England sleepwalked their way to a big first innings lead despite their batsmen intermittently running themselves out for no apparent reason.
For the first time all summer South Africa looked genuinely out of sorts, being bowled out for a sub par total that England were able to chase down relatively easily, despite a slight wobble towards the end. The home side reclaim top spot in the rankings, although they neglected to freeze Hashm Amla in carbonite.
If last week’s round of the County Championship was “disappointing”, this week’s can best be described as “very disappointing” as Mother Nature didn’t so much mock the ECB’s fixture compiler as bully, torment and flush its head down the toilet.
A much more determined batting performance by England put them within sight of victory before the lower order crumbled into the Galle dust and handed Sri Lanka a famous triumph.
England 127/2 (49.2 overs) (Trott 58, Zaheer 2/18) by Nichael In a sentence: Despite winning a crucial toss India failed to make the most of their opportunities, allowing Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen to give England the upper hand (helped by Zaheer Khan’s injured hamstring). Player of the day: Jonathan Trott did what Jonathan […]
A short while back we looked at the idea of using a ten-innings rolling average to look at a player’s ‘form’, as opposed to their career average, which is more a measure of overall ‘quality’. Here we’ll use this idea to have a look at England’s current top-order batsmen.
Close of play: Match Drawn England 486ao & 355/7d (Cook 106, Pietersen 72, Trott 58, Bell 57*, Herath 3-87) Sri Lanka 479ao & 127/3 (Paranavitana 44, Trott 1-5) In a sentence A strangely lethargic final day from England allowed Sri Lanka to seal a comfortable draw in the end. Player of the day While Alastair […]
Close of play England 486ao (Prior 126, Cook 96, Morgan 79, Welegedara 4-122) Sri Lanka 479ao (Dilshan 193, Paranavitana 65, M Jayawardene 49, Finn 4-108) England 149-2 (Cook 61*, Trott 58, Pietersen 15*, Herath 1-17) In a sentence The hosts reduced Sri Lanka’s promising overnight position to a first innings deficit, and began to build […]
Although it’s not uncommon for a newcomer to Test cricket to shine on debut, rarely does anyone sustain the kind of form that Jonathan Trott has shown since his debut in a pivotal Ashes match in 2009, and rarely does such a prolific run scorer seem to divide opinion. Some find him absorbing, viewing his […]