England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Edgbaston as it happened

Sri Lanka beat England by six wickets in a controversial encounter at Edgbaston to win the one-day series 3-2.

3 June 2014 Last updated at 13:30

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As it happened

  1. 22:30: 

    A fantastic, keenly-fought one-day series comes to an end - and it's all set up nicely for the first Test between these sides, which begins at Lord's next Thursday. The England squad is expected to be announced on Thursday, so stay across the BBC Sport website for that. In the meantime, why not catch up with Test Match Special's Ashley Giles interview from this evening?

    I'm off now. Goodnight.

  2. 22:26: 
    Captain's view
    Angelo Mathews

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "After 2006 it's a great moment to beat England in England. It was not easy to score. After the start they got 70-1, it was a great effort to restrict them to 220.

    On the run out of Jos Buttler: "He was taking starts, not only this game but in the last game as well. We gave him two warnings, and I don't know what else you can do to stop him doing that, so we had to go for it.

    "I would stick by it. What we did was completely within the rules. We warned him in the last game too."

  3. 22:23: 

    As the Sri Lanka team are awarded medals for winning the series, a few stragglers in the crowd jeer them. It matters little to the players though, once the champagne is popped.

  4. 22:22: 
    MAN OF THE SERIES

    And the man of the series is Lasith Malinga, who has taken seven wickets but, more importantly, has kept England in check at the start and end of their innings in this series.

    "We are really happy," said Malinga. "We adjusted to the conditions and got a good result.

    "Over the last few years the captain uses me in pressure situation. I train hard so I can bowl in these situations."

  5. 22:20: 
    MAN OF THE MATCH

    Lahiru Thirimanne is named man-of-the-match for seeing Sri Lanka home with an unbeaten 60 off 101 balls.

  6. 22:17: 
    Captain's view
    Alastair Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook: "We were 20 or 30 runs short. They bowled pretty well on that wicket, it was slow and it suited them.

    "If we had got 250, I think they would have found it tough to chase it down. They used their spinners well. We got off to a good start, but we needed two guys to get 80s or hundreds.

    On the Buttler run out: "You would have to ask Angelo Mathews. We were obviously disappointed. I hope I wouldn't do it. You don't know in the spur of the moment how you would handle it."

    On the Test squad: "Chris Jordan has done everything asked of him and given a massive nudge to the selectors."

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    Matt Flecknoe: You take Malinga out of that Sri Lanka team and this series would of been a walk in the park.

    Alex Williams: England gave away a lot less runs when they pitched the ball up, but persisted with the short ball and were punished! Brainless!

    Rich Williams: A new era with a 'new' team... but still the same old results! England going absolutely nowhere in ODI cricket.

  8. 22:15: 

    I'm wrong...there's nothing going on (22:14) - everyone who is important is out on the outfield for the presentation.

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    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Why are we playing on this surface in England? It is more subcontinental than English. At home, I am all for using home advantage."

  10. 22:14: 

    There appears to be a delay in the presentations. I'm pretty certain they are back out quicker than this usually. Is something going on behind the scenes or am I wide of the mark?

  11. 22:13: 
    England's bowling figures

    The two James's bowled well: Anderson 10-1-33-1, Gurney 10-1-46-0, Jordan 8-0-55-1, Tredwell 10-2-30-2, Root 6-0-25-0, Bopara 4.2-0-27-0.

  12. 22:08: 

    Sri Lanka finished on 222-4 to win the series 3-2. Not a bad fightback from being 2-1 down after being bowled out for 67 at Old Trafford last week.

    In this match, Lahiru Thirimanne finished on 60 not out and Angelo Mathews smashed an unbeaten 42 off 34 balls.

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    Kumaran: Critics forget that this has been a cracking series and cricket is a winner. The young guns of England have put in great performances and SL have shown just how experienced in ODIs they are.

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    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka are the best one-day team in the world. They have won the Asia Cup, the World T20 and now this series."

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    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka have always been a fighting nation. Arjuna Ranatunga started it and the rest have followed. You can say they are a small nation, but they produce good cricketers."

  16. 22:05: 

    Following the Sri Lanka celebrations, the two teams shake hands - with Alastair Cook seemingly having a few choice words with his opposite number Angelo Mathews. I didn't see Jos Buttler shake hands with Mathews though. They appeared to walk straight past each other.

  17. 48.2 overs: 
    SRI LANKA WIN BY SIX WICKETS
    Angelo Mathews

    Sri Lanka win the match, and the series, as Angelo Mathews swipes back-to-back boundaries. In celebrating the winning runs, the skipper raises his bat to the dressing room and then points to his straightened arm in probable support of Sachithra Senanayake.

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    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mathews has done absolutely nothing wrong, he has played within the laws of the game."

  19. 48 overs: 
    SL 214-4 (Thirimanne 60, Mathews 34)

    Chris Jordan continues to dig it in short, but Sri Lanka manage to deflect the ball into gaps for singles knowing that England will need to use one of their part-timers to bowl one of the final two overs. It doesn't matter much anyway as the penultimate ball of the over is carved wide of third man for another four by Angelo Mathews. Six to win.

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    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was the moment. It was just a check-drive, but Anderson couldn't back across."

  21. 47 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- SL 205-4 (Target 220)

    James Anderson into the attack, but has the horse bolted? I reckon so as the paceman's first ball sits up, begging to be hit, and Lahiru Thirimanne flays it to the leg-side boundary. Three dots follow before Thirimanne pops up a gentle return catch which Anderson spills. Freddie would have caught that! SL need 15 from 18.

    James Anderson
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    Stoney: When are we going to pick a team capable of winning a game rather than the bits-and-bobs bunnies mislead by a clueless captain?

    Matt Evans: I can't remember the last time I enjoyed watching England play cricket.

  23. 46 overs: 
    SL 201-4 (Target 220)

    Sri Lanka are in cruise control now - Lahiru Thirimanne taking his obligatory single down to third man while, at the other end, Angelo Mathews carves Harry Gurney over extra cover for four.

    The Notts left-arm paceman comes round the wicket to the right-handed skipper, who digs out a slower ball before backing away and smashing another boundary through the covers. SL need 19 from 24 balls.

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    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "I like the theory about buying a wicket, but England haven't got many runs to play with. Have England got a bowler with a trick up the sleeve?"

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    Nik Hart: Cook has got his numbers wrong, Jordan can't bowl out. Unless he plans to bowl Ravi/Root again.

  26. 45 overs: 
    SL 191-4 (Thirimanne 53, Mathews 18)

    Just England's luck! Angelo Mathews has a rush of blood and carves Chris Jordan down to third man but the ball drops just short of the sprawling Harry Gurney who had raced in from the boundary. To rub salt into the wounds, the ball runs for four. A short ball is then turned around the corner for one and Mathews stands jumping on the spot at the non-striker's end. He's ticking now.

    Lahiru Thirimanne helps himself to another single down to third man before Mathews flays two through the covers. The final ball of the over is flicked through square leg for a single. Ten from the over. Sri Lanka are ahead of the rate now - 29 needed from 30 balls.

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    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Where are they going to get the wicket from? There's no one catching. You think it's going to have to come from a Sri Lanka error. Do you gamble? Maybe get Root on to buy a wicket?"

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    Peter: Has Cook learnt nothing from previous failure? Seems he has only learnt the 1970s school of captaincy. Sooo frustrating!

  29. 44 overs: 
    50 FOR THIRIMANNE- SL 181-4 (Target 220)

    Lahiru Thirimanne tips a single down to third man to bring up his seventh ODI half-century off 89 balls. Harry Gurney is the bowler and Angelo Mathews pushes another easy single through midwicket before Thirimanne again picks up that simple rotation-of-the-strike one run down to third man. Three from the over.

  30. 43 overs: 
    SL 178-4 (Target 220)

    Chris Jordan athletically fields off his own bowling to keep Angelo Mathews in check - the skipper taking three balls to get the single which takes him to the sanctuary of the non-striker's end.

    Lahiru Thirimanne continues to look impressive as he cuts two past a diving Gary Ballance at point before retaining the strike with a single to mid-on. Four from the over, taking that equation to 42 needed from 42 balls.

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    Christopher: With all the talk of the possible make-up of England's Test and ODI teams, I'm puzzled why Gary Ballance seems to be guaranteed a place? He averages under 30 in ODI's with a strike-rate around 75, and didn't perform well in the Sydney Test. Just because his first-class average is over 50 shouldn't make him an automatic selection.

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "James Tredwell had a fatherly discussion with Jos Buttler 'come on, let's focus on what we have to do'. He's a bit like the local priest."

  33. 42 overs: 
    SL 174-4 (Thirimanne 46, Mathews 8)

    The dot balls are mounting up as James Tredwell turns one past Lahiru Thirimanne's outside edge. That prompts Alastair Cook to bring in a slip, and the ball is played to a fielder in the off side. Three dots and then the left-hander tips a single into the midwicket region.

    Mathews, the pantomime villain, profits from a Chris Jordan mis-field and takes two past backward point. Another single and that's the end of Tredwell for today. His figures? 10-2-30-2. Textbook.

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

    "Short leg, silly point, man on the drive, two slips and a gully. Let's make something happen."

  35. 41 overs: 
    SL 170-4 (Target 220)

    The Rocky theme blares over the PA system between overs - as if Chris Jordan needs any more pumping up. England are really getting stuck into the verbals now as they encircle Angelo Mathews after each dot ball.

    The skipper, playing back in his crease, does manage to push two into the off side. Jordan bowls another sharp bouncer at Mathews which is called wide. These two had previous even before today's incident.

    That equation? It's now 50 to win from 54 balls.

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    James in Abingdon: England have been struggling with an opening batman in all formats since they lost Trescothick. All very well talking about getting a "no fear" cricketer. But I'm not sure any have the talent to back up the idea!

  37. 40 overs: 
    SL 164-4 (Thirimanne 43, Mathews 2)

    Looking for some positives for England? They have six overs of Chris Jordan left up their sleeve, one from James Anderson and two from James Tredwell - one of which is being delivered now.

    Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne exchange singles, with both men keeping their bat firmly grounded at the non-striker's end while the ball is delivered. At the end of the over, Jos Buttler has a few choice words with Mathews. I don't think he was asking about the family.

    Angelo Mathews and Jos Buttler
  38. 39 overs: 
    SL 162-4 (Target 220)

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is the new man at the crease and he is given a cool reception following his decision to uphold Sachithra Senanayake's controversial run out of Jos Buttler earlier. He is booed by the crowd, ducks under a bouncer from Chris Jordan and is given a flea in his ear by Eoin Morgan. Spicy.

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

    "There was no need to play that shot. Jayawardene spooned it straight up in the air. You still think it's Sri Lanka's game, but you never know. It's that man Jordan again."

  40. 38.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene c Anderson b Jordan 53 (SL 160-4)

    They can't, can they? They won't, will they?

    Chris Jordan again makes things happen for England as he induces Mahela Jayawardene into a steepling shot which ends with James Anderson taking a good catch at mid-off.

    Chris Jordan
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    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook has actually been quite inventive. Not all of them you agree with, but he has at least been trying to make something happen."

  42. 38 overs: 
    50 FOR JAYAWARDENE- SL 156-3 (Target 220)

    It's all going a bit flat for England now, but not for Mahela Jayawardene who pushes a single past cover point to bring up his 72nd one-day international half-century off 87 balls. Just what the doctored ordered for the tourists. They now need 64 to win from 72 balls.

    Mahela Jayawardene
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    Tom Rose: Is it me or does Tredwell look a lot like Wallace from Wallace & Gromit.

    Dennis Edwards: I'm in Birmingham about 2 miles away from Edgbaston and it's not raining where I am. I can't envisage any prolonged downpour.

    Robert Entwistle: People saying Tredwell should be picked for the Test team, do any of these people follow the County Championship?

  44. 37 overs: 
    SL 155-3 (Jayawardene 49, Thirimanne 41)

    Another positive to take from this one-day series is the extra yard of pace which James Anderson seems to have rediscovered. He hurries Mahela Jayawardene into a pull shot which brings just a single before he pitches one up to Lahiru Thirimanne and the elegant left-hander drives through the covers for four. Eight in total from the over, taking that requirement to 65 balls off 78 balls.

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    Deryk: We need to learn that Cook should not be in the one-day side. He doesn't score enough runs and, when he does score, he scores far too slowly as per today. His decision-making in the field is poor, he lacks aggression and he is manifestly not a leader.

  46. 36 overs: 
    SL 147-3 (Target 220)

    There is a brief delay between overs as Mahela Jayawardene points out to the umpires that it's raining. The men in the red coats are happy for play to continue though and Harry Gurney bounds in and is flicked for a single down to long leg by Mahela Jayawardene before good work on the boundary by Ravi Bopara limits Lahiru Thirimanne to just two runs.

    Mahela Jayawardene
  47. 35 overs: 
    SL 144-3 (Jayawardene 46, Thirimanne 34)

    It's never a good sign when the ground staff begin to disassemble advertising hoardings to make room for the arrival of the covers. England bring back James Anderson to try and take a wicket which might tip the Duckworth and Lewis equation back in their favour. Mahela Jayawardene is wise to the trick and plays out four dots before taking the only single of a probing over.

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    David: I don't get why Captain Cook is trying to bowl out the "5th" bowler. I can't see Sri Lanka failing to make their total over 50 overs, so the only way that England will win is by bowling them out or by being ahead on DL. Either way, 50 overs won't be bowled, so surely it's better to add threat and economy sooner rather than later.

  49. 34 overs: 
    SL 143-3 (Target 220)

    Poor James Tredwell being nicknamed after a penguin. He's one of the first p-p-p-picks in this England one-day side, at least!

    England need just one wicket and that will really stall the Sri Lankan progress which is becoming increasingly serene. Four from the over, and the equation is now 77 runs from 96 balls. But it's raining...

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    Thomas Smith: Should bring in Hales and Bresnan for Root and Gurney. Then move Bell down to three

  51. 33 overs: 
    SL 139-3 (Jayawardene 43, Thirimanne 32)

    Rather like Kumar Sangakkara during his match-winning century at Lord's, Mahela Jayawardene has dug in, rode his luck and now looks likely to steer his side to victory. He pulls a short ball for four, before Lahiru Thirimanne gets a single with a lofted paddle around the corner which drops just short of a diving Harry Gurney. Jayawardene ends the over with a delicate glance for four through third man. Class.

    Harry Gurney
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    Simon Richardson: Re 24 overs: It's because he (James Tredwell) looks like Pingu! Post a picture of them both together and you'll see it!

    Erm...

    Pingu
  53. 32 overs: 
    SL 128-3 (Target 220)

    James Tredwell continues to look England's most threatening bowler but he is paddled down to fine leg for two by Mahela Jayawardene, who is really growing in confidence now. That's the last thing England needed with the Test matches on the horizon.

  54. 31 overs: 
    SL 124-3 (Jayawardene 31, Thirimanne 29)

    Ravi Bopara sprints in from a short run-up, building momentum into the crease as he bustles into his follow-through.

    As he is continually worked into the gaps by the batsmen, he goes around the wicket to the left-handed Lahiru Thirimanne who flicks a ball sliding down leg for a single. Five ones in the over.

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

    "England haven't played well. These sort of stories [Buttler's run-out] get the main headlines. We forget about England's batting, which is a little bit in the Dark Ages."

  56. 30 overs: 
    SL 119-3 (Target 220)

    Sri Lanka are beginning to tug at the shackles - it won't be too long before they attempt to break free as Joe Root is smashed to the boundary by Mahela Jayawardene for four runs which bring up the fifty partnership. Sri Lanka now need 101 runs from 120 balls.

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    Mitesh: I just don't understand why pundits have not suggested that Tredwell should be selected for the Test series as he has shown once again that he is a very effective spinner. My concern is that Root's form has dipped significantly and I'm not sure if he is ready to play in Test matches.

    Chris Hodgson: Delighted to see James Tredwell finding some sort of team to represent having found himself usurped at Kent by Adam Riley

  58. 29 overs: 
    SL 111-3 (Jayawardene 22, Thirimanne 25)

    Ravi's a canny operator in these middle overs. Six balls. Two singles.

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    Zed: Lost count of the number of times Mahela has seen Sri Lanka home against England from here. Expecting the same.

  60. 28 overs: 
    SL 109-3 (Target 220)

    Mahela Jayawardene is in trouble running between the wickets...he slips...Ravi Bopara sweeps in and throws the ball in the direction of the stumps...but it's not a direct hit and the batsman just about gets home in time. More Joe Root, just two from the over.

    Joe Root
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    Matthew Bennett: Sri Lanka are like a caged tiger at the moment. Beginning to snap at things...something has got to give.

  62. 27 overs: 
    SL 107-3 (Jayawardene 20, Thirimanne 23)

    I'm surprised it has taken England until the 27th over to test out Ravi Bopara on this pitch. The Essex all-rounder could be useful with his canny off-cutters and he manages to nip one past Mahela Jayawardene's outside edge. One from the over.

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    BBC Sport's Mark Chapman on Twitter: Just seen a bowler run out the non striker in an u11 game. 'You have to warn him first ' shout the fielders. Learning quickly.

  64. 26 overs: 
    SL 106-3 (Target 220)

    Joe Root is being given a decent bowl today, but he's easily milked by the two batsmen. Six from the over.

    Apparently, there is heavy rain sweeping through nearby West Bromwich, but Sri Lanka won't mind - they are six runs above the Duckworth and Lewis par.

    Edgbaston
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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have had their chance - Jayawardene sending the ball between keeper and slip. There is no pressure on run-rate. Can England break through and then squeeze the lower order?"

  66. 25 overs: 
    SL 99-3 (Jayawardene 18, Thirimanne 17)

    Another leg-side wide is sent down by Chris Jordan. England have given away too many runs that way today. Mahela Jayawardene pushes a couple into the covers before dropping a single down to fine leg. Lahiru Thirimanne adds one through point.

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    Michael Bairstow: Jordan needs to step up now. Having witnessed his bowling at Lord's on Saturday, he is far from the finished article.

  68. 24 overs: 
    SL 94-3 (Target 220)

    Apparently, one of James Tredwell's nicknames on the county circuit is Pingu. Does anybody know why? Is it because he shuffles in to bowl with very little spring in his step? Just one run from his latest over.

    James Tredwell
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    Steve in Surrey: Poor captaincy from Cook. Two new batsmen in and he puts Root on. Now they're in and he brings Tredwell back. Rubbish Cook.

  70. 23 overs: 
    SL 93-3 (Jayawardene 14, Thirimanne 16)

    Chris Jordan runs into bowl for his second spell of the match sporting a very large watch on his wrist. Why would he need to know the time during a one-day international? He wore it while he was batting too.

    He begins with a wide and is then worked for a single by Lahiru Thirimanne before bowling a couple of probing deliveries, which shape in, to Mahela Jayawardene. The pressure is relieved when he gives the diminutive right-hander an easy single off his pads. Fine margins.

  71. 22 overs: 
    SL 90-3 (Target 220)

    Lahiru Thirimanne has had enough of being dictated to by an English off-spinner and he clears his front leg before depositing James Tredwell into the midwicket stands for six. The maths? Sri Lanka now need 130 to win from 168 balls.

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    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I should be biased and say England to win, but I'd rather be in Sri Lanka's shoes - they've got seven wickets in hand."

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  73. 21 overs: 
    SL 83-3 (Jayawardene 13, Thirimanne 8)

    The electric blue England shirts begin to stand out as the floodlights take effect at Edgbaston. There is very little happening in the middle as England continue to squeeze the run-rate. Two singles.

  74. 20 overs: 
    SL 81-3 (Jayawardene 12, Thirimanne 7)

    James Tredwell sends down another maiden over - his second of the innings - to frustrate Lahiru Thirimanne.

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    Peter Vaz: Not only should Chris Woakes be in this team ahead of the bafflingly selected Gurney, but he should get a chance in the Test arena!

    Chris Jones: After getting 50 inside 7 overs, Sri Lanka only averaged 2 an over in the next 10! Keep it this tight and we'll walk it.

  76. 19 overs: 
    SL 81-3 (Target 220)

    I've been trying to figure out a word which would best describe Harry Gurney's approach to the crease, and Test Match Special's Simon Hughes has come up with the perfect one: loping.

    Gurney is unlucky not to have the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene in his sky rocket, as he induces a thick edge which flies between the space separating the wicketkeeper and first slip. Both look at each other as the ball runs away for four.

    Harry Gurney
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    Jamie in Cumbria: In my opinion a run out by the bowler at the non-striker's end should be an accepted standard mode of dismissal and be considered well within the spirit of the game. Why should the non-striking batsman be allowed an advantage by wandering down the pitch whenever he wants? It's not hard to make sure you stay in the crease before the ball is bowled. The fact that Buttler was warned first means there's no excuse. This is Buttler's fault and the Sri Lankans were well within their rights.

  78. 18 overs: 
    SL 75-3 (Jayawardene 7, Thirimanne 6)

    Which way is this match going then? I reckon it's 50-50 - possibly 60-40 in England's favour, purely because they have the runs on the board. Joe Root continues and he almost has Lahiru Thirimanne stumped following some smart work from Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Again, the tourists are dealing purely in singles. Thirteen runs from the last eight overs now.

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    Will George: Why is mankading so controversial? As a bowler it's seriously annoying when the batsmen are stealing runs backing up too far.

  80. 17 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SL 72-3 (Target 220)

    The bearded, gangly Harry Gurney (I'm sure he always wanted to be described as that!) chugs in to bowl and he is worked into the vast spaces of the outfield which have been vacated by the boundary riders. Three singles before Lahiru Thirimanne comes ever so close to popping up a return catch. But he doesn't. Drinks.

    Harry Gurney
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    Louis McMahon: Genuine question... is Harry Gurney only in the side because he bowls left handed? Average, very average.

    Max: Is there not a Nottingham Centurion [Hales] missing from this England Team? Gaping hole.

  82. 16 overs: 
    SL 70-3 (Jayawardene 4, Thirimanne 4)

    England are throwing themselves about in the field now - there's a real zest about their body language as Joe Root concedes a couple of scampered singles. England have the shackles in place. Sri Lanka don't like it. Something has to give.

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    Nathan in Walsall: Can it be pointed out that in all of this, captain Cook top-scored in the innings! Long may it continue.

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

    "It will be interesting to see how Gurney handles the pressure now that he's back in the attack."

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  85. 15 overs: 
    SL 68-3 (Target 220)

    The bonus of your opening bowler being smashed out of the attack after just two overs? He's got loads left in the bank for the middle of the innings! Harry Gurney is back and smart fielding from Ian Bell spares his first delivery being smashed to the boundary by Lahiru Thirimanne. Maiden over.

  86. 14 overs: 
    SL 68-3 (Jayawardene 3, Thirimanne 3)

    Now, what do we make of this decision? Joe Root is one to replace James Tredwell, who has taken 2-8 in three overs. Foot coming off throat, or a good time to get some Root overs out of the way? Field spreads, Root bustles in. Three singles from it.

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    Sakriya: Talking about spirit of cricket then why does a batsman not walk when he knicks one. Today Root didn't walk when he gloved it

  88. 13 overs: 
    SL 65-3 (Target 220)

    England hedge their bets ever so slightly by positioning a first slip and a very wide second slip who could actually be classed as third slip. James Anderson continues to look sharper in pace than during the winter and he whistles one past Mahela Jayawardene's nose before erring onto the ex-skipper's pads who works the ball for a couple to get off the mark. Two from the over.

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    Fraser Rallison: With all the drama in this match it's impossible to revise for my last exam!

    Small Man Peaky: Jordan has to play in the 1st Test. Aggressive bowler. Powerful hitter. Fantastic fielder. Exciting player enjoying his cricket.

  90. 12 overs: 
    SL 63-3 (Jayawardene 0, Thirimanne 1)

    James Tredwell bowling. Lahiru Thirimanne batting. Maiden over.

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    Ed Webb on the Buttler run out debate: I have done this myself (for Chesham v Slough) and the umpire welcomed my sportsmanship in actually warning the batsman twice . . . But it still created an atmosphere both at the time and after the game. My team herding me in to the dressing to avoid an altercation as Slough's skipper advised his batsman to apologise to both me and the umpire. The shake of the hands was a little more forceful than perhaps it should have been.

  92. 11 overs: 
    SL 63-3 (Target 220)

    With Mahela Jayawardene, who is averaging 14 from the first four matches of the series, and Lahiru Thirimanne at the crease, England sense a real opportunity now.

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

    "This is a great contest we have at Edgbaston. There's not a lot of runs. On this pitch it could be a tricky chase."

  94. 10.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Perera lbw b Anderson 19 (SL 62-3)

    Since the very first over of the innings, James Anderson has been setting Kusal Perera up with a stock delivery which swings away, ready to smash one into the opener's pads. The review shows the ball was just clipping the top of off stump, meaning the umpire's original decision is upheld. Game on.

    James Anderson
  95. 10.5 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW

    Kusal Perera is given out leg-before to a James Anderson delivery which seamed into the batsman's pads. Out! The batsman reviews it...

  96.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a good catch by Jordan - he took a good catch in the last match. Tredwell just got rid of the centurion at Lord's. That was really good captaincy by Alastair Cook [to bring on Tredwell]."

    You can listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra

  97. 10 overs: 
    WICKET- Sangakkara c Jordan b Tredwell 2 (SL 59-2)

    Classy stuff, England. James Tredwell pitches one into the rough and it squares up the left-handed Kumar Sangakkara and the Lord's centurion edges to a diving Chris Jordan at slip. Is there anything Jordan can't do on a cricket field? What an athlete.

    Kumar Sangakkara is dismissed
  98. 9 overs: 
    SL 56-1 (Perera 15, Sangakkara 1)

    I imagine it won't be long before Ravi Bopara is given a bowl by England skipper Alastair Cook. James Anderson continues for now and Kumar Sangakkara shoulders arms to one which isn't a million miles away from rattling his timbers. All of a sudden, the ball is beginning to stick in the pitch which happened in the England innings too. Maiden over.

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    Salim in Toronto: English fans do not be too harsh on SL about the run out. The bowler had warned the batsmen, so it is fair. If SL actions were not in the spirit of the game, what about Broad not walking in the Test against Australia last year? Or do we have double standards about what is and what isn't in the spirit of the game?

  100. 8 overs: 
    SL 56-1 (Target 220)

    James Tredwell is making things happen now as Kumar Sangakkara plays round a straight one and is almost bowled. The Lord's centurion gets off the mark with a gentle push to long-off.

    Kumar Sangakkara
  101.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The ball before, Dilshan smashed it through the covers. He tried to get this one over extra cover. It was a brilliant catch by Joe Root."

  102. 7.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Dilshan c Root b Tredwell 28 (SL 55-1)

    James Tredwell has got the knack, hasn't he? His first ball is dispatched with interest to the off side boundary by Tillakaratne Dilshan and his second is smashed into the grateful hands of a diving Joe Root at short extra cover.

    Joe Root
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    Ian: To everyone condoning the actions of Senananyake, 'the spirit' of cricket in my mind is what sets it apart from other main stream sports. Shame on you for accepting something like a simple rule as making his actions right.

  104. 19:06: 
    He's got form...sort of

    Buttler was playing for Somerset against Surrey a couple of years ago at Taunton when Surrey's Murali Kartik (an ex-Somerset player) ran out Somerset's Alex Barrow backing up, and it caused a bit of a storm. As the match meandered towards a draw on the last day, Buttler took the gloves off and bowled two overs for 11 runs - the only time he's bowled in any game in professional cricket.

  105. 7 overs: 
    SL 51-0 (Target 220)

    There appears to be little thought of Sri Lanka getting these in ones! They are climbing into everything and bring up the 50 in just 38 balls. James Anderson is unusually wayward and he concedes a couple of singles before bowling a pretty sharp bouncer in the direction of Kusal Perera, which the batsman swivels away from.

    Kusal Perera
  106.   
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The longer England go without a wicket the more desperate they will become. Just to show how well Sri Lanka are doing, I'm looking at Duckworth Lewis - the par score is 11."

    You can listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra

  107. 6 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- SL 49-0 (Dilshan 23, Perera 14)

    Chris Jordan is into the attack for the expensive Harry Gurney, who conceded 19 runs in his first two overs, and the change almost brings instant reward when Kusal Perera hammers the ball back at the bowler, but the difficult catch is shelled at shin-height.

    The paceman is searching for a yorker length and he is flicked into the leg side by Tillakaratne Dilshan with a shot which brings two. Jordan reacts by pitching the ball up, and Dilshan responds by hammering two boundaries through backward point. Another expensive set of six.

  108. 5 overs: 
    SL 35-0 (Target 220)

    Wild from James Anderson as he delivers a shocker down the leg side which runs away for four wides. Failing to learn his lesson, he errs onto the pads of the batsman again and the ball is helped on its way to the fine leg boundary by Tillakaratne Dilshan's little tickle.

    Finally, the Lancashire paceman gets his line right and he beats Dilshan outside off stump with an absolute jaffer. Much better.

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    James Williams: Gurney shouldn't be playing. Woakes deserves to be out there in front of his home crowd

    Dennis Edwards: Edgbaston is not a happy hunting ground when it comes to decisive matches for Alastair Cook. Think the curse might strike again.

  110. 4 overs: 
    SL 27-0 (Dilshan 13, Perera 12)

    There something quite exciting about Kusal Perera who, sat back in his crease, jumps into a ball from Harry Gurney which is a smidgen short and he middles it past point for four. Natural talent.

    His opening partner Tillakaratne Dilshan is also off to a flyer as he pulls a rank long hop to the boundary before racing through for a quick single. The final ball of the over? It's short and pulled to the boundary by Perera. That's 14 from the over - will Alastair Cook react and drag the Notts left-armer out of the attack?

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    Vivek K Singh: Cricket can be game of inches, Buttler was trying to steal few of them, Senanayake stopped that steal. Fair Game.

    Reg Breeze: Buttler's run out? I suspect outrage is from those who did not know the law? It's been used in Test cricket too!

  112. 3 overs: 
    SL 13-0 (Target 220)

    Does anyone else think England have missed a trick by not opening the bowling with Chris Jordan? The Sri Lanka openers might have been a little worried about the reception they would face from the fielding side and a hostile spell from Jordan would have preyed on those insecurities.

    As it is, Sri Lanka are off to a fairly decent start as Kusal Perera hits James Anderson for four and then adds two through cover point. The Burnley Express recovers to pin the left-hander in front, but the appeal is correctly turned down because the ball was travelling over the top of the stumps.

  113.   
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to be tight and patient. When the opportunity comes they need to grab it. Sri Lanka are used to playing on these slow pitches."

    You can listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra

  114. 2 overs: 
    SL 6-0 (Dilshan 3, Perera 1)

    The left-arm paceman Harry Gurney begins with a couple of big wides through the off side before Tillakaratne Dilshan drags Kusal Perera through for a quick single which almost ends with the right-hander being run out by 12th man Chris Woakes, who we think is on for Ian Bell. Two more singles in the over as Sri Lanka make steady progress early on.

  115. 1 over: 
    SL 1-0 (Target 220)

    James Anderson, wearing some strapping on his right arm, delivers the first over and is straight away worked for a single by Tillakaratne Dilshan. That allows the Lancashire paceman to start setting up the left-handed Kusal Perera for the two-card trick - three outswingers and then an inducker, which is well dealt with by the batsman as he steers it into the covers.

    James Anderson
  116. 18:34: 

    A punch of gloves from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera and we have our full allocation of players on the field. It's time to play.

  117. 18:32: 

    England congregate on the boundary edge, waiting for the Sri Lanka openers to appear. Here come the umpires. Now you're allowed on the pitch, lads! Time for a mid-off huddle.

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    Before the controversial run out, we were asking for your stories of playing cricket with professional footballers - purely because we saw ex-Coventry keeper and Minor Counties cricketer Steve Ogrizovic in the stands at Edgbaston...

    Craig, Edinburgh: I used to play cricket down in the Surrey Championship around 2000. I often found myself batting with former England midfielder Steve Kember. In one memorable innings, Steve had successfully fought off the opening bowlers, only to top-edge a spinner straight into his nose! It was such a bad break that we had to put sawdust down to soak up the blood at the crease! Needless to say he now spends more time behind the bar in the relative safety of the clubhouse!

  119. 18:26: 

    A little shower has pushed back the scheduled resumption to 18:35 BST. The England bowlers don't need an extra five minutes as they go through their warm-ups on the outfield.

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    Phil Gilman: I remember being given out like that at school once. Its not illegal but it can make the rest of the match feel unpleasant.

    Christopher Wakeman: Spirit of the game? Pah! What nonsense! If the rules allow it then it's fair game. These are professionals, paid to win after all.

    EC: If you do that again, I'm warning you, I'll run you out. Does it again. Gets run out. What is there to complain about? #bbccricket

  121. 18:23: 

    The England fielders are back on the outfield, talking amongst themselves and playing catch. A few of them look pretty pumped, particularly, Joe Root. James Tredwell just looks cold.

  122. 18:18: 

    In fact, we have confirmation...play will resume at 18:30 BST with Sri Lanka facing a victory target of 220.

  123. 18:16: 

    Play was due to resume at 18:10 BST, but it has been delayed because of a few little showers. The good news, however, is that the covers are now coming off. Hopefully we'll be back under way in no time.

  124. 18:08: 

    Ashley Giles: "A lot was said as soon as I lost the job. The Sri Lanka job came up - I'm not sure they would have wanted me anyway - but it wasn't right. I'll take a proper chance to sit back and reflect. Going forward, I've just signed up for a Masters course in sports directorship."

  125. 18:01: 

    Ashley Giles on Jos Buttler: "If Matt Prior isn't fit I'd absolutely pick Jos Buttler. He might struggle at first, but he struggled when he came into the one-day side. He's the sort of person who needs to feel loved, then he flourishes. He's got a bit about him, so I think he'll be lively behind the stumps after that run out. It's important that, if he gets the chance in the Test side, he plays positively."

  126. 17:54: 
    Ashley Giles

    Ashley Giles: "There's a lack of natural leadership in the side. It doesn't mean we've not got good people. Your best player isn't always your best captain. Often, though, the best captains have the best sides. England are in transition and have been for a couple of years. Ultimately, the players have to do the job."

  127. 17:49: 

    Ashley Giles on TMS: "I thought I was a frontrunner, but losing to the Netherlands was the final nail in the coffin. We used the word 'complacent' probably too loosely. It was quite English, we were already out, playing a minnow and with thoughts on going home. We were the only team to beat the champions Sri Lanka in that tournament. I was pretty desperate during the Netherlands game. It just unfolded in front of us. Two hours later we were on the plane and going home. I was quite angry in the dressing room. I don't regret what I said in the dressing room. I said it was the sort of performance that could cost people their jobs and perhaps I was right."

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    Celebrity cricket fan Piers Morgan: At the precise moment Senanayake stopped in his delivery stride, Buttler was about an inch out of his crease. PATHETIC by Sri Lanka.

  129. 17:44: 

    Ashley Giles on not being appointed England coach on TMS: "It was disappointing, but we move on. I still have bad days, where it's difficult to watch what's going on, but I still want England to do well. I went from being one of the most connected people in English cricket, to being completely disconnected, to getting my P45 in the post the other day. I'm keen to start looking forward.

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    Josh: When I was learning how to play cricket as a child I was taught that you are perfectly entitled, as a bowler, to run a batsman out before you bowl your delivery, so long as you have first given a warning. This was something I would watch out for when bowling as a way to stop the batsman gaining an unfair advantage, particularly in a close match! Why is it ok to sledge on the cricket field, but following the rules and running a batsman out is 'against the spirit of the game'? Don't understand!!

    Robert: Borderline act by Senanayake, maybe - but it doesn't explain another mediocre England batting performance.

  131. 17:42: 

    Ashley Giles on the Buttler run out on TMS: "It's interesting. Batsman nick the ball behind and don't walk. What Sri Lanka did is within the laws of the game."

  132.   
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "First of all it's not ideal. With the laws of the game as they are Sri Lanka are entitled to appeal. They warned Buttler. Buttler did exactly the same thing again. Senanayake is allowed to do that and [captain Angelo] Mathews is allowed to uphold the decision. We don't like to see that, but why have that law when it can't be used. The law needs to change so there is something else instead of a consequence of being run out, or you can just put up with it."

  133. 17:39: 

    For those wondering how Alex Hales is getting on for Notts...he was out for 167 off 133 balls in an innings which contained 18 fours and six sixes against Sussex. Not a bad three hours' work.

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    Henry Whelan: Had Senanayake not entered his delivery stride, therefore not permitted to run out the non-striker?

    Joe France: Reported for a suspect action and then about to face the brunt of crowd abuse for the next games... bad week for Senanayake

  135.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialButtler run-out reaction

    "Where the law was once you entered a delivery stride you can't run somebody out, it's been changed. You can't do it at the completion of your delivery swing. Whether it's in the law or not, it depends how you want to play your cricket.

    "It doesn't happen very often because it's not in the spirit of the game, unless someone is trying to dash out of his crease all the time. I didn't think Buttler was doing that. It's a shame. These things do have a lasting impact. There wasn't any celebrating from the Sri Lanka players. A number of Sri Lanka players will feel uncomfortable about that."

  136. 17:36: 
    Sri Lanka bowling figures

    The Sri Lanka bowling figures look like this: Kulasekara 5-0-22-0, Malinga 9.1-0-50-3, Senanayake 10-0-36-1, Mendis 9-0-50-2, Dilshan 5-0-17-0, Priyanjan 4-0-18-1, Mathews 6-0-23-1.

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    Jack: There's no point crying about it. He warned both batsman. It's fair and it's out. Schoolboy cricket from Buttler.

    Hemant: Why the booing? Agreed it might not be sportsmanship, but if you've been warned by the bowler and commit the offence again he's entitled to take the bails. A series is at stake and England are trying to get quick singles and Sri Lanka are trying to stop them. Great game! England still have to bowl

  138. 17:30: 

    So, England are bowled out for 219 - yet the debate is all about Sachithra Senanayake's run out of Jos Buttler while the England wicketkeeper was backing up at the non-striker's end. The Test Match Special team are discussing that now, and they also have Ashley Giles on during the interval.

  139. 48.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Anderson b Malinga 5 (Eng 219 all out)

    Lasith Malinga is the master of skittling the tail, and he takes his third wicket of the innings by bowling James Anderson, who was aiming a wild slog into the leg side.

  140. 48 overs: 
    Eng 219-9 (Anderson 5, Gurney 0)

    With a first-class batting average of less than five, I don't think we should be expecting too much from Harry Gurney. He's a classic number 11, emphasised when he is beaten outside off stump by a gentle Ajantha Mendis leg-break. It's down to you, Jimmy.

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    David Whitley: Senanayake warned Buttler once. That's absolutely fair game. If batsmen are trying to sneak runs by leaving the crease early, the bowler is well within his rights to punish him for it. If batsmen want to lecture about the spirit of cricket, they should do so while in their crease...

    Dominic Sacker in Uttoxeter: Within the rules or not running out the non-striker like that is not in the spirit of the game. Poor judgement by bowler and captain!

  142.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The mix-up was just not what England wanted. They could be committing the crime of not batting out their overs."

  143. 47.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Jordan run out 30 (Eng 218-9)

    Yes. No. Yes. No. Doh! Chris Jordan pays for a mix-up between himself and James Anderson, and he's run out for a well-constructed 30 runs.

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    George Hill: Understand it's in the rules but completely against the spirit of the game!

    Craig Moore: Senanayake is well into his delivery stride there! They're touching the front line at the same time. Shockingly unsporting.

    Pete Naylor: That was dirty from Senanayake. I want you to show them no mercy, England. No mercy at all...

  145. 47 overs: 
    Eng 218-8 (Jordan 30, Anderson 4)

    Amid all the drama, Chris Jordan is compiling another impressive little innings down the order. He climbs into a wide off-cutter from Lasith Malinga and hammers it through the off side for four. A pulled single gets him down the other end, where he watches James Anderson dig out a yorker and race through for a single of his own. Another Jordan single ends the over and takes the all-rounder to 30 not out from 40 balls.

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    Gary Kelly: What game are all the commentators watching? Buttler was two strides out of his crease before the bowler was in his delivery stride, and had been warned about it the previous over. Schoolboy error correctly punished within the laws of the game. Out.

    Andreas: A bowler with an action as, erm, unique as that and he has the cheek to undermine the spririt of the game with that appeal? That is a disgrace.

  147. 46 overs: 
    Eng 209-8 (Jordan 24, Anderson 2)

    Sachithra Senanayake is roundly booed for his part in Jos Buttler's run out, and the jeers appear to unsettle him as he drags one down the leg side and it is swept for four by Chris Jordan. Each and every run which is taken off Senanayake is cheered now.

    Undeterred, Senanayake threatens to do the same to Jordan. Imagine if he ran out two batsmen for backing up?! Eight from the over and, as Senanayake takes his cap, he is given high fives from each and every one of his team-mates.

  148.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If you fancied doing that to a batsman - you'd probably catch them out. Senanayake's gone through his action - Buttler was out of his crease, but then everybody would be. There will be feeling in that dressing room that they had some injustice down to them."

    You can listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra

  149.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Shocking to see that on a cricket field. Buttler was not attempting to steal a run, and there was no warning. Contravenes spirit of cricket.

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    We're asking about your experiences of playing cricket with or against footballers...

    RM Noble: I played against Saints legend Jason Dodd down in the Hampshire leagues a couple of times. Tidy batsmen from what I remember. I think Liverpool CC are now trying to buy him.

    James Mayne: I played against Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen on Sunday. I had him stumped for only 6. Martin played for QPR and West Ham and managed numerous clubs.

  151. 45 overs: 
    WICKET- Tredwell b Malinga 0 (Eng 201-8)

    Full, fast and straight. Bowled. Off you pop, James.

    James Tredwell
  152.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Buttler was ready to go. He was teed up - that was his part of the game."

  153. 44 overs: 
    Eng 199-7 (Jordan 17, Tredwell 0)

    Sri Lanka are being booed before each delivery now as James Tredwell joins Chris Jordan at the crease. I hope this bad blood doesn't spill over into the rest of this match and the Test series which follows. I'm very surprised that Angelo Mathews allowed that appeal to stand though - it wasn't as if Jos Buttler was charging down the wicket as each ball was delivered.

  154.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That is poor. Buttler just dragged out of the popping crease. Senanayake came down and then stopped - that could happen at any time. If I was now England - if they moved out of their crease..."

    Jos Buttler
  155. 43.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler run out 21 (Eng 199-7)

    Controversy at Edgbaston. Sachithra Senanayake, who had warned Jos Buttler about backing-up at the non-striker's end in his last over, takes off the bails in his delivery stride and appeals to the umpire for a run out. The umpire asks Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews if he would like the appeal to stand, he appears to say yes and the finger is raised. England are livid, as are the supporters inside the stadium.

    Jos Buttler is given out
  156. 43 overs: 
    Eng 197-6 (Buttler 21, Jordan 15)

    Still England deal in singles and when Jos Buttler does climb into a Lasith Malinga bumper and finds the middle of the bat, it's straight at a fielder for another single. Chris Jordan also goes on the pull and profits from some back-spin on the ball, which out-foxes the fielder, and helps him turn one into two. When will the fireworks begin?

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    Mark Aldridge: Raining in Hall Green. On its way to Edgbaston.

  158. 42 overs: 
    Eng 191-6 (Buttler 19, Jordan 11)

    I've got a theory with Alex Hales - get him into the Test team too. Look at David Warner, he started off as a T20 specialist and is now inked into the Australian Test team. Hales would add tempo at the top of the order, taking the pressure off Alastair Cook, and really come into his own in the second innings, particularly if England had a first-innings lead.

    How many times over the winter did a demoralised England see a deficit of 100 turn into 200 very quickly as Warner took them to the cleaners? Plus, many of Hales's runs come with classical shots through the off side. Anyway, it's just a thought!

    Out in the middle, the field has spread and England look to pick up singles - so much so that Sachithra Senanayake threatens to run out Jos Buttler for backing up too far at the non-striker's end. Just two from the over. More importantly, do you agree with me on Hales?

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    Chris Sharp, from Liverpool and Swindon: Is the biggest problem with England's coaching staff and selection committee the fact that the best modern cricket brains for the jobs are pundits? I hear nothing but good ideas, common sense and just being in tune with the modern game from the various pundits there are. Yet completely out of date selection and tactics from those in charge!

  160. 41 overs: 
    Eng 189-6 (Buttler 18, Jordan 10)

    Let me give you a tip, Chris Jordan. Don't run out Jos Buttler. At the moment, he is more of a golden boy than you. Short single called, Buttler only home because the throw is wide. Still, Jordan redeems himself by slapping Angelo Mathews for the first boundary since the 33rd over. All of this is going on under the dirtiest of black clouds.

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    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen: Alex Hales should be in this ODI team! #fact

    Hales is 145 from 118 balls for Nottinghamshire in their County Championship game against Sussex

  162. 40 overs: 
    Eng 182-6 (Buttler 17, Jordan 4)

    There can be no blame attached to Jos Buttler as he maintains his strike-rate of a run-a-ball with a single behind point. Chris Jordan also manages to get one as he instantly returns the strike to Buttler who turns a single around the corner. A scampered single from Jordan finishes the over.

  163.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Dot balls and boundaries are linked. If you're going for boundaries then the field goes back and you get singles."

  164. 39 overs: 
    Eng 178-6 (Buttler 15, Jordan 2)

    Angelo Mathews is bowling at a pesky pace on this deck - dragging it right back to around 70mph as he runs his fingers across the seam. After the batsmen run through for three wides, he does slip in a quicker delivery which is fended away by Chris Jordan. Here's another sobering stat for you - there have been 127 dot balls in this innings alone!

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    Howard Horner: Just as Buttler's performances this series have put him closer to Test selection, every failure has only put Morgan further away.

    Richie Macca: Another failure from Morgan. Seriously, when was his last big innings for England? And when do we question his place?

  166. 38 overs: 
    Eng 174-6 (Buttler 15, Jordan 2)

    Jos Buttler could run out of partners here as Chris Jordan strides to the crease. The Sussex paceman will not have seen many bowlers like Ajantha Mendis in his time in county cricket, but he's off the mark nevertheless as he clips a single through square. Five in total from the over.

  167.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bopara was done for the lack of pace off the pitch. I've got an idea for England in one-day cricket. Since I retired in 2009 the game has moved on. I look at England's selection panel - why haven't we got someone who's played in this era and knows exactly what it's like to play in this modern game. Robert Croft? Paul Collingwood? And does the selector have to be English?"

    You can listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra

  168. 37.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara b Mendis 17 (Eng 170-6)

    If footballers hate being 'megged', cricketers certainly hate it - Ravi Bopara is a little red-faced as he hauls himself off the field after being bowled through his legs while aiming a horrible slog into the leg side at Ajantha Mendis.

    Ravi Bopara is bowled
  169. 37 overs: 
    Eng 169-5 (Bopara 17, Buttler 13)

    It sounds like Steve Ogrizovic was a useful cricketer in his pomp. Have any of you played cricket against any other footballers? Were they any good? Out in the middle, Ravi Bopara pulls Angelo Mathews for two, but that's England's lot for the over.

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    Tim Kearsey: It would be rude not to have 20 overs of Buttler with the form he is in!!! Precariously poised in these middle overs...

  171. 36 overs: 
    Eng 167-5 (Bopara 15, Buttler 13)

    There have been just nine boundaries in 36 overs during this innings - is that good enough, bearing in mind the pitch is very slow? I'll let you be the judge. Another five to the total - three singles and two down to fine leg.

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    Don from Oldbury: Played against Steve "Oggy" Ogrizovic when he bowled for Coventry and North Warwicks - I was playing for Smethwick in the Birmingham league, very sharp and bouncy for a Birmingham League cricketer.

  173. 35 overs: 
    Eng 162-5 (Malinga 6-0-34-1)

    If you fancy nipping down to Edgbaston this evening, the club has reduced admission to £20 for adults and £5 for children at the turn of the innings.

    Lasith Malinga is into his sixth over now and England miss out when a rare full toss is smacked straight to a leg-side fielder by Ravi Bopara, who can't seem to get his timing quite right just yet. He's busy between the wickets though - racing through for four singles in the over. He and Jos Buttler must be two of the fastest players in the team.

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    Sam Davies: Heard someone mention earlier that to get Alex Hales into the one day team, it would mean Cook not playing, and giving Morgan the captaincy. Just a thought for this series: Morgan - 72 runs at 18 (and just 5 in the T20), Cook - 98 runs at 32.6. Cook not brilliant - but far better than Morgan recently.

  175.   
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well 158-5, can they turn it into 265 minimum? I've been impressed with Bopara, but you can't forget that wonderful innings from Jos Buttler at Lord's. Anything in excess of 265, England would be very happy."

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  176. 34 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 158-5 (Bopara 9, Buttler 10)

    Heard the one about the Florida-based bear which sloped into somebody's back garden and started chilling out in the homeowner's hammock? Seriously, it happened - go and have a look at the story from our colleagues at Newsbeat. The picture certainly made us laugh. We'll be here when you get back.

    Sri Lanka bring Ajantha Mendis back into the bowling attack and England read his variations well - Jos Buttler whipping him for three through the leg side to ensure his strike-rate remains at a run-a-ball early on. Time for drinks.

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    Sam in Sunbury: Steve Ogrizovic played minor counties cricket for Shropshire. Another top-flight goalkeeper to grace Salopia's fine grounds is current Man City & England No. 1 Joe Hart (back in the days when he plied his trade for Shrewsbury Town F.C, and the Salop's cricket team).

  178. 16:24: 
    'Celeb' spot
    Steve Ogrizovic

    Keen cricket fan and former Coventry City goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic is at Edgbaston. The 56-year-old once played for the Minor Counties against the West Indies and bowled out Viv Richards - however, it was a no-ball.

  179. 33 overs: 
    Eng 152-5 (Bopara 7, Buttler 6)

    A Lasith Malinga bumper is called wide for being too high, before Jos Buttler squirts the first legal delivery of the over past a diving backward point for a single. Ravi Bopara, looking busy, advances down the track to push a single into the off side. Three rapid yorkers are dug out by Jos Buttler before the final ball of the over is smited through extra cover for four.

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    Jonathan Hornby: Surely time our tactics moved on from the dark ages. In this day and age you cannot consistently win by batting 'properly' for the first 35 overs and then leaving all of the pressure on the middle order smash it around T20 style. Surely time to promote Morgan, Bopara and Butler up the order, particularly on a relatively benign surface.

  181. 32 overs: 
    Eng 145-5 (Bopara 6, Buttler 1)

    England need to make sure they don't lose any more wickets now - giving themselves a few wickets in hand for the final 10 overs. A single apiece for Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler, who is off the mark with a push into the off side. Sri Lanka are about to bring back Lasith Malinga...

  182. 31 overs: 
    Eng 143-5 (Bopara 5, Buttler 0)

    At least England have still got Jos Buttler. The wicketkeeper is out there with 19 overs remaining - a little earlier than he would have hoped.

  183.   
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's an Eoin Morgan shot on this slow pitch. On a quicker pitch that probably would have gone for six. They can moan about the slow pitch, but this is what has been given to them and they haven't adapted to it."

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  184. 30.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Jayawardene b Mathews 17 (Eng 142-5)

    What a crazy over! First Ravi Bopara is almost run out, then Eoin Morgan is almost run out, then Eoin Morgan is out - caught at deep backward square after playing a lofted shot around the corner off Angelo Mathews.

    Eoin Morgan
  185. 30.1 overs: 
    NOT OUT

    Ravi Bopara survives. Again. The ball was sailing over the top, according to replays. I doubt he'll get a third chance.

  186. 30.1 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW

    Sri Lanka have their tails up now and review the decision when Angelo Mathews gets one to nip into the pads of Ravi Bopara.

  187. 30 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 139-4

    Ravi Bopara is nearly sent packing for a first-ball duck when he gropes at Sachithra Senanayake's gentle off-spinner and Kumar Sangakkara whips off the bails. The appeal is sent upstairs and Ravi survives by the very tip of his spikes. He's a very lucky boy, and he then gets off the mark with a single through square leg.

    Sri Lanka wait for a decision
  188.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He'll be disappointed with that. He probably thought he'd stay there and marshal the troops to about 240-250. It was a top edge and an easy catch for Sangakkara."

  189. 29.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c Sangakkara b Senanayake 56 (Eng 136-4)

    Another dismissal, another catch which pops up to the fielder. Alastair Cook tries to sweep Sachithra Senanayake but he gets a top edge straight into the air and wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara has the simple task of running back and taking the dolly of a catch.

    Alastair Cook is dimissed
  190. 29 overs: 
    Eng 136-3 (Cook 56, Morgan 14)

    Until he is given a chance to show what he can do in one-day cricket by England, Alex Hales will continue to be pushed forward by pundits and spectators alike. The clamour will continue to grow with news that he's scored a century for Notts in the County Championship today.

    England continue to struggle to read the pace of the pitch as Eoin Morgan almost pops up a catch to extra cover off the steady, but unspectacular, Tillakaratne Dilshan. That uncontrolled shot brings the only single in the over.

  191. 28 overs: 
    Eng 134-3 (Cook 56, Morgan 13)

    Fetch that! Eoin Morgan gets down on bended knee and smites Ashan Priyanjan for six over midwicket to get the scoreboard moving a little quicker. A few more of those and England will be fine.

    Eoin Morgan
  192. 27 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 125-3

    Alastair Cook has been relatively untroubled today, but his heart must have skipped a beat when Tillakaratne Dilshan rapped one into his pads. Not out, with replays showing it hit the skipper outside the line. Three from the over.

  193.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I watched lots of cricket in the 80s. They were good crowds but not full. Talk of crowds has been around for many, many years. This is early summer. It's World Cup time in football. Judge it when India come to play later this summer."

    You can listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra

  194. 26 overs: 
    Eng 122-3 (Cook 55, Morgan 3)

    It's attritional stuff now as England look to dig in, taking the odd single - knowing one more wicket and Sri Lanka will fancy their chances of working their way through the middle order. Three from the over.

  195.  
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    Andrew: Alastair Cook owes England a stand-out, match-winning innings in a big, important match. Today would be a great day to deliver.

  196. 25 overs: 
    Eng 119-3 (Cook 54, Morgan 1)

    Alastair Cook continues to go steadily about his business as he forcefully cuts Angelo Mathews for a single through point and Eoin Morgan gets off the mark with one down to third man. The final ball of the over - a low, slow cutter - almost takes Cook's off stump. Cue hands on heads from the fielding side. That was close.

    Nuwan Kulasekara
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    Jack Parr: Great timing from Stephen at 23 overs....

  198. 24 overs: 
    Eng 117-3 (Cook 53, Morgan 0)

    Eoin Morgan is England's new batsman, and he's got plenty of time to get the hosts to a decent total. Another 26 overs to be precise.

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    Paddy Emerson: Joe Root is over hyped, the modern day Andy Caddick, rarely performs when it counts. Normally only when the pressure's off.

    Anthony Collett: This is what I find irritating, if KP had got out playing that shot in these circumstances everyone would be all over him!

  200.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A bit unfortunate. The reverse sweeps and all other sweeps are common place in one-day cricket. Root got a bit of a Carl Froch. It popped up in the air and was easily caught. You can't blame Root for wanting to keep the score ticking along."

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  201. 23.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Root c Sangakkara b Priyanjan 10 (Eng 116-3)

    And Joe Root is indeed sent packing - a good referral from Sri Lanka, with replays showing the bowler Ashan Priyanjan got a bit of extra bounce, hit the batsman's gloves as he tried to sweep and Kumar Sangakarra did the rest. Over and out, Joe.

    Joe Root is caught
  202. 23.2 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW

    Joe Root gets himself into a tangle and the ball pops up to Kumar Sangakkara who takes the catch above the batsman's head. Caught? Leg-before? The umpire says no, but the Sri Lankans refer it to the third umpire.

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    Stephen: I was at Edgbaston yesterday net bowling at both sides, Joe Root looked the best player on show, so much time and unreal against the spin. Amazing to watch a masterclass

  204. 23 overs: 
    Eng 114-2 (Cook 53, Root 8)

    The ground is beginning to fill up now, as spectators get an early cut from work. England finally register a boundary - their first four for 50 balls - when Lasith Malinga's line deserts him and Joe Root tickles it down to the fine leg rope. We're having a little Joe Root debate on the live text desk. Over-hyped or top-drawer? Let us know where you stand on young JR.

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    Jon Dunn: So, Root & Cook, can I have a fiver on them going at less than 4 an over?

  206.   
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook has now got to play that Sangakkara innings from Lord's [112]."

  207. 22 overs: 
    FIFTY FOR ALASTAIR COOK- Eng 106-2

    The Sri Lanka skipper, Angelo Mathews, gives himself a bowl and immediately reverts to slow cutters. They are not troubling Alastair Cook though, with the England captain bringing up his 19th ODI half-century off 69 balls with a single into the leg side. Convert it into three figures now, skip.

    Alastair Cook
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    Will in Hong Kong: England clearly following [former England cricketer] George Hirst's advice against the Aussies in 1902: 'We'll get them in singles.' Not quite sure it works in one day games, lads.

  209. 21 overs: 
    Eng 102-2 (Cook 48, Root 2)

    One Yorkie out, one Yorkie in. Joe Root gets off the mark with a gentle single down to long-on, and Alastair Cook advances his score by one when he swivels on a slower-ball bumper and drags it down through midwicket. Four singles and a wicket from the over. He's good this Lasith Malinga lad, you know!

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    Kevin from Swindon: I'm not convinced that Cook, Ballance and Root are good enough to be in the top 4 of a top ODI team? Would they get a game for India, Aus, or SA? Let's see if they can prove me wrong…

  211.   
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was excellent captaincy by Angelo Mathews [to bring Malinga back] and excellent bowling from Malinga. The delivery sat in the pitch - Ballance committed himself to hit the ball on the up but, like Ian Bell, he chipped it back to the bowler."

    You can listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra

  212. 20.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Ballance c&b Malinga 10 (Eng 98-2)

    Further proof that this pitch is a slow 'un. Lasith Malinga is brought back into the attack and his first ball - a cutter from back of a length - is popped straight back to him by a puzzled Gary Ballance.

    Sri Lanka celebrate
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    Ollie Kemp: The way this pitch is sticking [Ravi] Bopara's bowling may well be crucial later on.

  214. 20 overs: 
    Eng 98-1 (Cook 46, Ballance 10)

    Sri Lanka appear to have read this pitch pretty well, pretty early as they suffocate England with spin. The hosts are managing to pick up the odd single, with Gary Ballance getting a couple with a firm sweep through the square leg region. Six from the over.

  215. 19 overs: 
    Eng 92-1 (Cook 43, Ballance 6)

    Ashan Priyanjan provides Sri Lanka with a fourth spin option after drinks. The tourists have basically worked that this deck is slower than Inzamam-ul-Haq out for a jog - the slower you bowl it, the harder it is to get away. The rubbery Priyanjan delivers his offies from around the wicket, just four singles from it.

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    TMS's Henry Moeran: As England make a solid start, @bbctms's @philtufnell decides to throw some ace shapes

    Phil Tuffnell
  217. 18 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 88-1 (Cook 42, Ballance 4)

    Tillakaratne Dilshan, with his bushy hair and trademark goatee beard, races through another set of six which brings just four runs. England stuttering a little bit. Time for drinks - so here's some clowning around from Tuffers to keep you amused...

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    Damo in Leamington Spa: [re Mendis wicket] Surely the only mystery about Mendis is why he is called a spinner!!

  219. 17 overs: 
    Eng 84-1 (Cook 39, Ballance 3)

    Ajantha Mendis, with an unusually long run-up for a spin bowler, has a spring in his step now and England continue to deal in singles - four of them in total as pace off the ball keeps the hosts in check following a fairly decent start.

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    Mike Bell: Watching the tame shot that Ian Bell got out to, he clearly thought England were taking the batting lack of power play.

  221.   
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Why on earth did they take the batting powerplay so early? They scored singles and I think there was only one four. I didn't see one shot hit over the in-field."

  222. 16 overs: 
    Eng 79-1 (Cook 36, Ballance 1)

    That dismissal ended the batting powerplay, which England had decided to take rather early, and the hosts scored just one boundary in the five overs in which the field was up. Gary Ballance is the new batsman and he punches a single down the ground to get off the mark. Alastair Cook adds a couple of singles in a tidy over from Tillakaratne Dilshan.

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    Rachel T: Good grief, just checked the score and England AREN'T 30-3. I will now tiptoe quietly away...

  224.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It stopped a little in the surface - that is just horrible. Mendis can't believe his luck. Bell got to 37 off 42 - he gifted his wicket."

    You can listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra

  225. 15 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c&b Mendis 37 (Eng 76-1)

    A horrible dismissal for Ian Bell. After twice playing shots in which he didn't seem in total control, the opener pops a very strange, and very simple, return catch to mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis.

    Ian Bell is dismissed
  226. 14 overs: 
    Eng 67-0 (Cook 29, Bell 34)

    One more Sachithra Senanayake over. Two more runs. Nothing else to report.

  227. 13 overs: 
    Eng 65-0 (Cook 28, Bell 33)

    For every bat-beating googly, Ajantha Mendis is delivering plenty of pretty ordinary stuff - England benefitting from two wides down the leg side before Alastair Cook and Ian Bell trade singles - the latter following up with a purposeful three through midwicket. Seven from the over.

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    Mark: Hashim Amla's a good choice for SA's Test captain (see 13:56)

  229. 12 overs: 
    Eng 58-0 (Cook 27, Bell 29)

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell begin to milk singles off the bowling of Sachithra Senanayake, who must be feeling pretty rotten ahead of his trip to the ICC's bowling lab. Three from the over.

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell
  230.  
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    MAC: You quite rightly ask why the ground is half empty. I was a member for over 25 years and would never have missed an England game. I gave up membership two years ago. Price is one of the reasons: one of the others is the loss of good will and commitment many of us had towards the club. The Birmingham Bears wasn't a deal breaker but it didn't help.

  231. 11 overs: 
    Eng 55-0 (Cook 25, Bell 28)

    Sri Lanka have pressed their front-line spinners into action fairly early today and after a single and a wide, Alastair Cook takes England past 50 by clipping an Ajantha Mendis full toss through midwicket for four.

    A little inside edge down the leg side brings two more and the skipper adds a single with a punch to mid-off. The bowler hits back with a superb googly which Ian Bell does not pick and it's just inches away from rattling the England opener's timbers.

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    Andy: Is it just me in this country that thinks that Joe Root doesn't have a divine right to play for England in all formats ? Everyone seems to automatically pick him in their England XIs.

    Simon: Wondering if there's a place for two all-rounders, Stokes as the 4th seamer and Patel as the spin option. Buttler would be the keeper batting at no.8.

  233. 10 overs: 
    Eng 46-0 (Cook 18, Bell 27)

    Fancy looking at some behind-the-scenes photos from today's match? Then get on over to the Test Match Special instagram page. England continue to make serene progress under the murky Edgbaston skies - four runs coming from another probing Sachithra Senanayake over.

    Sachithra Senanayake and Ian Bell
  234.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "You can see wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara and bowler Nuwan Kulasekara can't believe Jayawardene dropped that chance. I think he mistimed his leap in the air."

    You can listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra

  235. 9 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 42-0 (Cook 15, Bell 26)

    Ian Bell has a cheeky, almost child-like, grin on his face as he chips a straight-forward catch in the direction of Mahela Jayawardene at midwicket, but the former Sri Lanka skipper mis-times his leap and grasses the opportunity. To rub salt into the wounds of bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, Bell hits back-to-back fours - the first one past backward point and the second through the covers.

  236.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Disappointing crowd at Edgbaston. A bad sign if our ODIs don't sell out. Too much cricket and I still believe the resting policy a factor, too.

  237. 8 overs: 
    Eng 34-0 (Cook 15, Bell 18)

    A dozen schoolchildren file into a half-empty stand and take their seats. Is there anything better than missing maths to watch international cricket? I don't think there is...especially if somebody has brought a bat and ball for an interval knock-about. A much steadier over from Sachithra Senanayake brings just two runs.

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    Barney: Earlier you mentioned about how empty the stadium is. It's pretty disappointing but the reason is that the tickets are far too expensive and they aren't taking advantage of the thousands of students in the area. I attend Warwick University, merely half an hour away. When I heard about this ODI I got straight onto the internet to buy a ticket. Prices ranged from £40 to £70 for adults!! Do they really think at that price on a normal working Tuesday that they will fill a 25000 seat ground. I'm a student, I love cricket and all my friends love cricket too, however we can't afford to dish out that amount of cash.

  239. 7 overs: 
    Eng 32-0 (Cook 13, Bell 18)

    Alastair Cook is getting plenty of joy with the delicate late cut this afternoon - the skipper working Nuwan Kulasekara for a single down to third man. Ian Bell, trying to raise the run-rate a little, lofts one back over the bowler's head but again it plugs in the outfield and the batsman gets just two runs for his troubles.

    Ian Bell
  240.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special on the Sachithra Senanayake situation

    "I had that happen to me when I was in New Zealand. There was article about me saying 'he chucks it'. When you were warming up, you felt very self-conscious. You do start to doubt your own action."

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    Zach from London: England need to make sure that Cook and Bell get a good score on the board before one of them gets out. The opening partnership has just not been good enough this series from England.

  242. 6 overs: 
    Eng 29-0 (Cook 12, Bell 16)

    I'm a little sad that Sachithra Senanayake is having his bowling action scrutinised by the ICC, if only because I can now spell his name five matches into the one-day series. Better late than never, I suppose. The offie is bowling a little short in his opening over and Alastair Cook cuts four past backward point before slicing three into the same area. Seven from the over.

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    Hugh: Surprised no one so far has mentioned Scott Borthwick yet, scored a double ton for Durham yesterday and would make a decent first choice spin option. Stokes, Robson and Jordan should also merit inclusion.

  244. 5 overs: 
    Eng 22-0 (Cook 5, Bell 16)

    Admit it, most of you have read the name Nuwan Kulasekara during the course of this summer and thought of the nineties band Kula Shaker, haven't you? Or is it just me?

    Anyway, back to more important, pressing matters as Alastair Cook clips three through midwicket and watches from the non-striker's end as Ian Bell, who picked up a single earlier in the over, plays and misses at the medium pacer.

  245. 4 overs: 
    Eng 18-0 (Cook 2, Bell 15)

    Ian Bell is involved in a fascinating battle with Lasith Malinga - the opener being beaten for pace when he tries to hook a bouncer which is subsequently called wide because of its height. Bell responds by clipping two through midwicket and caressing four through the covers before taking a single and watching Alastair Cook smash a full toss straight to cover-point. The skipper missed out there.

    Lasith Malinga
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    Iain Thomas: Spot on, Vince Simeone [lower down]. There was no urgency from Root and Ballance. And nothing communicated to them from either dressing room or crowd (other than my fiancee Kerry who earned a chorus of "tuts and tsks" from the pink trouser brigade for daring to shout "come on" when the required run rate hit 11 an over).

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    Rob Meech: Buttler's keeping is not yet good enough for Test cricket. Prior, if fit, must play. Many are forgetting his excellent record

    Shaun Edwards: Cook, Robson, Bell, Root, Ballance, Moeen, Stokes, Buttler, Broad, Plunkett, Anderson. Ideal chance to play real pace in Plunkett.

  248. 3 overs: 
    Eng 10-0 (Cook 2, Bell 8)

    The England openers are hanging back on the back foot, trying to negate any early seam movement, and Ian Bell is in a good position to steer a shortish delivery from Nuwan Kulaseakera through the off side for two before he opens his shoulders and chips another couple into the open spaces of the leg side - the ball plugging in the damp outfield. A single down to third man ensures he retains the strike again.

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    Joshua Edwards: However Jekyll and Hyde England have been, you have to say it's been a captivating ODI series thus far

  250. 2 overs: 
    Eng 5-0 (Cook 2, Bell 3)

    There are plenty of white bucket seats in view as Lasith Malinga steams in and is met with a straight push down by the ground by Ian Bell, which brings the Warwickshire favourite two runs. There are two slips in for any early edges, but Bell is looking fairly untroubled for now as he steals the strike with a single into the covers.

  251.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "For England, more than the pitch, the situation of the game and what has been happening with them over the last few months [makes this occasion important]. You want your captain to get a nice score and for there to be a good opening partnership."

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    Vince Simeone: If Root and Balance had scored at a reasonable rate in the middle overs of the last one dayer then Buttler and Bopara would have won the match at a canter.

  253. 1 over: 
    Eng 2-0 (Cook 2, Bell 0)

    Here we go then - Alastair Cook getting England up and running with a gentle two down to fine leg as Nuwan Kulasekara errs onto the England skipper's pads. A placid start to the innings, but here comes the Slinger...

  254.   
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a stupid series. The game England should have walked in Durham they got hammered. Then at Lord's on a sunny day and a flat pitch Sri Lanka won."

  255. 13:58: 

    Strains of Jerusalem echo around a half-full ground as the England batsmen Alastair Cook and Ian Bell make their way through a guard of honour made up of England and Sri Lanka flags. We're almost set for the series decider at Edgbaston.

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell
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    Jeffrey Wiltshire: Cook, Robson, Bell, Root, Ballance, Stokes, Butler, Broad, Jordan, Tredwell, Anderson would be my XI

    Fenners: 1st Test team should be Cook, Robson, Vince, Morgan, Bopara, Root, S Patel, Buttler, Jordan, Broad, Jimmy. Good mix of old and new.

  257. 13:56: 
    Amla appointed
    Hashim Amla

    There's also some interesting news coming out of South Africa, who have named Hashim Amla as Graeme Smith's replacement as Test skipper. The elegant batsman has been chosen ahead of AB De Villiers and Faf Du Plessis. A good choice? What makes the perfect captain? Let us know via the usual channels.

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    Scott: Can't call it a new era if its all old faces. Get Robson, Buttler, Jordan, Ballance and Gurney in the Test side

    Sporting Purism: The only way to know if Buttler is ready is to play him. Better to throw him in against Sri Lanka than in the Ashes surely?

  259. 13:52: 
    Modern Moores

    There were some interesting quotes from former England Test batsman Chris Adams yesterday. In his role as an advisor to the Sri Lanka team, he has watched new head coach Peter Moores closely - and he reckons the England boss has modernised his methods in his second spell in charge of the team.

    "There's been a choke back on the world of sports science and back to some traditional good habits - good routines and rock-solid practice and preparation around cricket skills," said Adams.

    "That's what it's primarily about. There is a place for sports science in cricket - a very important place - but you have to get the percentages right."

  260. 13:48:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Here are seven words to cheer any soul: 'Test Match Special is on the air'. You can listen to Aggers and the team on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, online or via the app on your smart phone and tablet.

  261. 13:46: 
    Captain's view

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "I can't win a toss. I would have liked to have batted first. We're not too concerned about chasing.

    On bowler Sachithra Senanayake being reported for a suspected illegal bowling action at Lord's: "I'm disappointed that suspicions have been raised. We can't control what happens in different countries."

  262. 13:45: 
    Captain's view

    England captain Alastair Cook: "Here at Edgbaston, batting in good conditions is an advantage. The beauty of today is that it's a one-off game. Anybody has a chance to be a match hero."

    On the steady partnership between Joe Root and Gary Ballance in the fourth match: "It was an interesting partnership. Without that partnership Jos [Buttler, who scored a 121 from 74 balls] couldn't have played like he did."

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    So, it's the final audition for England's players before the Test squad is named later this week. Do you disagree with Alastair Cook and believe that Jos Buttler is ready for a place in the Test team? Who else should be in there? Chris Jordan? Liam Plunkett? Sam Robson? Let me know your team for next week's first Test against Sri Lanka on Twitter, via #bbccricket, send a text to 81111, an email to tms@bbc.co.uk, or post to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  264. 13:36: 
    Both teams unchanged

    Both teams are unchanged from the fourth ODI at Lord's, meaning Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake, who is going to have his bowling action scrutinised by the ICC, plays.

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

    Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga.

  265. 13:35: 
    TOSS

    News from the middle where England have won the toss and chosen to bat first. "It looks a good wicket," declares skipper Alastair Cook.

    Alastair Cook and Angelo Mathews
  266. 13:34: 

    Before the first Test of the summer, however, England have a one-day series to win. Finely poised at 2-2 going into this afternoon's decider at Edgbaston, this contest should carry more clout than a Carl Froch right hand.

  267. 13:33: 

    Ok, I know England have lost as many as they have won in this entertaining one-day series...but the green shoots of recovery are clear for all to see. Which is just as well with the announcement of the Test squad imminent.

  268. 13:30: 
    Jos Buttler

    "English cricket is in crisis." "We'll never beat the Aussies again." "We don't have any batsman with any flair now KP has gone." "Where are we going to find a bowler with pace to burn like Mitchell Johnson?"

    If this one-day series against Sri Lanka has shown us anything, it's that England can still produce vibrant young cricketers. Just ask Sri Lanka. When their batsman finally came up for air following four rounds of heavy shelling from Chris Jordan, they saw their bowlers being smited around Lord's by Jos Buttler.

    Don't worry. The future's bright. I think.

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Live Scores - England v Sri Lanka

 

  • Sri Lanka beat England by 6 wickets
  • England: 219 (48.1 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 222-4 (48.2 overs)
  • Venue: Birmingham

Sri Lanka Innings

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Dilshan c Root b Tredwell 28
K Perera lbw b Anderson 19
Sangakkara c Jordan b Tredwell 2
M Jayawardene c Anderson b Jordan 53
Thirimanne not out 60
Mathews not out 42
Extras 12w 6lb 18
Total for 4 222

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