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England v Sri Lanka, First Test


  • Jordan c P Jayawardene b Eranga 19[wicket]

    Jordan hits a couple of boundaries off Eranga before fending a short ball up in the air to give the wicketkeeper a simple catch. He's the second England batsman bounced out by Eranga during his seven-over spell this morning.
    6/13/2014 11:07:45 AM
  • [michaelatherton] England are starting to make Sri Lanka’s seamers look like Mitchell Johnson!"

    6/13/2014 11:09:59 AM
  • [stats]Over 102 - England 402-7 (Root 131, Broad 0)
    Before his dismissal, Jordan had hit a couple of fours - the first of which managed to loop over Pradeep at long-leg yet still bounce inside the rope - as England passed 400 for the first time since the first innings in Wellington 15 months and 14 Tests ago.
    6/13/2014 11:10:54 AM
  • Athers Q&A: Atherton will answer some of your cricket questions on our blog at lunch. Tweet yours before 1pm using the hashtag #askathers
  • Over 103 - England 404-7 (Root 132, Broad 1)
    Just a couple of singles off Herath's over. Wonder if he might try a bouncer given its success this morning. Anyway, Broad is the new batsman and he's off the mark with a thick outside edge past gully.
    6/13/2014 11:13:50 AM
  • Sri Lanka's tactics are pretty clear - Jordan the second wicket of the session, bounced out by Eranga. Eng 408-7

  • Over 104 - England 413-7 (Root 132, Broad 10)
    [4]Two boundaries off Eranga for Broad, one streaky and one glorious. Streaky first, nicked past the stumps and down to fine-leg. And then glorious, pulled with real authority through midwicket for four. When Broad gets it right, he really does look the part.

    6/13/2014 11:19:22 AM
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    6/13/2014 11:19:38 AM
  • Over 105 - England 425-7 (Root 132, Broad 22)
    [4]Great stuff from Broad, smashing Kulasekara for three boundaries. Three superb shots too, driven off the front foot straight and through cover and then off the back foot past the diving backward point. No-one slogs the ball with better technique than Broad. Cuffs it, but with an impeccably high front elbow.

    6/13/2014 11:25:31 AM
  • Over 106 - England 434-7 (Root 134, Broad 28)
    [4]Broad continues to enjoy himself here. Root gets a couple of singles to get Broad back on strike and he swats a short ball over midwicket off a top edge for two before pulling a rank long-hop down to the long-leg fence.

    6/13/2014 11:30:10 AM
  • Belated #WorldCup2014 media sweepstake earlier. @BeefyBotham Sth Korea, Athers Russia, Strauss Bosnia & H. Hopes low.

  • Over 107 - England 444-7 (Root 139, Broad 33)
    [4]Carnage now. Root gets a single to give Broad another chance to flay away. He gets another boundary, but there's real control to it this time as he gets right on top of a pull shot and gets it through square-leg. Root adds a boundary of his own with a Bellian late cut between slip and gully.
    6/13/2014 11:36:07 AM
  • [shanewarne] England are piling on the pain and why not after being sent in?”

    6/13/2014 11:36:17 AM

    6/13/2014 11:38:32 AM
  • Over 108 - England 456-7 (Root 140, Broad 44)
    Broad smashing everything now. Two more boundaries flayed through the offside before a thick inside edge into the legside brings a scampered two. Great hustle from Root to get back. A couple of singles complete the over and England's run-rate for the innings is up to 4.22 after this Broad-inspired charge.
    6/13/2014 11:39:17 AM
  • Shaun - you're in good company. Nasser also got Honduras! You can imagine his reaction... On the plus side it didn't cost to enter. Bit of fun.
    6/13/2014 11:39:44 AM
  • Over 109 - England 459-7 (Root 142, Broad 45)
    Relatively quiet over, with just three singles off it as Broad falls short of breaking the record for fastest Test 50 by an England batsman.
    6/13/2014 11:43:22 AM
  • Over 110 - England 462-7 (Root 143, Broad 47)
    Root collects an easy single once again before Broad is scampering two for another scythe over the offside infield. Sri Lanka have lost the plot here. The controlled aggression of their short-ball plan that got the wickets of Prior and Jordan has gone. Pradeep just followed through right down the middle of the pitch. Billy Bowden has a word.
    6/13/2014 11:47:19 AM
  • Over 111 - England 463-7 (Root 144, Broad 47)
    Broad might have got away with one here. He lunges forward at Herath and misses. It's tight, but replays suggest there is nothing behind the line as Prasanna removes the bails, but third umpire Steve Davis gives the benefit of the doubt to the batsman.
    6/13/2014 11:52:12 AM
  • [mikeatherton] It was very nonchalant the way Stuart Broad just put the bails back on as if to say, ‘what a ridiculous appeal’.”

    6/13/2014 11:53:06 AM
  • Should Broad have gone? Bumble thinks so. What do you think? #EngvSL

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    6/13/2014 11:55:14 AM
  • Broad c Karunaratne b Pradeep 47

    [wicket]Broad doesn't cash in on his stumping let-off, slapping a Pradeep half-tracker straight to Karunaratne at deep midwicket. Cracking little innings, though, propelling England towards 500 at good pace.
    6/13/2014 11:55:28 AM
  • [mikeatherton] It was bright and breezy, with lots of extravagant shots and the last one has brought his downfall. He picked out the man in the deep who didn’t have to move.

    6/13/2014 11:56:18 AM
  • Over 112 - England 465-8 (Root 147, Plunkett 2)
    [missed-chance]Drop! Plunkett off the mark with a clip off his pads for two, but then hits the the very next ball straight to Eranga at square-leg who drops an absolute dolly.
    6/13/2014 11:58:47 AM
  • 6/13/2014 11:59:50 AM
  • Coming up at lunch - watch part 1 of our Ricky Ponting Masterclass on SS2 & join Athers' Q&A on our blog:… #EngvSL
  • Over 113 - England 473-8 (Root 152, Plunkett 2)
    Another third-umpire decision as Root is almost run out by short-leg after advancing down the track to Herath. But Root survives and then clips three through midwicket to reach his 150 off the last ball before lunch.
    6/13/2014 12:03:11 PM
  • Lunch
    [lunch]England score 129 runs in the session despite Sri Lanka bowling a pitiful 24 overs. Three wickets lost, but those runs at that speed mean England can still be very happy with proceedings. Jordan and Broad attacked gamely, while Root merrily took the ones and twos Sri Lanka offered as he scored exactly 50 runs in the session despite barely playing a shot in anger. Sri Lanka are going to have plenty of batting to do to stay in this match now.
    6/13/2014 12:05:46 PM
  • And that is lunch. Joe Root brings up 150 with the last ball of the session. England 473-8

  • Thanks for the questions. Athers (with surprise guest @BumbleCricket ) is ready to answer a few on our blog #askathers

  • Right, time is short - so let's crack on...
    6/13/2014 12:09:44 PM
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    6/13/2014 12:10:03 PM
  • [mikeatherton] What I'd like to see is him stop going up and down the order, so now that he is at No 5 and he's got a hundred he should stay there. My own view is that he's a natural opening batsman."

    6/13/2014 12:10:54 PM
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    6/13/2014 12:11:15 PM
  • [mikeatherton] Whatever works - I'm not a fan of prescriptive coaching or instruction for batsmen. It it works for you, fine, if it doesn't, it's equally fine."

    6/13/2014 12:12:01 PM
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    6/13/2014 12:12:30 PM
  • [mikeatherton] No, in the sense that there has been such a period of instability of late that the selectors will be keen to give these players a decent run."

    6/13/2014 12:13:18 PM
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    6/13/2014 12:18:50 PM
  • [mikeatherton] Since Strauss is here and has just said 'simply look at the records', I suspect Andrew Strauss."

    6/13/2014 12:19:58 PM
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    6/13/2014 12:21:10 PM
  • [mikeatherton] He is what is called 'a work in progress'; you can learn about captaincy but I also believe that it is in your make-up or it is not and I'm not convinced that Alastair Cook is a natural kind of leader. But there aren't that many alternatives at the moment and he is, of course, a mighty fine player, which is a help."

    6/13/2014 12:22:33 PM
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    6/13/2014 12:22:54 PM
  • [mikeatherton] The responsibility is on the captains and therefore they should face heavy penalties. It's hard to enforce run penalties."

    6/13/2014 12:23:56 PM
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    6/13/2014 12:24:52 PM
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