Cook faces fitness test, Anderson warned

England

England captain, Alastair Cook, faces a fitness test to determine whether he will bat again in the Third test after being struck on the knee while fielding.

James Anderson, meanwhile, has been reprimanded by Match referee Andy Pycroft after a confrontation with Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath.

Cook suffered the misfortune of being hit by a thunderous drive from Kusal Perera, while fielding at short mid-off just before lunch on the third day of the third test.

Cook left the field to receive treatment and was unable to open the batting with Alex Hales, forcing the out of sorts Nick Compton to open in his stead in what could prove to be Compton's last test knock for some time after a poor run of form have led to calls for the 32-year-old to be dropped.

With no play possible before lunch on the fourth day, Cook faces a fitness test to determine whether he can come out to bat at the fall of the next wicket should play resume.

Anderson has found himself on the receiving end of an official reprimand after trading insults with Sri Lankan spinner Herath, as the lower order batsman offered stiff resistance on day three.

Anderson admitted to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game" and will receive no further sanction beyond the official warning given to him by the match referee.

Latest