Bess takes 5-30 as England seize control
14/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 509
Dom Bess takes 5-30 as a dreadful Sri Lanka batting display leaves England in control after day one of the first Test at Galle.
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14/01/2021 12:14:36 5 7
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Great to have some Test cricket to watch over the cold winter months. Well done to the Sky commentary team for broadcasting across so many locations. Bumble on great form struggling with the technology
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14/01/2021 12:17:53 5 2
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TMS was good too in parts depending on which Commentary personnel were on.

Yes Good for the lads to be out playing Test again.
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14/01/2021 12:14:43 14 2
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Well a productive and interesting days play it has been and some what intriguing shot selections.

Steady partnership by Joe and Johnny B so upper hand to Us we would say.
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14/01/2021 12:14:51 3 17
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worst standard in a long time...dreadful.
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14/01/2021 12:16:57 10 1
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By Sri Lanka very true.
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14/01/2021 12:18:14 23 1
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Nope, that would be 36 all out Vikram.
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14/01/2021 12:39:43 2 1
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Stop trolling Vikram. You're making out you're an Indian fan.
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14/01/2021 12:15:15 10 2
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Just about as good a position on day one as we could possibly have hoped for.
now tomorrow, if keeping concentration, no reason why we shouldn't amass an unassailable first innings lead.
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14/01/2021 12:16:26 6 5
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At least they've saved the follow-on.
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14/01/2021 12:16:41 6 5
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Root was excellent in the field and sublime with the bat. Bairstow looks focused and fluent. Last session was excellent test cricket.

Before that, Broad superb, Sri Lanka abysmal (not much hope when your captain plays that shot, twice) and Bess ridiculously lucky, he bowled two good balls all day.

Game over. 1-0.
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14/01/2021 12:28:11 5 2
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Let's not get carried away but like the Positive attitude. Yes it should be 1 nil up and let's hope it is a dominant display tomorrow.
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14/01/2021 12:31:27 4 1
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Crikey wait till Maksi gets going he be happy as a pig in muck with the Yorkie lads doing well ??
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14/01/2021 12:49:23 0 1
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Where’s Ben Stokes?
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14/01/2021 12:14:51 3 17
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worst standard in a long time...dreadful.
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14/01/2021 12:16:57 10 1
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By Sri Lanka very true.
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14/01/2021 12:17:03 15 6
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Why can’t we give a bit of credit to the bowlers for a decent job in unfamiliar conditions?
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14/01/2021 12:19:50 5 3
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True the lads bowled the ball in or on the spot and the Batsmen did the rest to get themselves out.
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14/01/2021 12:14:36 5 7
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Great to have some Test cricket to watch over the cold winter months. Well done to the Sky commentary team for broadcasting across so many locations. Bumble on great form struggling with the technology
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14/01/2021 12:17:53 5 2
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TMS was good too in parts depending on which Commentary personnel were on.

Yes Good for the lads to be out playing Test again.
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14/01/2021 12:14:51 3 17
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worst standard in a long time...dreadful.
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14/01/2021 12:18:14 23 1
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Nope, that would be 36 all out Vikram.
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14/01/2021 12:21:57 4 1
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??
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14/01/2021 12:40:31 0 2
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Are you dumb? Vikram is winding you up.
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JW
14/01/2021 12:18:40 1 3
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Is Beeb showing any highlights do we know? Reluctant to drink from the Now TV chalice...
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14/01/2021 12:20:45 4 2
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This is it what and if Highlights been agreed as be nice to see the play despite listening to it on TMS.
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14/01/2021 12:14:51 3 17
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worst standard in a long time...dreadful.
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14/01/2021 12:19:50 17 1
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Really liked driving to work today and having cricket back on the radio. Really looking forward to the highlights, though it seems SL will have some lowlights with their batting.
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14/01/2021 23:50:14 1 1
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Stay at home
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14/01/2021 12:17:03 15 6
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Why can’t we give a bit of credit to the bowlers for a decent job in unfamiliar conditions?
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14/01/2021 12:19:50 5 3
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True the lads bowled the ball in or on the spot and the Batsmen did the rest to get themselves out.
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14/01/2021 12:26:54 5 1
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According to the Hoggy autobiog. some years ago, that's half of bowling. But trickier in practice than it sounds. So nice work, Bess & co.
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JW
14/01/2021 12:18:40 1 3
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Is Beeb showing any highlights do we know? Reluctant to drink from the Now TV chalice...
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14/01/2021 12:20:45 4 2
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This is it what and if Highlights been agreed as be nice to see the play despite listening to it on TMS.
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RPH
14/01/2021 12:21:07 125 7
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I like Bess but that was probably the least deserved 5-for I’ve ever seen at professional level.

Not his fault though, you can only play what’s in front of you.
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14/01/2021 12:53:30 25 6
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Batting last on that wicket is going to be a real challenge.
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14/01/2021 12:57:53 13 1
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It was nice that he's immediately stated that he feels he wasn't bowling at his best.
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14/01/2021 13:44:17 12 1
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Its not how but how many that counts. Take a lucky fifer, as next test he may bowl well and get 1-110
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14/01/2021 14:20:07 8 7
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He barely landed two balls in the same place. India will end his test career if he bowls like that there.
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sam
14/01/2021 18:44:53 2 0
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Tbf he bowled better than his figures suggested in the summer! This evens that out
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14/01/2021 12:21:41 14 1
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Let’s face it - these are like practice matches for the India tour.

And think England should be encouraged by the fact that they were actually the last team to beat India in India by 2-1 in the 2012 series.

So yes, beat Sri Lanka and we’ll see how we go.
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14/01/2021 13:36:01 6 2
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Problem is they (India) have a decent pace attack now, so even if we do ok against spin they can just turn to seamers. It will be much more different to normal.
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14/01/2021 12:18:14 23 1
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Nope, that would be 36 all out Vikram.
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14/01/2021 12:21:57 4 1
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??
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14/01/2021 12:23:19 52 1
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The perfect day for England. That said, Sri Lanka's batting was shocking.
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14/01/2021 12:26:48 17 8
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True but would have been nice for Sibley and Crawley to have a knock and some runs.

Least no collapse and Joe and Young JB Steadied the ship for a good final session. Will their be fireworks tomorrow to create quick runs or be a sensible steady time.
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14/01/2021 16:17:13 0 0
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17 for 2 is not perfect Andy !!
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14/01/2021 12:23:49 6 1
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About as good a day as you can have really, only slight blip was the openers, but we woudl all have bought this position at the start after losing the toss. Root and YJB to go big and then Buttler to smash a quick 60, and bowl them out on Saturday.

SL were poor to be fair, you would be fined heavily in my team for some of those shots
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14/01/2021 12:24:47 22 2
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Apparently the SL batting was quite poor, and sometimes reckless. When there's such a collapse, that judgement is reassuring, since it implies that the pitch isn't a minefield and if England bat carefully, they'll do OK. Which the Bairstow & Root partnership seems to bear out.

I'd still hope for a first innings lead of around 200 and much better batting from SL in the 2nd innings.
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14/01/2021 12:25:13 64 3
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Leach 1-for. Bess 5-for. Poor Jack - he bowled magnificently while Bess got two of the luckiest wickets I’ve seen in a long time! Bar the fourth wicket partnership, Sri Lanka never looked like threatening. Hopefully we push on to around 400 and wrap this up at some point on Saturday (hopefully once the country is awake)
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14/01/2021 14:52:40 2 19
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Leach was ok and spun it well enough but was hardly "magnificent". Against poor and reckless batting, you don't simply rely on luck. You still need to bowl well enough to take the wickets in the first place.
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14/01/2021 15:43:14 3 0
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Very true.
A 5 for based on the fact that the Sri Lankans identified Bess as a weak link in the bowling and targeted him.
As a result Bess benefited from some inappropriate and over-aggressive shots !!!
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14/01/2021 16:52:11 4 0
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Nooooo. In these boring Covid times the cricket on TV is a life saver.
I want to see England win in the last over of day 5.
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14/01/2021 12:23:19 52 1
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The perfect day for England. That said, Sri Lanka's batting was shocking.
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14/01/2021 12:26:48 17 8
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True but would have been nice for Sibley and Crawley to have a knock and some runs.

Least no collapse and Joe and Young JB Steadied the ship for a good final session. Will their be fireworks tomorrow to create quick runs or be a sensible steady time.
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14/01/2021 12:33:40 8 1
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Arguably it was more important for Joe to get some runs - hoping he pushes on and gets a century, seems so long since he converted a 50 into a 100, good for JB to get some runs too. Crawley and Sibley both had good years last year and hoping they build upon it
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14/01/2021 12:36:55 6 1
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Hopefully steady accumulation tomorrow to build the score unless there is a lot of rain forecast. Basically needs proper test match batting to lay a platform for a bash on Day 3. Hopefully no need to bat twice.
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14/01/2021 13:11:23 6 1
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No fireworks - no need. I expect England to bat for as long as possible - I even doubt they'll want to declare unless they get a monstrous 1st innings lead (400+).
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14/01/2021 12:19:50 5 3
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True the lads bowled the ball in or on the spot and the Batsmen did the rest to get themselves out.
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14/01/2021 12:26:54 5 1
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According to the Hoggy autobiog. some years ago, that's half of bowling. But trickier in practice than it sounds. So nice work, Bess & co.
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14/01/2021 12:31:55 0 1
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Yep very True.
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14/01/2021 12:16:41 6 5
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Root was excellent in the field and sublime with the bat. Bairstow looks focused and fluent. Last session was excellent test cricket.

Before that, Broad superb, Sri Lanka abysmal (not much hope when your captain plays that shot, twice) and Bess ridiculously lucky, he bowled two good balls all day.

Game over. 1-0.
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14/01/2021 12:28:11 5 2
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Let's not get carried away but like the Positive attitude. Yes it should be 1 nil up and let's hope it is a dominant display tomorrow.
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14/01/2021 12:33:36 4 1
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This one is done my friend, I’ll put my hat on it:)

Very keen for Root to convert and, as an Essex fan, for Lawrence to get a few.
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14/01/2021 12:28:26 9 8
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Ominous signs for SL, coming so soon after the thrashing by South Africa. The state of test playing countries outside of England, Aus and India is a bit worrying
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14/01/2021 12:31:21 20 3
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NZ are no. 1 in world.
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14/01/2021 12:31:23 4 2
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Don't forget New Zealand.
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14/01/2021 12:32:00 4 1
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New Zealand?
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14/01/2021 12:33:13 3 1
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Are you including New Zealand too?
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14/01/2021 12:40:25 2 1
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What list are you putting NZ in?
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14/01/2021 12:44:16 3 1
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Not many sides win tests in NZ?
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14/01/2021 13:27:22 2 1
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What's the matter with NZ. They are top.
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14/01/2021 12:30:29 7 1
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Sri Lanka used to be half decent, what has happened to them? Not that I'm complaining, always good to (hopefully) win.
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14/01/2021 12:35:00 8 2
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Coming off a golden era. Hopefully they can get back to being competitive
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14/01/2021 12:39:16 9 2
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Half decent? 20 years ago their side could beat Australia in Sri Lanka! They had Aravinda, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Murali, Jayasuriya, Dharmesena, Vaas, Zoysa and Atapattu,
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14/01/2021 12:50:18 7 1
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Sadly, it's down to a combination of:

Retirements of key players like Sangakkara
Politicking at SL Board level
Lack of effective investment at grass roots

Would love to see SL come good again.
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14/01/2021 13:08:21 4 1
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We've had one day. As an ancient Eng fan I know we cld be all out for 160.
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14/01/2021 12:28:26 9 8
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Ominous signs for SL, coming so soon after the thrashing by South Africa. The state of test playing countries outside of England, Aus and India is a bit worrying
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14/01/2021 12:31:21 20 3
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NZ are no. 1 in world.
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14/01/2021 12:48:16 4 1
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Indeed.
NZ are an excellent side.
And will improve.
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14/01/2021 12:51:57 5 2
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Who down voted that? They no. 1. It’s just a fact.
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14/01/2021 18:09:59 0 0
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Omitted NZ by accident, quite agree, brilliant side. That's only 4 countries with decent test sides though
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14/01/2021 12:28:26 9 8
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Ominous signs for SL, coming so soon after the thrashing by South Africa. The state of test playing countries outside of England, Aus and India is a bit worrying
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14/01/2021 12:31:23 4 2
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Don't forget New Zealand.
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14/01/2021 12:16:41 6 5
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Root was excellent in the field and sublime with the bat. Bairstow looks focused and fluent. Last session was excellent test cricket.

Before that, Broad superb, Sri Lanka abysmal (not much hope when your captain plays that shot, twice) and Bess ridiculously lucky, he bowled two good balls all day.

Game over. 1-0.
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14/01/2021 12:31:27 4 1
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Crikey wait till Maksi gets going he be happy as a pig in muck with the Yorkie lads doing well ??
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14/01/2021 12:31:37 7 6
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Broad was bowling leg cutters, important as explains catch at leg slip.
Leech by far the better of the two spinners.
Bess had a day to remember even though his bowling at times was poor all of which doesn’t say a lot for Sri Lanka
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14/01/2021 12:38:56 5 3
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Leg cutters go from leg to off, so I think the article is correct in saying 'off cutters'
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14/01/2021 12:31:40 17 7
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Great 1st day for England.

Let’s hope they win the series and play well in India.

Lucky Australia set to face India’s 6th string side. Hope they can keep their mouths shut on the field this time. They still haven’t won a test series in England for 20 years, by the way.
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14/01/2021 12:41:48 9 20
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England have won 1 series in Australia since 1987 and have not one a Test match there since 2011.
So your point is?
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14/01/2021 19:34:23 0 1
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This an HYS on Sri Lanka v England and you are still slagging off about Australia. Still bitter we still have the Ashes?
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14/01/2021 12:26:54 5 1
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According to the Hoggy autobiog. some years ago, that's half of bowling. But trickier in practice than it sounds. So nice work, Bess & co.
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14/01/2021 12:31:55 0 1
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Yep very True.
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14/01/2021 12:28:26 9 8
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Ominous signs for SL, coming so soon after the thrashing by South Africa. The state of test playing countries outside of England, Aus and India is a bit worrying
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14/01/2021 12:32:00 4 1
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New Zealand?
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14/01/2021 12:32:32 4 2
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England could declare their innings at 100 overs at this rate!! 16-170 run lead will be far too much for this Sri Lankan side. England will want as much practice on turning wickets as possible and doubt they'll declare unless the lead is more than 400! Extremely disappointed in Sri Lanka - they need to realise they're playing a test match rather than T20.
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14/01/2021 12:28:26 9 8
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Ominous signs for SL, coming so soon after the thrashing by South Africa. The state of test playing countries outside of England, Aus and India is a bit worrying
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14/01/2021 12:33:13 3 1
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Are you including New Zealand too?
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14/01/2021 12:28:11 5 2
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Let's not get carried away but like the Positive attitude. Yes it should be 1 nil up and let's hope it is a dominant display tomorrow.
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14/01/2021 12:33:36 4 1
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This one is done my friend, I’ll put my hat on it:)

Very keen for Root to convert and, as an Essex fan, for Lawrence to get a few.
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14/01/2021 12:38:48 3 1
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Yes be good for Lawrence to come in and enjoy and also yes Roof to have a nice knock too.

Bairstow too needs one as there are critics who do think he has plenty to prove.
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14/01/2021 12:26:48 17 8
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True but would have been nice for Sibley and Crawley to have a knock and some runs.

Least no collapse and Joe and Young JB Steadied the ship for a good final session. Will their be fireworks tomorrow to create quick runs or be a sensible steady time.
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14/01/2021 12:33:40 8 1
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Arguably it was more important for Joe to get some runs - hoping he pushes on and gets a century, seems so long since he converted a 50 into a 100, good for JB to get some runs too. Crawley and Sibley both had good years last year and hoping they build upon it
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14/01/2021 12:37:23 2 1
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It's all the batsmen to be honest and yes do see where you are coming from. Especially now JR has come out with the statement saying he wants to lead from the front and bat well too.
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14/01/2021 12:30:29 7 1
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Sri Lanka used to be half decent, what has happened to them? Not that I'm complaining, always good to (hopefully) win.
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14/01/2021 12:35:00 8 2
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Coming off a golden era. Hopefully they can get back to being competitive
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14/01/2021 12:26:48 17 8
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True but would have been nice for Sibley and Crawley to have a knock and some runs.

Least no collapse and Joe and Young JB Steadied the ship for a good final session. Will their be fireworks tomorrow to create quick runs or be a sensible steady time.
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14/01/2021 12:36:55 6 1
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Hopefully steady accumulation tomorrow to build the score unless there is a lot of rain forecast. Basically needs proper test match batting to lay a platform for a bash on Day 3. Hopefully no need to bat twice.
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14/01/2021 12:41:08 0 1
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14/01/2021 12:43:40 4 5
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Yes, 100%.

Perfect opportunity for England to bat once, take their time and make it count. If they bat steadily for most of the day they can declare with hopefully 200 lead. Give SL a tricksy half hour before the close then have three more days in hand to clean them out on what should by then be a difficult pitch to bat on.
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14/01/2021 12:33:40 8 1
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Arguably it was more important for Joe to get some runs - hoping he pushes on and gets a century, seems so long since he converted a 50 into a 100, good for JB to get some runs too. Crawley and Sibley both had good years last year and hoping they build upon it
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14/01/2021 12:37:23 2 1
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It's all the batsmen to be honest and yes do see where you are coming from. Especially now JR has come out with the statement saying he wants to lead from the front and bat well too.
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14/01/2021 12:33:36 4 1
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This one is done my friend, I’ll put my hat on it:)

Very keen for Root to convert and, as an Essex fan, for Lawrence to get a few.
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14/01/2021 12:38:48 3 1
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Yes be good for Lawrence to come in and enjoy and also yes Roof to have a nice knock too.

Bairstow too needs one as there are critics who do think he has plenty to prove.
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14/01/2021 12:31:37 7 6
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Broad was bowling leg cutters, important as explains catch at leg slip.
Leech by far the better of the two spinners.
Bess had a day to remember even though his bowling at times was poor all of which doesn’t say a lot for Sri Lanka
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14/01/2021 12:38:56 5 3
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Leg cutters go from leg to off, so I think the article is correct in saying 'off cutters'
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14/01/2021 13:35:20 1 1
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Actually Broad said in his post match interview they were leg cutters
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14/01/2021 12:30:29 7 1
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Sri Lanka used to be half decent, what has happened to them? Not that I'm complaining, always good to (hopefully) win.
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14/01/2021 12:39:16 9 2
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Half decent? 20 years ago their side could beat Australia in Sri Lanka! They had Aravinda, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Murali, Jayasuriya, Dharmesena, Vaas, Zoysa and Atapattu,
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14/01/2021 12:39:36 8 1
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Wrap this up in 3 days then
England average, good in parts (with no warm up/match play for long time, like everyone else) Sri Lanka, v sorry, dire . . .
well done Bess, Broad with Leach doing well too, with almost no mention in media

300/350/400+ if skip and YJB get deserved 100's. (should do). Hope new boy Dan Lawerence can get at least a 50 to show he's got the 'gift'
Come on england!
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14/01/2021 13:33:31 6 2
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As much as I want England to win, I just enjoy watching the cricket so I really hope they don't wrap it up in 3 days. That'll spoil my Sunday morning.
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worst standard in a long time...dreadful.
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14/01/2021 12:39:43 2 1
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Stop trolling Vikram. You're making out you're an Indian fan.
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I woke this morning .. rather bleary eyed and without the aid of my glasses .checked the score and could only make out Broads name and SL were all out ! Had Broad taken all 10 ? Then seeing Bess had taken 5 .. my sprit subsided .. crikey the pitch must be crumbling already ..how will we bat ! End of the day .. all good ..must have glasses at ready for tomorrow morning .. Well done England
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Lazy bones I was watching from 4.30 this morning
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14/01/2021 12:40:14 5 2
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Fair play to Bessy, some days you bowl on absolute roads and are just giving the quicks a rest. No need to be too bashful, I'm sure Laker's 19 weren't all bowled round the legs or through the gate either!
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14/01/2021 13:14:42 0 1
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On uncovered wickets some days batsmen probably had no idea where the ball was going. Wonder what SL's current side would have managed on "Laker's pitch"? All out for single figures at a guess....
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14/01/2021 12:40:24 2 1
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Wonder knock by Captain. Coming in at 2 for not many, England could easily have been 30-4. Root has taken pressure off the batsmen to follow. Well played sir
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14/01/2021 12:28:26 9 8
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Ominous signs for SL, coming so soon after the thrashing by South Africa. The state of test playing countries outside of England, Aus and India is a bit worrying
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14/01/2021 12:40:25 2 1
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What list are you putting NZ in?
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14/01/2021 12:18:14 23 1
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Nope, that would be 36 all out Vikram.
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Are you dumb? Vikram is winding you up.
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14/01/2021 12:40:39 39 3
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Bess and YJB obviously helped by the Maksi coaching set up.
He'll be a happy fella after today.

I know Bess didn't bowl as well as Leach....but a lucky bowler sometimes gets loads of wickets. Remember how many wickets Botham got with terrible deliveries...
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14/01/2021 12:43:14 3 8
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Morning ...

Yes as posted to Dreadlock he be doing cartwheels everywhere and 360 spins in his truck ??
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14/01/2021 13:10:18 2 1
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Yep, the Botham long-hop was a dangerous weapon!

Napoleon, famously, was very fond of "lucky" Generals. And sometimes it boils down to being only just a little bit better than people think you are :-D
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14/01/2021 14:46:33 0 1
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Look in the book
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14/01/2021 15:00:37 0 2
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He wont get many wickets in Oz bowling that tripe.
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14/01/2021 15:51:19 2 1
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MaksiNorway won't be happy until the England side is comprised of 11 Yorkshiremen !

Still, it could be worse, at least he's not asking for Norway to be granted full Test status !!!
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14/01/2021 18:50:30 3 0
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It's worth remembering that good bowling often creates the pressure and mindset that takes wickets at the other end. Jack and Dom are a team in these conditions - and the plaudits are probably better awarded jointly.
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It's true that Beefy took some wickets with poor balls but that only happened because he had built such a strong reputation to begin with - so he enjoyed a certain mystique later in his career where he got some people out because of who he was and not how he was bowling.
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14/01/2021 12:40:42 6 2
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The way Sri Lanka batted in the first innings definitely deserves a thrashing from England. England should push for 400 and then bowl them out for an innings ++ victory! Sri Lanka need to drop about 6 of their players and bring in new young players!
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14/01/2021 12:36:55 6 1
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Hopefully steady accumulation tomorrow to build the score unless there is a lot of rain forecast. Basically needs proper test match batting to lay a platform for a bash on Day 3. Hopefully no need to bat twice.
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14/01/2021 12:41:08 0 1
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??
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Great 1st day for England.

Let’s hope they win the series and play well in India.

Lucky Australia set to face India’s 6th string side. Hope they can keep their mouths shut on the field this time. They still haven’t won a test series in England for 20 years, by the way.
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14/01/2021 12:41:48 9 20
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England have won 1 series in Australia since 1987 and have not one a Test match there since 2011.
So your point is?
He has no point. Say what you said to English fans and they soon shut up.

England hadn't won an Ashes series in Australia for 23 years before the 2010/11 series. Haven't won a single Test (!!) there since then, either.
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still, it’s a series win. More than Australia has achieved in England in the last 20 years, even with all the nauseating arrogance
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The point is that when Australia stop cheating they may be found out as 'also rans'.
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They obviously don't cheat as well as the Australians
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14/01/2021 12:41:50 1 9
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After Engalnd set 250+ Sri Lanka 2nd innings
- Wood to get a couple with searing pace - Broad 2/3 more and Leach to polish off with 4 or Michelle (Pfeiffer).
Innings and 30-50 win for England
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Love Michelle!
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never trust anyone who calls it a Pfeiffer
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14/01/2021 12:42:15 5 3
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Made a good point on Sky about Bairstow. What if, last time we were here after that hundred he got, he just focussed on nailing down no. 3 spot without getting the hump about mot keeping? Who knows. Maybe he can nail it down this time.
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Who knows. But I would get the hump if dropped for a worse bat with iron gloves (whereas Bairstow had massively improved as keeper)

But Jos’ face fits, so there we are - he will always be there and JB just needs to make an unanswerable case with his bat
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14/01/2021 12:42:18 9 6
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Bess. Did nothing wrong. Young spinner and did well. Not his fault that SL batsman didn't show respect. Good experience for Bess pre 2nd innings.
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Bess did nothing wrong ??..that's pure trolling pal lol.
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14/01/2021 12:42:37 0 10
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Test nations splitting into two groups England,Australia,South Africa,New Zealand and India. All have individual lucrative benefits and financial backing. Whereas Pakistan,West Indies,Bangladesh,Zimbabwe and Afghanistan are the poor relations. UAE have just beaten Ireland and I believe they have the potential to go all the way to becoming a full Test nation. Money will not be a problem.
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How to Kill cricket! Don't tell the BCCI they want this to make their 20/20 more lucrative. I would rather ENG cricket be poorer and have 9 or 10 full nations so the others get a chance to improve. Once "Football" thinking enters Cricket to any great extent it is done for. I am sure the bean counters would want the Ashes every year, like the Champions League, but it is quickly boring. Diversity!
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Not had chance to see any of the game yet because of time difference. Will have watch the highlights. However, typical BBC article - Sri-Lanka terrible, with the implication being that England got lucky. Maybe Leach and Broad bowling well put pressure on the batsmen to hit Bess, resulting in wickets. Also things would look very different without the third wicket stand for England
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Couldn't agree more mate. The Media in any other Country would be praising their side rather than looking for excuses for the opponents' performance. No game is ever over until it's over and there's a way to go. But credit our boys for intelligent bowling and keen fielding for pity's sake.
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14/01/2021 12:51:43 8 2
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No. Sri Lanka WERE awful with the bat. If you've seen nothing of the game, why do you feel the need to question the accuracy of the report?
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Think there are elements of both. From the sound of it Broad bowled superbly, Leach deserved a better return too.
Each of the bowlers contributed - nice to listen to Wood cranking up the pace!

While I think batting incompetence was the biggest problem, I do agree that the pressure from the other bowlers can't have hindered Bess.
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14/01/2021 13:04:42 1 1
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Eng did get a bit lucky. Bess' length was all over the place. The one he did get right was a beautiful ball. Flight, dip and turn. Thought Leach bowled well.
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14/01/2021 13:44:39 1 2
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I watched from start to finish and as much as I hate the media, Sri Lanka were very poor and gave away their wickets but that's not England's fault! The also had some luck with a couple of dismissals. With the 3rd wicket stand, you can say that about most games of cricket !
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Bess and YJB obviously helped by the Maksi coaching set up.
He'll be a happy fella after today.

I know Bess didn't bowl as well as Leach....but a lucky bowler sometimes gets loads of wickets. Remember how many wickets Botham got with terrible deliveries...
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Morning ...

Yes as posted to Dreadlock he be doing cartwheels everywhere and 360 spins in his truck ??
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Can you imagine what will happen if Root and YJB get big tons!!!!
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14/01/2021 12:36:55 6 1
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Hopefully steady accumulation tomorrow to build the score unless there is a lot of rain forecast. Basically needs proper test match batting to lay a platform for a bash on Day 3. Hopefully no need to bat twice.
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Yes, 100%.

Perfect opportunity for England to bat once, take their time and make it count. If they bat steadily for most of the day they can declare with hopefully 200 lead. Give SL a tricksy half hour before the close then have three more days in hand to clean them out on what should by then be a difficult pitch to bat on.
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14/01/2021 12:28:26 9 8
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Ominous signs for SL, coming so soon after the thrashing by South Africa. The state of test playing countries outside of England, Aus and India is a bit worrying
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14/01/2021 12:44:16 3 1
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Not many sides win tests in NZ?
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14/01/2021 12:47:08 17 4
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Watched it this morning and that is the worst 5 wicket test haul l have ever seen. Bess bowled poor but broad was superb
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14/01/2021 13:04:49 23 14
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Got 5 wickets to Broads 3. Presumably you would have preferred Bess to have bowled perfectly but not to have got any wickets.

No pleasing some people.
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14/01/2021 14:21:07 3 1
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Bess admitted that he was poor and that other times he could bowl better but get nothing - at least he knows it and is not trying to defend his poor bowling but it just shows how terrible the batting was. All sport is the same - you can only play what the opposition allows you to.
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14/01/2021 12:31:21 20 3
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NZ are no. 1 in world.
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14/01/2021 12:48:16 4 1
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Indeed.
NZ are an excellent side.
And will improve.
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14/01/2021 12:48:43 2 21
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Teams like Sri Lanka don’t deserve test cricket rights

Even at home - utterly clueless.

Batsmen’s are inept against average England bowling attack

And their bowlers are even worse in their own wickets

Thoroughly poor show.

Test cricket needs 2 divisions. Keep Sri Lanka in wi Ireland, Zimbabwe Afghanistan

That’s about their standard at present.
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I said that years ago. Lazy management from the boards. No reason why SL, WI, PAK, BANGDSH can't produce top teams. Even SA aren't as good as they used to be. All comes down to a poor system.
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Everything is cyclical though and Sri Lanka will bounce back. Most sides are built around 1 or 2 worldies that raise the also-rans up to a higher level by example. Peak Sri Lanka had Sanga and Murali to bring others on, they are just missing that spark. Take Warne and McGrath out of Australian records and the likes of Hayden and Ponting wouldn't have shone so bright with zero scoreboard pressure.
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How would that affect the ability of the Div 2 nations to successfully promote cricket, generate income, and attract and develop audiences and next generation players? Doesn't this simply reduce cricket's presence as a global sport rather than encourage growth? I mean, how good will UAE have to be before they can play India? How long will it take before they can be in the club and who drops out?
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Oh dear, Zak! What were you thinking of? Didn't get hold of that at all. But with his departure, sensible Test batting broke out, in contrast to the unwise shots that contributed to most of the 12 wickets to fall.

England are very much on top at the moment. But if the two J's go early tomorrow, that'll put a different complexion on things. We shall see!
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14/01/2021 12:16:41 6 5
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Root was excellent in the field and sublime with the bat. Bairstow looks focused and fluent. Last session was excellent test cricket.

Before that, Broad superb, Sri Lanka abysmal (not much hope when your captain plays that shot, twice) and Bess ridiculously lucky, he bowled two good balls all day.

Game over. 1-0.
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14/01/2021 12:49:23 0 1
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Where’s Ben Stokes?
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14/01/2021 12:53:21 0 1
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Huh?
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14/01/2021 13:17:38 1 1
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Having time out like Archer too.
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14/01/2021 14:25:39 1 1
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Being rested.
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14/01/2021 12:49:36 35 5
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The Highlight of the day was watching Mickey Arthur put his head in his hands and say "FFS" for the umpteenth time in an hour. I watched from about 70-3 onwards and the next hour or so was among the poorest / unluckiest cricket I have ever seen. The decision making was awful and Bess should go and buy a lottery ticket!
AND... Hasaranga was run out the over before. What was the 3rd ump watching?
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14/01/2021 13:01:31 18 2
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If it was the run out not given I was also amazed at the decision. You cld see daylight under his bat and a shadow. My eye sight's not v good and even I saw that.
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I thought he was out but not sure I would have given it as I was only 95% sure. I would have given him the benefit of the doubt for actually making his ground, even if the bat was probably raised.
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Law has changed.
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14/01/2021 16:27:39 1 0
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The 3rd umpire probably felt sorry for him...
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14/01/2021 12:30:29 7 1
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Sri Lanka used to be half decent, what has happened to them? Not that I'm complaining, always good to (hopefully) win.
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14/01/2021 12:50:18 7 1
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Sadly, it's down to a combination of:

Retirements of key players like Sangakkara
Politicking at SL Board level
Lack of effective investment at grass roots

Would love to see SL come good again.
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Not had chance to see any of the game yet because of time difference. Will have watch the highlights. However, typical BBC article - Sri-Lanka terrible, with the implication being that England got lucky. Maybe Leach and Broad bowling well put pressure on the batsmen to hit Bess, resulting in wickets. Also things would look very different without the third wicket stand for England
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14/01/2021 12:51:17 10 7
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Couldn't agree more mate. The Media in any other Country would be praising their side rather than looking for excuses for the opponents' performance. No game is ever over until it's over and there's a way to go. But credit our boys for intelligent bowling and keen fielding for pity's sake.
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14/01/2021 12:43:05 7 7
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Not had chance to see any of the game yet because of time difference. Will have watch the highlights. However, typical BBC article - Sri-Lanka terrible, with the implication being that England got lucky. Maybe Leach and Broad bowling well put pressure on the batsmen to hit Bess, resulting in wickets. Also things would look very different without the third wicket stand for England
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14/01/2021 12:51:43 8 2
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No. Sri Lanka WERE awful with the bat. If you've seen nothing of the game, why do you feel the need to question the accuracy of the report?
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14/01/2021 13:03:51 2 2
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Internet armchair experts in a nutshell
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14/01/2021 12:31:21 20 3
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NZ are no. 1 in world.
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14/01/2021 12:51:57 5 2
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Who down voted that? They no. 1. It’s just a fact.
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14/01/2021 13:40:49 3 2
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Yes but New Zealand barely play any tests and when they do it's only 2/3 test series when was the last time they played in England, 2015 ? and the way the rankings are worked it's an advantage to play fewer tests
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14/01/2021 12:49:23 0 1
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Where’s Ben Stokes?
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14/01/2021 12:53:21 0 1
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Huh?
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14/01/2021 12:21:07 125 7
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I like Bess but that was probably the least deserved 5-for I’ve ever seen at professional level.

Not his fault though, you can only play what’s in front of you.
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14/01/2021 12:53:30 25 6
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Batting last on that wicket is going to be a real challenge.
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14/01/2021 13:04:17 31 1
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In all likelihood, Sri Lanka will be batting last on this wicket...
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14/01/2021 13:08:25 12 1
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Shouldn’t jinx it but doubt we’ll have to bat again
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14/01/2021 13:21:16 6 1
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And the way its going it will be Sri Lanka. (fingers crossed, touch wood etc)
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14/01/2021 13:39:21 3 1
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Hold your horses, that could be Sri Lanka yet.
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14/01/2021 14:36:05 2 1
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The let's hope England onlt bat once.
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14/01/2021 14:57:26 1 1
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Sri Lanka will bat last and if they don't England might be chasing 20 to win at most.
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14/01/2021 15:26:17 3 1
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People assume because a side loses the toss and has to field, that they will be batting last. If you bat 2nd and get a big lead, chances are you might not have to bat again.
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The way things are looking, it will be Sri Lanka who will bat last.
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Another galle dustbowl surface....
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14/01/2021 18:34:06 0 0
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SL lose by an innings and 100 runs
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14/01/2021 20:59:45 0 0
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Sri Lanka will be "batting last" because England will win by an innings
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It was lovely to be lying in bed listening :-) TMS, I've missed you xx

I didn't expect the Comedy Classic Lunchtime Spot though - Ali Mitchell's interview with Justin Langer was brilliant. Listening to Langer, trying to defend the indefensible, did have me wondering if it was actually Trump practising an Australian accent...
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14/01/2021 12:56:49 25 7
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Yes, a good impression of Nelson: I see no cheating.
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14/01/2021 13:02:22 19 4
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Langer is almost as repulsive as Steve Smith
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14/01/2021 13:28:44 3 5
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Perhaps Arsene Wenger is an idol and sporting mentor for Langer as he used to say I did not see too.

Yes some of the TMS was superb and other times they were struggling and lacked knowledge.

Least we get chance to listen to the Lads having a Test.
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14/01/2021 15:52:04 8 0
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Langer was appalling. Knew his players were in the wrong but decided to be belligerent in the face of some very reasonable questions from Alison. Not a good look at all.
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14/01/2021 16:59:06 8 1
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defending the indefensible is outright appalling. He has been caught cheating twice now. After the sandpaper incident he and his co-conspirers should never have been allowed back into Test Match Cricket. Once a cheat always a cheat.
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14/01/2021 17:01:58 5 0
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Smith wasn't going to bat again in the match, so you have to wonder what he was doing at the batting crease. Or Langer has to justify Smith being there.
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14/01/2021 17:04:51 2 7
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Incidentally, repulsive though Trump is, what's the need to re-impeach him? He's on his way in a fortnight so there's no real achievement. It smacks of vindictiveness and wanting to overturn a previous, and constiutional, defeat.

And why then would Mike Pence have to become President for such a short time? It's silly.
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14/01/2021 18:08:43 5 1
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Those at the top are to blame .Smith and co should have been banned for life last time, then this would not have happened. Men in chargeare too weak. Same inost sports!
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14/01/2021 19:12:02 3 0
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Spot on. Quite how they expect us to believe him with the “Steve shadow bats in shower” line is beyond me. Basically, when the other team are batting, you can’t mess with the pitch. They call him quirky, everyone else calls him a cheat
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14/01/2021 19:37:42 2 0
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see what you have here is akin to factory politics, after doing something so long it becomes custom and practice , doesn't make it right but more acceptable to not see the wrong
Looks like a cheat

Sounds like a cheat

Smells like a cheat

Clearly a cheat
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15/01/2021 08:13:23 0 0
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Langer was spot on. English social media and Darren Gough in particular should hang their heads in shame at this latest manufactured furore against Smith. His idiosynchrasic shadow batting was not on the protected part of the pitch as defined in the laws, so broke no rules. There’s not even an official complaint or investigation. All this BS just because England don’t know how to get him out.
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14/01/2021 12:48:43 2 21
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Teams like Sri Lanka don’t deserve test cricket rights

Even at home - utterly clueless.

Batsmen’s are inept against average England bowling attack

And their bowlers are even worse in their own wickets

Thoroughly poor show.

Test cricket needs 2 divisions. Keep Sri Lanka in wi Ireland, Zimbabwe Afghanistan

That’s about their standard at present.
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14/01/2021 12:55:03 1 4
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I said that years ago. Lazy management from the boards. No reason why SL, WI, PAK, BANGDSH can't produce top teams. Even SA aren't as good as they used to be. All comes down to a poor system.
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14/01/2021 12:48:43 2 21
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Teams like Sri Lanka don’t deserve test cricket rights

Even at home - utterly clueless.

Batsmen’s are inept against average England bowling attack

And their bowlers are even worse in their own wickets

Thoroughly poor show.

Test cricket needs 2 divisions. Keep Sri Lanka in wi Ireland, Zimbabwe Afghanistan

That’s about their standard at present.
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14/01/2021 12:55:21 7 1
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Everything is cyclical though and Sri Lanka will bounce back. Most sides are built around 1 or 2 worldies that raise the also-rans up to a higher level by example. Peak Sri Lanka had Sanga and Murali to bring others on, they are just missing that spark. Take Warne and McGrath out of Australian records and the likes of Hayden and Ponting wouldn't have shone so bright with zero scoreboard pressure.
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14/01/2021 12:55:30 2 1
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Well done England on a great opening day, and thank you for giving us cricket fans something to smile about in these totally unacceptably difficult times we are currently having to endure. Has given me a much-needed lift for the rest of today.????
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14/01/2021 12:55:40 2 3
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England on top at cricket and out of the eu happy days are here again next We will make them suffer -can't blame Boris for this
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14/01/2021 12:55:59 10 16
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Without the chukker Sri Lanka are nowhere near the team they were.
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14/01/2021 13:06:56 0 3
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Sounds like you've got a bit of Aussie blood in you....
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14/01/2021 13:16:13 1 2
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Took the words right out of my posting.
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14/01/2021 13:38:09 4 1
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Without one of the best bowlers of all time Sri Lanka are not the team they were! Thanks for your razor-sharp insight!
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14/01/2021 12:56:18 2 2
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Shambolic from SL with the bat- but Root& JB played beautifully until close. I hope Root goes big, and then uses this as a launchpad for the next phase of his career. Good preparation for India, although bowlers will have to work much harder than that.

Great commentary team, humour, interesting, variation & deep insight.
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It was lovely to be lying in bed listening :-) TMS, I've missed you xx

I didn't expect the Comedy Classic Lunchtime Spot though - Ali Mitchell's interview with Justin Langer was brilliant. Listening to Langer, trying to defend the indefensible, did have me wondering if it was actually Trump practising an Australian accent...
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14/01/2021 12:56:49 25 7
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Yes, a good impression of Nelson: I see no cheating.
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14/01/2021 13:22:00 11 2
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Or Jedi mind-games: "This is not the cheating you are looking for..."
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14/01/2021 17:07:42 4 0
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I once saw an interview with Rodney Marsh who admitted most of the 'caught behinds' from Thomson and Lillee were wrong, but the umps were on their side.
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I see no ships LOL
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14/01/2021 12:57:26 11 5
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Good job we are on top or someone would have found a way to blame Boris
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14/01/2021 13:17:30 5 5
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Very true
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14/01/2021 15:19:55 2 2
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An utterly irrelevant comment.
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14/01/2021 12:21:07 125 7
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I like Bess but that was probably the least deserved 5-for I’ve ever seen at professional level.

Not his fault though, you can only play what’s in front of you.
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It was nice that he's immediately stated that he feels he wasn't bowling at his best.
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14/01/2021 12:43:05 7 7
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Not had chance to see any of the game yet because of time difference. Will have watch the highlights. However, typical BBC article - Sri-Lanka terrible, with the implication being that England got lucky. Maybe Leach and Broad bowling well put pressure on the batsmen to hit Bess, resulting in wickets. Also things would look very different without the third wicket stand for England
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14/01/2021 12:58:09 1 1
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Think there are elements of both. From the sound of it Broad bowled superbly, Leach deserved a better return too.
Each of the bowlers contributed - nice to listen to Wood cranking up the pace!

While I think batting incompetence was the biggest problem, I do agree that the pressure from the other bowlers can't have hindered Bess.
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14/01/2021 12:59:24 7 14
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God Sri Lanka must be a bad team for england to be on top
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14/01/2021 13:07:19 5 2
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You may be correct but no need to p*ss on our chips quite so brutally.
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14/01/2021 13:00:13 5 1
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Deary me Sri Lanka..................
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14/01/2021 13:01:25 1 2
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At east England will have 2.5 extra days on some beautiful beaches under the hot sun!
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14/01/2021 14:13:18 0 1
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If they're allowed out of the hotel.
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14/01/2021 12:49:36 35 5
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The Highlight of the day was watching Mickey Arthur put his head in his hands and say "FFS" for the umpteenth time in an hour. I watched from about 70-3 onwards and the next hour or so was among the poorest / unluckiest cricket I have ever seen. The decision making was awful and Bess should go and buy a lottery ticket!
AND... Hasaranga was run out the over before. What was the 3rd ump watching?
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14/01/2021 13:01:31 18 2
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If it was the run out not given I was also amazed at the decision. You cld see daylight under his bat and a shadow. My eye sight's not v good and even I saw that.
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14/01/2021 14:04:17 2 1
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I don't think it could be proven with the frame rate available. It was probably out....but if I'm third umpire there's no way I'm giving it!
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14/01/2021 14:12:11 0 3
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I don't know what others (incl. Bumble) were seeing, it was clear as day it was out, the bat was in the air, he must have been watching on his old black and white analogue tele in the loft!
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14/01/2021 17:26:03 0 0
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Eyesight these days is not very good. It's how much you pay. Check VAR.
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14/01/2021 13:01:34 1 3
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Excellent effort by Bess and co.

Root’s class and experience showing in the batting .
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14/01/2021 12:42:18 9 6
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Bess. Did nothing wrong. Young spinner and did well. Not his fault that SL batsman didn't show respect. Good experience for Bess pre 2nd innings.
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14/01/2021 13:02:13 3 5
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Bess did nothing wrong ??..that's pure trolling pal lol.
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14/01/2021 13:58:11 1 2
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Pal? I'm not working class.
Bess floated it up..SL batsmen got out.
Should you not be trolling Healy?
That's Starc's beautiful wife.
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It was lovely to be lying in bed listening :-) TMS, I've missed you xx

I didn't expect the Comedy Classic Lunchtime Spot though - Ali Mitchell's interview with Justin Langer was brilliant. Listening to Langer, trying to defend the indefensible, did have me wondering if it was actually Trump practising an Australian accent...
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14/01/2021 13:02:22 19 4
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Langer is almost as repulsive as Steve Smith
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14/01/2021 13:02:34 11 3
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Root isn't the hundred making machine we all want him to be but what a lovely player. So much time and a great method. A real masterclass in playing spin today. Fingers crossed for the (daddy) hundred.
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14/01/2021 12:51:43 8 2
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No. Sri Lanka WERE awful with the bat. If you've seen nothing of the game, why do you feel the need to question the accuracy of the report?
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14/01/2021 13:03:51 2 2
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Internet armchair experts in a nutshell
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14/01/2021 12:53:30 25 6
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Batting last on that wicket is going to be a real challenge.
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14/01/2021 13:04:17 31 1
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In all likelihood, Sri Lanka will be batting last on this wicket...
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14/01/2021 12:43:05 7 7
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Not had chance to see any of the game yet because of time difference. Will have watch the highlights. However, typical BBC article - Sri-Lanka terrible, with the implication being that England got lucky. Maybe Leach and Broad bowling well put pressure on the batsmen to hit Bess, resulting in wickets. Also things would look very different without the third wicket stand for England
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14/01/2021 13:04:42 1 1
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Eng did get a bit lucky. Bess' length was all over the place. The one he did get right was a beautiful ball. Flight, dip and turn. Thought Leach bowled well.
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14/01/2021 13:04:49 3 1
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20 years ago Sri Lanka could beat Australia in Sri Lanka. Imagine the likes of Murali, Jayasuriya, Dharmesena and Aravinda bowling on this wicket. Murali would have opened the bowling, the ball turning and bouncing alarmingly with Jayasuriya, Dharmesena and Aravinda bowling their overs in just over a minute at the other end. Compare that with todays attack - not in the same universe.
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14/01/2021 14:15:23 4 1
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In 2016 Sri Lanka could beat Australia in Sri Lanka, and 3-0 at that!