Player of the Match
Player of the Match

5.20pm: So, England have claimed the Tests, 2-0 up with one to play; they are also 8-0 up in the 'Super Series'. Sri Lanka have belatedly arrived in the contest, however, and as Mathews said, they have some building blocks to take with them to Lord's. The whole points system will look a bit redundant if they go 12-0 down, with another 12 points on offer during the one-dayers... But anyway, that's something for the coming weeks. I'll leave you with Gnasher's report, and there'll be plenty more to come on the site. From myself, Gnasher and Miller, it's toodle pip. Bye!

5pm: Here we go with the post-match talky talk, starting with Angelo Mathews: "Congratulations to Alastair for reaching 10,000, Rangana Herath for 300 wickets and Jimmy Anderson for his 450th. It's been a tough couple of weeks for us, unfortunately we didn't bat well in the first innings, we showed a better effort in the second. We had a brilliant first day, I thought it was a decent wicket to bat on but we dropped Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, started off poorly and carried it on with our batting. [Anderson and Broad] Especially in these conditions, they are world-class bowlers but we showed our character in the second innings and have some positives to take to Lord's. We talked about the Sri Lankan fight, we've lost that in the past couple of weeks but we brought it back in the second innings. Chandimal, Rangana, Kaushal Silva, they showed a lot of skill and character. [Herath 300] He's been amazing over the last six-seven years, a greats servant for Sri Lankan cricket, taking the bowling load after Murali retired, and a great player for us."

England captain Alastair Cook: [Boundary to go to 10,000] "Don't think it whistled, think it trickled over. The game is not about personal milestones, it's about the team effort. But it's been a real special day, nice to have my family here to see it. It's the 7 o'clock nets with Goochie, all the hard work that goes into it. There's always questions to be asked, no matter how many runs you have behind you, the next innings is most important. It does mean a lot but couldn't do it without the support of my family and team-mates. Credit to SL, they played a lot better in the second innings, they found the pitch more to their liking. Shows how hard you have to work for Test match wins. [Bowl first?] With 500 on the board, I think we made the right decision. Thought it might have gone up and down a little bit more, Jimmy's 5-50 on a slow wicket, shows he's a genius. It's a tough bowling attack to face and I'm glad I can captain them. [Moeen innings] A brilliant hundred, that's the talent he's got - must be hard for Mo, when he bats three-four for Worcs. But it makes the job hard for the selectors. A very special day for me and for the side."

James Anderson is named Man of the Match: [Trip from WI to India alongside Cook in 2006] "It is a long time ago, it's been a pretty up-and-down journey since then, happy for Alastair to pass the milestone. He's a frustrating guy to bowl at in the nets, so I know what opposition attacks are going through, but it's a fantastic achievement. Wickets are wickets, doesn't matter what pitch you play on, got to try and put the ball in the right area. I thought Moeen's knock was outstanding, put us in the position to win, and I'm slightly surprised to be standing here. The pitch offered enough in the first innings and then as it got flatter we had to be patient, be more defensive, put the pressure on. You've got to make the most of it when you are in rhythm, when you're not it can be a struggle. Steven Finn has just got to persevere and it will come. The squad's fantastic at the moment and you try and make the most oft he good times."

4.58pm: England have named an unchanged squad for the Lord's Test. They've already won the series but won't be making any big changes.

Peter: "Compton must be sure of his place to deprive his captain of the 50!" Maybe he already knew...

4.45pm: England trot to their modest target, just quickly enough to get a bead on under clear Durham skies. Still a four-day finish but it took a little longer than many expected after Sri Lanka were made to follow on first thing yesterday morning. The tourists can take some encouragement from Dinesh Chandimal's hundred, as well as fifties for Kaushal Silva, Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath (yay!), as well as the fact they made England bat again; but this has still been a fairly one-sided match and England will head to Lord's eyeing a series whitewash. Moeen Ali laid the most significant plank with the bat and then James Anderson took eight wickets - but who's going to get MOM? We'll find out at the presentations shortly.

Siriwardana to Compton, FOUR runs, another half-tracker and Compton continues to bring the pain, slamming four more through the leg side - that's it, England win by nine wickets and go 2-0 up in the series
Siriwardana to Compton, FOUR runs, short ball on the stumps and - hello! - Compton rocks back to swipe it away for four through square leg

Milinda Siriwardana replaces Eranga

23 | 1 Run | ENG: 72/1

  • Sir Alastair Cook47 (65b)
  • Nick Compton14 (36b)
  • Suranga Lakmal3-0-9-0
  • Shaminda Eranga1-0-4-0

"Bring Jos Buttler back into the team as a batsman." Also a possibility, Nigel Short, although Buttler's only just back from the IPL and probably needs to play some #propercricket before he gets another crack in Tests

Lakmal to Cook, no run, slightly short, outside off stump and Cook also continues doing what he does best, leaving the ball, taking the shine off, wearing the bowlers down... Seven required, from a possible 109 overs
Lakmal to Compton, 1 run, on the body, stays back and nudges one behind square on the leg side

Nope, Compo's not interested in finishing this yet. He's happy having centre-wicket practice

Lakmal to Compton, no run, tight lines, few inches outside off and Compton opens up to carve a fireball of a cover drive beyond the rope leaves again
Lakmal to Compton, no run, length outside off, 79mph and again Compton ushers it through
Lakmal to Compton, no run, good length in the corridor and Compton lets it go this time
Lakmal to Compton, no run, gets across and defends around the line of off

Eight needed. Is Compo the man?

22 | 4 Runs | ENG: 71/1

  • Sir Alastair Cook47 (64b)
  • Nick Compton13 (31b)
  • Shaminda Eranga1-0-4-0
  • Suranga Lakmal2-0-8-0

Here's Shan Fastian: "OKAY England YOU WIN. JUST FINISH THIS ONE QUICKLY DON'T BE MORE MONDAYISITIC." Mondayisitic? Well, there's your word for the day

Eranga to Cook, no run, on the stumps, Cook blocks it imperturbably back towards the bowler
Eranga to Cook, no run, lets this one whizz through in the channel outside off
Eranga to Cook, no run, tight on off stump, Cook drops the bat on it in defence
Eranga to Cook, FOUR runs, sliding on to the legs and Cook collars it with a firm leg glance, out of the middle and away through square leg for four
Eranga to Cook, no run, clipped in the air, not in control but it lands short of the diving midwicket
Eranga to Cook, no run, round the wicket, angled in and defended on off stump

Changes at both ends, Shaminda Eranga to start a new, er, spell

21 | 4 Runs | ENG: 67/1

  • Nick Compton13 (31b)
  • Sir Alastair Cook43 (58b)
  • Suranga Lakmal2-0-8-0
  • Rangana Herath10-3-18-0

Eusha: "Who is Compton's alternative though? Do the English have a sound number 3 after all? Compton doesn't look compose enough to be a number 3." Erm, well... Ballance, Bell, Vince, Westley, Borthwick? Bring in Robson and bat Hales at No3? But I'm sure we can save this debate for another day

Lakmal to Compton, no run, in the channel, lets this one fly through to Mendis

Two in two


Last time England won two matches in a Test series against Sri Lanka, before this. They played 6 series in between these two series.



No. of batsmen who reached 10,000 Test runs at a younger age than Cook who got there at 31 years, 157 days. Tendulkar was the youngest at 31y, 326d.

Half-A-Dozen club


No. of bowlers who have taken 450 or more Test wkts, including Anderson who joined with his wicket of Herath. He's the 3rd fast bowler to do so.

Special ton


No. of wicketkeepers who have scored a century while following-on in Tests, including Chandimal. Andy Flower is the only keeper to do it twice.

Three in one


Runs scored by SL in their first three inns of this series - 91, 119 and 101. They have scored more than those 3 inns combined in the 2nd inns of this Test.

Angelo in follow-ons


Number of fifty-plus scores by Angelo Mathews while following on in Tests - the most by a Sri Lanka batsman.

SL's Longest of the series


Number of partnerships for Sri Lanka that had faced 100 balls in this series before the one between Silva and Mathews. Silva and Karunaratne's stand had lasted 99 balls.

Kaushal Back on Track?


Kaushal Silva's batting average from his last ten Test innings. Had got out for four single-digit scores, including two ducks.

Some start


Ave 1st-wkt stand for SL in this series, in their previous three inns. They lost their 1st wkt exactly at the score of 10 in each of their innings. Not in this 2nd inns but.

Only the second time


Last and the only time Sri Lanka were asked to follow-on twice in a Test series, before this - by India in 1993-94.

Follow-on twice


Last time England enforced follow-on twice in a Test series, before this, was against Bangladesh in 2010. Last by any team was NZ v WI, 2013-14.



No. of lower innings totals at Chester-le-Street in Tests than Sri Lanka's 101 in this match. Zimbabwe were all out for 94 in 2003.

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