England v Sri Lanka, first one-day international, The Oval

Chris Jordan shines with bat and ball as England beat Sri Lanka by 81 runs in the first one-day international at The Oval.

22 May 2014 Last updated at 12:32

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As it happened

  1. 21:32: 

    It's been a pretty epic day since we kicked off the live text about nine hours ago - we had two rain delays (one long, one short), were gripped by Aggers' interview with Paul Downton, and entertained by Geoff Boycott's explanation of how he met Katy Perry.

    But out on the field, Chris Jordan had the eye of the tiger today, he was a champion, and Sri Lanka heard him roar. The players head to Chester-le-Street for a day game on Sunday (10:30 BST start) and Marc Higginson will be in this chair to talk you through it all. Thanks for your company - and patience through the rain - and make sure you're back with us on Sunday. Bye for now.

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    Michael Bairstow: Until that last wicket went or if the RR goes over 36, I remained unconvinced that England would win this game.

    Nothing like a good bit of English optimism to round off the day...

  3. 21:22: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "It was very professional. Everyone played well and it was an impressive batting display. Those 30 runs at the end of the innings really made the difference."

    Chris Jordan

    More from man of the match Chris Jordan: "Running after that ball at the end, I twisted my ankle a little bit, but it's OK. In 50-over cricket you're allowed two bouncers an over and I thought I'd exploit that. Malinga finished off the game for them well the other night so it was nice to get one over on him. I had six or seven years at Surrey so it was nice to play well here."

  5. 21:22: 

    And the man of the match is... Chris Jordan.


    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "A pretty poor performance by our whole team, starting off with our bowlers. We've got the best two bowlers bowling in pressure situations, but it was an off day for them and the English batsmen did well. We played some poor cricket today, the wicket didn't spin much and after the rain delay it skidded on a bit. We've got four games left, we need to keep our heads held high and come back strongly."

  7. 21:20: 

    England all-rounder Chris Jordan on Test Match Special: "I came in to try to score with a flurry and I'm glad it came off. We wanted as many runs as we could because Sri Lanka bat really deep and we were wary of that. I want to keep improving my game and want to capitalise on any chances I get to score runs. We know they had to go some guns and luckily it came off."

  8. 21:19: 

    So, a bit of a stop-start day at The Oval - England, interrupted by a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay, reached 247-6 from 39 overs, helped by good knocks by Ian Bell (50), Gary Ballance (64), Joe Root (45), Jos Buttler (26 not out from 20 balls) and especially Chris Jordan (38 not out from 13 balls).

    In reply, Sri Lanka had already begun by the time the rain returned for a short period, reducing the game further to 32 overs. Mahela Jayawardene top scored with 35, but a lot of Sri Lanka's batsmen weren't at the races as Jordan (3-25) and James Tredwell (3-38) were among the wickets.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Chris Jordan's innings really gave England momentum because it gave them an above-average total and then he bowled really well. I think England have found a good bowler in Harry Gurney too - he looks a good death bowler."

  10. 21:15: 

    A great day in particular if you're Chris Jordan - his 3-25 from six overs and his 38 not out from 13 balls were comfortably his best bowling and batting performances at international level. And on the ground where he first played for Surrey, before moving to Sussex.

  11. 21:11: 


  12. 27.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Malinga b Bopara 10 (SL 144 all out)
    Ravi Bopara bowls Lasith Malinga

    Buttler misses a stumping chance, standing up to Bopara's medium pace, but it's all over as Malinga slogs, misses and Ravi hits. England win by 81 runs on Duckworth-Lewis.

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    Paul Frost: Tracking action online from Greece, nice that the boys are silencing the naysayers from the first innings. Get behind the team.

    Alex Hardy: Thoroughly impressive performance from England today. Reason to be optimistic for this summer.

    Joshua Edwards: Chris Jordan has been a consummate professional with bat and ball today. Gurney the accurate left-armer we've wanted for yonks.

  14. 27 overs: 
    SL 141-9 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Last man Suranga Lakmal executes a perfect defensive shot as Gurney continues his round-the-wicket approach. Lakmal is off the mark with an off-driven two. although Jordan winces as he looks to have jarred his right leg slightly as he stopped it in front of the boundary.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a really good performance by England against a really good white-ball team; a really promising display all round, good with the bat and really good with the ball."

  16. 26.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Senanayake c Bell b Gurney 11 (SL 138-9)
    Harry Gurney

    England turn back to Gurney's left-arm seam as they look to wrap up the innings. Despite a couple of no-balls, he captures the ninth wicket when he induces Senanayake to hole out at long-on. Start the tuk-tuk!

  17. 26 overs: 
    SL 134-8 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Tredwell's off after taking 3-38 from six overs (Jordan has 3-25 from six) and Bopara returns to the attack. Senanayake threads a four just past a diving boundary fielder at mid-wicket, a two and a single take Senanayake into double figures but do little to change the match situation - they need a nearly unfathomable 92 from 36 balls.

    Indeed, if the rain were to return now, England would win by a big margin - in the region of 60 runs - on Duckworth-Lewis.

  18. 25 overs: 
    SL 127-8 (target 226 from 32 overs)
    Chris Jordan

    The irrepressible Jordan begins his sixth over, a second slip is brought in for Malinga, who doesn't look too concerned about getting in line and is happy to sway away from a couple of deliveries. A cross-seamer from Jordan is guided over extra cover for four, while Malinga ducks away from another bouncer. I don't think he likes it "up him", Mr Mainwaring... Malinga then steps completely across his stumps, trying to flick the ball down the leg side, but can't connect as the ball sails between batsman and stumps. For those of you still keeping county, 99 more are needed from 42 balls.

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    George Davis: Is anyone else just really pleased that England are going to win tonight having played some really good cricket?

    Adam Wheeler: Based on form and confidence, Chris Jordan has to be in the squad for the First Test.

  20. 24 overs: 
    SL 123-8 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Lasith Malinga is in at number 10 for Sri Lanka, which says a lot about how they feel about Suranga Lakmal's batting. Mind you, Malinga has a Test fifty and an ODI fifty to his name, whereas Lakmal's highest score in any form of international cricket is 18. With the game pretty much over as a contest, Malinga has an old-fashioned tail-ender's slog, swiping a couple of twos and a single.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's nice for the captain to have someone to throw the ball to who can make things happen like Jordan has done. And let's not forget he smashed the ball around earlier as well."

  22. 23.2 overs: 
    WICKET- T Perera c Root b Tredwell 2 (SL 118-8)
    James Tredwell

    Now Perera perishes as he lifts Tredwell to Joe Root at long-on as he attempts to hit the ball into the next London borough.

  23. 23 overs: 
    SL 117-7 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Senanayake and Perera are restricted to singles by Jordan, England will know well that anything "in the slot" for Perera is likely to disappear, so he receives a number of short balls from Chris Jordan, who has 3-21 from five overs and must be a strong contender for the man-of-the-match award.

    Sri Lanka need 109 from 54 balls. I've given up trying to calculate the end-of-over par score - safe to say they're well short.

  24. 22.3 overs: 
    SL 116-7 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Perera is joined by Sachithra Senanayake, but just when another wicket looked likely, Perera swipes the ball high over third man and it's dropped by Harry Gurney as the ball squirms through his fingertips as he runs forward.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That wicket might clinch it for England. That's a horrible catch to have to take but that was a very, very good catch indeed from the captain. The Monty Python music won't cheer Mathews up as he walks off. That target is a long way off for Sri Lanka."

  26. 22 overs: 
    WICKET- Mathews c Cook b Tredwell 18 (SL 114-7)
    The Oval

    What a catch! It's all over for Mathews as Captain Cook catches a top-edged reverse sweep over his shoulder, running back towards third man. A great comeback by England, two balls after Mathews had found the boundary with another aggressive reverse sweep. This match is only going one way now.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jordan is bowling very quickly. He's following the Michael Holding theory that the only driving these players will be doing is from the safety of their car. He's flushed out Perera now."

  28. 21 overs: 
    WICKET- Kulasekara c Buttler b Jordan 0 (SL 108-5)
    Chris Jordan strikes again

    Nuwan Kulasekara is the new batsman - I've seen him win a one-day game with the bat before now, but he perishes for a third-ball duck as the hostile Jordan induces Kulasekara to sky one into the night air and Buttler takes the catch.

    Safe to say, these wickets mean the D/L par score will be sky-rocketing...

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was reckless. It may have been the previous bouncer unsettled him and he played an exotic shot. Jordan is bowling with aggression on a pitch with a bit of bounce and he is doing himself no harm in this game. We almost see him as a regular even though he's not played for the Test team yet, but he could easily make his debut at Lord's in a few weeks."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  30. 20.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Chandimal c Buttler b Jordan 8 (SL 108-5)
    Chris Jordan celebrates

    Chandimal perishes, attempting a pull shot and edging to the keeper the ball after missing with a similar hook shot off a fast bouncer which whistled past his helmet.

    Full scorecard

  31. 20 overs: 
    SL 107-4 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Chandimal brings up the hundred with a single, Tredwell fires in a quicker ball which Mathews whacks for four with a firm reverse sweep. The skipper runs a scampered two to deep mid-wicket, taking advantage of the long boundaries square of the wicket at The Oval. A single off the last ball means Sri Lanka need 119 from 72 balls but more importantly, we have a match.

    D/L par score at the end of the next over: 141.

  32. 19 overs: 
    SL 99-4 (target 226 from 32 overs)
    England players

    Sri Lanka need to be on 130 at the end of this over to be up with the D/L par score - although, as we have emphasised, we need 20 overs for a result to be constituted. Bopara looks frustrated as he is penalised with a wide, Mathews adds a single and Chandimal fetches one from well outside off stump to be clubbed to the mid-wicket boundary. A single takes Chandimal to six, while Mathews fails to connect with a back-of- the-hand slower ball which is grasped by Buttler standing up to the stumps. Two more singles reduce the deficit to 127 from 78 balls. And if England can get through one more rainless over, we have a match.

  33. 18 overs: 
    SL 90-4 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Dinesh Chandimal - recently replaced as T20 captain after he was dropped during the World Twenty20 - is the new batsman. He's off the mark with a single, Mathews manages a leg bye off the last ball and Sri Lanka need 136 from 84 balls.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "They're jubilant. England know that's a huge wicket. Huge smile from James Tredwell. Jayawardene is distraught that he made such a basic error; everything seemed so simple for him up to them. It's been a messy old game but England have a real chance of winning it."

  35. 17.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene c Morgan b Tredwell 35 (SL 88-4)

    Oh, big, big wicket as Jayawardene flicks the ball straight to the delighted Morgan at mid-wicket.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is an important series for James Tredwell; he has got more expensive recently, partly because international sides have got used to him. He hasn't got lots of tricks - he has just got a cool temperament and a bit of variety of pace."

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  37. 17 overs: 
    SL 86-3 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Bopara replaces Jordan at the Vauxhall End, Jayawardene dabs to short third man but has to send Mathews back as he was looking for a single. Bopara sends down an attempted slower ball outside off stump, it's a full toss which is missed by both batsman and wicketkeeper and disappears for four byes. (Pretty lousy cricket all round, really). The Sri Lanka fans are on their feet as Jayawardene waits and carefully pulls a four through square leg. A single takes him to 34.

  38. 16 overs: 
    SL 77-3 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Tredwell to continue. Single from Mathews, then Jayawardene connects with a fierce reverse sweep for four before carefully chipping a two over mid-wicket. Tredwell dries the ball with a towel between deliveries, but it makes little difference as Jayawardene gives himself room, goes inside-out and swats a first-bounce four over extra cover. A single means it's 12 off the over, Mahela has 29 from 33 balls, and Sri Lanka need 149 more from 96 balls.

  39. 15 overs: 
    SL 65-3 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Captain Angelo Mathews has promoted himself up the order a place to number five - they've still got plenty of hitters left in the shed, notably Thisara Perera who can probably hit sixes in his sleep. Mathews pulls and misses at a short ball, with umpire Rob Bailey indicating that's Jordan's allocation of over-the-shoulder bouncers for the over. The Sussex man pings down a legside wide, Mathews is off the mark with a single and Jayawardene - upon whom a lot now depends - can't get the last ball away.

  40. 14.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Dilshan c Ballance b Jordan 33 (SL 63-3)
    Chris Jordan

    Dilshan swipes at the recalled Jordan and is pouched on the third man boundary. A Dilswipe rather than a Dilscoop, but that's the end of him.

    Full scorecard

  41. 14 overs: 
    SL 63-2 (target 226 from 32 overs)

    Dilshan forces a single through mid-wicket as Tredders resumes proceedings. Jayawardene fluently sweeps a two, then reverse-sweeos straight to Captain Cook at short third man.

  42. 20:03: 

    Dilshan - with a big grin on his face - and Jayawardene re-emerge. James Tredwell has an over to complete here.

  43. 20:01: 

    Joe Root is practising bowling on the outfield. He's doing so with his cap on, though I'm sure he's far too young to remember Geoffrey Boycott bowling with his cap on in matches.

  44. 19:55: 
    Revised target for Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka's revised target will be 226 from 32 overs. That's 111 balls to score 166 more.

    Two bowlers can bowl seven overs each - so only two more for James Anderson - with the other three bowling up to six each.

    But I repeat, unless they can get through to 20 overs, we have not yet constituted a match.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Why do they have to wait until 20:05 to resume? Even if it did get a tiny bit drier over the next 15 minutes, we're in the entertainment business. It's just a safety-first tradition. The outfield has been 'roped' three or four times."

  46. 19:53: 
    Play set to resume

    Sri Lanka will resume at 20:05 BST and their innings has been reduced to 32 overs.

    An adjusted D/L target will follow.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It looks like England have a good, set middle and end in their batting, they just need a little bit more oomph at the beginning."

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  48. 19:48: 

    Or at least the square has been uncovered. The wicket and the bowlers' run-ups are, for now, still covered.

  49. 19:45: 

    And just as I write that, the covers are starting to come off...

  50. 19:44: 

    The square has been covered, as have the run-ups. Safe to say that every three minutes or so that we remain off the field, an over will be chalked off Sri Lanka's reply. But they will keep trying until there's no chance of Sri Lanka facing 20 overs.

    Rain recap

    We started a 50-over match on time at 13:00 BST, and rain came with England 101-2 after 20.4 overs. Two and a half hours were lost, and when England resumed, the match was reduced to 39 overs per side.

    England made 247-6 from their 39 overs, and Sri Lanka were set a Duckworth-Lewis-adjusted target of 259 from 39 overs.

    The rain has now returned with Sri Lanka 60-2 after 13.3 overs but they need to face 20 overs for a match to be constituted. Expect another D/L recalculation when they resume.

  52. 19:36: 

    And as the covers come on and the ground staff reach for their (protective) sheets, the statisticians reach for their (score) sheets...

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    Dev: Rain on its way! I'm a few miles down the road and it's teaming it down.

  54. 13,3 overs: 
    RAIN STOPS PLAY- SL 60-2 (target 259 from 39 overs)

    Finally it's time for James Tredwell, who was dropped from Kent's County Championship side earlier this season but is sportingly being given the chance to work on his game... with England. And after three dot balls from the Kent off-spinner, they're off for rain again.

  55. 13 overs: 
    SL 60-2 (target 259)

    After one over of Root, England turn to Ravi Bopara's medium pace, still no sign of Tredwell... Just two singles and a wide are added, but there's rain in the air, the umbrellas are going up, and the Sri Lankan 12th man has handed a Duckworth-Lewis sheet to the umpire (after giving the batsmen a quick look).

  56. 12 overs: 
    SL 57-2 (target 259)

    Jordan, who lifts the ball nearly under his chin several times in his run-up as his arm pumps, is guided for a two by Jayuawardene. "Light shower in Battersea" proclaims Michael Vaughan on TMS, that's not too far from Kennington... A single takes Jayawardene to 15, while Dilshan forges ahead with another sing of the bat which brings him a four through third man.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Dilshan and Jayawardene have plenty of experience and will know Bopara and Root are to come. Dilshan is the greatest advert at throwing the kitchen sink at the ball. He throws his hands at the ball and tries to control it but he gambles he'll get plenty of it and it will fly past point."

  58. 11 overs: 
    SL 50-2 (target 259)

    There's a chap in the crowd in an England shirt, who looks like actor John Hurt but with a ZZ Top beard. England turn to the part-time off-spin of Joe Root, bowling round the wicket, and it's vintage Jayawardene as he effortlessly sweeps a four through square leg, while the veteran pair help themselves to three more singles.

    There's talk of another possible rain interruption - though it would be a "no result" unless Sri Lanka face a minimum of 20 overs. Perhaps the introduction of Root will hurry the innings along a little while England are ahead on D/L (as we think they are) - but there's still front-line spinner James Tredwell to call upon.

  59. 10 overs: 
    SL 43-2 (target 259)

    England make their first bowling change as Chris Jordan, fresh from his latest six-hitting cameo, is into the attack. He starts with a legside wide, Jayawardene adds a single, but oh, Chris, you can't bowl short and wide to Dilshan - he helps himself to a comfortable four backward of point, but then nearly puts his partner in trouble when he calls Jayawardene for a single but Morgan's throw nearly has the non-striker in trouble. Jayawardene moves to six from 11 balls, Dilshan has 26 from 31.

  60. 9 overs: 
    SL 35-2 (target 259)

    It looks like Dilshan's had a new thigh pad brought on - he's still proceeding in singles at this stage, while Jayawardene nudges a single to fine leg. Dilshan rotates the strike, and Jayawardene is up on his toes to nick the strike off the last ball.

    And a reminder that this game was reduced to 39 overs by rain - with Sri Lanka chasing a D/L-adjusted target of 259.

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    Jack Heaton: Harry Gurney is something special. First T20I wicket? Dilshan. First ODI wicket? Kumar Sangakkara, doesn't get much better.

    Pete Naylor: Weather warning - heavy rain and clouds over Southampton, coming in from the Channel. Still heading north... towards The Oval...

  62. 8 overs: 
    SL 31-2 (target 259)

    Dilshan gets a drink between overs (possibly accompanied by a pill of some kind), there are two slips in for Jayawardene and he gets a slightly fortunate single to third man as he tries to withdraw the bat. Dilshan, who doesn't look entirely comfortable, hence the between-overs visit, moves to 19 with a single. Jayawardene remains watchful, but we've watched enough of his mammoth ODI career (this is his 413th, would you believe) to know how perfectly he can judge a run chase. That's it for the shortened powerplay.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Gurney is having some moral victories out there. He's not exceptionally fast but he hits the bat hard. And the other point is that he's a new bowler and it takes a little while for a batsman to get adjusted to a different style."

  64. 7 overs: 
    SL 29-2 (target 259)
    Dilshan bats

    Anderson to continue for his fourth over, Dilshan takes an extravagant swing and gets an edge over the keeper and solitary slip for four. A chop past the diving Bopara at cover brings another four.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka's dashers v England's plodders was how this match was set up, but that's not how it is going at the moment."

  66. 6 overs: 
    SL 21-2 (target 259)

    Sangakkara is replaced by his friend and fellow 36-year-old Mahela Jayawardene - Sri Lanka's top four have a combined age of 133, and it'll be 134 on Tuesday when Jayawardene celebrates his 37th. The veteran right-hander turns a single off his legs, and the other veteran right-hander, Dilshan, runs a quick single off the last ball.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a big wicket. I think Sangakkara was surprised by the pace: it was angled in and the stumps were absolutely splattered. What a confidence boost to Gurney too. He's been on target and hitting the bat hard."

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  68. 5.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Sangakkara b Gurney 8 (SL 19-2)
    Harry Gurney strikes

    Sangakkara chops on and Gurney has his maiden ODI wicket. A big scalp for the Notts left-armer, and a key wicket for England.

    Full scorecard

  69. 5 overs: 
    SL 18-1 (target 259)

    Dilshan pushes Anderson for a single, then there's a short mid-on, close enough that he might pick the non-striker's pocket if he backs up far enough - for the left-handed Sangakkara, who plays out the rest of the over. Anderson's spell has been mixed so far - a wicket maiden first up, a nine-run over and then a one-run over.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have had some very good left-arm seam bowlers but never had a great, great left-arm over. Australia have had Alan Davidson and have Mitchell Johnson at the moment, Pakistan have had Wasim, West Indies had Garry Sobers, Sri Lanka can count Chaminda Vaas and India Zaheer Khan."

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  71. 4 overs: 
    SL 17-1 (target 259)

    A better over from the bearded Gurney, making his international bow at the age of 27. He keeps it tight with five dot balls until Dilshan hooks the last for a single to deep fine leg.

  72. 3 overs: 
    SL 16-1 (target 259)

    This is Anderson's 176th ODI, but only his 12th since September 2012 - I wonder if England might try to get him through to next year's World Cup, then preserve him for Test cricket after that? Dilshan is tucked up for room, but finds the boundary for the first time by forcing a four through mid-wicket. A single brings Sangakkara on strike, and he powers another four back past the bowler.

  73. 2 overs: 
    SL 7-1 (target 259)

    Left-arm seamer Harry Gurney, making only his second ODI appearance after his debut in Scotland earlier this month, to share the new ball. Dilshan pushes a single to get Sri Lanka under way, while Gurney, who doesn't get the movement Anderson did, slides a wide behind Sangakkara's legs. The erstwhile Durham left-hander is off the mark with a graceful four through cover point.

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    Tim Mugford: Is the England cricket team competing with the England football team to see who can change their kits the most times?

    There's been a new ODI kit released each spring from 2008 onwards, with occasional T20-only kits used as well.

  75. 1 over: 
    SL 0-1 (target 259)

    Kumar Sangakkara is the new man in, while England bring in a third slip - James Tredwell - for the final ball of the over. Sangakkara taps a single into the covers as Anderson completes a wicket maiden.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I might have to revise my prediction! It's swinging more than I thought. Here comes Sangakkara and you need someone of his technique to survive against Anderson. Good to see three slips in a one-day match but Anderson is getting this ball to talk."

  77. 0.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Thirimanne lbw b Anderson 0 (SL 0-1)

    It pitched on middle, it's umpire's call for hitting the top of the stumps but Thirimanne has gone without a run on the board. Great start by the Burnley Express.

    Full scorecard

    James Anderson

    Anderson sets Thirmanne up with a perfect outswinger and then swings one in to trap him in front, but Thirimanne wants a review...

  79. 18:35: 

    James Anderson to take the first over, with Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan opening for Sri Lanka. Here we go.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "259 from 39 overs, it's almost like the old Sunday League! I have Sri Lanka as slight favourites."

  81. 18:29: 

    Sri Lanka's victory target is 259, adjusted under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

    If you haven't been with us all afternoon, this is because it rained after 20.4 overs when England still thought it would be a 50-over game, so the target gets adjusted upwards. Rather than give you chapter and verse here (and bore the pants off 90% of you), you can read more elsewhere on the web about how such targets are calculated.

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    Mark Paver: Surely there's got to be a case to have Chris Jordan opening the batting with Alex Hales in the T20s.


    Somerset captain and former England opener Marcus Trescothick reacting to the match-fixing charges levelled against Lou Vincent and Naved Arif: "Clearly it goes on and it's still happening, but it's sad to see it happen."

  84. 18:27: 

    While we wait for Duckworth and Lewis, a reminder of a few news stories that have broiken today. Ex-Sussex players Lou Vincent and Naved Arif have been charged with match-fixing by the ECB, Graeme Smith has had his Surrey season ended prematurely by injury for the second successive year, and ECB managing director Paul Downton spoke at length on TMS earlier, notably about Kevin Pietersen, making it clear that it was Pietersen's side which pushed for an early termination of his central contract after being told he would be left out of the World T20.

    You can hear the Downton chat on the TMS podcast page.

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Good knocks from Bell and Ballance ticked it along in the middle order but Jordan's 38 off 13 was really good smacking and England are in a decent position."

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  86. 18:19: 

    So, England finish with 247 after that stand of 54 from 21 balls. But because of the nature of the rain break, we await news of Sri Lanka's target, which will be adjusted by the Duckworth-Lewis formula.

  87. 39 overs: 
    Eng 247-6

    Buttler bunts a single into the covers. Two left. Jordan swings, there's an inside edge and fortunately for him, it's past the stumps and away for four. Last ball, Jordan goes for the big one and launches it into the stand over long-off for another six!

    The last four overs produced 60 runs - Jordan finishes with 38 from 13 balls, Buttler a relatively modest 26 from 20.

    Full scorecard

    Jos Buttler
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was right in the slot from Malinga but Buttler gave that a good whack. It pinged off the bat like a good drive on the first tee."

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  89. 38.3 overs: 
    Eng 236-6

    Malinga to bowl the last over, Buttler gets an inside edge attempting a big slog and they run a single to the keeper. Jordan steps back but gives himself too much room as Malinga slings one down outside off stump and they can only scamper a bye. Buttler then effortlessly launches an enormous six over long-on. Three balls left.

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a super six from Jordan. He cleared his front leg to make room and gave it a big swing. He's a strong fella and got hold of that to power it into the stands. Not bad for a number eight - he's got a good bat there."

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  91. 38 overs: 
    Eng 228-6

    Jordan launches an even bigger blast, straighter, into the stands and nearly into the dressing-rooms for six. A yorker is dug out to long-on for a well-run two - good running by Buttler especially. Another heave, this time to long-off, and Buttler's speed brings another two. Kulasekara's spell is ended with a fierce straight-driven four by Jordan, who has 28 from 10 balls. Kulasekara's figures, rather dented, are 8-1-60-2.

  92. 37.2 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 214-6

    Now we get the batting powerplay signalled - just for the last two overs, when we were given the impression it would be four. A single brings the big-hitting Jordan on strike, and he smacks Kulasekara over extra cover for four. Very much his hitting zone.

    Chris Jordan
  93. 37 overs: 
    Eng 209-6

    Three overs left, Malinga to bowl two of them. Buttler and Jordan plunder four singles but can't find the boundary. Malinga strays with one that starts wide and gets wider - the easiest decision either umpire will make this evening - while Buttler hoists a two towards the extra cover boundary where two fielders converge and Chandimal flicks the ball up like a volleyball player for Jayawardene to throw in. A single takes Buttler to 17 from 16 balls - Jordan has 10 from five.

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    Pete Naylor: Had we not had that rain delay, I somehow think a score of 275-300 could have been possible for England. In a 50-over game, Morgan probably would have been less inclined to go big as early, and Ballance would have been better set.

  95. 36 overs: 
    Eng 201-6 (Buttler 12*, Jordan 8*)

    Chris Jordan is off the mark with a fortunate edge for four off his first ball. A better stroke off the last ball - a lofted cover drive - brings him four more, and takes England past 200.

    I've not seen either umpire give a Mick Channon-style "whirling arm" signal, but I can only assume we're in the batting powerplay (which was reduced to four overs).

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's disappointing for England because Root was going along nicely, but they've got the big-hitting Buttler there. I thought Root was looking back to his old self."

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  97. 35.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Root lbw b Kulasekara 45 (Eng 193-6)

    Good decision by the ump, the ball-tracker shows it was cleanly hitting the top of the stumps. Root is out, having taken a four and a two off the first two balls of Kulasekara's over.

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    Joe Root

    Root is hit on the pad and is given out. While he walks forward to ask Buttler if they should review it, Sri Lanka then try to run him out - although the ball was dead by then. The lbw will be reviewed...

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Root has been busy, and has slowly gained momentum. He's played well and put the pedal down at the right time. Sri Lanka will be a little bit disappointed the way they've bowled in the last five overs."

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  100. 35 overs: 
    Eng 187-5

    Malinga again, Root slices a two to the point boundary. Mathews brings another fielder onto the off side, but Root chips a wideish delivery over the infield for two more. Malinga, clearly aiming to bowl wide and full, gives away a couple of wides, and when he straightens up, Root drills a well-run three to deep extra cover. A lengthy over ends as Buttler is beaten by the last couple of deliveries - while BBC R4 LW listeners are treated to their first cricketing Shipping Forecast of the summer.

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    John in Sutton Coldfield: Is it just me who finds this England performance slightly embarrassing. No capability to score quickly, just trying not to lose too badly!

  102. 34 overs: 
    OUCH!- Eng 178-5

    With Senanayake bowled out, Kulasekara returns, he's got three overs left so could finish up from the Pavilion End. And straight away, he's struck a nasty blow on the boot from a powerful Buttler straight drive. Root clubs him for four through mid-wicket, some ones and twos mean it's 11 from the over and five overs left. We've still got a powerplay ready to trip England up, though.

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    Chris in Poole: Has anyone told the England players it is only a 39-over match?

  104. 33 overs: 
    Eng 167-5 (Root 25*, Buttler 7*)

    Root moves to 26 with a single, Malinga deceives Buttler with a slower ball and it's as much as he can do to defend it. But Buttler responds by guiding a four through the covers and under the tumbling Thirimanne on the rope. A two and a single mean it's 14 from the over - a rather expensive one for Sri Lanka. Six overs left.

    And since Malinga learnt his cricket on the beach, Tuffers on TMS wonders if England's academy could be moved from Loughborough to Sandbanks on the south coast. Aggers has problems of his own, with a wardrobe malfunction requiring him to fix his flies with a safety pin...

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    Mr Fafflington: Mightily enjoying the cricket commentary cricket - has helped the day pass much more easily. Shame they are outperforming the batting!

  106. 32.1 overs: 
    Eng 160-5

    Malinga returns to sling down the last four overs from his end, and Root lifts his first ball for six over long-on.

    Lasith Malinga
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    Vinny Person: Even with this new-look Sri Lankan side playing away from home in these conditions, the gulf looks considerable for England.

  108. 32 overs: 
    Eng 154-5

    Jos Buttler is the new batsman, two more singles are added and Senanayake finishes his spell with 3-30 from eight overs - the maximum alowed per bowler in this reduced-overs 39-over match.

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "England are struggling now, with Jos Buttler the last recognised batsman coming in. Sri Lanka have Malinga bowling and England won't want the tailenders having to try and take him on. You do have to go harder at the start because in the last 10 overs you might not get the runs against bowlers of his class."

  110. 31.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara lbw b Senanayake 3 (Eng 152-5)

    Bopara is trapped in front and hit on the back leg as he tries an aggressive sweep, umpire raises his finger and he's gone.

    What will make it worse for the Essex man when he gets back to the dressing-room is that replays show the impact was outside the line of off-stump. Had he used England's one DRS review, he would have been reprieved.

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    Ravi Bopara
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "It'll be interesting to see if England can steal a few ideas from Sri Lanka, who are masters at the one-day formats, now that Paul Farbrace is in their camp."

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  112. 31 overs: 
    Eng 151-4

    After that one over of Malinga, Sri Lanka turn back to the goatee-bearded Lakmal, though probably only for an over so Malinga can steam in for the last four overs from one end. Root isn't quite timing his more aggressive shots at the moment, shovelling a single through square leg. Bopara drills one to wide mid-off, while a fumble at mid-wicket earns Root another single - four from the over.

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    Andy Donley: Cannot believe that Jos Buttler, our best one-day player, is coming in at seven. Senseless.

  114. 30 overs: 
    Eng 147-4

    Ravi Bopara in at six for England - if you weren't with us earlier, he dislocated a finger in the warm-up but had it put straight back in. He's off the mark with a single, while Senanayake's unorthodox off-spin has brought him 2-27 from seven overs - he can bowl one more in this reduced-overs match.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was Senanayake's worst delivery. It was there to smack over the boundary and into the car park, but it came right off the bottom of the bat and a good innings comes to an end."

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  116. 29.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Ballance c Chandimal b Senanayake 64 (Eng 145-4)

    Ballance pulls a shorter ball from Senanayake and it's straight down the throat of the man on the cow corner boundary. Just when it looked as though he could go on for a really big innings.

    Gary Ballance

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    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The problem with facing Malinga is that he's so difficult to take on and, if you get out, the man coming in will find it so tough. You have to have one batsman stay in. I first faced him in 2007 and got the bowling machine bowling left-arm over beforehand. He produced these hooping deliveries that swung back in so much and now he's added variations and, in particular, that slower ball that dips in. He's unique in world cricket."

  118. 29 overs: 
    Eng 144-3

    As we expected, the Slinger is back in harness - Malinga to bowl from the Vauxhall End, with five overs left hi his spell. Root works a single off his legs, Ballance dabs one to third man, Root adds a couple more but can only pick out the man at deep square leg when he tries to force the ball towards the mid-wicket boundary.

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    Tom in Newcastle: The new era of English cricket - the same team playing the same uninspiring cricket. What do the likes of Taylor have to do to get considered?

  120. 28 overs: 
    Eng 139-3

    Root singles to long-on, Ballance smears one to mid-wicket. Root then knocks another easy single to long-on, and that's the cue for Lasith Malinga to start warming up in the deep. He can bowl five of the last 11 overs here. Ballance moves to 63, and a reverse-swept single ensures Root keeps the strike.

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    Andrew Madden: Root and Ballance showing just how good they are at Test cricket... #noambition #singles #boring

    Joe Root and Gary Ballance
  122. 27 overs: 
    Eng 134-3 (Ballance 61*, Root 6*)

    Lakmal returns at the Vauxhall End in place of Mathews, and the boundary drought is ended as Ballance smacks a flat six over mid-wicket, although a chap in the crowd puts the catch down. Root pushes a single to backward point where Dilshan is still diving around, and Ballance dabs a four through third man. Much better over for England.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ballance has played nicely. He has good, for want of a better word, balance at the crease and plays it very late, with good touch. He reads situations well and has got Yorkshire out of a number of tricky situations and will know it's now time to step up and start hitting boundaries."

  124. 26 overs: 
    BALLANCE FIFTY- Eng 122-3

    A well-run two and a quick single bring Ballance his second ODI fifty on his seventh appearance, from 62 balls. There's warm applause from the England dressing-room, including coach Peter Moores, who is sat next to analyst Gemma Broad. Root guides the ball through mid-wicket and hustles back for a second run.

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    Phil in Southampton: Issue for me with the "new era" is how many of these players weren't involved before Australia? Harry Gurney... That's it, hardly a new start.

  126. 25 overs: 
    Eng 117-3 (Ballance 47*, Root 3*)

    Ballance pulls Mathews through mid-wicket for two as Lahiru Thirimanne - newly elevated to the vice-captaincy - scuttles round on the boundary. Ballance takes another two to move to 46. The last boundary was more than seven overs ago, before the rain came. Ballance plays and misses... it's a fraction away from an edge to Kumar Sangakkara, who is now keeping wicket bare-headed. Ballance cuts a single to point, and since the resumption England have added 16 runs in 4.2 overs. Remember, this is now a 39-over match - 14 left.

  127. 24 overs: 
    Eng 112-3

    Senanayake wheels away for his fourth over, again Ballance and Root can only operate in singles. Ballance has 42 from 53 balls, Root has three from nine.

    Joe Root
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    Thomas Measures: Rain and Duckworth-Lewis look like ruining another game. Will be easy for Sri Lanka from now.

  129. 23 overs: 
    Eng 109-3 (Ballance 40*, Root 2*)

    Ballance and Root take three singles from Mathews's fifth overs, some tight bowling from the Sri Lankan skipper.

    Meanwhile, Aggers' interview with ECB MD Paul Downton from the rain break is now available on the TMS podcast page.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to look at their bowling attack. We don't have any mystery, bowlers with unorthodox actions, such as a Malinga, but we have Harry Gurney, the left-armer, and he is a little bit different. On good true pitches in Australia for the World Cup next year you'll need that, so Gurney's selection is a good one."

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  131. 22 overs: 
    Eng 106-3

    So, Joe Root finally makes it over the boundary rope this time, joining his Yorkshire team-mate (and former housemate) Gary Ballance at the crease. Root knocks an easy single to long-on - easy to do that when the man's back on the fence straight away to a new batsman. Ballance flicks a single to the cover sweeper.

    The batting powerplay, by the way, has been reduced to four overs.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It skidded a little on Morgan and I think it does him on length because the ball was a little bit full for that shot. The reason Sri Lanka bowled first was because of that rain - it's always difficult to bat when you come off midway through an innings and then have to start again."

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  133. 21.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan b Senanayake 3 (Eng 104-3)

    Off-spinner Senanayake to continue against England's two left-handers - and he bowls Morgan as he attempts to chop through the off side but gets a bottom edge onto his stumps.

    Eoin Morgan
  134. 21 overs: 
    Eng 102-2

    Two balls left of Mathews's over. Morgan is off the mark with a single.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "If you look at the T20 game the other night, Root batted at four and Morgan at five - and it's virtually a 20-over game now."

  136. 16:59: 

    Interesting - Eoin Morgan walks out for England alongside Gary Ballance. Obviously Joe Root didn't cross the boundary rope as the TMS crew had thought.

  137. 16:57: 

    As Sri Lanka gather on the outfield, a quick word on timings now we're into a 39-over match.

    The England innings cut-off is 18:14 BST. There will be a 20-minute interval, with the match finishing at 21:18.

    You have my permission to be following the game in your PJs by then, as long as you've brushed your teeth.

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    Adam in London: I cannot believe the amount of hot air generated about KP. He's gone, get over it, move on. Most of us don't give a monkey's. Talk about upcoming talent, not yesterday's man.

  139. 16:51: 
    Jones the loan ranger

    A snippet of news from the county scene - former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, now second choice at Kent, has joined Gloucestershire on a two-month loan as cover for Gareth Roderick, who has broken a finger.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Did Joe Root cross the rope when he walked out to replace Bell? With only 19 overs left, England might rather have Morgan in now. But Root's in, unless he pulled a fetlock walking over the rope."

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  141. 16:44: 

    If you're wondering about the Sri Lanka bowlers, and how much they can bowl, apart from Nuwan Kulasekara who has bowled five overs (and so has only three left now), they can all bowl four or more overs. The figures currently are:

    Malinga 3-0-17-0, Kulasekara 5-1-17-1, Lakmal 4-0-18-0, Perera 3-0-25-0, Mathews 3.4-0-16-1, Senanayake 2-0-7-0.

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    Billy Carr: Reduced-overs game after a slow start against the World T20 champions... The good breaks keep on coming for this England side.

  143. 16:35: 
    Match reduced to 39 overs

    Right, stand by your beds.

    We will restart at 17:00 BST after a two-and-a-half-hour delay, with England resuming on 101-2 after 20.4 overs. It is now a 39-over match - four bowlers can bowl eight overs; one can bowl seven.

    So for England, there are 18.2 overs left in their innings. And Lasith Malinga can bowl five of them.

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    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've been a supporter of Kevin Pietersen's play, but his form had regressed to the ordinary, by his standards. The upside was diminishing and the downside, according to Paul Downton, was increasing."

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    Kevin Pietersen
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "In bygone eras, if you had a difficult high-maintenance man in your side, and there have been a few, you got on with it. You can't do that now as if you've got such a wide-ranging backroom staff, you can't have a team if the team ethic is flawed - the difficult bloke has to go. They don't think it's worth the sacrifice now as he's not the player he was two years ago."

  146. 16:32: 

    Hearing that play will restart at 17:00 BST...

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    Phil in London: I entirely agree with the comments made on overseas players but having rules like the one that prevented Trent Copeland returning to Northants (because he hadn't played internationally for two years) doesn't help.

  148. 16:29: 

    Safe to say, on the cards now is a reduced-overs game, with a Duckworth-Lewis-adjusted target for Sri Lanka to chase.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "The umpires are out there... We'll get a decision from them very shortly."

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    Trevor Ashworth: So Paul Downton couldn't find a single supporter that wanted KP in the side. He can't have looked very hard...

    To be fair, in context, he was referring to a "supporter" from within the dressing-room, rather than in the stands...

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The drainage here may not be as good as that at Lord's, which is astonishing, but it looks pretty good. We're going to be back in business soon."

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This ground was more or less under water an hour ago, it was assaulted by a storm, but hopefully we'll get a positive announcement in 10 minutes or so."

  153. 16:17: 

    In case you missed it among all that epic Paul Downton chat, there will be a second inspection at The Oval at 16:30 BST - fingers crossed there might be some better news after that, as the covers are off.


    ECB managing director Paul Downton on TMS: "Looking back at our playing days, we lost 5-0 to West Indies, won in India, won the Ashes and then lost 5-0 again in West Indies. But I'm hopeful we can bounce back."

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    Steven Phillips: ECB full of weak excuses as far as I am concerned, KP was the fall guy, he got pushed to the outfield, weak captain & crew.

    Liam Braddock: Paul Downton saying he was frustrated as a fan watching KP being so disengaged is rubbish. Fans want the best players, not pals.


    ECB managing director Paul Downton on England's spin options: "Swann was an integral part of the side, and if you look around the counties, there aren't too many established spinners apart from Monty [Panesar] who are taking wickets, or even getting a game in some cases."

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    ECB managing director Paul Downton on Matt Prior: "He scored a hundred in the first game of the season playing as a batsman, but has an Achilles injury. We're hoping he'll play this weekend, I don't want to pre-empt the selectors but he probably needs a couple of games as a keeper to be considered for the first Test. He's a world-class player who had a poor six to eight months with the bat, and to be dropped was the right thing for him. He knows what he has to do."

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  158. 16:11: 

    There will be another inspection at 16:30 BST.


    ECB managing director Paul Downton on Jonathan Trott: "The ECB have given him all the support we possibly can. I saw him yesterday, he was in good form and he's now met someone who he's working with, who he's got faith in. It's been identified as a work-related stress issue - it's about cricket. We will give him every support possible - he came back in a blare of publicity and found it difficult."

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    Jonathan Trott
  160. 16:07: 

    We've not forgotten the 16:00 inspection, by the way. Umpires are having a look, we'll let you know as soon as we have any word on a resumption.


    ECB managing director Paul Downton on TMS: "We've lost four world-class players, but it's up to us to play some good cricket and reconnect with the public. But it's a fact of life that someone is not able to perform at their peak for 178 days in a year, and that's before you factor in the travelling. We will continue to pick the best sides we can, but it's impossible for the same 11 players to play every game."

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  162. 16:04: 
    Match-fixing charges - reaction

    Chris Watts, head of the ECB's anti-corruption unit: "This has been an extremely complex and lengthy investigation co-ordinated across many jurisdictions around the world. This matter is now the subject of formal legal proceedings and we will therefore make no further comment other than to reiterate our determination to bring to account the very small minority who seek to corrupt cricket."

    ECB chief executive David Collier: "The ECB's ACCESS unit has worked tirelessly in conjunction with the ICC's ACSU to bring about these charges, which once again demonstrates the ECB's zero tolerance approach to corruption in our great game."

  163. 16:03: 
    Match-fixing charges

    The ECB has confirmed the story from earlier:

    Former Sussex and NZ player Lou Vincent (below) has been charged with a total of 14 offences in relation to two county matches played under the ECB's jurisdiction in August 2011 - a Twenty20 match between Sussex and Lancashire and a 40-over game between Sussex and Kent.

    Former Sussex player Naved Arif has been charged with six offences in relation to the 40-over game between Sussex and Kent in August 2011.

    Both players have been provisionally suspended from all cricketing activities organised, authorised or supported by the ECB, ICC, any other National Cricket Federation and any member of any other National Cricket Federation.

    Lou Vincent

    ECB managing director Paul Downton on TMS: "There was a group of players who had been together a long time and, in Goochie's words, they had "one more tour" in them. They won in India and kept the Ashes, but by then they were playing defensive cricket. They had a wake-up call when Matt Prior dug them out in New Zealand. But our batsmen lost confidence and it fell apart when Australia played some outstandingly good cricket. The planning was the same as in 2010-11, but we couldn't create the same urgency - the tanks were empty. When you have a team together for so long without a break, it's difficult not to become stale."

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    ECB managing director Paul Downton on whether the defeat by the Netherlands ended Ashley Giles's chances of getting the England job: "It's easy to say that, but no. We consulted very strongly with the players and talked to leading people around the world and we ended up with five options - Mark Robinson, Trevor Bayliss, Mick Newell, Ashley Giles and Peter Moores. But only one stood out as being outstanding and who could take England to another level."

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    Ashley Giles
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    Paul in Morley: Re: Katy Perry Songs on TMS - (Randall to Boycott) "You're wait then you're go, you're yes then you're no, you're in and I'm out, thanks Geoff for nowt!"


    ECB managing director Paul Downton on TMS: "We shouldn't forget what a fantastic job Andy Flower did for five years. He's an exceptional guy and that's why we've kept him in the ECB and created that role to keep his experience."

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    VB: Paul Downton calling Alastair Cook "Cookie" speaks volumes about the ECB old school tie mentality. All chums together.


    ECB managing director Paul Downton on TMS: "We've got to rebuild confidence in English cricket, and that starts in rebuilding confidence in the team. Peter [Moores] and Farby [Paul Farbrace] will be a great combination, but whatever else we do, we've got to start winning. When it became clear that Andy Flower was stepping down, it set a process in motion. Ashley Giles wanted to do the job, it was clear splitting the coaching didn't work, Ashley felt it was almost like a second team. I told Ashley I was glad he wanted to do it, but I couldn't just anoint him, we needed a process."

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    ECB managing director Paul Downton on Kevin Pietersen's "reintegration" in 2012: "The fact he was brought back offered the opportunity for rehabilitation. It lasted 18 months, and now we've decided on a split. We went to Kevin and said we weren't going to pick him for the World Twenty20 and it was clear from then that he wanted to reach a settlement on his central contract, as we couldn't offer him any guarantees on the summer - we would have been happy to let the contract run out. He wanted freedom to play where he wanted to play, and won a very big [IPL] contract because of that. We will move on and we are investing in younger players to rebuild a side around Alastair Cook, Jimmy Anderson, Bell and so on."

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    Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook

    ECB managing director Paul Downton on Kevin Pietersen: "The accusations were that Kevin had too many agendas and wasn't 100% focused on playing for England. I'm not saying everything that happened in Australia was down to Kevin. There is no smoking gun; this was in the best interests of English cricket. He had a good career for England over 10 years, not without incidents. We'd lost Strauss 18 months ago, Swann retired, Trotty is recovering but is a long way from getting back to playing cricket, so we absolutely had to rebuild that side - we'd just lost 5-0 with Kevin in the side. Are you going to back Cook and Bell to be the backbone of that side, or are you going to back Kevin? There was a strong feeling in the dressing-room that we weren't going to grow as a side until we addressed that."

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    ECB managing director Paul Downton on Kevin Pietersen: "One of the huge issues after Australia was 'what are we going to do about Kevin?'. I was quite frustrated watching him as a fan, and there was a feeling he wasn't engaged as he should be as a senior player. I then watched every ball of the Sydney Test live, and I've never seen anyone as disinterested or distracted as Kevin; it looked very strange. I talked to every person on the management team and quite a few senior players, and I couldn't find one supporter who wanted Kevin to stay in the side. We spent the next three weeks working out what to do in the best interests of English cricket."

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    Kevin Pietersen

    Tony: Does the "modern, touchy-feely, cricket world" [see 15:11] include Dan Flynn having his tooth bowled out & returning to play the next day?

    But Flynn's tooth was dislodged by a short ball, not by a bunch of fives from Brian Close!


    ECB managing director Paul Downton on his appointment: "I got a text on a Friday afternoon after the end of last season from someone I'd never heard of, asking me if I was interested in talking about the MD job. I'd admired Hugh Morris from afar, and it was exactly the right time for me to come back into cricket. It was before the team left for Australia, the announcement was made in October but I had to work my notice so I didn't start until February. I was invited to the New Year's Eve party in Sydney just after we'd gone 4-0 down, and there were clearly some major issues."

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    Tom Acton: What do people like James Taylor have to do to get a gig? for a 'new era' the side has v. similar names, and v. similar results.


    ECB managing director Paul Downton on TMS: "Australia was a wake-up call in some ways. It's easy to criticise a captain when a team's not doing well, but I would back Alastair to make it his own team now."

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    ECB managing director Paul Downton on TMS: "Alastair Cook is an outstanding young man, his track record as captain isn't bad and, while it all came apart in Australia, his captaincy wasn't the main reason. He inherited a settled side from Andrew Strauss, we had the holy grail of winning in India, we won the home Ashes and, though it fell apart in Australia, he did very well to keep his dignity. Alastair is the outstanding person in that dressing-room to build a side around."

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    Alastair Cook

    ECB managing director Paul Downton on TMS: "There's an education programme which goes round every county - that's the strongest measure you can take. The vast majority of cricketers are appalled by the idea [of match-fixing] - the message we have to give is that if you've had an approach, you have to report it."

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    ECB managing director Paul Downton

    ECB managing director Paul Downton on TMS: "It's an enormous concern - match-fixing is potentially a cancer for any sport. I don't think it's as widespread as the recent press coverage has led us to believe. I understand five matches in England in the last six years are being investigated. It's something the ECB takes extremely seriously."

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  180. 15:20: 

    There will be an inspection at 16:00 BST, with play hopefully resuming soon after that.

    Meanwhile, stand by for England & Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton, who will shortly be speaking to Aggers on TMS.

  181. 15:19: 
    Match-fixing latest

    More from BBC sports editor David Bond:

    "Lou Vincent has since agreed to co operate with the game's authorities after admitting fixing. The ECB had been waiting for the ICC to take action but in the light of recent leaks of the Vincent inquiry have clearly decided to take action into their own hands.

    "Both Sussex and Kent have declined to comment. A statement is expected later from the ECB."

  182. 15:18: 
    Match-fixing latest

    More from BBC sports editor David Bond:

    "Lou Vincent is reported to have provided evidence to the ICC of fixing involving 12 matches around the world between 2008 and 2012. Three of those games are believed to have taken place in England during his time as a player with Sussex and Lancashire.

    "There have long been suspicions about the 2011 one-day game between Sussex and Kent which Sussex unexpectedly lost. The alarm was raised after it was discovered that huge amounts of money were being bet on the game, which was televised live on Sky. One gambling website attracted more than £12m in bets. The match was investigated and cleared by the ICC's anti-corruption unit, which found insufficient evidence, but the ECB reopened the case in 2012."

  183. 15:17: 
    Match-fixing latest
    Lou Vincent

    Some news from BBC sports editor David Bond:

    "The BBC understands that the England and Wales Cricket Board will charge former Sussex players Lou Vincent (above) and Naved Arif (below) with match-fixing. The charges relate to a one-day game between Sussex and Kent in 2011.

    "If they are found guilty, it will be the first time the game's authorities have proved the outcome of a county game in England was thrown for money - a highly significant development. The move comes after details of a separate worldwide ICC investigation into fixing involving Vincent were leaked to the media last week."

    Naved Arif
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    Andy in Bishop's Stortford: Why pick Tredwell again? Smashed by Australia and Sri Lanka excellent against spin especially his predictable tweakers. How about Moeen Ali, better in all respects.

  185. 15:11: 

    Geoffrey Boycott, on great form in his first TMS appearance of the summer, is sent out "for a lie down" by Aggers after recalling how Brian Close would threaten misbehaving Yorkshire players with "a bunch of fives" back in his day. Can't see the modern, touchy-feely, cricket world accepting that nowadays...

    TMS are now playing Aggers' interview with Alastair Cook from yesterday - they're still off for rain at The Oval and have been for about 40 minutes now, so we suspect overs are being chalked off while Messrs Duckworth and Lewis are warming up in the umpires' room.

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    James Davies: Cost of ODIs is £70. England v Australia ODIs in Oz were less than half that. Full crowd. Go figure.

  187. 15:06: 
    Trott on the way back?

    With Gary Ballance the latest man to audition for the England number three position today, we have some news of Jonathan Trott, who made his first county appearance for five weeks yesterday as Warwickshire/Birmingham played a T20 friendly against Shropshire.

    Jonathan Trott
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    Sporting Purism: Re: Katy Perry songs: Geoffrey 'I blocked a full toss, and I liked it' Boycott.

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    OptaJim: Ian Bell has scored 2,422 runs in ODIs played in England (62 innings). Marcus Trescothick has the most: 2,423 in 60 innings.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special
    Mike Brearley

    "Would Kevin Pietersen still be playing Test cricket if Michael Vaughan, Mike Brearley or Raymond Illingworth was captaining the side? My answer is categorically, 10 out of 10, yes."

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  191. 14:58: 

    If you've just joined us, England are 101-2 after 20.4 overs after Sri Lanka won the toss. Alastair Cook fell for 11, and Ian Bell was caught for 50 just before the rain started, while Gary Ballance is still there on 37.

    The Oval
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Two years ago, Jason Gillespie took over at Yorkshire and captain Andrew Gale had a knee injury. He made this young lad Azeem Rafiq captain and the players and members fell in love with him. He just had it. Nobody taught him captaincy."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The rain has more or less passed, although there will be a lot of clearing up to be done before we can get any play."

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    Jake Dickson: I wonder if we'll be seeing Katy Perry feat. G. Boycott anytime soon!

  195. 14:50: 
    Essex's Olympic journey

    While it's raining, I'll keep you posted on some other news from around the world of cricket. Essex say they have agreed a deal "In principle" to play Twenty20 cricket at the London Olympic Stadium from 2016 - an opportunity they have been exploring since 2010.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "We have some good players, who didn't play well in Australia, so the English public will be looking for some joy on their faces. Obviously we don't want to keep losing, but we want them to play well. With the one-day stuff we've been dishing up for the last couple of years, I can't see us winning the World Cup."

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's absolutely hosing it down, the floodlights are being turned off and that's a wise precaution. This is like one of the storms we had in Chittagong, there's lightning and the crowd have taken shelter."

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    Tayyib Abu: Yes the British summer strikes again!

    Tom Sanderson: Just turned on the cricket, delighted we were 101 for 1. Seconds later Bell out plus rain. #luckycharm

  199. 14:41: 

    If you're just joining us and are perplexed by all the Katy Perry chat on TMS, I'm afraid they're off for rain at The Oval with England 101-2 in the 21st over. Skies are grey and it sounds like it's absolutely lashing down, proper Salfordian rain. (Perfectly dry up here in Salford Quays, naturally). The square and bowlers' run-ups are completely covered, fair to say we won't be getting a resumption any time sooon.

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    Liz in Basingstoke: Rain and thunder passed over here just now about half an hour's worth. Bright sunshine now.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If some lovelorn fan had come into the dressing-room to speak to Geoffrey half-an-hour before he was about to go out to bat, I know exactly what he'd have said, and it wouldn't be broadcastable."

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    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a fantastic show in Manchester. If you've got children, you should take them. And she writes her own material, not all singers do that. She was delightful to talk to, we all went into her dressing-room about half-an-hour before she went on. She even had a running machine in there as she had to warm up."

    Listen again as Geoffrey Boycott describes meeting Katy Perry

    Geoffrey Boycott and Katy Perry
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "We're in for a break here, hopefully the storm will pass. It feels like we're all back at school today, while Geoffrey looks like a lovelorn teenager after meeting Katy Perry."

  204. 14:34: 

    I'm really not trying to restart the "Bell Debate" from years past, but I'm sure there will be questions asked after a promising innings ended so tamely. Although it was his 31st fifty from 142 ODI appearances, he has only gone on to reach three figures on three occasions. Curiously, two of those three tons came at Southampton - perhaps he'd like more ODIs played there.

  205. 14:30: 

    A clap of thunder signals the start of a rain shower and means the other players follow Bell off the field as the covers are brought on.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That is a bonus for Sri Lanka. It was a slower ball, an off-cutter, and Bell spotted it and went for the sweep but didn't get any power on it. Malinga's trademark floppy hat fell off just before the ball reached him but he managed to hold on."

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  207. 20.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c Malinga b Mathews 50 (Eng 101-2)

    Having been reprieved, Bell falls tamely as he helps an easy catch to Malinga at short fine leg.

    Angelo Mathews

    Full scorecard from The Oval


    It's "umpire's call" on whether a fraction of the ball was clipping leg stump - so Bell survives and Sri Lanka have lost their review.


    Mathews hits Bell on the pad as he tries to guide the ball to leg, his lbw appeal is turned down but as the captain, he opts to use Sri Lanka's one review...

  210. 20 overs: 
    BELL FIFTY- Eng 101-1

    Ballance carefully sweeps Senanayake for a two, then a single through backward point takes England into three figures. Bell, one short of his fifty, attempts a delicate reverse sweep but it's straight to a fielder, and is then sent back while looking for a run to hort fine leg. But a firm punch to long-on brings his 31st ODI fifty, on his 142nd appearance, from 52 balls.

    Ian Bell
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    Kev in Newport: Cook needs to be dropped, awful captain and has been awful player for a while, if KP can get sacked then Cook should as well.

  212. 19 overs: 
    Eng 96-1

    Perera off, Mathews has switched to the Vauxhall End. Ballance spoons one into the off side that might have been caught by a regulation cover fielder, if there was one - instead it's a single to the cover sweeper. Another single means Bell moves to 49 from 49 balls. As to what is a good score in these conditions, with rain very possible... any guesses?

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    Stefan in Gatwick: Re: Jonathan Agnew (13th over). Try the £70 per ticket price tag, perhaps that's why England fans are staying away.

  214. 18 overs: 
    Eng 94-1 (Bell 48*, Ballance 32*)

    Amid all that talk of England's spinning options, after the drinks are taken off, Sri Lanka turn to their sole front-line spinner in this game - off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake (who rejoices in the full name of Senanayake Mudiyanselage Sachithra Madhushanka Senanayake). You may remember him from the World Twenty20, when one or two of you questioned his action... Three singles from his first over, and dark skies over London mean the floodlights are being turned on, even though it's only 14:19 BST.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've got a rough idea who they might play for the first Test, but there are injury issues - Broad, Stokes and Prior are all key players and time is running out. The Achilles tendon for a wicketkeeper is a big problem. And there will be a lot of debate about the spinning slot, with Moeen Ali being talked about. Monty Panesar is in the wickets but there are doubts about him too. He outbowled the Indian spinners on turning pitches in India, but that was some time ago."

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    Vic has also volunteered Gary Yates and Gary Keedy as possible Garys who played for England Under-19s. Any more?

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    Sam in Peckham, TMS inbox: England fans aren't necessarily staying away because of the performances of the winter but rather the response to them by the management and the general attitude of the team. Perhaps a lot of us have fallen out of love with this England team and need to be won over again. I followed England throughout the 90s. My decision to attend less this summer has nothing to do with their performance per se.

  217. 17 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 91-1

    We're a third of the way through the innings and there's no sign of spin yet from Sri Lanka - a bit of a rarity? While Kulasekara kept it tight in the first 10 overs, Bell and Ballance are finding easier pickings against the lesser pace of Perera and Mathews, and once again Perera takes some punishment as Bell blasts a four over mid-off. Another two means it's time for drinks, and a chance for Sri Lanka to regroup.

    Surrey captain Graeme Smith needs knee surgery

    Bad news for Surrey fans: Captain Graeme Smith is returning to his native South Africa for surgery on a fractured knee and may miss the remainder of the season. The former Proteas skipper suffered a similar fate last year, when an ankle injury cut short his stay at The Oval. Hashim Amla, Smith's former South Africa team-mate, will provide cover for a month, starting with the County Championship trip to Essex on Sunday. Gary Wilson, meanwhile, will assume the Surrey captaincy.

    Gary Wilson
  219. 16 overs: 
    FIFTY STAND- Eng 81-1 (Bell 38*, Ballance 29*)

    Ballance pulls Mathews for a two to bring up the fifty partnership, the scoring rate has moved from a trickle to a steadier flow as Mathews bowls a legside wide, while Ballance rides his luck successfully, chipping a four over the keeper and the solitary slip.

    Gary Ballance
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "We have been told that Gary Ballance is the first Gary to play for England, although six have played for England Under-19s. What about Gary Pratt? He was on the field in 2005, running our the Australian captain?"

    Any of you care to name the six Garys who were missing in action?

  221. 15 overs: 
    Eng 70-1

    Bell is gradually moving up through the gears, steering Perera for a well-run three, while three more singles mean these two have added 48 in just under 10 overs. And despite reports of dark clouds on the way, still no sign of rain just yet.

    A quick note - we are currently unable to broadcast Test Match Special outside of the UK. We hope to resolve this situation shortly.

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    England and Durham seamer Graham Onions: Kulasekara gives hope to every county pro out there to play international cricket. He's one of the best going without being express pace.

  223. 14 overs: 
    Eng 64-1 (Bell 32*, Ballance 20*)

    While talk on TMS turns to Geoffrey Boycott, who has now been photographed with his favourite singer Katy Perry (him in jacket and tie, her in polka-dot dressing-gown), Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews comes on with his right-arm medium pace. Bell and Ballance pick off a few singles, while Dilshan, at the age of 37, is fielding with the energy of a man half his age as he cuts another one off at backward point.

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    Ben Sutton in Windsor, TMS inbox: We just don't have an opener who can take the game to teams right off the bat. I lament the loss of Marcus Trescothick and I think Hales should definitely be given a chance. If you want to keep Cook as captain have him open with Hales and have Bell (our most classy batsman) at three. I'd drop Cook and open with Hales and Bell.

    Marcus Trescothick
  225. 13 overs: 
    Eng 61-1

    Bell chips one down to third man, where it reaches Malinga on the first bounce. A single means the opener has a round 30 from 30 balls.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is not by any means a full house and, yes, there are other factors involved, but it wouldn't surprise me if some people thought they had their fingers burnt last year when England didn't play their first-choice side. If England fans are staying away because the team aren't playing well that's disappointing because you have to support your team through thick and thin."

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  227. 12.4 overs: 
    Eng 60-1

    Sri Lanka finally try a fourth bowler - the medium-fast Thisara Perera, who starred with the bat in Tuesday's T20 international on this ground. But Bell gives Perera a taste of his own medicine by launching a magnificent six over the bowler's head!

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    Mark in Nantwich: Bell will not go the way of KP as he is a team player. Cook gets out attempting to do what the public seem to be craving for (whacking balls at the start of the innings) and still gets criticised.

    Ian Bell
  229. 12 overs: 
    Eng 52-1

    Kulasekara takes a rest and Malinga has switched to the Pavilion End, but when he strays down the leg side, Ballance helps it on its way for his third four which takes England to 50. A single takes him to 19, he's nearly caught Bell up. Malinga tries a slower bouncer, which Bell carefully pulls for a single to mid-wicket.

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    Maureen in Chester: Why do England keep playing in blue? What's blue got to do with England? Should be white and red.

    It tickles me that with an entire palette of colours from which to choose, so many international teams opt for shades of blue (England, Sri Lanka, India) or green (South Africa, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh).

  231. 11 overs: 
    Eng 46-1 (Bell 20*, Ballance 14*)

    England are still to get out of second gear here, though Ballance and Bell pick up some ones and twos against Lakmal. Bell dices with danger when he goes for a second and a throw to the stumps just misses - a direct hit would have seen the Warwickshire man on his way. As he is a diehard Aston Villa fan from Coventry, I wonder what Ian Bell would make of turning out for a team called Birmingham in T20?

    Ian Bell
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Chris Woakes and Tim Bresnan have been allowed by England to play T20 for the Birmingham Bears [Warwickshire] and Yorkshire Vikings tomorrow. The last time I heard, there was a bit of controversy about the Birmingham Bears, there was talk of boycotts. Not Geoffrey."

  233. 10 overs: 
    Eng 39-1

    Kulasekara continues for his fifth over from the Pavilion End, and he's still right on the money as Ballance can't get him away until he guides the last ball for a single to third man. Kulasekara has 1-17 from five. And the more dot balls are played out, I'm sure the more that England's top order selection and tactics will be questioned...

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Alex Hales isn't in the side because he doesn't have the stats in first-class cricket. He went on loan to get a game but every now and again you should forget about the stats and see what he's done in the Twenty20. That century against Sri Lanka in the World T20 in Chittagong was as good a one-day innings as any England player has played. He's worth risking and giving a chance in 50 overs - just tell him to play the same way as he does in Twenty20."

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  235. 9 overs: 
    Eng 38-1 (Bell 16*, Ballance 10*)

    Bell nudges Lakmal for a single, Ballance guides one past the diving Dilshan who's still at backward point. Bell has 16 from 19 balls, Ballance has 10 from 12.

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    Martyn in Essex: Well, you have the future of our game, right there! Cook struggling for any form, only one class batsman in the side, Bell, who will go the way of KP because he's got class. Cook not good enough to be captain or opening bat. How long is it now since he looked the part? Summer of letdowns and disasters methinks.

    Alastair Cook
  237. 8 overs: 
    Eng 36-1

    Ballance clips one off his legs, the speedy Oval outfield does its work and that's his first four, and he follows it up with another from a firm straight drive past the bowler.

    Meanwhile, Malinga - who we hadn't seen sneak off - returns to the field clutching a sweater, while former Surrey coach Chris Adams is also back at The Oval, looking on in his new role as Sri Lanka's coaching consultant.

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've not seen much of Gary Ballance, but from what I hear he looks to rock back and cut and pull and what an opportunity this is for him. If you've got half a mind to go for it you can really make a name for yourself."

  239. 7 overs: 
    Eng 29-1 (Bell 15*, Ballance 1*)

    Bell swings and misses at Lakmal, then pulls a four through mid-wicket although he didn't really get hold of it. He has 15 from 16 balls.

  240. 6 overs: 
    Eng 24-1

    Cook is replaced by fellow left-hander Gary Ballance, playing his seventh ODI and batting at three for the first time in an England shirt. (His previous ODI scores were 0, 79, 9, 26, 18 and 1 not out). The Yorkshire player is off the mark with a single, Bell rotates the strike, while Kulasekara has an impressive 1-8 from three overs.

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook probably felt pressure was building and fancied getting over the ring, but he feathered it behind. Kulasekara saw him coming and pushed the ball a bit wider and Cook was committed. Not quite the right shot selection there."

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  242. 5.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 11 (Eng 22-1)

    Cook steps down the pitch, gets an edge and is caught behind! Only he will know whether he was feeling scoreboard pressure, as it was the first time he'd looked to be consciously attacking the bowling.

    Full match scorecard from The Oval

    Nuwan Kulasekera and Alastair Cook
  243. 5 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 22-0 (Cook 11*, Bell 10*)

    Tuffers on TMS - who I didn't have pegged as a baseball fan - talks about Sri Lanka leaving Malinga "in the bullpen" as he's normally much more effective at the end of an innings than early on. And indeed, he's off after two overs as Sri Lanka turn to Suranga Lakmal, their third right-arm seamer. Cook threads a two between two cover fielders, then is hit high on the thigh as he tries to guide one through the on side. Lakmal half-heartedly appeals for lbw, but it hit him above stump level while on the rise. Cook forces a single off the last ball.

    So, what do you make of it so far? Typically solid England, or typically stodgy England?

  244. 4 overs: 
    Eng 17-0

    All seems well at The Oval - the skies still match the blue colour of England's new ODI shirts, while former newsreader (and big cricket fan) Sir Trevor McDonald looks on from the posh seats. Bell and Cook help themselves to a couple of singles against Kulasekara, while Bell takes one hand off the bat as he drills a four through the covers.

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "When England walk out to play one-day cricket you feel they don't have much up their sleeve."

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  246. 3 overs: 
    Eng 11-0 (Cook 5*, Bell 5*)

    Bell angles his bat to direct Malinga for a single to third man, while when the ball strays onto his pads, Cook executes a textbook leg glance down to the pavilion for four, but remains watchful against Malinga - a sedate start.

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was slightly a Test-match sort of shot. Jayasuriya would have flashed at it, but Cook was looking to just put the bat on it and it sort of 'plinked' off."

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  248. 2 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 6-0

    Fellow right-arm seamer Nuwan Kulasekara will share the new ball with Malinga, and despite all this talk of Duckworth-Lewis, the sun is shining brightly at The Oval. (Malinga is wearing the white sunhat he wears in all weathers, even in night games). Cook slices to backward point and is dropped by the leaping Tillakaratne Dilshan, who gets half a right hand to it but can't hold on. And Kulasekara keeps it tight for a maiden over.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Duckworth-Lewis is a complicated system, but I think it's a fair one. As fair as we're going to get."

  250. 1 over: 
    Eng 6-0

    Lasith Malinga, still one of the most difficult bowlers in the world to face steams in from the Vauxhall End - it's a sea of blue at The Oval with Sri Lanka in all royal blue, and England in their new light blue shirts and navy blue trousers. Malinga slings a wide down the leg side to get England off the mark, while Cook jabs his bat down to deflect a single to third man. Bell delicately cuts through backward point, and it rattles all the way to the point boundary (which, if you know The Oval, is a long one).

    Alastair Cook
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    Sam Turner: Never a good sign when Duckworth-Lewis is being discussed before the first ball has hit willow.

  252. 12:59: 

    A long huddle from the Sri Lanka fielders, who are nearly all wrapped up well in long-sleeved sweaters (well, the modern ODI equivalent). Make no mistake, they're on cracking form in limited-overs cricket, having won the Asia Cup in March and then triumphed in the World Twenty20. Captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell are out in the middle, and it's the Slinger with ball in hand...

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    Adam Harkin: When was the last time Cook won a toss? Maybe we need a specialist toss maker.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "On some of those pitches in Australia you will need over 300 to win games, so England may need a wildcard like Hales at the top of the order. I'm not sure Ballance bats as high at three for Yorkshire, he normally bats below Root. It's interesting that they've only named a squad for the first three matches, so they could juggle it around later."

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    BBC Weather's Jay Wynne: "We are going to see a variety of weather today and I expect there will be some interruptions. There will be the odd passing shower early on, but the chance of shower becomes quite high in the afternoon-early evening. Later in the evening there should be longer, clearer spells."

  256. 12:54: 
    Bombs, batting and brotherhood
    Mahela Jayawarden and Kumar Sangakkara

    On the eve of what is expected to be their final tour of England, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara sat down with BBC Radio 5 live to reflect on their remarkable lives, their incredible achievements and the relationship that makes them such a formidable partnership both on and off the cricket field.

    You can read the feature on the BBC Sport website or listen to the duo on the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show podcast.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The players today have been given their chance, but I'm pretty sure we'll see Alex Hales in an England one-day jersey over the next few months."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ravi Bopara dislocated his finger in the warm-up, we've been told, but he's had it put back in and he's playing."

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    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "The forecast is not looking so good, and Duckworth-Lewis might come into play later on. Sangakkara and Jayawardene strengthen the batting and it's always good to have those senior heads in our team."

    Alastair Cook and Angelo Mathews
  260. 12:47: 
    Get involved

    Alastair Cook spoke yesterday about "getting going" on a "journey" - so what do you make of England's selection? Is it really a new era - or is that the same phrase which has been trotted out for just about every single ODI series since Cook assumed the one-day captaincy in 2011 after the last World Cup?

    You can email tms@bbc.co.uk (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), text 81111 (with "CRICKET" as the first word), or tweet us via #bbccricket to get involved via the Twitterverse.

  261. 12:45: 

    It's TMS o'clock - as Test Match Special takes to the airwaves on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio 4 Long Wave - you can also listen to Aggers and the gang via the BBC Sport app and BBC iPlayer Radio app.

    The Test Match Special team
  262. 12:43: 

    The most important factor at The Oval today, though, could be the weather, which may have had a bearing on the captain's choice at the toss. The BBC forecast for Kennington isn't exactly promising...

    Today: Early rain in the northwest should soon ease leaving a mainly dry start to the day with some sunshine. However scattered showers will develop through the morning, some of which may be heavy and thundery later, particularly through the afternoon.

    Tonight: Sunny spells with a risk of heavy showers during the evening. It should become largely dry for much of the night, but a risk of further showers later.

  263. 12:39: 
    Team line-ups

    Here are the line-ups:

    England: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Harry Gurney.

    Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (capt), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.

    Umpires are England's Rob Bailey and New Zealand's Chris Gaffaney, who's never stood in an international on these shores before, but took charge of a couple of England ODIs and T20s in NZ 15 months ago.

  264. 12:36: 

    Sri Lanka have won the toss and will field first. Captain Angelo Mathews is talking about "controlling the controllables" - while England skipper Alastair Cook admitted he'd have fielded first as well because of uncertain weather. They have left out Michael Carberry and Chris Woakes, while in the batting stakes, Sri Lanka prefer Dinesh Chandimal to Kusal Perera.

  265. 12:35: 
    A new dawn?
    England captain Alastair Cook and Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews

    Afternoon, everyone. It's the start of a new era as Captain Cook and his merry crew set sail on a one-day international journey in which they will cross swords with Sri Lanka, India, Sri Lanka (again), Australia and India (again) over the course of the next nine months before they face the Aussies on the opening day of the World Cup on 14 February 2015.

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Live Scores - England v Sri Lanka


  • England beat Sri Lanka by 81 runs (D/L)
  • England: 247-6 (39.0 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 144 (27.5 overs)
  • Venue: The Oval

Sri Lanka Innings

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Thirimanne lbw b Anderson 0
Dilshan c Gurney b Jordan 33
Sangakkara b Gurney 8
M Jayawardene c Morgan b Tredwell 35
Mathews c Cook b Tredwell 18
Chandimal c Buttler b Jordan 8
N Kulasekara c Buttler b Jordan 0
T Perera c Root b Tredwell 2
Senanayake c Bell b Gurney 11
Malinga b Bopara 10
Lakmal not out 4
Extras 2nb 6w 5b 2lb 15
Total all out 144

Sri Lanka in England

Sri Lanka celebrate with the Test series trophy

Reports and scorecards from Sri Lanka's tour of England, which includes a Twenty20 international, five ODIs and two Tests.

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