England v Sri Lanka, first Test, day two as it happened

Sri Lanka reach 140-1 in the first Test in reply to England's 575-9 declared, which featured Joe Root's unbeaten 200.

13 June 2014 Last updated at 10:44

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As it happened

  1. 18:50: 

    It's that time, the time to depart. If you need more live sport to get through your Friday night, I've heard there's some football being played somewhere in the world.

    As for the cricket, join us again on Saturday morning. Goodnight.

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

    "If Moeen Ali can bowl pretty decently we might just have something, but we can't keep looking back and saying he isn't Graeme Swann or Kevin Pietersen, these lads are trying to make their way in Test cricket."

  3. 18:48: 

    And so England will come back tomorrow refreshed and on the hunt for wickets. Sri Lanka will be out to bat long in order to first avoid the follow-on, then get as close to 575 as possible.

    If the former occurs, we may get a result. If it's the latter, it could be a long final three days.

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

    "There were a number of balls from the England bowlers that made them play and miss. On a really flat deck, and we always know Sri Lanka can bat, they are some of the best players in the world, I thought England did as well as they could. I think Frank Tyson at his fastest might have had a problem, it wasn't easy."

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    Vinny Person: I thought this England side was meant to cause havoc among the Sri Lankan batsmen. At the moment seems like gift after gift.

    Pete Naylor: Somehow I think that this test match will be settled in the usual fashion - drawn.

    Ed Stockton: This wicket has all the life of a Last of the Summer Wine box set.

  6. 18:43: 

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior: "I thought it carried. I felt the ball hit the hard bit of my finger. I've gone forward at the ball. I thought it carried, but it's always tricky when you go upstairs. We're disappointed.

    "It's a pretty docile wicket, but we know Lord's. You have to sit in at times."

    Engalnd wicketkeeper Matt Prior
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think Joe Root put a foot wrong. The bowling wasn't of the highest quality, it wasn't even a good county side, but that's not England's fault and Joe Root played splendidly well, lovely footwork, placement and everything, but Sri Lanka didn't bowl a disciplined line outside the off-stump. Joe got over 100 runs of his first 160 on the leg side. This kid is good, he'll get even better. He's got it. But early on he struggles with his footwork against the new ball. When you bat at five the ball is older, he got going straightaway."

  8. 18:41: 

    But the day belongs to Joe Root, who completed his first Test match double hundred midway through the afternoon. When he walked to the crease, England were wobbling at 120-4, but the Yorkshireman carried them to 575-9. Today he was supported by the cameo hitting of Stuart Broad and Liam Plunkett, whose merry shot-making proved the placid nature of the deck.

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

    "At some stage they are going to have to sit down and work something out against the new ball. We want to beat Sri Lanka and then India but our focus should always be that we want to wallop Australia. It's not the right time immediately but somebody has to look at this."

  10. 18:39: 

    England can take heart from the fact they are so far ahead - 435 runs to be exact. Early wickets in the morning could have the fox right in the Sri Lanka hen house. However, if the tourists make it through the first hour or so without major losses, then England may have a job to work through the middle order. Mahela Jayawardene, two Lord's tons already to his name, will sleep with his pads on.

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

    "Lovely sunny day for batting, the pitch played perfectly with no great pace. After the new ball it didn't do much for either side so it is a batsman's paradise and very hard work for the bowlers. I like Sri Lanka's tactic of going round the wicket bowling it short, neither Prior, nor Root looked comfortable against it. If I was an Australian I would be watching that very carefully."

  12. 18:35: 
    SL 140-1

    Have England been hard done by? They will certainly think that they had Kaushal Silva caught behind. Apart from that, Sri Lanka have equipped themselves well in the face of probing, if not exactly imaginative, England bowling. The seamers have plugged away, but this deck will slowly lose all it's life. Is there still time to choose a specialist spinner?

  13. 18:33: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- SL 140-1

    Chris Jordan to bowl the final set, an over that follows the pattern of so many that have gone before it. Hang the ball outside off stump, watch Kaushal Silva leave it alone. With the last ball defended, the players head for the showers with Sri Lanka 140-1 in reply to England 575-9 declared. So far, the pitch is winning.

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    Andrew, Ware: I recently was at the Lords ODI between England and Sri Lanka. Arrived at the ground at 8am I was one of the St John Ambulance members and was in the first aid post. Heard every shot but did not see a ball bowled.

  15. 18:28: 
    SL 140-1 (trail by 435)

    It has to be said that the last hour or so hasn't been the most thrilling Test cricket you will ever see. England have stuck to their task, but this S&S Sri Lanka pair have absorbed everything thrown at them. Plunkett still struggling with the slope, gives Silva an easy flick fine, then Sangakkara too much width to cut. He takes his cap for the final time today with figures of 0-25 off seven. He's not yet provided much of a threat. One to go.

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    Roland, Kent: I took my 12-year-old son to see his first international cricket game at Lord's earlier this year for the one-day international. I fell asleep during the England innings, my son complained it was boring (and arguably it was) and we left as Jos Buttler walked to the wicket.... Did I miss anything?

  17. 18:24: 
    SL 131-1 (Silva 57, Sangakkara 28)

    Chris Jordan is asked to give one final effort as the quietening hum of the crowd tells us that plenty are off to fill tables at nearby pubs and restaurants. Kaushal Silva looks like he'd be handy at chess, such is his patience. Wide of off stump, leave. Wide of off stump, leave. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Oh, that's a bit straighter, so I'll play and pinch a single.

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    Steven Harris: Back in 1961 or 1962 - I don't remember which - my brother and I were two teenagers who went up to London to watch a Test match. It was the fifth Test at the Oval. We got to the ground in good time to join a long queue, which was growing ever longer. The service-minded people responsible opened the gates at 11.00 just before the cricket started. The queue shuffled forwards. We could hear the sounds of play on the other side of the wall. By the time we got to the front of the queue, through the gates and found somewhere to sit it was about 12.30. After two overs the heavens opened. There was no shelter. Once we were thoroughly soaked through there was an announcement that play had been abandoned for the day. Wet and with no prospect of cricket, we left and went home. The next day we learned that play had been resumed in mid-afternoon.

  19. 18:19: 
    SL 128-1 (partnership 74)

    Campbell, surely you can't tell that story without letting on which player you were there to watch? England are looking for Liam Plunkett to blast a breakthrough late in the day. His pace is good, just under 90mph, but he's losing his line down the slope and getting leggy. Eleven minutes left, perhaps three or four overs.

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    Campbell Naylor in London: My sister and I went to watch her partner win his second cap at Lord's. We arrived at the gate a little late, and collected the tickets. As we rushed up the steps, the steward directing us asked which player we were here for - the awkwardness on his face said it all, as he informed us that he had just been run out for four the over before. Still, the disappointment was eased by the food and drink in the players' box.

  21. 18:15: 
    SL 126-1 (trail by 449)

    When you see that the opposition are 100+ for only one wicket down, you may think that England haven't bowled well. The opposite is true. So many times the seamers have beaten the bat, while one catch has gone down and another may or may not have carried. Sri Lanka have also batted well on a placid deck. Moeen Ali has been tidy on debut, but what would Alastair Cook give for a specialist spinner? Anderson to Silva, a maiden.

    England captain Alastair Cook
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    Ben, Stoke: I got tickets for my birthday for England v India ODI in 1986 to see my hero, Ian Botham, live for the first time ever, only for the fool to get banned for months for enjoying a herbal cigarette or two!!!

  23. 18:11: 
    SL 126-1 (Silva 53, Sangakkara 27)

    Pay attention, umpire! When the returning Liam Plunkett comes around the wicket, Paul Reiffel looks over his shoulder and is startled to see the hulking Yorkshire seamer inches away from him. Not that it matters to Kumar Sangakkara, who drives smartly for a single. With that, the combined innings scores in this match go to 700 for 10. Who said this deck had something in it for the quicks?

  24. 18:06: 
    50 for Kaushal Silva- SL 124-1

    Well played, Kaushal Silva, a very neat half century. Admittedly, he goes to his fourth Test fifty with an edge, but he plays with soft hands that deflect the ball down and to the boundary. After a day-and-a-half in the field, the compact opener has looked very organised at the top of the order, particularly when coming forwards to drive.

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

    "There will be six or seven overs left in the day's play, which is mad. They take an extra half hour's play and still can't bowl 90."

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  26. 18:03: 
    SL 116-1 (trail by 459)

    Kumar Sangakkara, by the way, has just passed Allan Border to go eighth on the all-time Test runscorers list. Just the 11,177 to his name. That's one run a day, every day, for 30 years. Even when you've got than many, the singles still matter and he and Silva are tipping and running on the square. Who said this deck had something in it for the seamers? So far in this match, it's 691 for 10.

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

    "I think Jimmy Anderson has been a yard-and-a-half too short all day; he was with the new ball."

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    England bowler James Anderson
  28. 17:58: 
    SL 113-1

    James Anderson is getting the ball to nibble this way and that, but Silva, who may or may not have had a life, depending on your view, is untroubled, perhaps because he's not being pulled on to the front foot. Though the shadows are long, it's still hot enough for spectators to have to shield themselves from the heat.

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    James Woods: Why isn't there such a thing as 'umpire's call' for catches?

    Sab Muthusamy: England are fuming? Can't really help but not care. Karma really. Broad bowling... batsman doesn't walk. Shame.

    Seetohul: Ball bounced in front of keeper's gloves, not a catch..End of story.

    Umpire Paul Reiffel and England's Stuart Broad
  30. 17:54: 
    SL 109-1 (Silva 39, Sangakkara 25)

    Replays of the England reaction show just how badly they took that decision. Broad, ever reasonable, threw his hands to the sky. The Notts man is bowling at 84mph, but the odd ball is bouncing twice on it's way through to Matt Prior. Not a good sign for the pacemen. Sangakkara, who made a wonderful ton in the ODI on this ground, plays the classiest of cut shots to pick up four.

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

    "I thought it was out. It bounced in the fingertips up into the gloves. I know full well why it was given not out. The umpire is not sure and given it not out but you know when you have caught it. Gone are the days when the batsman asks if you have caught it."

  32. 17:49: 
    SL 101-1 (trail by 474)

    A tell-tale sign that the ball is reversing is when James Anderson hides it in his run-up. Remember, the ball usually swings away from the shiny side. When it's reversing, it swings towards the shiny side. Therefore, if the batsman can't see the ball when the bowler runs in, he'll have less chance of knowing which way it will move. Two slips for the reprieved Silva, who is comfortable on the leave.

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    Mike Crew: Looks like the bad refereeing in Brazil has spread to Lords, poor umpiring all round, that was defo a clean catch.

  34. 17:45: 
    SL 98-1

    Michael Vaughan might be on to something there. If Silva was given out on the pitch, there wasn't enough evidence to suggest the on-field umpires had made a mistake. If it was an lbw, the decision would have stood. England think the ball is reversing, Broad was certainly getting some hoop, so here comes James Anderson.

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

    "England are fuming and righty so. So many times we have seen this where it has been thrown up to the third umpire. We all know in the game that that was a fair catch. Steve Davis has been in the game long enough to know. There has to be enough evidence to suggest the ball touched the ground and I am convinced there is enough evidence to say that it hasn't."

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  36. 17:42: 
    NOT OUT- SL 98-1

    How often does this happen? As soon as it goes upstairs, you fancy the batsman will get away with it. Having said that, the final, close-up replay did suggest that the ball just touched the ground before Matt Prior got his gloves to it. The keeper wasn't to know, he was well within his rights to claim it. Some boos around Lord's, Prior stands with his hands on his hips, but the bottom line is that Kaushal Silva survives.

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior talks with the umpires
  37. 17:41: 
    Third umpire- SL 98-1

    This does look good for England, but so often you see the batsman getting the benefit of the doubt. There were boos when Silva stood, there might be a riot (well, mild Lord's unrest) if this goes Sri Lanka's way. Replay after replay, slowed and zoomed.

  38. 17:39: 
    Third umpire- SL 98-1

    Gone! Stuart Broad has done it, getting Kaushal Silva's edge with Matt Prior doing the rest. It was low through to the keeper. Has it carried? Silva wants confirmation...

    Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva edges to Matt Prior
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    Mike, Cheshire: 1995 Old Trafford 2nd over - after Dominic Cork's 1st over hat-trick - bloke plopped into the seat next to me and said "Anything happened yet?" Always amazed at streams of people nipping out "to beat the traffic" in the last couple of overs of a game going down to the wire...

  40. 17:37: 
    SL 98-1 (trail by 477)

    Moeen, shielding his eyes from the evening sun, throw his elbows out as he coils, then rips his off-breaks towards the pavilion. He's been on the money without yet causing alarms. We've still not heard from Mike Selvey.

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

    "The only thing England can look to do is to try and get some reverse swing. Moeen Ali has settled in quite nicely. There is a rough patch outside the left-hander's off-stump but nothing of any real note. It's certainly got the feel of a Test match that could go quite a long way into Monday."

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  42. 17:34: 
    SL 96-1

    You know, I'm not sure I've ever been so impressed by a batsman I've never seen before. Kaushal Silva is correct, compact, patient and unflappable. A proper Test opener. This time he's easing a long half-volley from Jordan through the covers for four. Jordan has eight overs, 1-23, but may now be having a rest.

    Sri Lanka opener Kaushal Silva
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    Michael Hosker: I had tickets for the last day at Trent Bridge test against Australia last year. Instead I was stuck in Germany with a infection in my right jaw that ballooned to about four times its size. The Anderson review for the last wicket was extremely painful to celebrate.

  44. 17:30: 
    SL 92-1 (Silva 34, Sangakkara 17)

    Moeen continues he impressive start, wheeling away to drift the ball in to leftie Sangakkara, hoping for spin down the slope and towards Chris Jordan at slip. Perhaps he isn't a full-time spinner, but he looks better than part-time. Three-quarter time? Casual? Freelance? Brought in on a consultancy basis?

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    Nick, Altrincham: I was at Old Trafford in 1993 for 'that ball', (my first ever live Test match) but I'd nipped out to get a pint and a crafty cigarette 5 minutes before and missed it!

  46. 17:27: 
    SL 92-1 (trail by 483)

    They say never judge a pitch/score until both teams have batted. At the moment, we could have 575 plays 575. Sri Lanka are looking comfortable after drinks, with England struggling to make the ball misbehave. That's good aggression from Chris Jordan, causing Kaushal Silva to hit the deck with a well-directed bumper. When the ball is full, Silva has a defence more solid than Bob Massingbird.

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    Tim: The day after the first Live Aid concert in 1985, my middle-aged neighbour casually mentioned to my best friend and I both 17 at the time, that he had been given two tickets to that Live Aid thing', and didn't want to go, and would we like them.

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

    "Just as with the bat, with the ball Moeen Ali has looked very composed - his first over was a highly respectable one. He has a nice easy action - no vicious spin but we're not expecting much today. A long way to go yet but we quite like the look of him."

    England spinner Moeen Ali
  49. 17:19: 

    Moeen twirls his beard around the wicket to the left-handed Sangakkara, bowling his off-breaks with the advantage of the slope. Spinning himself catches, right hand to left, Moeen's easy action is putting plenty of action on the ball. Slip, short leg, very decent start, just a single from it. Time for a drink.

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    Ross Blyth: England have me to thank for their 2001 Lords victory over Pakistan. Of the 16 Pakistan wickets to fall, I was at the bar for 13 of them. Towards the end of the day, friends were sending me to the bar in a rather similar fashion to a captain calling up their main strike bowler. I was gutted that I never made the England touring party...

  51. 17:15: 
    SL 90-1 (trail by 485)

    If Mike Selvey, or anyone near to Mike Selvey, is reading this, can you please tell us if Greg's story is true or not please? Text, tweet or email. Chris Jordan has not looked much of a threat since that third-ball wicket, but at least has found the beans to go past Silva's edge. Another reason I like the look of Silva is that he seems to have the knack of playing and missing. Not edging them is a skill. Moeen Ali, come for your first bowl in Test-match cricket.

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    Greg Purnell: The best story about missing out I've ever heard is from former England bowler Mike Selvey. He and his dad went to the 66 World Cup final. At 88 minutes Selvey senior dragged Mike out of the crowd on the basis that England at 2-1 up had it won and that the tube would be mayhem if they hung around. He got home to south London an hour or so later oblivious to the outcome and missing British sport's most dramatic 32 minutes.

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  53. 17:11: 
    Eng 90-1 (Silva 34, Sangakkara 15)

    Liam Plunkett switches to around the wicket, literally bowling himself off his feet in bowling a bumper to Silva that is called wide. With Silva being so small, is the margin for error reduced? Plunkett comes back over, looking to feed the three slips, gully and short leg, but it looks like dynamite wouldn't shift Silva. Lord's hums its din, the odd Sloaney making dinner plans. 24 overs remain in the day, but they have to be done by 18:30.

    England bowler Liam Plunkett
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    "Jordan's approach looks a bit laboured but he bowls at a good pace - and he has got a wicket."

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  55. 17:07: 
    SL 86-1

    Jordan continues his battle of wills with Sangakkara, finally making the left-hander play. He feigns a throw back at the stumps, but Sangakkara, who began training as a lawyer before cricket took over, is unruffled. WG Grace was a doctor, right? Some good professions knocking around cricket history.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "I've been enjoying some banter between former Surrey and England colleagues Alec Stewart and Alex Tudor. Their favourite tale is the one about when they ate nothing but chicken and beans for an entire six-week tour of Pakistan. Mocked by their team-mates for their unadventurous tastes, they had the last laugh when ever other member of the touring party suffered a dicky belly."

  57. 17:02: 
    SL 86-1 (trail by 489)

    Mind you, Sangakkara isn't in the best nick. His previous five Test knocks? 52, 8, 75, 319 and 105. I can't believe he manages to keep his place in the team. Plunkett is going through the gears as the shadows begin to lengthen, beating Silva with one a smidge under 90mph. The Yorkshire man will bring pace, but will not always be accurate, and a leggy half-volley is given the treatment. He might only get one more over.

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

    "I'd be looking to just move the ball across Sangakkara. But there are runs to be had here. If you can show off your technique you will get runs."

  59. 16:57: 
    SL 82-1 (Silva 27, Sangakkara 15)

    Chris Jordan may have that hint of Bajan cool about him, but his bowling is not without its idiosyncrasies. He's not the sort of bowler who walks back, turns around and runs in, instead placing both feet on his mark before setting off. The Sussex man also has an odd routine with the ball, holding it in his right hand and moving it in a circle as he begins his journey. He's wide of off stump to Sangakkara - so wide that one is called so - with the veteran not interested. Not a great over.

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    Rob, Northants: We were at Trent Bridge for the Saturday of the India tour 2011. It had been a slow day and a couple of the lads were moaning so we went and jumped in a cab back to the station. We could hear the crowd roaring as Broad got his hat-trick! We have not left a match early since!

  61. 16:53: 
    SL 81-1 (trail by 494)

    Thanks JL, both of you. Sri Lanka are bouncing along quite nicely, more than four an over. Liam Plunkett, who I don't mind admitting is a handsome man, is around the wicket to Sangakkara, drifting in to the old man's pads. It's sharp from Plunkett without being express, high 80s. Silva, with his small bat, is beaten by the final ball.

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    Paul Hannaford: Re. Matthew Coote at 15:15 and 'Worst toss decision ever'. Len Hutton won the toss at Brisbane in 1954 and put Australia in. They made 601-8 dec and won by an innings and 154 runs. England did come back to win the series 3-1, though.

  63. 16:49: 
    Jennifer Lopez at the World Cup opening ceremony

    Lord's at any time of the year is a majestic sight. But on a sunny day in June it is simply bewildering, awe-inspiring. How imposing must it be to face from the Pavilion End with THAT view? Breathtaking. Rather like Jennifer Lopez in full flow at yesterday's World Cup opening ceremony. Perhaps the first time the two will have been compared. And with that it's back to Stephan.

  64. 16:48: 
    SL 77-1 (Silva 27, Sangakkara 12)

    Sangakkara is a delight to watch. There are those tales of him making snide remarks to Mike Atherton but I prefer to see him as a suave man about town. He clips Jordan's opening delivery off his pads with panache to the boundary and he is in double figures already.

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    Jack Mendel: Jordan has bowled two overs, and has already fired in a few yorkers. All England bowlers should be taking note. Underused ball.

  66. 16:44: 
    SL 72-1 (Silva 27, Sangakkara 7)

    Liam Plunkett's first ball back in Test cricket is distinctly ignominious. It's a yorker, but about four feet wide of the stumps. The Yorkshire paceman soon finds his range, though, beating Silva with a jaffa that holds its line and beats the outside edge. He is up to 86mph by the end of the over so we will watch with interest to see how the speedometer goes.

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

    "There are certain players who have something - they get runs, take wickets. Chris Jordan is like that - he just grasps the situation, which is a handy skill to have."

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  68. 16:40: 
    SL 72-1 (trail by 503)

    England consider a review when a delivery from Jordan brushes past Silva down the leg-side through to Prior but they decide against and I think it was the right choice - might have flicked the trouser pocket but nothing else.

  69. 16:35: 
    SL 64-1 (Silva 22, Sangakkara 4)

    Broad leaks runs again, Silva clipping the opening ball of the over to fine-leg for four. This is going to be hard work for the England bowlers. I wonder if we will see Moeen Ali's mercurial spin today?

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    Alex, London: Re Sean from Edinburgh (15:22) spare a thought for my mate Sam. We were both at the SCG on day two of the Test in 2003 when Steve Waugh made his record breaking ton but, it was late in the day and Sam missed the final runs from Waugh to get to 100 as he was slumped in his chair having drunk too many 'refreshing drinks' in the sun. What makes it worse for Sam is that he has strong Aussie blood and Steve Waugh is his absolute idol. Gutted does not even come close to how he felt.

  71. 16:31: 
    SL 58-1 (Silva 16, Sangakkara 4)

    Jordan's first ball to the graceful Sangakkara - no longer sporting his cycling style helmet - is on middle stump and a little too full and is neatly clipped to the mid-wicket fence. A reminder of the difficulties ahead for the young man. But what a start.

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

    "From England's point of view it would be nice if they saw the back of Sangakkara. Make him drive - I don't care if you're Don Bradman, WG Grace or who you are - if you get one angled across you, you're out."

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  73. 16:26: 
    WICKET- Karunaratne c Prior b Jordan 38 (SL 54-1)

    He likes the big occasion, this lad. The left-handed Karunaratne is on his way, pushing forward in the corridor of uncertainty and a straightforward low catch to Matt Prior behind the timbers. A wicket with his third delivery and a suitably impressive celebration. Kumar Sangakkara the next challenge for Jordan.


    Chris Jordan celebrates his first Test wicket
  74. 16:26: 

    Now then young Chris Jordan. You have excelled in the ODIs. You have played a nice cameo debut Test innings. What are you going to do with the ball? His first delivery is a bouncer but Silva is easily able to sway out of harm's way.

  75. 16:24: 
    SL 54-0 (Karunaratne 38, Silva 16)

    Karunaratne clips Broad to the boundary and then brings up the fifty from 69 balls with a neat clip off his hip for another four. Broad beginning to simmer; I knew it wouldn't be long. Eleven from the over.

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    Tom Wilkins: Has nobody else noticed the little dance Silva does before each ball?

  77. 16:19: 
    SL 43-0 (Karunaratne 23, Silva 16)

    The new-look England slip cordon is Cook at first, Jordan second, Ballance third and Bell at fourth. There is an edge from Silva but it is into the ground. Karunaratne keeps the scoreboard ticking with a clip for three through mid-wicket. Are Plunkett and Jordan bold enough to do some pronounced limbering up exercises in front of the captain?

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    Grahame Blakey, Horsham: As innocent schoolboys in 1984 we travelled up to The Oval for our first ever taste of Test cricket - the fifth Test v the all-conquering West Indies - only to find the match was a sell-out. We had to catch what we could peering through the gates - in the process missing out on a real rarity in Tests, two of the four Test wickets Aggers took in his career.

  79. 16:15: 
    SL 40-0 (Karunaratne 20, Silva 16)

    I wonder when we will see the first bowling change because the old guard have yet to cause any problems for the batsmen after tea. These two openers look quite composed. Now if that is not a commentator's curse I don't know what is. Sedate maiden from Broad.

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    Richard: After being new to cricket at the age of 21 in 2004 (I grew up in Newcastle where we me and my mates played football all year, even when the mercury nudged over the mythical 20 degrees), by the 05 Ashes I was totally obsessed with the game and even got into the 5th day at OT for a tenner. I then had to fly to one of the more remote Canary Islands (no UK TV) to begin a work placement on the 2nd day of the Trent Bridge Test (and also missed the decider at the Oval). Nightmare.

  81. 16:10: 
    SL 40-0 (Karunaratne 24, Silva 16)

    Three slips and a gully for Anderson to the left-hander. The breeze is picking up a fraction but Karunaratne looks quite settled, not the dashing style of a Perera but he looks well suited to the demands of Test cricket, and a gloriously straight push off the back foot brings him a boundary.

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    "Before tea the ball wasn't moving so much. They have always been good batsmen, Sri Lankans, especially if the pitch is good. This movement is going to go very quickly."

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  83. 16:06: 
    SL 36-0 (Karunaratne 20, Silva 16)

    He might not get in tonight if England keep dropping catches, though. Stuart Broad resumes, having completed his lucky three skips at the start of his run. I wonder if he will still be doing that when he is in the autumn of his career. Four slips are in place waiting for the edge but nothing doing in this over, just a single down to fine-leg.

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    Peter in Seaham: I was at day four of the Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street and missed out on Stuart Broad's burst to dismantle the Aussies and win the Test due to one too many ales.

  85. 15:59: 

    It is still sunny at Lord's, not the glorious unbroken sunshine of the morning session but still ideal for batting. The cloud is increasing, though, so England will be hoping the ball will swing a bit in this evening session. Particularly as Jayawardene averages 75 from his four Tests at Lord's. Sangakkara has achieved a great many things but a Test century at Lord's has so far eluded him - 65 his best in four matches. You wouldn't begrudge him it, would you?

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    Andy Gubbs: Had tickets for final day v Pakistan at the Oval where Inzamam effectively forfeited the game.

    Kate Walker: Got Day 4 tickets of the final Ashes Test last summer. Sat in the rain at the Oval all day. I've never felt more British!

  87. 15:53: 

    Thanks very much. Now we are only two thirds of the way through day two but with messrs Sangakkara and Jayawardene still in the hutch, England surely cannot afford to let Sri Lanka get too much of a start. The last three matches between the teams at Lord's have all been draws but much can happen yet, and hopefully it will.

  88. 15:48: 

    So where are we? Well, England have racked up loads and Sri Lanka are so far behind that the tourists are just a tiny spec in the rear-view mirror. With 575-9 declared playing 35-0, Jamie Lillywhite is here to guide you through the start of the evening session.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "It looks as though England's new-look slip cordon could take a little while to gel. There's nowhere to hide for naughty schoolboys Chris Jordan and Gary Ballance given that they are stationed alongside Alastair Cook. Criticised for being too passive in Australia, the England skipper is on his toes out there offering loud encouragement to bowlers and fielders alike. How long before he throws the ball to Jordan and the returning Liam Plunkett to test out the Sri Lankan openers with some genuine pace?"

    England's Chris Jordan and Gary Ballance
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That catch, on a wicket like this, has to be taken and it's going to be hard work. There will be plenty of gaps for the Sri Lanka side to score and England are going to have to take their chances."

  91. 15:45: 
    Tea- SL 35-0

    Kaushal Silva, a candidate for the Diminutive XI, looks in good order and comfortably sees James Anderson to tea. Sri Lanka head for a brew on 35-0, still miles behind, but perhaps encouraged by the start they've made.

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    Steve, Oxford: 1995 was a great year for me missing cricket, I missed Dominic Cork's hat trick at Old Trafford because I didn't realise there were less trains on a Sunday - I got of the tram to the roar of his third wicket. The same summer I also missed Brian Lara getting 152 at Trent Bridge because I met my brother in the Larwood at lunch and didn't make it back to my seat until tea.

  93. 15:39: 
    SL 31-0 (trail by 544)

    Broad, stubble around his chops to give him less of a baby face, gallops in on an angle, probing Dimuth Karunaratne's off stump under the burning London sunshine. On the whole, Broad is camping on a good length, with the odd bouncer used to keep the left-hander awake. We'll have time for one more before the break.

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    Adam, London: I was at the Adelaide Test last year. Having spent the lunch interval in the beer queue I nipped out to grab a hot dog during the afternoon session.

    In the 20 minutes I was lining up for a "gourmet sausage with charred onion topping" Mitchell Johnston took 5 wickets and ruined many an Englishman's winter. I'm not sure if I'd have felt any better if I'd been in the stands.

  95. 15:36: 
    SL 29-0 (Karunaratne 17, Silva 12)

    Remember after lunch when the stands were half-empty and the crowd barely audible? None of that now. Every seat taken, the chatter cranked up to 11. Sri Lanka have two, maybe three overs before tea, with England buzzing all over them. As we predicted before, this is a world away to the pressure-free batting the hosts enjoyed. Sri Lanka, though, are easing in to the task, with Karunaratne helping himself to a couple of twos.

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

    "He pierced the gap brilliantly but one of them had to get more of a paw on it than that. This is where the senior pair of Broad and Anderson have to set the example for the team, they might have to bite their lip a bit."

  97. 15:31: 

    Is it a dropped catch if no one gets a hand to it? The fact is it should have been taken so, in this tough school, it goes down as a drop. Again it's Dimuth Karunaratne edging through the slips, but this time Stuart Broad is the bowler. It goes between second and third, Chris Jordan and Gary Ballance, who have probably never stood there together before. It's catchable, but beats the dive of both men and runs for four. Broad, as ever, takes a fielding mistake off his bowling with good grace.

    Dimuth Karunaratne edges between second and third slip
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Generally when you get a score like this you do see a couple of early wickets fall in reply because the opening batsmen are so drained from all the fielding. Anderson and Broad are a fantastic opening combination too; very rarely do you see them bowl badly. The pitch is so dry that I think we might see some reverse swing later in the day."

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  99. 15:26: 
    SL 15-0 (trail by 560)

    Anderson is bowling from the Pavilion End, meaning the slope runs from left to right as he peers towards the batsman. Three slips, a gully and a short leg for Silva, who is so small of stature that an adult-sized bat is actually too big for him. He cuts a bit off to make it the ideal size. He looks organised, though, getting right forward to cover Anderson's in-hoop.

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    Mike Bell in Ashford: I wasn't born until 1954, so missed all of Sir Donald Bradman's innings.

    Former Australia batsman Donald Bradman
  101. 15:22: 
    SL 10-0

    Stuart Broad, looking limber, shares the new ball. A giant of a man, he towers over the tiny Kaushal Silva, who barely clears the stumps. A rozzer from Broad beats the edge, but Silva hits back with a wonderful drive that scorches the turf in the vacant cover region.

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    Sean, Edinburgh: I had tickets to all five days of the 2003 New Year Test in Sydney but missed day two after a late night in The Kings Cross Hotel indie club. Steve Waugh scored what the Aussies claimed was the greatest century ever and brought DVDs out of that day! I had the last laugh when we won the Test.

  103. 15:16: 
    NOT OUT- SL 6-0

    Dimuth Karunaratne, you lucky, lucky boy. It had everything going for it. Pitching in line, no hint of an edge, but just, by a coat of varnish, going over the top. Karunaratne, after a day-and-a-half in the field, escapes being sent back in the very first over. All Anderson can do is poke out his tongue in bemusement.

  104. 15:15: 

    What did we say about batting becoming harder when Sri Lanka have a go? James Anderson is making the ball talk, sing even. Swinging back to left-hander Dimuth Karunaratne, who just looks out. He wants another look, but you sense it's futile...

  105. 15:13: 
    Sri Lanka stickability
    Mahela Jayawardene celebrates his century at Lord's in 2002

    Sri Lanka have a history of some big totals at Lord's. In 2002 they amassed 555-8 after centuries from Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene. England were bowled out for 275 and were made to follow on but responded with 529-5 declared as that match was drawn.

    In 2006 it was England who made Sri Lanka follow-on, skittling them out for 192 having made 551-6 declared with centuries from Marcus Trescothick and a certain Kevin Pietersen. But the Sri Lankans responded with 537-9 to earn a draw, helped by another century from the maestro Jayawardene.

    In fact, Sri Lanka have yet to win at the home of cricket, with four draws and two defeats.

  106. 15:12: 
    SL 0-0

    The players are back out after a swift turnaround, England huddling on the boundary, followed by Sri Lanka openers Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne. James Anderson has the new ball.

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    Mark Bridge: I can feel Sri Lanka being at least 4 down by close of play today.

    Matt Tasker: Could there be a more entertaining day to watch England at Lords? Would love to be there today.

    Matthew Coote: Surely the worst toss decision ever made!

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "I've been chatting to former England batsman Mark Ramprakash about Sam Robson, his protege at Middlesex. He says Robson's first-innings prod outside off stump can be explained away by nerves but backs him to become a fixture in the England side. Ramprakash says, 'Every batsman is vulnerable early on and Sam is no exception. It was clearly very exciting for him, but perhaps also a bit nerve-wracking to play his debut Test match at the home of cricket. There is no doubt in my mind he can play at Test level. He is a very correct, orthodox batsman with a good defence and temperament'."

    England's Sam Robson
  109. 15:09: 

    As for Sri Lanka, the bowling figures don't make great reading. Does anyone dare ask the skipper what he was thinking at the toss?

    Kulasekara 22-3-83-1; Pradeep 29-2-123-4; Eranga 30-3-163-3; Mathews 11-2-39-0; Herath 37.3-2-136-1; Thirimanne 1-0-7-0.

  110. 15:08: 
    Eng 575-9 dec

    Ian Bell looked a class apart for his 56, Moeen Ali composed on debut for 48 and Matt Prior back to his old self with 86. Cameos from Stuart Broad and Liam Plunkett brought 47 and 39 respectively, boosting England to a score that has put them in a pretty impregnable position.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "While Jimmy Anderson sprinted off to get ready for his bowling duties, Joe Root soaked up a standing ovation from a capacity crowd at Lord's. To a man, Sri Lanka's fielders queued up to shake the hands of the Yorkshire batsman. It was the first double century by an England batsman since Ian Bell in 2011 against India at the Oval."

  112. 15:05: 
    Eng 575-9 dec

    Doesn't it seem a long time ago that Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to field? He probably wishes he'd packed that time machine in his coffin now. Having said that, England looked in familiar trouble at 74-3, but that was when Joe Root made his way to the crease. 200 runs from him later, England had racked up 575-9.

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

    "They'll settle for that. Remember they were put into bat when there was that green tinge there. Joe Root is taking his time, understandably, savouring the occasion. Lord's is full up today - it's a wonderful sight and just about everyone was up on their feet to applaud. Root can see a Test career opening up properly again now."

  114. 15:02: 
    DECLARATION- Eng 575-9

    Alastair Cook waited a moment, allowing Root to soak up the acclaim, before waving his arm like an air-traffic controller to signal his men back to the pavilion. The applause continues as Root strides to the dressing room, with every Sri Lankan player making a point of shaking his hand on the way.

  115. 15:00: 
    200 for Joe Root- Eng 575-9

    Brilliant Joe Root! He goes to a maiden Test double hundred with a fine sweep, kissing the badge in celebration as the home of cricket breaks into chants of "Rooooot". The Yorkshireman becomes the fourth-youngest Englishman to register a Test 200, off 298 balls with 16 fours. With that, England have declared.

    England's Joe Root
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    Craig Johnston: Was in the loo at the MCG when Warney took his 700th test wicket on Boxing Day 2006. I've not lived it down yet!

    Michelle Garland: First game I watched was Gloucestershire at an outground. Turned round to talk to friend 6 times. Missed all 6 wickets of the day.

    Matthew Henry: Had a ticket for this year's Chester-le-street ODI, didn't bother after seeing weather forecast..not the worst game to miss 99/10.

  117. 14:58: 
    Eng 571-9 (Root 197, Anderson 8)

    If there's a chance of two, Joe Root is sprinting like Usain Bolt. If there's only a single, Root isn't so sure. A clip fine for four takes him to 196, with Anderson then turning down the single. Fifth ball, single taken, one for Jimmy to survive. Lord's, covered in a little cloud, is hushed, totally engrossed in the final plot-line of this England innings. Anderson leaves to keep his end of the bargain, drawing a bigger cheer than has been afforded to the nine Sri Lanka wickets. Root needs three and has the strike.

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

    "The cricket lacks tension at the moment because we know England have this big total, and we are waiting for the next phase of the game to see whether batting is so easy when England bowl."

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  119. 14:53: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 564-9

    Joe Root would have been a little nervous waiting for the result of that Anderson review, his dream of a Test double ton hanging in the balance. Reprieved, he celebrates by slog-sweeping Herath over the head of cow corner for four. Oh Jimmy, you're at it again, causing Root's heart to leap into his mouth. Edged towards slip, where the snoozing Mahela Jayawardene barely gets a hand on it. What comes first, the Anderson wicket or the Root 200?

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    Christophe Talbotski: Missed the Edgbaston 05 Test final day after hitting the beer straight after a flight from the US the day before. Woke at 3pm!

    Robin Tones: I went to the US for a 6 week hols and missed Botham's Ashes series.

  121. 14:49: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 555-9

    Pitched a mile outside leg stump, no need to see if it would have hit. Not out. Matt Prior, by the way, has his keeping pads on, ready to go. Alastair Cook still not changed from his lounge wear.

  122. 14:48: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Eng 555-9

    Three catchers on the leg side keep James Anderson company, with the Burnley Lara coming up with some ingenious ways to score runs/try to get out. A flick on the hop, a lean-back late cut, a wild swipe, all with the ball going nowhere. Nuwan Pradeep goes full and screams for leg before, certain he's got his man. Not out. Is it being reviewed? Players mill about. Not much happening. Now we have a review...

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    Trinity Blogger: Went to the loo when Flintoff got Langer at Edgbaston. Missed the Ponting wicket. The roof of the toilet shook.

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    Christian Smart: I went to see the fourth day of the second England v South Africa Test at Headingley. The train was delayed so I didn't arrive until 12. After a five-hour trip we got 45 minutes play before the heavens opened and no further action and just enough overs to not get a refund. I did witness a Jimmy Anderson reverse sweep, though.

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

    "The Sri Lanka bowlers haven't made the ball move and they haven't bowled enough balls in that corridor outside off stump. They bowled short and caused a few problems this morning but they haven't looked like getting anybody out by pitching it up."

  126. 14:42: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 554-9

    I told you Jimmy would fancy a bat on this, didn't I? His first look at Herath and bosh, perfect reverse-sweep all along the carpet for four. On the boundary, Paul Farbrace sits with three young lads in whites and fluorescent bibs. He points at them to take the drinks out. So that's what the assistant coach does.

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    David Slade: In the 2005 Ashes I had a ticket for the Sunday at Edgbaston. With Clarke going to Harmison's slow peach last thing on Saturday, I decided that it wasn't worth the two-hour drive from Cardiff to watch England mop up the Aussie tail in half an hour. It panned out a little differently.

    England win the 2005 Ashes Test at Edgbaston
  128. 14:38: 
    Eng 547-9

    Anderson, permanently targeted throughout the winter, is greeted by short stuff from Nuwan Pradeep, but ducks to survive. Is England's thinking to get Joe Root to 200? He's 19 short.

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

    "Plunkett came out and did what he was asked to do - have a swing and get on with it. Taking on the pull shot, it just got a bit big on him."

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  130. 14:33: 
    WICKET- Plunkett c Silva b Pradeep 39 (Eng 547-9)

    Where did that come from? Liam Plunkett awakens Lord's from its slumber by, erm, getting out. It's yet another bouncer doing the trick, with Plunkett hooking a Nuwan Pradeep short ball, but only getting it high on the bat and finding Kaushal Silva at short mid wicket. Alastair Cook reacts by not moving a muscle, with James Anderson falling out of the dressing room and heading for the middle.


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    Mark Gwilliam: Constantly talking to himself. Off-side steps as the ball is bowled. All shoulders and elbows. Surely Joe Root is the new Derek Randall?

    Former England batsman Derek Randall
  132. 14:32: 
    Eng 547-8 (Root 181, Plunkett 39)

    When Cook stops talking to a rather bored-looking Ian Bell, he plants his left index finger inside his right nostril. Come on skipper, there's a time and place for a nose exploration and it's not when you're sitting on the Lord's balcony. Root turns Herath for a couple, moving to 181 and his highest Test score, surpassing the 180 he got against Australia on this ground last year.

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    Chris Beckett: I remember queuing ages for the 5th at OT. Got shut with just 3 people in front of me.. Heard Hoggard 1st ball wicket a mile away!

    Deccers: If you see how long the queues are around the ground to get beer & food, then you can understand why everyone is late after lunch.

    Ian Edwards: Went to Test match in SA. Flight arrived on day one so decided to watch on TV. Day 2 the heavens opened for the next 4 days.

  134. 14:28: 
    Eng 543-8 (Pradeep 3-115 off 26)

    Having said that batting will probably seem harder when Sri Lanka have a go, how easy England's number 10 is making it look suggests that this deck is flatter than the M6. Liam Plunkett pulls out the sort of on drive that a number four would be proud of, screaming the ball to the wide mid on fence. Alastair Cook, the man who will decide on any potential declaration, doesn't even tear himself away from his conversation. Training gear on, back to the action, just having a chat. You wouldn't even know he's playing.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "It's the usual sights and sounds on a lap of Lord's with panama hats, chinos and colourful pressed shorts the order of the day and vast array of intoxicating tipples. One man I spotted was wearing a Jammy Dodger-themed suit with images of the popular teatime comestible dotted all over his blazer and trousers. The self-styled 'Biscuit Man' was scampering so fast that I didn't get a chance to inquire whether he had Fig Roll, Bourbon and Jaffa Cake themed attire lined up for days three, four and five."

  136. 14:23: 
    Eng 536-8 (Root 177, Plunkett 33)

    It's times like this that make Test cricket so unique. At the moment, the game is devoid of intensity, entirely one-sided as England dominate. However, as soon as the change of innings comes, it will be cricket in the raw. England will still have the ascendancy, but in a complete different way. You can bet that batting will seem harder, the ball will do more, runs will be at a premium. A sweep for four and a couple of dabs take Root up to 177, three short of his Test best 180.

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

    "Sri Lanka are a team looking to have a bat and sit in the dressing room. They've been out here for a while."

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  138. 14:19: 
    Eng 528-8 (partnership 62)

    Sri Lanka shuffle the pack, recalling the magnificent mullet of Nuwan Pradeep. The Lord's murmur subsides as a cloud sweeps across the canvas. It wouldn't actually be a bad time for a post-lunch nap. Can you see England declaring? I can't, not yet anyway. There's cheap runs to be had out there. Only a slip and a gully, with all-you-can-eat singles available from the Sri Lankan buffet. James Anderson has his pads on. I reckon even he fancies a score today.

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    Pete in Banbury: I planned to go to Edgbaston on Saturday, 4 June 1994 to watch Warwickshire v Durham. The Friday had finished with Brian Lara on 111. The Saturday was rained off so my Dad and I never got off New Street station. When play resumed on Monday 6 June 1994, Lara went on to make 501, without me in attendance. Stupid weather.

    Brian Lara
  140. 14:14: 
    Eng 524-8 (Root 168, Plunkett 30)

    By reaching 55, this stand has become the highest ninth-wicket partnership for England versus Sri Lanka. Still Herath, watched on from the balcony by England skipper Alastair Cook. He turns when a voice come from behind him, then shakes his head as if answering in the negative. Was the question "are you think of declaring?" It may also have been "are you going to Kev's for Christmas this year?"

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    Tom in Leeds: At Headingley a few years ago I saw Kevin Pietersen get his fifty before heading to the bar. The queue was so big I just got back to see him get his hundred - and that included a break for tea.

  142. 14:10: 
    Eng 521-8 (120 overs)

    Liam Plunkett is built like a squaddie. Tall as a skyscraper, white shirt hugging a chest that could have been chiselled from granite. He isn't chewing that gum, he's teaching it a lesson. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have descended from Test team to school third XI. Fielders arbitrarily placed on the leg-side boundary, Eranga can't decide if he's over or around the wicket. Huge no-ball, hooked to deep square leg, dropped anyway. Another bumper, another hook for four. I wonder if Angelo Mathews is reconsidering his decision to field first.

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

    "Just before tea is the ideal time for England to be bowling. You get two bite at the openers with the new ball."

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  144. 14:04: 
    Eng 506-8 (run-rate 4.25)

    Herath is taking more and more pace off the ball, to the extent that it is hardly getting down the full 22 yards. There's turn, but slow turn. Singles exchanged, Herath from around to over the wicket, fielders scattered far and wide on the leg side. Pressure-free runs available out there, seems only a batsman error will bring the wicket.

    England's Liam Plunkett
  145. 14:02: 
    How's stat?!

    The last time England passed 500 in a Test was December 2012, against India at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, when they made 523 in the first innings en route to a seven-wicket win. Incidentally, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Matt Prior and James Anderson are the only members of that side who remain.

  146. 14:01: 
    Eng 503-8 (Root 163, Plunkett 15)

    Having said that, in my teenage years I once went to a Test at Headingley and because I missed the train didn't get in until just before lunch. Let me know if you've got a good story of not getting to watch cricket. Eranga's radar continues to be all over the shop, with Root flicking fine for four then nurdling a single. That brings up the 500, which Root celebrates with a big fist pump and a slap of the gloves with Plunkett. Can you remember the last time England made it halfway to 1,000?

  147. 13:56: 
    Eng 493-8 (partnership 28)

    Now, I realise that a Lord's Test match is a part-sporting, part-social occasion, but how long does it take to eat lunch? The break is 40 minutes, yet the stands are barely half full. Where are all the spectators? If you've paid that much for a ticket, surely you want to see as much play as possible? Anyway, Herath around the wicket, two singles from it.

  148. 13:53: 
    Eng 491-8 (Root 156, Plunkett 10)

    Root, who has returned after lunch with a huge blob of suncream on the end of his hooter, is having a right old conversation with himself. Surely there's no need for self-beration when you're 156 not out? Lord's quietly buzzes as patrons slowly make their way back from the champagne and caviar.

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    David Huglin, Liverpool: Re Andrew Fry Exeter (12:47) Open the bowling and keep wicket ....now that is impressive....

  150. 13:48: 
    Eng 489-8 (115 overs)

    Rangana Herath, following in a fine tradition of portly Sri Lanka cricketers, continues to tweak after lunch. Slip, short leg, short cover, with the gum-chewing Plunkett doing all he can to get the ball away. Dance, swipe, block, heave. Four through mid-wicket from the final ball.


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    Jack Byrne: Not being negative, all our "all-rounders" have come off against average bowling and saved us. Where were they in Australia?

  152. 13:45: 
    Eng 484-8 (Root 153, Plunkett 6)

    At what other sporting event would you see the playing area invaded by popped champagne corks? What's that all about? My champagne experience is minimal, but surely you can keep the cork from getting on to the outfield? Stop showing off. Twice Eranga is wayward down the leg side, causing trouble for keeper Prasanna Jayawardene. The second runs away for four byes. Very sloppy, followed by a textbook Plunkett off drive for four. One over in and Sri Lanka look spent.

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    Mike, Chester: We've got nothing to worry about in Sri Lanka's bowling line-up, the only way they'll frighten Root, Bell et al is to all grow Mitchell Johnson-esqe moustachios in time for the 2nd Test....

  154. 13:41: 
    Eng 473-8

    Sri Lanka are back, all smiles, blue caps and stained whites. Root and Plunkett follow them in to the sunshine, both aiming drives at imaginary balls. Shaminda Eranga, the man who dropped Plunkett before lunch, takes up the attack to Joe Root.

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    Aaron Caddell: Re. Great all-rounders. Doubt this will ever be matched! On 15 August 1862, EM Grace - the older brother of the more famous WG - carried his bat through the entire MCC innings, scoring 192 not out of a total of 344. Then, bowling underarm, he took all 10 wickets in the Kent first innings for 69 runs. However, this is not an official record as it was a 12-a-side game (though one of the Kent batsmen was injured).

  156. 13:39: 
    Eng 473-8

    Good lunch? Ready for the afternoon? England will resume on 473-8, with Joe Root on 152 and Liam Plunkett 150 behind him. In reality, it's all a bit of a phoney war now. England have their huge total, and a few more won't make a big difference. The real game will begin when Sri Lanka come to bat.

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    Jon, Bedford: It's all pretty simple. We have had a long batting line-up for years but the difference between the Priors, Broads etc in the recent Ashes is they were coming in when we were always in dire straights. These guys like to attack. This is the first time they have come in and been able to swing the bat with less pressure - and suddenly they are back in form. Exactly why the Aussie tail looked so good - they were usually coming in with 500-4 in the bank and tired bowlers.

  158. 13:30: 

    Let's recap on what took place in that entertaining morning session. Joe Root became the first man to score 150 or more in consecutive Lord's Tests, ably supported by Stuart Broad, who had a run-rate of 160 at one point before eventually departing for 47 off 38 balls. England's run-rate is a healthy 4.18 per over and seamer Shaminda Eranga is the most successful Sri Lanka bowler with 3-131 from 26 overs.

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    Freddie Longe, London: The greatest Test all rounder is David Gower. 44 with the bat and 20 with the ball.

    The great DI Gower bowled in five Test innings, sending down a total of 36 deliveries. His solitary Text victim was another great all-rounder, Kapil Dev, during a spell of 1-1.

    Former England batsman David Gower
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "A barn-storming session. The lucky punters saw 129 runs, three wickets, a dolly of a dropped catch and Sri Lanka's version of bodyline bowling. While Root ticked on at his own pace, Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad produced the fireworks at the other end, with 12 boundaries between them. With England now in sight of a score of 500 for the first time since December 2012, coach Peter Moores and his men will enjoy their lunchtime spread."

  161. 13:09:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    On TMS, the lunch break will be devoted to the wonderful former commentator John Arlott, who would have been 100 years old in February. Do yourself a favour and have a listen - he was one of the greats.

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    Benjamin Pelc: England's lower order were definitely given orders. I like it. A lot.

    Peter Collins: And Root just keeps plugging away. It's like having Trott back!

  163. 13:04: 
    Lunch- Eng 473-8

    So very much England's morning. They may have lost three wickets, but the scoreboard has rattled along. In all, 129 runs have been scored in the morning session at a rate of more than five per over. We thought England might have batted Sri Lanka out of the game if they were up to 500 by tea. In fact, that is likely to come just after lunch.


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

    "Root knows his method. He has clearly done his homework on his opposition bowlers. That's what cricket is about - knowing where you're going to score your runs. He has done that nicely. Cricket is about identifying what shots are going to work for your game and he has certainly done that nicely. He has just played with control, he hasn't been expansive. He has options on the off and leg-side and he is a very determined young cricketer."

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    England's Joe Root
  165. 13:02: 
    150 for Joe Root- Eng 473-8

    In all the excitement of the morning, Joe Root has been a little anonymous. But, from the final ball before lunch, a clip through mid-wicket takes him to 150, a wonderful knock that has underpinned this huge England score. Lord's rises to applaud, a noise that continues as Root makes his way all the way to the pavilion. England take lunch on 473-8.

  166. 13:01: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 468-8

    Bat over the line. Move on. Two balls left.

  167. 13:00: 
    Third umpire- Eng 468-8

    Right then, probably the last set before lunch, to be delivered by the stocky left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. Ooohhh, this is good work. Root dancing, short leg flicking the ball back very quickly. Bails off, Root diving in. Home? We'll see...

    England's Joe Root
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    darylbhoy: Broad playing like he wasn't impressed at being demoted to number 9.

    Alex Hardy: Wonderful batting here from England. Refreshing.

  169. 12:57: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 468-8

    Oh dear, what a let-off for new man Liam Plunkett. On his return to Test cricket, Plunkett pulls his second ball straight to Shaminda Eranga at square leg. It's simple, a dolly, as simple as you like. But, for some inexplicable reason, Eranga shells it. You know when you say "I could have caught that" in a show of bravado? This time, you really could have caught it.

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

    "That's why they are all out there but it was a good innings from Stuart Broad, exactly the way I like to see him play. He's played a nice hand for England."

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  171. 12:53: 
    WICKET- Broad c Karunaratne b Pradeep 47 (Eng 466-8)

    Gone this time. The Stuart Broad show is over, dying by the sword, just as he lived by it. A short ball from Nuwan Pradeep gives Broad yet another chance to pull, but this time he finds the bread basket of Dimuth Karunaratne at deep mid-wicket. Broad goes for 47 from 38 balls, ending a stand of 64 in under 10 overs. Great fun.


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    Rory, Plaxtol: Adam Gilchrist had a bowl in his last ever IPL game. Even got a wicket. Surely a contender for Ultimate All-Rounder XI.

    Rob, London: And who could forget MS Dhoni's magnificent spell with the ball on India's last tour....

  173. 12:49: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 463-7

    Ooohhh, Stuart Broad survives. One camera seemed to have him on the line, another suggested he got the tiniest slither of a spike behind the whitewash. On that, he seems to have the benefit of the doubt, but he may well have got away with one. Naturally, there was no hint that Broad would walk. Quite right, too.

  174. 12:49: 
    Third umpire- Eng 463-7

    Now this is close. Is he on the line? That would be out. Broad isn't sure what the fuss is about, he calmly turned around to put the bails back on...

  175. 12:48: 
    Third umpire- Eng 463-7

    Prasanna Jayawardene thinks he has his man, Broad's bails off in a flash. Wake up, third umpire.

    England's Stuart Broad
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    Joseph Cunningham: Just think, we have Plunkett in next who can give it a biff!

    Matthew Bennett: This tail sure has a sting.

    Nick Eaglesfield: On a hot day like this, I need a job where I can just nip off to Lord's for a spot of cricket and Pimms.

  177. 12:47: 
    Eng 462-7 (Root 143, Broad 47)

    Broad is still swinging like a rusty gate - feet out of the way, see ball, hit ball. A couple flayed to deep cover, causing the bouncy mullet of Nuwan Pradeep to change the angle to around the wicket. Just under 15 minutes to go until lunch. Sri Lanka will be glad of the rest.

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    Andrew Fry, Exeter: I played with a chap in my younger days: James Tyler - opened the bowling, opened the batting, best fielder, would keep wicket, captain, had best car, posh. Had it all going on….

  179. 12:42: 
    Eng 459-7 (Root 142, Broad 46)

    Entertaining sketch on the England balcony as assistant coach Paul Farbrace bends the ear of captain Alastair Cook. Farbrace is in full flow, hand gestures, enthusiasm, barely taking a breath. Cook, on the other hand, couldn't look less interested, as if he's merely humouring the new man. Broad's chance of scoring the fastest half-century by an England batsman in Test cricket goes as he defends Herath. Ian Botham's 28-ball mark remains.

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    Matt Taggart: Can Broad score only in multiples of 4!?!

    Stu Murray: I think we can give up the pretence of Broad as an all rounder. Fun to watch though!

    Tom Saunders: This shows the importance of our lower order scoring. A tail as good as ours can win games if they have freedom to play shots.

  181. 12:39: 
    Eng 456-7 (Root 140, Broad 44)

    This is getting silly. Stuart Broad is flaying Sri Lanka to all parts of north-west London. Twice he opens his shoulders against Pradeep, twice he finds the off-side fence. That's the 50 partnership in only 33 balls. Broad, whose only Test hundred came on this ground, is simply enjoying himself, swinging from the hip without a care in the world. Thing is, he's playing good shots, finding both the middle of the bat and the boundary.

    England's Stuart BRoad
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the perfect scenario for Stuart Broad - he likes batting here. He has got a huge amount of skill. He has a knack of knowing how to open the blade and find the gaps. The break after the T20 World Cup would have done him the world of good."

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  183. 12:34: 
    Eng 444-7 (partnership 42 from 30 balls)

    I wondered when the Ultimate All-Rounder XI would begin to take in multi-talented men. Soon we'll be talking of CB Fry, the man who could jump on to the mantelpiece from a standing start. Joe Root, something of a spectator in the past half hour, is happy to give the strike to Broad, who then pulls Kulasekara for yet another boundary. All of this is watched by Sri Lanka legend Aravinda de Silva, who is tucking in to an early lunch.

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    Dino Ghost-Question: What about Ray Illingworth as the ultimate all-rounder? Bowler, batsman, captain and one-man committee?!

    Zanebow: How can no one mention Sir Garry Sobers (below), as the ultimate all-rounder. He kept but could also bat bowl spin, medium pace and quick.

    Sir Garry Sobers
  185. 12:29: 
    Eng 434-7 (Root 134, Broad 28)

    The bouncy-haired Nuwan Pradeep returns, with no fewer than three men on the leg-side boundary for Broad. The Notts all-rounder, sunlight reflecting off his plastic bicycle-style helmet, hangs his head when a mishit goes straight up, but the falling leather evades the fielder and finds turf. Pradeep tries his luck again, but a better shot from Broad goes fine for four. Plenty happening.

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

    "Broad is a frustrating batsmen in the sense that he has not really evolved but he is still a dangerous one. He is going to play aggressively and I am sure that's the best way for him. If he stays, he'll score runs. You sense this is going to be a high scoring match, when the Sri Lankans bat too. The pitch has changed colour, there was that green tinge yesterday and it has now gone to a mellow, beigey brown."

  187. 12:24: 
    Eng 425-7 (Broad 22 from 13)

    Rangana Herath withdrawn, Nuwan Kulasekara introduced. Pace, but nowhere near quick enough to consider regular short stuff as a tactic. As a result, Broad is pouncing on to the front, first driving through the covers, then going down the ground, with a third and final boundary sliding behind point. At the moment, this match is being played with the fast forward button being held down.

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    Small Man Peaky: Wow England really don't know how to play the bouncer anymore. Johnson has done more damage than we realised.

    Phil Mansell: Time for Stuart Broad to remind everyone he can actually bat.

  189. 12:18: 
    Eng 413-7 (Root 132, Broad 10)

    Of all England's batsmen during the winter horribilis, it was Stuart Broad that had the most problems with the short stuff. With a short leg and two men on the hook, he can expect more chin music from Shaminda Eranga, who is full at first. As clouds roll over head, a further man comes to the leg side. No prizes for guessing where this ball will be. Short, Broad swivelling in a flash, pulling to the fence before anyone can move.

    England's Stuart Broad
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Here in the BBC Radio 5 live box, former England skippers Alec Stewart and Geoffrey Boycott are berating England's inability to cope with the short ball. 'This is an embarrassment, they are being horribly exposed,' says Stewart. 'The batting coaches need to give England some real tough practice against the short ball. Noone enjoys being hit on the head, but you have to know how to deal with it.' Boycott adds: 'Australia will be licking their lips. Can you imagine this lot against Colin Croft?'"

  191. 12:12: 
    Eng 404-7 (Root 132, Broad 1)

    Stuart Broad, not seen since the World T20, emerges at number nine, a relegation of one place. He's away with a single dabbed behind point off the spindly tweakers of Herath. Looking at that Jordan dismissal again, he was perhaps unsure of what to do with that short ball, then ended up doing nothing. Shaminda Eranga is far from express, but that's two England batsmen he's bounced out. Both were rather tame endings. That's one problem from the winter that remains.

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

    "Jordan played two or three absolutely stunning shots. When you see some of those shots you get a bit greedy and think he could evolve. But the new man Stuart Broad you thought he could have batted number seven and he has regressed."

  193. 12:06: 
    WICKET- Jordan c P Jayawardene b Eranga 19 (Eng 402-7)

    Ah, it was fun while it lasted. When he stops playing his strokes, Chris Jordan gets himself into a tangle that ultimately proves his downfall. Banged in by Shaminda Eranga, Jordan tries to ride the bounce, but is perhaps undone by a lack of pace. He can only get a leading edge, which loops over his head and into the waiting gloves of Prasanna Jayawardene.


    England's Chris Jordan is caught behind
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    Jordan Davies: I love a good run 4, and this morning we've had two already. Root and Jordan. These are two proper Test match batsmen.

    Louis McMahon: Any cricket stattos know of any other player apart from Chris Jordan whose first runs in Test cricket were an all run 4?

  195. 12:05: 
    Eng 402-6

    Sri Lanka mix their approach to Jordan, who is finding the middle of the bat with every ball he faces. Two slips in for edge, a short leg and two men back on the hook. Full or short from Eranga? Short...Jordan on the hook...just over the head of fine leg and bouncing for four. Chris Jordan on the charge, following up with a Tendulkar-esque back-foot drive for four more. He's a one-man highlight reel. England go to 400 for the first since since the second Test against Wellington in 2013, a run of 27 innings.

  196. 12:01: 
    4,000 and out
    England's Alec Stewart

    Matt Prior is the third England wicketkeeper to reach 4,000 Test runs. Alan Knott made 4,389 runs in 95 matches at an average of 32, with five centuries and 30 fifties. Alec Stewart (pictured) tops the list with 4,540 runs from 82 matches as a designated keeper, with an average of 34 and six centuries.

  197. 11:59: 
    Eng 392-6 (Root 131, Jordan 9)

    We're definitely in for some fun if Chris Jordan hangs around, with the Sussex all-rounder skipping down the track to play a beautiful on-drive for four off Herath. The crowd also seems awake to the possibility of Jordan pyrotechnics, the sound of the Lord's hum just nudges up a notch or two.

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    Martyn Hearne: Surely the ultimate all rounder would be MS Dhoni, quality keeper, brilliant batsman, slow medium bowler and a leader of men.

    Tom Scarborough: Knott was a better keeper than Gilchrist but with Warne as my spinner I would have Gilly in my all time XI.

    Adrian Bennion: Paul Collingwood kept wicket as a stand in for England a few years ago. Surely that makes him the ultimate all rounder?

  199. 11:56: 
    Eng 386-6 (100 overs)

    Chris Jordan has his first runs in Test cricket, with the right-hander leaning into a straight drive off Eranga and running four. Sri Lanka, though, are pursuing the short plan, with six men on the leg side. Jordan is a man who will take this challenge on, and a hook shot almost makes short leg Kaushal Silva the second Sri Lankan to visit hospital today. Short bowling + Chris Jordan = expect fireworks.

    England's Chris Jordan
  200. 11:52: 
    Crib notes on Chris

    Apart from that unbeatable fact we have wielded out frequently about him being at school with Rihanna, Chris Jordan has also scored six first-class fifties, with a top score of 92 from his 61 matches and an average of 21. There was also that unbeaten 38 from 13 balls in the one-dayers against Sri Lanka containing five fours and two sixes. Some of that would not go amiss for the crowd today.

    England's Chris Jordan
  201. 11:50: 
    Eng 381-6 (Root 129, Jordan 0)

    Well who knew that would work? Not your humble text commentator. Sri Lanka, though, had worked out that line and length was not the way to go and eventually their leg theory got under Prior's skin. On his recall, he looked set for a ton, but he simply could not get out of the way of a very good Eranga bumper. He was furious as he dragged himself off, blasting the air with his bat. His exit brings England's third debutant, Chris Jordan, to the crease, with the Sussex man defending Rangana Herath.

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

    "He got himself in trouble. It wasn't that quick; he couldn't make his mind up what he was going to do. He wasn't even looking in the end. It is quite obvious that Prior and Root are not that comfortable with the short ball around the wicket. I bet the Aussies are taking note of that for next year when they have quicker and better seamers."

    England's Matt Prior
  203. 11:45: 
    WICKET- Prior c Silva b Eranga 86 (Eng 380-6)

    The plan works! Sri Lanka had slowly roughed up Matt Prior and, with the England keeper looking increasingly uncomfortable, he fends one to short leg. Shaminda Eranga gamely stuck to the chin music and Prior slowly ran out of ideas and got himself into a tangle. First a waft of a pull, a duck, a sway, then a perfect, head-hunting bouncer that he could only pat to Kaushal Silva.


    England's Matt Prior is caught by Kaushal Silva
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    Jonty Hughes: Re. Three keepers: England were fielding Buttler, Bairstow and Kieswetter in T20s up until recently.

  205. 11:40: 
    Eng 375-5 (Root 123, Prior 86)

    Nuwan Pradeep decides that banging it in on a slow deck is a mug's game and he is withdrawn in favour of Rangana Herath's left-arm spin. Around the wicket, some flat, some loopy. When he fires it in, Prior gives himself room to flat-bat through the covers for four. The keeper nears an eighth Test ton. As for Herath, at least when he's bowling Sri Lanka don't have to worry about his fielding.

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

    "To unsettle batsmen you either need extra pace or a bit more discipline. You have to out-think them a bit with some short balls and then get them wide of off-stump so they go for a drive without being balanced properly."

  207. 11:36: 
    Eng 370-5 (Root 122, Prior 82)

    John Crawley was a stand-in keeper at best, right? I am enjoying this chat, though. I particularly like talk of keepers who have bowled in international cricket. AB de Villiers springs to mind, while West Indian Jimmy Adams also kept and bowled. Must be the potential for the Ultimate All-Rounder XI? Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance stroll back from the nets, while Eranga peppers Prior with five men on or behind square on the leg side. Prior hooking, but getting a lot of air and not much ball. When Eranga goes full, Prior clips for a couple.

    England's Matt Prior
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    Jules, London: England also had three potential wicketkeepers vs West Indies back in 1998. Jack Russell, Alec Stewart and John Crawley. In that era they could have done with more batsmen...

  209. 11:31: 
    Eng 365-5 (Pradeep 2-77 off 20)

    Pradeep, cricket's most impressive mullet in the post-1980s era, has dispensed with the short leg but keeps the leg slip. With his hair bouncing, Pradeep causes the most problems of the morning so far. First Root inside edges past his stumps for four, then a genuine edge falls short of first slip, where Kumar Sangakkara is perhaps a bit too deep. Better from the tourists.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Sri Lanka are wearing black armbands today to mark the death of the wife of fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake, who is back in Colombo."

  211. 11:26: 
    Eng 360-5 (94 overs)

    This short bowling, packed leg-side field plan seems a bit premature to me. The day is less than half an hour old, the new ball been sent down for only 14 overs. Both Root and Prior are getting the chin music, with a short leg and leg gully in place. A tickle off his hips take Prior to 4,00 Test runs in his 76th match at an average of 41.66. Good stats for a specialist bat, let alone a keeper. No joy for Sri Lanka, the short-bowling plan is woeful.

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

    "Steady start by England, but nothing too spectacular. Sri Lanka trying a couple of bumpers at Joe Root to 'keep him honest' as they say."

  213. 11:21: 
    Eng 358-5 (Root 113, Prior 79)

    Jayawardene indeed takes his place behind the timbers, with the reprieved (and maybe relieved) Kaushal Silva heading to backward point. Rangana Herath has been banished to fine leg. So far, there's been no suggestion that starting again is posing a problem for England. The ball is behaving, the pitch is flat and the sun is out. Pradeep decides that coming around the wicket with some short stuff is a good plan, but he'll have to get about 10mph quicker before Root is troubled. This is now England's highest sixth-wicket stand against Sri Lanka.

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    Paul: Of course England used 3 wicketkeepers on the same day in the 1986 Lord's Test v New Zealand. Bruce French got injured, Bill Athey took over and then famously Bob Taylor was grabbed out of hospitality to don the gauntlets and his white floppy hat. Class keeper.

  215. 11:15: 
    Eng 356-5 (Root 112, Prior 78)

    Squat spinner Rangana Herath fielded like a spectator yesterday and today hasn't started much better. It's a little push from Root to mid on, where dear old Herath is floundering like a grown man in a ball pool. He makes a complete hash of the stop, falls over, looks behind to see that no one is helping him, then has to get up and chase. Somehow, England run four. Eranga, the bowler, shows his ire with a bumper that Root top edges for four more. On the boundary, Prasanna Jayawardene has his pads on, ready to resume.

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    Eaton Bray Cricket: Re 11.04, New Zealand. Latham, Watling (who kept) and McCullum?

  217. 11:09: 
    Eng 347-5 (partnership 138)

    I love the contrast of a new morning of a Test match compared to the world-weariness of the previous night. As the players dragged themselves to the ice bath last evening, they were dirty, sweaty, stained from diving. Lord's was in evening shadows, the crowd sun-burned and a little tipsy. This morning, everything is fresh. Pitch re-marked, players in clean whites, a new crowd with full cool-boxes and full wallets. Expectation, excitement. Nuwan Pradeep shares early duties, with Root pinching a single before Prior scampers two.

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    Chunky: Bet Matt Prior was glad there wasn't a Japanese umpire down the other end or he'd be behind the stumps this morning and England in trouble.

  219. 11:04: 
    Eng 344-5 (Root 102, Prior 76)

    Two slips and a gully, just a hint of away swing up the slope. Prior is forward and back in defence, then missing out when Eranga gets leggy. On Kaushal Silva taking the gloves, Sri Lanka also had the option of Kumar Sangakkara putting the pads on. How many teams go into a Test with three possible keepers?

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

    "Did you see Plunkett warming up this morning? He looked strong!"

  221. 11:01: 
    Eng 344-5

    A bit of early news to note. Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawrdene has been injured in the warm-up and has gone to hospital. The gloves have been taken by Kaushal Silva, who has kept in three Tests before. We're under way...

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    JP: Nicely set up for the second day! Hoping Matt Prior can get his century...

  223. 11:00: 

    Lord's is idyllic, a green carpet underneath a blanket of blue. Sri Lanka legend Sanath Jayasuriya rings the bell to summon his countrymen out of the dressing room. They huddle in their freshly laundered whites, followed by Joe Root and Matt Prior, who are all kicking heels and shadow drives. Prior will be on strike, Shaminda Eranga will have the ball.

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

    "You talk about fine margins in sport and Matt Prior had that with the review on nought. The real power of Prior is making the most of it. I liked the way he came in and injected energy into the side just like he used to when he first came into the side."

  225. 10:54: 

    England are looking in decent shape, but the zip in the deck that was present in the pitch early yesterday certainly wore off as the day progressed. By the evening, even the new ball had little effect on a flat, slowish deck. I fancy that Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are licking their lips at the prospect of dining at this table.

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

    "Moeen looked incredibly calm and at ease. England will get a lot of runs so when he bowls, and it looks like he will bowl quite a lot on here, he should be more relaxed about that."

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

    "I'm sure there have been a lot of congratulations but the message from captain and coach will be more of the same. The footholes are getting bigger, so go and get a big score and unleash the likes of Jordan and Plunkett. Plunkett is a firecracker, he might go at sixes then come back and get you two wickets. If you've got a huge score on the board he'll relax a bit more. He could unlock key partnerships. I see no reason why this England batting order shouldn't be producing these kind of scores on a consistent basis."

  228. 10:49:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

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    James Ash: England should get up to 430-450 minimum from here. Depends if there's any assistant for seamers in the first hour.

  230. 10:47: 
    Get involved

    So what did you make of that first day? Encouraging signs, or still much to do? Do you think England will push on today, or will Sri Lanka peg them back? Do you still have nightmares about the Ashes debacle? Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket, or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Peter Moores has a reputation for being a busy and energetic coach and it is easy to see why as he charges around the outfield during the England warm-up, hurling balls at fielders and calling individual players aside for quick chats. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankans are kicking a football around in a leisurely circle on the other side of the field. 'No wonder they didn't make the World Cup,' muses Phil Tufnell after observing some decidedly ropey ball control."

  232. 10:45: 

    And that is where we shall begin at a sun-kissed Lord's, with Root unbeaten on 102 and Prior 76 not out.

    England will be looking to push their score well past 400, while Sri Lanka are after early wickets with a ball that is only nine overs old.

    If the tourists fail, they could be batted out of the game by tea.

  233. 10:44: 

    OK, so maybe Joe Root's sleep isn't punctuated by Mitchell Johnson's moustache and one half-decent day against a workmanlike Sri Lanka attack doesn't mean that England have allayed the ghosts of the Ashes winter, but there were some encouraging signs.

    Root's hundred, half centuries from Ian Bell and Matt Prior, as well an impressive 48 from debutant Moeen Ali took England to 344-5 on a pitch offering a little for the seamers.

    As Jonathan Agnew put it, "the sick man made his first tentative steps on the road to recovery".

  234. 10:43: 

    You wake with a start. Clear your head and blink. Look around - it's a London hotel room.

    It's June. The sunlight creeps through the curtains.

    Lord's awaits. You're 102 not out.

    All is well.

    Joe Root
  235. 10:42: 

    But the nightmares are the same every night. The same man visits you as you lie in your bed, the moustachioed menace stalking your dreams.

    Head-hunting thunderbolts rain down from 22 yards, as a rabid crowd in a baking cricketing amphitheatre bay for your blood. Gum-chewing hyenas in Baggy Green caps cackle behind you as the leather screams past your nose.

    They have names, names you struggle to remember. Braddin, Pup, Mitch. They are holding out their hands with four fingers and a thumb to make a five.

    All you feel is humiliation and a sense that you are as far as possible from home.

  236. 10:41: 

    Yesterday was long, tiring, but successful. You ached as you climbed into bed. Heavy legs from the running, stiff back from crouching over your bat.

    But you were contented, happy. Can you even remember your head hitting the pillow?

  237. 10:40: 

    Did you sleep well?

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Live Scores - England v Sri Lanka


  • England drew with Sri Lanka
  • England: 575-9 & 267-8 (69.0 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 453 & 201-9 (90.0 overs)
  • Venue: Lord's

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings

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Karunaratne c Robson b Broad 16
K Silva c Prior b Jordan 57
Sangakkara b Anderson 61
M Jayawardene c Prior b Anderson 18
Thirimanne c Jordan b Anderson 2
Mathews c Cook b Anderson 18
P Jayawardene lbw b Jordan 8
Kulasekara lbw b Broad 1
Herath c Prior b Broad 1
Eranga not out 0
Pradeep not out 0
Extras 1nb 11b 7lb 19
Total for 9 201

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