so long,that why AUS cricket is very good all the time,we do not need 20000 runs,please SL selecting committee select many young players for ENG test,give rest for mahela.dilshan!!!!!first country afterthat personal records!!

  • stormy16 on March 21, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    This is one of the flattest cricket wickets in the world so I would read much in to the scorecard. I am not sure where all this anit-Swan feeling is comming from. Sure he was outbowled in UAE - has happend to better bowlers than Swan, but surely Swan's wicket taking abilities and lower order runs will see him easily in the team. As for Chamara I see a sense of de-jaa-voo: he will get a chance make a hundred and then fail for the next three years and then eventually get dropped. The guy is 32 and has been tested and failed. Sure he is subline form this season but I would opt for another 22 year old who can play another 15 years and turn in to the next Sanga or Mehela. Thirimane played the last test against SA - he deserves a chance at home on conditions he is used to. They guy did a decent job in the one dayers too. What message are you sending to a guy like Thirimane if he is dropped after one test against the best bowling attack in the world.

  • satish619chandar on March 21, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    England should look out for second slow bowling option.. On form, Monty deserves it.. Plus with the vacancy of Morgans' slot and Bell's form likely to create a gap, they need to look out options to include Patel in case they can't pick Monty due to better batting abilities of Swann.. As of now, 4 batsmen in Cook, Strauss, Trott and KP are settled, Keeper in Prior, and two fast bowlers in Broad and Anderson are the sure starters.. With three positions to be filled, two would be shared between Finn, Patel, Swann and Monty, One slot has the options of would be between Bopara and Bresnan..

  • satish619chandar on March 21, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Usually SL produces some flat tracks where their batsmen can make merry and Murali used to wipe off the flat track advantage of the opponents.. Now without Murali, they will find it tough as the playfield gets even for opponents too.. The dilemma is, they can't produce nippy tracks too as England have more potent attack.. Spin is their only option left and they need to more than what they did against Australia to make a match out of it.. To add to the misery, they are heavily underprepared.. From neutral perspective, With odds against them, it will be great for them to escape with draw.. But on field, anything can happen.. Hope for a good series..

  • on March 21, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Could it be a bit of flat track then? Don't make judgements unitl both sides have batted. We'll see how England bats.

  • YorkshirePudding on March 21, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    @TheHoneymonster, agreed, though the difference between england and that Pakistan side was fitness, this england team is one of the fittest, even with Samit, in world cricket at the moment. We wont be able to tell if this is a competative total or not until england have had a chance to bat.

  • jmcilhinney on March 21, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    I believe the teams are limited to 100 overs in the first innings of these warmup games so England will not bowl more than 10 more overs on day 2. That being the case, they should probably not risk Broad for such a short spell and give his ankle a bit more time to rest before he will presumably have to bowl again in the SLD XI second innings. The only problem with the over limit is that, if England bat well, someone like Patel may not even get to the crease, which would be tough on him. There's not really anyone above him do couldn't also do with time at the crease though. If wickets aren't falling then the England batsmen might want to consider some retirements. Strauss and Pietersen probably shouldn't bat past 50 in that case if they make it that far as they both had a decent stint in the first game.

  • RandyOZ on March 21, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    The grasp England has on the Ashes keeps slipping further and further with every test match they play. The general theme seems to be if you can remove cook you are into the tail.

  • jmcilhinney on March 21, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    That was a tough day. Good to see Broad come back and take a few wickets but he didn't get a lot of support. I don't think Finn or Bresnan have done enough to push for a 5 man attack but at least both Anderson and Broad, who also performed well in UAE, have performed well here so far. Obviously the Tests will be a sterner examination though. The England batsmen really need to put up a good show in their (likely only) innings here. I was really hoping that England would get to bat first here so that their batsmen could get two bites at the cherry. Pressure on Bell and Bopara and Patel could seriously bat himself into a Test debut if he gets the chance. I wonder whether Silva is in contention for a Test spot for SL because it seems odd to pick a 32 year old for a Development XI otherwise.

  • yorkslanka on March 20, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    well played chamara silva, you should be in the odi team rather than kapugedara who seems to have had endless chances...hope we carry on batting for a good part of tomorrow and these players stake some claims for the full squad...

  • VillageBlacksmith on March 20, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Exactly what the doctor odered... And Eng bats have been shown all day long & close up by Silva how to bat on this, now go and do it.... Especially Bell and Bopara.... 'Sublime' 30s will not do... (And this time without Cook).... : )

  • RandyOZ on March 20, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @landl - welcome back mate, we missed you during your mysterious abscence for the whole Pakistan series! As for Swann, the journeyman has once again proven how ineffective he is in the subcontinent, getting belted for a century at almost 5 an over. With Patel also struggling, it looks like the tweaker Monty will be the first choice spinner. Finn, the "best young bowler in the world" as the English like to say, was also carted around and if this is the best they have well then the future looks very worrying for the United XI. How on earth did they let de Lange and Philander slip through the net?

  • CricketingStargazer on March 20, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Just what England needed: a tough day in the field, even if it wasn't the first choice attack. The team have played proper opposition that has made them work hard. I'd say that that is better preparation than knocking over a side for 150 and feeling that it is all too easy. Swann took 4 cheap wickets in the 2nd innings of the first match, so a long bowl today won't kill him. Good for Silva! The bowlers will have learnt a lot from bowling at him.

  • Partyman on March 20, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    This proves that England need five bowlers in these conditions, although Samit Patel is not that fifth bowler. Sri Lankan batsmen will tuck into him easily as they would tuck hoppers for breakfast!

  • on March 20, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Chamara Silva deserved a place in the first Xi even considering his current form...Players should be given the oppertunity when they are in prime form...Dear selectors ...rather than risking injured Angelo Mathews....better to play inform Chamara Silva...When considering the dissapointment batting display of PJ in previous match better to continue with Chandimal as the keeper...My team.....1.Thirimanne 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.mahela 5.Thilan 6.Chamara 7.Chandimal 8.Eranga 9.Hearth 10.Welageda11.Prasad or Randiv

  • Nutcutlet on March 20, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    This is just the sort of day that England needs in the field - tough conditions and a quality batsman in form. It must be a little comfort to Andy Flower that his two best bowlers are not playing - and it's quite clear that Panesar's name is definitely on the team sheet for Galle. Is Swann's? Well, he has tomorrow to stake his claim, and what chance he might get in SL Development's XI 2nd knock. Otherwise, it just could be Patel who gets the nod. A reasonable knock tomorrow and he's ahead of GS, I think. Flower must go with the evidence of current form, not fall back on the argument that GS will come good because he is GS! These batsmen are not really being tested by him and his lack of a special ball, a la Ajmal, makes him rather ordinary on these wickets. Playing just one spinner in such heat and huumidity is not an option and the quicks will not be able to bowl effectively unless used in short spells. Six overs is an absolute max! Maybe Patel's time has come!

  • BroccoliPower on March 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    See what getting dropped does to mediocre players....they become less complacent and get into form....India learn something from us :) Dont "REST" them, DROP them lethargic oldies!

  • rusheel10 on March 20, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    chamara Silva's recent form has been splendid and it might not be a surprise if he is up in for the Test series.

  • SDHM on March 20, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    I agree Satish - these warm-up games should be a proper workout, and England now have an idea as to what they're facing. They were fairly comfortable in the two in the UAE and it got them nowhere, so this hopefully toughens them up. Having said that, I can see them failing with the bat now - fielding all day in conditions like this takes it out of you, and they'll struggle to recover. The toss will be massively important in these conditions. I remember a Test in Sharjah where it reached about 50 degrees; Australia were batting, Pakistan were in the field all day, and just had no energy left when it came to batting, and they were rolled twice for 50-odd. Strauss and Mahela best get to work on their coin flipping skills!

  • satish619chandar on March 20, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Warmup is to adjust to the condition and have a good workout in the middle against any opponent and it is good if the opponent has good performers.. I think England had a good workout with some decent batsmen out there and alien conditions to bowl in.. Bowlers had a good share of overs to bowl and though the results may not be that satisfactory, had a good run in the field.. It always helps to be in a tough tough situation before the actual match begins as u can be prepared for that..

  • landl47 on March 20, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Tough work in these conditions. I hope Broad comes through OK.

  • anuradha_d on March 20, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    now today's play tells us more realistically what this English bowling is likely to be facing when they play the Lankans.......in a test match.....and not "I am not concerened" Mr. Swann's none for a 100 at nearly 5 RPO

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  • anuradha_d on March 20, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    now today's play tells us more realistically what this English bowling is likely to be facing when they play the Lankans.......in a test match.....and not "I am not concerened" Mr. Swann's none for a 100 at nearly 5 RPO

  • landl47 on March 20, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Tough work in these conditions. I hope Broad comes through OK.

  • satish619chandar on March 20, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Warmup is to adjust to the condition and have a good workout in the middle against any opponent and it is good if the opponent has good performers.. I think England had a good workout with some decent batsmen out there and alien conditions to bowl in.. Bowlers had a good share of overs to bowl and though the results may not be that satisfactory, had a good run in the field.. It always helps to be in a tough tough situation before the actual match begins as u can be prepared for that..

  • SDHM on March 20, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    I agree Satish - these warm-up games should be a proper workout, and England now have an idea as to what they're facing. They were fairly comfortable in the two in the UAE and it got them nowhere, so this hopefully toughens them up. Having said that, I can see them failing with the bat now - fielding all day in conditions like this takes it out of you, and they'll struggle to recover. The toss will be massively important in these conditions. I remember a Test in Sharjah where it reached about 50 degrees; Australia were batting, Pakistan were in the field all day, and just had no energy left when it came to batting, and they were rolled twice for 50-odd. Strauss and Mahela best get to work on their coin flipping skills!

  • rusheel10 on March 20, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    chamara Silva's recent form has been splendid and it might not be a surprise if he is up in for the Test series.

  • BroccoliPower on March 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    See what getting dropped does to mediocre players....they become less complacent and get into form....India learn something from us :) Dont "REST" them, DROP them lethargic oldies!

  • Nutcutlet on March 20, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    This is just the sort of day that England needs in the field - tough conditions and a quality batsman in form. It must be a little comfort to Andy Flower that his two best bowlers are not playing - and it's quite clear that Panesar's name is definitely on the team sheet for Galle. Is Swann's? Well, he has tomorrow to stake his claim, and what chance he might get in SL Development's XI 2nd knock. Otherwise, it just could be Patel who gets the nod. A reasonable knock tomorrow and he's ahead of GS, I think. Flower must go with the evidence of current form, not fall back on the argument that GS will come good because he is GS! These batsmen are not really being tested by him and his lack of a special ball, a la Ajmal, makes him rather ordinary on these wickets. Playing just one spinner in such heat and huumidity is not an option and the quicks will not be able to bowl effectively unless used in short spells. Six overs is an absolute max! Maybe Patel's time has come!

  • on March 20, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Chamara Silva deserved a place in the first Xi even considering his current form...Players should be given the oppertunity when they are in prime form...Dear selectors ...rather than risking injured Angelo Mathews....better to play inform Chamara Silva...When considering the dissapointment batting display of PJ in previous match better to continue with Chandimal as the keeper...My team.....1.Thirimanne 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.mahela 5.Thilan 6.Chamara 7.Chandimal 8.Eranga 9.Hearth 10.Welageda11.Prasad or Randiv

  • Partyman on March 20, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    This proves that England need five bowlers in these conditions, although Samit Patel is not that fifth bowler. Sri Lankan batsmen will tuck into him easily as they would tuck hoppers for breakfast!

  • CricketingStargazer on March 20, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Just what England needed: a tough day in the field, even if it wasn't the first choice attack. The team have played proper opposition that has made them work hard. I'd say that that is better preparation than knocking over a side for 150 and feeling that it is all too easy. Swann took 4 cheap wickets in the 2nd innings of the first match, so a long bowl today won't kill him. Good for Silva! The bowlers will have learnt a lot from bowling at him.