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2nd Investec Test, Chester-le-Street, May 27 - 30, 2016, Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland
(T:79) 498/9d & 80/1
(f/o) 101 & 475

England won by 9 wickets

Player Of The Match
3/36 & 5/58
Showing Newest
ENG 2nd Innings
Full commentary

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

end of over 231 run
ENG: 72/1CRR: 3.13 
Alastair Cook47 (65b 7x4)
Nick Compton14 (36b 2x4)
Suranga Lakmal 3-0-9-0
Shaminda Eranga 1-0-4-0

"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?

end of over 224 runs
ENG: 71/1CRR: 3.22 
Alastair Cook47 (64b 7x4)
Nick Compton13 (31b 2x4)
Shaminda Eranga 1-0-4-0
Suranga Lakmal 2-0-8-0

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

end of over 214 runs
ENG: 67/1CRR: 3.19 
Nick Compton13 (31b 2x4)
Alastair Cook43 (58b 6x4)
Suranga Lakmal 2-0-8-0
Rangana Herath 10-3-18-0

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

It would be just Compton's luck to find his groove here and then walk off with only 17 not out to his name...

Lakmal to Compton, no run

pitched up, 81mph and tailing in on off stump, met with a textbook forward defensive

Lakmal to Compton, no run

shuffles across and mistimes a punch into the covers

Lakmal to Compton, no run

slightly back of a length outside off, Compton swings hard but bottom-edges a cut into the turf

Lakmal to Compton, no run

shortish, 76mph and defended on the back foot

Lakmal to Compton, FOUR runs

short and at the body, Compton clips it away through midwicket - he's into double-figures for the first time in the series

Having said that, Mathews now changes the bowling, Suranga Lakmal back on