Sri Lanka v England Day 2: Familiar faces keep England in the hunt at Galle
England’s batsmen were once again looking to follow Joe Root’s lead after Sri Lanka defied James Anderson’s best efforts in another hard-fought day in the second Test at Galle.
The hosts posted a challenging 381 in their first innings, with Anderson raising his own bar at the grand old age of 38 with career-best figures in Asia of six for 40.
England then lost both openers with just five on the board before Root reeled off a fluent 67 not out to follow last week’s double hundred, ably backed by his fellow Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow in a stumps score of 98 for two.
Anderson’s masterful six for 40 was the standout performance as all 10 home wickets fell to pace, the first time that has happened on this island in two decades and, while that was a feather in the cap of the English seamers, it was also an awkward statistic for spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess.
Between them the duo sent down 64 overs for 195 as they failed to make any kind of impression on proceedings.
Root surpasses Sir Geoffrey Boycott
Tweet of the day
Kevin Pietersen shares some advice he received from India great Rahul Dravid on the job of playing spin in Asia.
The wait goes on
Niroshan Dickwella’s dismissal for 92 meant he has now failed to convert all 16 of his Test fifties.
View from the middle
Jamie Overton falls just short of debut Test century as England take narrow lead
Newcomer Overton was caught behind for 97.
George Scrimshaw holds final-over nerves to guide Derbyshire past Lancashire
Scrimshaw successfully defended the 10 runs in the final over.
Jonny Bairstow and England looking to ‘take the game forward’
Bairstow hit a run-a-ball hundred for the second Test in succession as England fought back spectacularly against New Zealand.
Jonny Bairstow century leads thrilling England fightback at Headingley
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England top order left in tatters as New Zealand gain upper hand at Headingley
The hosts were 93 for six in reply to New Zealand’s 329 all out.
Daryl Mitchell breaks record with another century against England
Mitchell broke Martin Donnelly’s New Zealand tally of 492 runs in a series in England, set back in 1949.
Superb James Vince ton leads Hampshire to shock win over Somerset
Sussex’s five-match losing streak came to an end with a 17-run win over Surrey.
Adil Rashid to miss England’s India white-ball series to make Mecca pilgrimage
Rashid has found it difficult to make the pilgrimage due to timings and commitments.
Jack Leach pleased with good luck but admits freak dismissal no collector’s item
New Zealand closed the opening day of the final Test against England on 225 for five after Henry Nicholls was dismissed in bizarre fashion.
Stuart Broad stars on day one for England but error of judgement proves costly
Broad kept a week of celebrations going strong by striking before a run had been added and followed with the key scalp of Kane Williamson.