England v Sri Lanka test series 2021

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2 down. Mmmmm!!!
 

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What a surprise England lose two early wickets.
 

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Root now run out after colliding with the bowler.
 

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Whoops.

Still 60 to get!!
 

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14 for 3 Root run out , there was never a run there

Nearly another run out, what the hell are they doing
 

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Was Root impeded enough? Why wasn’t this looked at?!
 

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Well it wouldn't be English cricket without some batting collapse
 

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Pressure.

Almost two run outs in two balls.
 

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We'll piss this. However, the concern will be that Sibley and Crawley will struggle on these wickets.
 

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I am surprised that they didn’t look a bit closer at if the stumps were broken before the ball hit the stumps in Roots runout. I don’t think they did but it was very close in real time.
 

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We'll piss this. However, the concern will be that Sibley and Crawley will struggle on these wickets.
Our openers seem to struggle on all wickets.

Lost count how many times we have been two wickets down for not very many.
 

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Our openers seem to struggle on all wickets.

Lost count how many times we have been two wickets down for not very many.

I have big hopes for Sibley but he's really struggled in this game. Could be a lack of touch or it could be he can't play on these wickets. We'll find out.

Burns has been inconsistent and not nailed down a place. Not sure he is the answer and ever since I found out he's Fulham. I feel cheap wanting him to do well so it's a no for me.

Crawley is a middle order player for me. I know he opens for Kent but Root started as an opener........
 

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I am surprised that they didn’t look a bit closer at if the stumps were broken before the ball hit the stumps in Roots runout. I don’t think they did but it was very close in real time.
They clearly were not.
 

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sh*t stats. There's only been 34 matches played at Galle FFS. How many had a completed 4th innings? Probably looking at all of them here

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What is going on with the birds BTW? Do they like sitting in a park rather than trees?
 

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Below fifty now needed. Phew!
 

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Don't quite know what happened there, but they all count.

Not sure it hit anything.
 

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Looks like a lovely ground at Galle.

Wasn't it completely destroyed by the Tsunami?
 

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Looks like that's it for the day.

38-3, just over halfway there with 36 more to win.
 

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38-3 at stumps needing 36 to win. Steadied the ship somewhat after a nightmare start. Should win comfortably from here assuming tomorrow isnt washed out
 

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Looks like a lovely ground at Galle.

Wasn't it completely destroyed by the Tsunami?

No it just missed. Theres an amazing photo which I can never find where you see the whole of Galle destroyed and the pitch totally untouched as it didn't go there.

Having been there you can still see the damage to some of the houses. It's brutal.
 

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Excellent Sunday mornings cricket. Matthews did really well from what I saw and the Sri Lanka spinners are a class above ours. Thought Bairstow did well under a lot of pressure.
 

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No it just missed. Theres an amazing photo which I can never find where you see the whole of Galle destroyed and the pitch totally untouched as it didn't go there.

Having been there you can still see the damage to some of the houses. It's brutal.
Here's an archived news item from 2007 with the pic.
 

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Although on the TV it looks nice and bright, the light was really poor at the end.
Try picking the kind of spin Lasmith is bowling in twilight with birds flying all over the place.
 

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Looks like a lovely ground at Galle.

Wasn't it completely destroyed by the Tsunami?
Yeah. We stayed at The Lighthouse Hotel which is very near the ground for a couple of days when on a tour of the country. It was about 18 months after the Tsunami. The hotel is on a raised headland so escaped the Tsunami although all around was still devastated as was the ground itself. There was a huge refugee camp right next door at that time. The actual area, old fort and ground itself is beautiful.
 

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Think that partnership probably won us the game and we should finish it off in the morning. Not great signs going into the India tour though, despite their wickets Bess and Leach didn't give us any control 2nd innings. Worrying signs too about Sibley and Crawley's ability to play spin in these conditions.

Despite Buttler having a decent game, I feel that Foakes must come into the side soon too.
 

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We should be thinking about who will play in the second test.

Anderson for Broad.

Apparently Wood can't play in consecutive tests so who comes in for him, Stone?
 

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We should be thinking about who will play in the second test.

Anderson for Broad.

Apparently Wood can't play in consecutive tests so who comes in for him, Stone?

I would stick with Broad.

I wouldn't have picked Wood in the first place (something I think most times he's in the test team) and would bring Anderson in for him as the only change.
 

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Anderson and Ali for Wood and Broad.
England management have already said Moeen can't play so soon after coming out of quarantine.

Anderson and Stone for Broad and Wood. I'm not sure we need 3 seamers in Galle so could even consider Foakes for Curran too.
 

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England management have already said Moeen can't play so soon after coming out of quarantine.
I hadn't heard that, I thought it was down to assessment. I gather he wasn't that unwell.
 

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Never in doubt! :)
2nd Test starts on Friday....
 

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Overall it was a really enjoyable Test. Comfortable win in the end but we would have struggled if S.L. hadn't cocked up their first innings. Made a nice change for me as I am not really fussed about watching any other football not involving the mighty Bees. Looking forward to the next test on Friday. The snow has just about gone now in Sheffield. Watching those idyllic scenes on Sky don't half wish I could have been there:cool:
 

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208/4 with Mathews getting to his 100.

SL were 76/3 at one point!

Anderson doing his stuff again, 3 for 16, but the spinners?! Pointless......
 

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