Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, 1st day

Millions of runs for Jayawardene

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first day of the second Test in Colombo

Andrew McGlashan in Colombo

April 3, 2012

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Mahela Jayawardene plays a drive on the off side, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, 1st day, April 3, 2012
Mahela Jayawardene scored the two millionth Test run © Getty Images

Milestone (or not) of the day
When Sri Lanka moved to 38, with a square cut by Mahela Jayawardene, it brought up the two millionth run in Test cricket. Not everyone, though, will agree. All Test statistics, and this was a problem when the 2000th Test was celebrated at Lord's last year, included the Australia verses World XI match at Sydney in 2005. Many feel that it should not be included in records because it wasn't between two Full Member teams. They have a point, too.

Juggle of the day
When Kumar Sangakkara edged his first ball from James Anderson towards first slip it looked a fairly regulation catch for Andrew Strauss. But it burst out of his hands and was a fraction of a millisecond away from hitting the turf to add to the pressure on Strauss' shoulders. This wasn't the day for the England captain to drop catches so Strauss clutched the ball at the second attempt and was mobbed by his team-mates. It was a second golden duck in three innings for Sangakkara.

Review of the day
With the partnership between Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera building England were desperate for a breakthrough. Steven Finn made one climb towards Samaraweera's ribs, no mean feat on this pitch, and it ballooned out to Alastair Cook at short leg. England appeared confident and when umpire Asad Rauf said not out they asked for the DRS. It was a lengthy process by TV umpire Rod Tucker who could hear a noise but without Hot Spot it was impossible say if glove was involved. Andy Flower wasn't impressed and made a visit to the third umpire's room.

Blow of the day
Once the hardness had disappeared from the new ball this became a tough pitch for the fast bowlers. So it was a notable effort by Steven Finn to strike Samaraweera on the helmet with a short delivery. In truth, it was not very well played by Samaraweera who turned his head away from the ball which looped rather than leapt from the surface. He appeared a little dazed after the blow but following a few moments to compose himself was soon back behind the line.

Near-miss of the day
Anderson was in the midst of a superb post-tea spell of reverse swing when he found the edge of Jayawardene's bat with him on 79. The edge flew low to the left of Strauss who, by now, was stood at a lone wide first slip rather than the conventional position. Strauss flung his left hand out but didn't get anything on the ball as it raced to the boundary.

Double-edged sword of the day
You could understand England's celebrations at finally removing Jayawardene late in the day but closer inspection of the dismissal suggested it was not all good news for the visitors. The delivery from round the wicket by Graeme Swann spun sharply from off stump and would have hit leg. Swann is a big spinner of the ball but this was also the pitch helping. And it was only the first day.

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Posted by denwarlo70 on (April 4, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Andy Flower has always been a cry baby. The guy never grows up. I remember he having endless arguments (standing behind the stumps) with Arjuna Ranatunga back in the day when umpires turn down decisions. As a professional, he should remove that label and move on.

Posted by Meety on (April 4, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

@AdrianVanDenStael - IMO - the Super Tests during world series should be included, they were as harder (or harder), than anything before or since!!! == == == Re: Andy Flower - it is not a good look going in to the Umpire's room after a review, & I think there should be some guidelines regarding this. For all we know Flower could of been discussing the weather or the price of tea in China, but we all know it would of been about the decision-making process. IMO - this should be left till a Lunch Break or after play finishes for the day. The Umpires, Captains & Head Coaches can be de-briefed at the same time. The de-briefing will not be a time to complain, but merely to be informed of the mechanics of the decion making. Complaints can be forwarded to the Match Referee - NOT the Umpires. This should allow Umpires to be unfettered in their decion making process (i.e not having a Coach or Captains words ringing in their ears out on the field). I'll give benefit of the doubt to Flower.

Posted by the_blue_android on (April 4, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

I somehow think Andy Flower is related to Stuart Broad. They both have very similar personalities, that of a 7 yr old child.

Posted by the_blue_android on (April 4, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

Make Andy Flower the 3rd umpire and save some cash. He seems to spend more time in the third umpires room more than the dressing room anyway. Or the third umpire can give the keys to Andy on day of test match.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

Maybe Andy Flower was visiting the 3rd Umpire's room to clarify why Cook was giving out in the first test on inconclusive evidence for a catch but then yesterday Samaraweera wasn't...

Posted by Venki_indian on (April 4, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

BCCI is always right about DRS..they are not against DRS but they want it to get stream lined and implement...almost every test match has contravesial decisions happening with DRS...and English are happy with DRS when they are winning.

Posted by brittop on (April 3, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

@Nick Taplin: Have to disagree with you - don't think the coach or the players on the field for that matter should ask why a decision has been made. Thinking about it. the umpire's only answer can be "because I thought it was out/not out".

Posted by brittop on (April 3, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

@SSRajan: But the ICC could change it's mind as with the 1970 Eng v RoW series. Also what makes you think it's only Brits that want to change it? Is it because you think that whatever you say is true and should be accepted without question?

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

Nick, I understand that decision of the umpire cannot be overturned. But this will set up a bad precedent. What if every coach at every marginal decision start to visit the Third Umpire? In last England tour with hot spot and all available technology been used Sanga was given out caught behind in the first innings of first test with no hot spot mark on the bat but purely based on sound. This time it was the other way. The two officials were different on those two occasions. Even players get fined if they start arguing on umpiring decisions, hesitate to walk when given out or try to influence umpire's decision in some other way. The coach should set a good example to players. So there is nothing wrong in at least reprimanding the coach.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

they should put the hot spot and also the snicko i dont know why

Posted by samraj63 on (April 3, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Can't understand why Andy Flower keeps visiting the third umpire at the drop of a hat!! He was doing the same when India was in England, soon all Doors need a permanent signs "Flower Don't Come In". It's about time the ICC interfered to make it out of bounds for the England Coach. Sometimes he also makes a pathetic trip to the Oppositions changing rooms with his captain in tow!! Never heard of other coaches barging into Third Umpires room even in more farcical situations that happened in New Zealand!!

Posted by rk_ks on (April 3, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

According to Andy Flower, England is a world class team right. Let's think that the umpire decision was wrong. Why he visits the third umpire room for just one bad decision. If it is world class team, they can get him out in the next few overs.They will not count on opportunities.

Posted by Perera32 on (April 3, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@Chicagocric: 1st test run was scored by Charles Bannerman in 1877. The 1 millionth run was scored by either Allan Border or Dean Jones in 1986. That game was on the 19/10/1986 (AUS vs IND). So the first million runs took more than 100 years to come but the next million only took 26 years.

Posted by cjscanada on (April 3, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

I agree with Priyantha and kriskingle. This is becoming really petty of Andy and just shows the English in poor light. There is a fine to the players for any disension, so why not the same apply to Andy Flower.

Posted by My-Dear-Watson on (April 3, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

He he he, apart from the pitch , DRS is also becoming double sided edge for poms.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Actually Priyantha, you're wrong. Visiting the third umpire's room is not going to cause a decision to be overturned and nor should it; on the other hand there is no reason why a member of the appealing team should not seek clarification on how an umpire reached his decision - the players out on the pitch always ask the on-field umpires why they didn't give a decision. It's a perfectly legitimate question, and it's not asked in the hope of having a decision reversed because the players know that it won't be.

Posted by samincolumbia on (April 3, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Andy is not happy with DRS yet again...what a shocker!!

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (April 3, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

@Priyantha Gunaratna: I agree. But don't worry. Eng will have a tough time holding on to their #1 test ranking. SL will convincingly take another test. Mahela Jayawardene's classy ton will perk up SL team. -- from Mahela's Indian fans.

Posted by Deuce03 on (April 3, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Chicagocric: The first Test run was scored by Charles Bannerman of Australia in 1877 at the MCG. The millionth run, I am told, was by Allan Border at the Wankhede in 1986. This means the second million runs were scored more quickly than the first: in "only" 985 Tests (including the Australia/ICC match) while the first took 1054 Tests.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

@chicagoric - 1 million run was scored by Allan border during the tour of India 79 80 . If i am right it was during Bombay test

Posted by SSRajan on (April 3, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

"Many feel that it should not be included in records because it wasn't between two Full Member teams". It does not matter what anyone 'feels'. ICC is the governing body of international cricket and therefore has the right to decide what is and what is not official cricket. The question of right or wrong does not arise. ICC gave the match official status, therefore it counts. That is the end of that. Anyway can we define who those 'many' are that 'feel' it should not be included? Brits, methinks. They are the ones that think whatever they say is true and should be accepted without question.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

@KrisKingle One millionth Test run was scored by Allan Border when he hit Raju Kulkarni for four at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium in October 1986

Posted by Atifkhan3489 on (April 3, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

This english team can not beat even bangla desh.if they had bowling attack like india they should look ordinary team and they will lose no. 1 spot soon

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (April 3, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

There are disputes among statisticians but one could mention many others besides the 2005 World XI "test". The supposedly "first test match" in 1876-7 in Australia was in fact not billed at the time as a match between England and Australia at all. Nor were many of the early test matches in England and South Africa so billed; it's just a statisticians retrospective device that regards these as tests matches. In contrast the England vs. Rest of the World matches of 1970 were billed as test matches at the time but subsequently had that status taken away from them (Alan Jones thought he had a test cap at the time but later lost it). You can also make a case for saying other matches should be regarded as test matches which aren't, e.g., the Australia vs Rest of the World matches of 1971-2, and some matches on the Aborigines' cricket tour of England of 1868. @kriskinge I take your point and Flower and Strauss have ideas above their station at times; they act like Wenger or Alex Ferguson!

Posted by drnaveed on (April 3, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

yes agreed, it is always andy flower who goes to visit the third umpire during the course of the match, as if un-justice is always done to the English side.some times a decision goes your way and at times it goes the other of the commentator (i think it was nick knight ) was also saying that "the appeal was turned down by the umpire", well it was challenged by strauss,it went upstairs, and the third umpire ,because of lack of any evidence,gave it NOT OUT.DRS needs to be improved further , should include hotspot, and should be compulsarily used in all test matches. agreed , I.C.C. should make steps that mr andy flower should not visit 3rd umpires room that frequently.

Posted by SasiGladi on (April 3, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

kriskingle@ everything is ok in your comment apart from Dhoni's scare...he never scared of anything world knows how his daring character enclosed with cool and calmness...

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Andy Flower has no business to visit the third umpire's room. He has no right to boss around like that. Umpire uses all evidence available to him to arrive at a decision. That should be respected. Sometimes decisions go your way and sometimes not. He should be fined and banned for one match for interfering with match officials.

Posted by Chicagocric on (April 3, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Do any of the statisticians know: when and by whom was the first test run scored and then who scored the One Millionth run, when and where. Just curious to see how long it took for the first million compared to the second million runs. Cheers!

Posted by kriskingle on (April 3, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

The English should really stop making these 'trips' to the officials' rooms, the opposing teams' dressing rooms etc. Wat do they think, everybody is as gullible or scared as Dhoni, or can be talked out of a professional decision?

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