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England v Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

Live from Headingley


  • 6/21/2014 5:01:50 PM
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  • Over 97 - England 311/5 (Moeen 0, Prior 0)
    New batsman Matt Prior sends a leading edge looping into the on side but it falls safe and England get a chance to regroup.
    6/21/2014 5:03:18 PM
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  • Athers reviews a topsy-turvy second day...
    [mikeatherton] It's still a reasonable lead for England, given the pitch and the ball nipping around. If they can extend the lead to 100 that will put them in a strong position tomorrow

    6/21/2014 5:05:18 PM
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  • Over 98 - England 311/5 (Moeen 0, Prior 0)
    Moeen Ali takes strike for the first time and is taking no chances, leaving the ball wherever possible during a maiden over from Eranga.
    6/21/2014 5:06:32 PM
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  • A reminder of when England have lost wickets today. Will we see any more dismissal's before the close? #SkyCricket http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bqq2V-YCUAAJKUG.png

  • Over 99 - England 311/5 (Moeen 0, Prior 0)
    Mathews keeps Prior under pressure with five dot balls before the England wicket-keeper tries to drive down the ground, offering up a return catch to the Sri Lanka captain. It was a tough, tough chance but he got his hand to it at full stretch and it will go down as a drop.
    6/21/2014 5:11:46 PM
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  • Moeen c Chandimal b Eranga 2
    [wicket]Another wicket! Moeen gets off the mark with a solid cover drive for two but comes unstuck when he tries the same shot with Eranga coming round the wicket. He feathers an edge through to Chandimal and England lose another one!
    6/21/2014 5:14:58 PM
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  • 6/21/2014 5:15:19 PM
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  • Over 100 - England 313/6 (Prior 0, Jordan 0)
    Chris Jordan is the new man in and successfully survives the last ball of Eranga's over.
    6/21/2014 5:17:49 PM
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  • Over 101 - England 313/6 (Prior 0, Jordan 0)
    England look content to see this out to stumps with no further casualties, Prior going on the defensive as Mathews completes a maiden over.
    6/21/2014 5:20:18 PM
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  • Over 102 - England 315/6 (Prior 1, Jordan 1)
    Jordan and Prior both get off the mark, the former because of an overthrow and the latter after working Eranga past point.
    6/21/2014 5:25:15 PM
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  • Over 103 - England 318/6 (Prior 2, Jordan 3)
    Sri Lanka have their tails up and the returning Prasad appeals heartily for lbw, but the ball was clearly heading past Prior's leg stump. After Prior runs a single there is a much more realistic chance when Jordan drives to the fielder at cover point, but he cannot take the catch above his head and the England pair run two.
    6/21/2014 5:30:26 PM
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  • Over 104 - England 320/6 (Prior 3, Jordan 4)
    Pradeep will bowl the last over of the day. Prior guides a single through midwicket and Jordan dabs another run square of the wicket on the off side to complete the day's play.
    6/21/2014 5:34:02 PM
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  • 6/21/2014 5:35:00 PM
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  • The scorecard at stumps on Day 2. Robson's century the highlight of England's innings. #SkyCricket #EngvSL http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bqq8pyBCQAIaqY7.png

  • Eranga and Mathews the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka today with two wickets each. #SkyCricket #EngvSL http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bqq9BkMCcAAITB3.png

  • CLOSE
    [close]So that brings day two to a close at Headingley. England are in the driving seat with a lead of 63 but Sri Lanka have kept themselves in the game with a successful final session. The day will mainly be remembered for Sam Robson's maiden Test century but there is still plenty to play for when the action resumes on Sunday.
    6/21/2014 5:38:20 PM
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  • Sam Robson’s unhurried maiden ton has given England the perfect platform to push for Test win, says Andrew Strauss. www1.skysports.com/cricket/news/2…
  • #TheVerdict is coming your way at 9pm. We'll be looking at Sam Robson, as well as hearing from the man of the moment, and his dad!
  • Sir Ian Botham reflects on England's progress and Sam Robson discusses his first Test ton in our latest podcast: skysports.com/podcast/0,2049…
  • Here are some of your views on Sam Robson today, keep your opinions coming our way using #TheVerdict
  • Robson reflects on his maiden 100

    6/22/2014 7:42:34 AM
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  • WELCOME
    Good morning everyone and welcome to live, interactive text coverage of day three from Headingley, where England lead by 63 runs with four first-innings wickets in hand. The match is nicely-poised and the Sky Cricket commentary team are prepping for the day ahead. Stay here for their expert views and over-by-over updates.
    6/22/2014 8:22:02 AM
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  • Sir Ian Botham praises Sam Robson on the Sky Cricket podcast

    6/22/2014 8:24:51 AM
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  • DAY THREE [sunshine]

    6/22/2014 9:01:26 AM
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  • Some pointers ahead of day three from Benedict [benedictbermange]:
    • Quite a few of England’s team have had early success scoring centuries. Of the current team, Cook and Prior scored centuries on debut, Robson & Ballance managed it in their second Tests, and Ian Bell in his third.  In addition, in December at Perth, Ben Stokes also scored a century in his second Test.
    • Since 1989, England have fielded only two Test teams born entirely in England:  The first was at The Oval against South Africa in 2003 and then at Galle against Sri Lanka later the same year.
    • The average number of English-born players in the 295 England Test teams since 1989 is 7.86.  By way of a comparison, the average number of Australian-born players in the 282 Australian Test teams since 1989 has been 10.84.
    • Only two teams have ever won Tests at Leeds having trailed on first innings by more than 40 runs.
    6/22/2014 9:13:17 AM
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  • The morning view at Headingley

    6/22/2014 9:21:26 AM
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  • Thirimanne on the drive before day three

    6/22/2014 9:23:14 AM
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  • Mikey seething as Jordan edges between 'keeper and slip:
    [michaelholding] That was an excellent delivery... and it goes for four runs! Edged right into the gap.

    6/22/2014 9:41:42 AM
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  • The Cricket Writers discuss whether Cook should quit One Day cricket

    6/22/2014 9:42:44 AM
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  • HEAVY ROLLER
    England have opted for the heavy roller overnight. The commentary team are worried that may have drained any pace out of the pitch. We shall see...
    6/22/2014 9:54:35 AM
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  • READY TO GO
    The teams are heading out into the middle and the start of the third day's play at Headingley is just moments away. England will start on 320-6, 63 runs ahead of Sri Lanka's first innings total.
    6/22/2014 9:58:09 AM
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  • The story so far after two days at Headingley

    6/22/2014 9:58:36 AM
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  • Over 105 - England 325/6 (Prior 3, Jordan 9)
    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews takes the first over of the day and sees his first ball disappear for four as Jordan chops it away behind square to the ropes. After four balls a dab into the off side for a single completes the over.
    6/22/2014 10:04:10 AM
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  • Over 106 - England 327/6 (Prior 3, Jordan 11)
    Shaminda Eranga is Sri Lanka's other opening bowler today. He gets one to seam violently off the surface but fortunately for Jordan it cuts away from his bat and through to the wicket-keeper. Jordan then flicks one through midwicket for two runs, the only scoring of the over.
    6/22/2014 10:09:29 AM
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  • Over 107 - England 327/6 (Prior 3, Jordan 11)
    Prior takes strike for the first time today and keeps a straight bat to Mathews, whose tidy line and length earns him a maiden over.
    6/22/2014 10:13:52 AM
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  • Over 108 - England 334/6 (Prior 4, Jordan 16) [missed-chance]
    Jordan works Eranga away for a single before Prior pulls the seamer down to fine leg for another run. Jordan then has two narrow escapes, playing and missing at a ball outside off stump and edging a full and swinging one between wicket-keeper and first slip and away to the boundary for four! Another ball whizzes past his edge before the over is out and Jordan will be content merely to see that one out with his wicket intact.
    6/22/2014 10:19:31 AM
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  • Over 109 - England 337/6 (Prior 6, Jordan 17)
    Three runs come from Mathews' third over of the day as Prior and Jordan take turns to work the medium pacer away through the off side.
    6/22/2014 10:24:07 AM
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  • Jordan c Jayawardene b Eranga 17
    [wicket]Sri Lanka get their first wicket of the morning as Jordan is deceived by Eranga's movement and sends a thickish edge behind to Mahela Jayawardene, who takes a decent catch at second in the slip.
    6/22/2014 10:25:47 AM
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  • Athers reviews a canny piece of seam bowling:
    [mikeatherton] That was classic Headingley. Pitch the ball up, lure the batsman into a drive and hope the slips cling on!

    6/22/2014 10:26:58 AM
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  • Over 110 - England 343/7 (Prior 7, Broad 4)
    Stuart Broad is the new man in and he wastes no time in swiping a wide and full delivery away to the third man boundary for four runs.
    6/22/2014 10:29:44 AM
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  • TOP CATCH

    6/22/2014 10:32:36 AM
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  • Broad c Thirimanne b Mathews 4
    [wicket]Prior flicks Mathews away for a single to give the strike back to Broad, who tries to push forward at a shorter one but only succeeds in edging the ball into the waiting hands of Lahiru Thirimanne at gully. Another wicket for Sri Lanka!
    6/22/2014 10:33:22 AM
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  • BROAD DEPARTS

    6/22/2014 10:34:59 AM
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