England close in on win over Sri Lanka
17/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 411
England need 36 runs on the final day to win the first Test against Sri Lanka despite losing three wickets in a chaotic final session in Galle.
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17/01/2021 12:51:35 9 9
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Just like the bad old days of English cricket. Conceive of an improbable nightmare scenario and they can make it happen. Sibley gifts his wicket then our best player is needlessly run out. It’s unforgivable.

Take away Root’s first innings knock and this has been a pretty average showing against a weak SL side. Credit to them for showing that the fragility of English cricket is alive and well
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17/01/2021 13:15:04 3 1
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It's being so cheerful that keeps you going!
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17/01/2021 15:02:43 2 1
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Oh bore off. Try supporting the England side rather than criticise them. They've got at least 6 players missing, and have had little match preparation coming into these tests.
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17/01/2021 12:51:57 50 2
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What a fantastic Test match, this is turning out to be.
Hats off to Sri Lanka for a wonderful fightback, but England will still win this.
Look on the bright side, it could’ve been 38 for 7.
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17/01/2021 15:19:56 6 9
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Sir Lankas test to loose now, lol.
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17/01/2021 12:52:16 3 16
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Pub team cricket from the English. Funny!
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17/01/2021 13:25:11 3 3
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How would you know, on the article about Crawley you stated you wouldn't watch cricket as so boring.
So, either lying then, lying now or more likely just yet another anti England obsessive.
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17/01/2021 12:52:20 8 10
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Sibs is a goner
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17/01/2021 12:52:48 8 2
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It's just as well Sri Lanka didn't scrape together another 50 runs in their first (or even second) innings. Should get there, but blimey, don't we like making life interesting!!
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17/01/2021 13:00:16 12 0
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As we nearly always do! From an unassailable position, we sweat and end up with no finger nails!! That's why we LOVE Test Match cricket.
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17/01/2021 12:53:04 25 6
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Its going to be a close finish, well done SL for msling a match of it
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17/01/2021 13:17:30 22 45
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"It's", not "Its".
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17/01/2021 13:58:59 2 0
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Indeed, great fight back.
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17/01/2021 12:54:00 13 0
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Excellent test this. I think most sensible fans knew Sri Lanka's score in the 1st innings was way below par. England could have easily gotten more than 500 if play wasn't stopped early on day 2. Good to see Leach get some joy as the spinners are finally making use of the conditions
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17/01/2021 12:54:19 11 8
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Sibley can't play spin for toffee.
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17/01/2021 13:07:35 11 0
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Stat wise he’s fine against off spin but averages only 19 against left-armers. To be fair he probably hasn’t faced much in county cricket at the top order. He might struggle in India
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17/01/2021 12:54:35 35 0
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Credit to Sri Lanka, well done Leach, and looking forward to seeing Essex’s finest bring it home tomorrow
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17/01/2021 12:54:36 5 1
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England will win this game
Bottom line
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17/01/2021 12:54:52 22 1
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Cracking test match! Fantastic performance from their young left armer to dismiss both openers twice -hope India aren’t watching!

Great to see our spinners bowl well in tandem. Character wise they seem chalk and cheese -reminiscent of Emburey & Edmonds
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17/01/2021 17:19:15 0 0
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Hopefully they will be better! Edmonds did turn the ball, and produced some epic spells. Emburey otoh grabbed the odd ‘two fer’ every now and then.
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17/01/2021 12:55:58 9 5
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Shows how little the so called experts know. After day one Michael Vaughan was basically saying it was the end of Sri Lanka as a cricket force. They prob won't will but they've fought back well.
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17/01/2021 12:58:41 16 7
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Quite generous to call Vaughan an expert. All he does is disagree or criticise for the sake of controversy, doesn’t have any opinions of his own.
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17/01/2021 12:56:00 2 1
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Sri Lanka wiped out a HOW MANY run first innings deficit?
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17/01/2021 12:56:47 75 3
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An enjoyable fourth day of the test - glad to have been able to catch some of it. A cheerful light in these dark times which I'm finding pretty tough.

Love and light to you all - things will get better. Until then enjoy Day 5 and England crossing the line to victory tomorrow.
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17/01/2021 12:58:12 7 23
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Just shows why Root is not right as captain

What England needed was calmness and he didn't provide it himself and it might have already cost England the game and may still do (BBC have you not learnt at all you know nothing about cricket predictions)

Elite sport is played in the head

Root could and should be the best batsman in the world but he is ruined by the captaincy and he's not good at it
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17/01/2021 13:02:15 14 1
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He got 228 in the first innings! And has made good field placings this match to dismiss SL batsman
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17/01/2021 13:03:10 1 0
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Come on. We should win this and he has just scored a double century.
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17/01/2021 13:04:23 1 0
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Bairstow ran him out?
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17/01/2021 13:06:26 2 1
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And who would you suggest instead from the current team? None of the bowlers are realistic candidates, the other top order batsmen are inexperienced so that leaves Buttler or Bairstow. Buttler is a shy chap and Bairstow as captain is not really sensible
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17/01/2021 13:07:12 1 0
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Except Bairstow was the one who got him run out. He literally just scored 228 for crying out loud. Honestly who would have as captain? And why "should" he be the best? Surely Kohli should be the best as he's from a cricket mad country. Very silly comment
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17/01/2021 12:55:58 9 5
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Shows how little the so called experts know. After day one Michael Vaughan was basically saying it was the end of Sri Lanka as a cricket force. They prob won't will but they've fought back well.
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17/01/2021 12:58:41 16 7
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Quite generous to call Vaughan an expert. All he does is disagree or criticise for the sake of controversy, doesn’t have any opinions of his own.
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17/01/2021 15:01:09 1 0
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Couldn't agree more. Vaughan just criticises all the time " same old England" is his only saying. He forgets we are without Archer, Stokes and Pope and Burns... Anderson on the bench. Crawley's career in its infancy and Leach not played a Test for 18months. All in All a win is a bonus. I do worry about Sibley and left arm spin. India's bowling strength is now seam so you wont see pitches like this
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17/01/2021 12:58:42 6 5
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This is not a performance to frighten India or Australia that's for sure.
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17/01/2021 15:00:57 5 0
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England have got at least 6 players missing though.
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17/01/2021 12:58:43 5 2
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Thank heavens fur Joe Root
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17/01/2021 13:03:58 2 3
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I take it your comment was tongue in cheek.
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17/01/2021 12:59:04 5 1
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I reckon England will lose another 3 wickets before Lawrence smacks a boundary to win the first test! ?? Phew!
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17/01/2021 12:59:37 7 17
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This again is disgraceful from England they will win but question marks will remain which shouldn't
Idiot Removed
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17/01/2021 15:09:06 5 0
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"Disgraceful"? Have a word with yourself. There are many disgraceful things happening in the world right now, but not batting very well doesn't rank up there with them.
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17/01/2021 12:59:41 5 6
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What have some of these been doing in the nets? Looking like fish out of water. What was coming at them was so obvious it’s painful.
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17/01/2021 12:59:52 4 5
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who turned the England openers into Mark Lathwell??
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17/01/2021 12:52:48 8 2
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It's just as well Sri Lanka didn't scrape together another 50 runs in their first (or even second) innings. Should get there, but blimey, don't we like making life interesting!!
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17/01/2021 13:00:16 12 0
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As we nearly always do! From an unassailable position, we sweat and end up with no finger nails!! That's why we LOVE Test Match cricket.
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17/01/2021 13:00:59 127 0
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Got to love test cricket. Fairplay to SL for fighting back.
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17/01/2021 13:01:00 10 0
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Good days play but what is it about a 4th innings? Would have been very worried if it been a 174 chase and not 74.
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17/01/2021 14:28:14 5 1
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Would have been worried if it had been 374, 274, 75 or whatever other score that it isn't. It's 74 because of what has gone before.
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17/01/2021 13:01:30 6 6
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Does anyone think we will win more than 1 test combined between India and Australia?
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17/01/2021 13:03:28 2 3
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i predict England will win 4 tests over those 3 series
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17/01/2021 13:04:10 3 0
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Yes
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17/01/2021 13:12:03 0 0
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The top teams can beat each other so I reckon England can win 4 or 5?
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17/01/2021 13:15:24 0 0
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Yes
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17/01/2021 13:38:31 0 0
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We are missing some players. Stokes for a example and I was there for the 17/18 ashes in Australia. We missed stokes I can tell you.
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17/01/2021 12:58:12 7 23
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Just shows why Root is not right as captain

What England needed was calmness and he didn't provide it himself and it might have already cost England the game and may still do (BBC have you not learnt at all you know nothing about cricket predictions)

Elite sport is played in the head

Root could and should be the best batsman in the world but he is ruined by the captaincy and he's not good at it
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17/01/2021 13:02:15 14 1
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He got 228 in the first innings! And has made good field placings this match to dismiss SL batsman
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17/01/2021 14:28:16 1 0
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Do you think it a captaincy decision to play well as a batsman?

Bairstows positioning for the Thirimanne was wise and that is it for actual wicket taking interesting fielding positions - not bad but do you think Root dreamed them up?

England management study all the players and how they get out and have a list of options for each player at the start / middle of the their innings
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17/01/2021 13:03:07 5 4
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England giving another world class display in how to make life difficult for themselves. That Root run out was atrocious.
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17/01/2021 12:58:12 7 23
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Just shows why Root is not right as captain

What England needed was calmness and he didn't provide it himself and it might have already cost England the game and may still do (BBC have you not learnt at all you know nothing about cricket predictions)

Elite sport is played in the head

Root could and should be the best batsman in the world but he is ruined by the captaincy and he's not good at it
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17/01/2021 13:03:10 1 0
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Come on. We should win this and he has just scored a double century.
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17/01/2021 13:03:13 9 4
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How did it even get to this!?

Hopefully we can win tomorrow morning but that just papers over the cracks with the openers!

Changes needed for India series, stokes and Burns.

What exactly is Woods role? Seems a waste, might as well put a specialist bat or all rounder.

The big issue I have is the 6-49 collapse we had in 1st innings, this game should already be over. We need to be more ruthless
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17/01/2021 13:03:17 7 17
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Time for Root to step aside, he's never been good enough to be captain, just doesn't make the right decisions and has no leadership qualities. OK as a bat but nothing else.
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17/01/2021 13:07:42 15 1
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He's just scored a test 200, England have not lost a home test series under his captaincy, and we have beaten Sri Lanka and S Africa away.

Not saying things couldn't be better, but they could be a whole lot worse.
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17/01/2021 13:13:41 2 0
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And who exactly do you suggest instead?
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17/01/2021 13:01:30 6 6
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Does anyone think we will win more than 1 test combined between India and Australia?
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17/01/2021 13:03:28 2 3
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i predict England will win 4 tests over those 3 series
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17/01/2021 17:46:56 0 0
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Not sure, 5-0 Aus is a stretch.
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17/01/2021 13:03:34 8 13
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I’m not sure why Bairstow is spoken of so highly when he’s averaged under 20 over the last few years, but running out the guy who got a first innings double hundred certainly isn’t the way to endear himself to me. Stick to white ball and stop sulking.
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17/01/2021 13:39:16 5 2
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If you know anything about cricket you will know why his average is low over the last couple of years !
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Roy
17/01/2021 13:57:37 1 0
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Bit harsh blaming bairstow for the run out of the bowler does not block root he gets in easy!
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17/01/2021 13:03:44 182 9
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Test match cricket has all the entertainment of 20/20, but it also allows players with patience, technique, dogged determination and the ability to execute a plan to shine

There's no better sport than Test match cricket
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17/01/2021 15:44:57 16 3
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Query: Scotland winning a rugby match?
Otherwise, couldn't agree with you more! This and also Aus v India has been great fun, pity about the sleepless hours...
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17/01/2021 12:58:43 5 2
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Thank heavens fur Joe Root
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17/01/2021 13:03:58 2 3
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I take it your comment was tongue in cheek.
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17/01/2021 13:01:30 6 6
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Does anyone think we will win more than 1 test combined between India and Australia?
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17/01/2021 13:04:10 3 0
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Yes
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17/01/2021 13:04:13 6 1
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Thought on a minefield like this the England spinners went for yo.many runs, Sri Lanka's spinners put everything in to perspective
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17/01/2021 15:27:26 1 1
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Bowling with a harder new ball helps.
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17/01/2021 13:04:15 72 3
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Im Welsh and find it difficult to understand we so many bad comments here about the English team. They are going to win. Be happy.
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17/01/2021 13:19:18 9 0
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Just be happy you're Welsh. Many English find it hard to be happy with their lot in life. I'd have taken a 2 or 3 wicket win at the start and am still of that inclination. Looking forward to a short final session tomorrow and a 7 wicket win.
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17/01/2021 14:57:17 16 0
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It is the England and Welsh cricket team, some great Welsh players have graced the side over the years.
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17/01/2021 15:13:30 8 0
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Because unlike the Welsh, the English find fault in everything (I'm English btw!)
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17/01/2021 16:34:23 5 0
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I'm Welsh too, but always support the England (and Wales) Cricket team.

I've been proud of Welsh/Glamorgan players like Simon Jones and Crofty contributing - and just wish more players would come through - but England players like Botham, Gower, Willis, Gooch, Flintoff, Stokes etc have been my most thrilling to watch.

Long may it continue.
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17/01/2021 12:58:12 7 23
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Just shows why Root is not right as captain

What England needed was calmness and he didn't provide it himself and it might have already cost England the game and may still do (BBC have you not learnt at all you know nothing about cricket predictions)

Elite sport is played in the head

Root could and should be the best batsman in the world but he is ruined by the captaincy and he's not good at it
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17/01/2021 13:04:23 1 0
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Bairstow ran him out?
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17/01/2021 13:05:23 6 2
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Sri Lanka only have themselves to blame here. A chaotic 135 in the their first innings allowed England confidence with the bat. No scoreboard pressure. We'd have been looking at a far higher chase if not for their 1st innings suicidal batting display. Don't be fooled by our average spanners 5 for's. India will be a much higher mountain to climb. And the batsmen less likely to gift their wickets.
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17/01/2021 13:05:59 9 0
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Jury still out on openers for England. All have their merits but big problem areas too. Really missed someone like Cook for conditions like this- his technique against spinners in sub continent is worlds apart from what we have seen here
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17/01/2021 14:52:26 7 0
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That's probably because he spent many winters touring the subcontinent. We need to have patience and allow this crop of openers to develop and learn. Chucking any of them out after a couple of overseas tours is of no benefit to anyone.
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17/01/2021 13:06:02 1 7
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Still hung up on the ashes? ??
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17/01/2021 13:14:41 7 0
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Yeah cos yr lot are doing well at home to India aren't they?
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17/01/2021 13:06:04 3 13
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At the moment England are a second tier side, playing against a third tier side. It's an exciting game - and that's about it. No point lamenting about Australia or India.
Lay off the mind altering drugs mate, you are making yourself look a complete idiot Removed
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17/01/2021 12:58:12 7 23
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Just shows why Root is not right as captain

What England needed was calmness and he didn't provide it himself and it might have already cost England the game and may still do (BBC have you not learnt at all you know nothing about cricket predictions)

Elite sport is played in the head

Root could and should be the best batsman in the world but he is ruined by the captaincy and he's not good at it
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17/01/2021 13:06:26 2 1
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And who would you suggest instead from the current team? None of the bowlers are realistic candidates, the other top order batsmen are inexperienced so that leaves Buttler or Bairstow. Buttler is a shy chap and Bairstow as captain is not really sensible
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17/01/2021 13:07:01 6 1
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Top order issues remain. Massive problem if losing openers in first 5 overs in India and Oz.
Bowling attack average. Can Stokes, Woakes, Anderson improve it enough?
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17/01/2021 13:10:03 7 1
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Pope and Archer to return also.
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17/01/2021 14:57:44 1 2
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In other words, can a side be improved by adding 5 top quality players (including Pope and Archer who you weirdly omitted)? Probably.
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17/01/2021 13:07:09 11 2
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Always hard to bat in the 4th innings in Sri Lanka.

The SL 1st innings was so poor that it has given the match away. If they had posted 250 (still below par), England would have little chance at making 190 to win.

This isn't quite over yet, but England will get home from here.

Thank goodness for Root's 228!
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17/01/2021 12:58:12 7 23
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Just shows why Root is not right as captain

What England needed was calmness and he didn't provide it himself and it might have already cost England the game and may still do (BBC have you not learnt at all you know nothing about cricket predictions)

Elite sport is played in the head

Root could and should be the best batsman in the world but he is ruined by the captaincy and he's not good at it
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17/01/2021 13:07:12 1 0
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Except Bairstow was the one who got him run out. He literally just scored 228 for crying out loud. Honestly who would have as captain? And why "should" he be the best? Surely Kohli should be the best as he's from a cricket mad country. Very silly comment
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17/01/2021 13:07:23 14 1
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On a plus point, Lawrence looks the real deal.

Also pope to return and Burns. Just worried bout openers!

A needless shot (and lack of by Sibley) today, caused panic.

We should do it tomorrow morning, but by no means a perfect performance

Bowlers did well, Bess for me is a lucky bowler and sometimes you just need plain luck! So he plays for me in India, especially if Rashid can’t be convinced!
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17/01/2021 13:13:29 22 0
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Lawrence has been a big part of Essex’s recent successes which has added to his confidence. In addition to his obvious talent and flair, he has that unerring self-belief and cast-iron will to succeed - it will serve him well at this level and when the lean patches inevitably arrive.
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17/01/2021 13:19:52 0 1
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Not so sure about the bowlers. SL threw a lot of wickets away in their first innings, we bowled without much discipline in the second
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17/01/2021 13:22:20 0 0
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Burns is an opener. So would you stick with Sibley or Crawley? Neither them look effective against spinner. Have any of those 3 played in the sub-continent before. Well, there's only one way to find out....
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17/01/2021 13:24:59 1 0
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Do hi the world of good to be there at the end tomorrow
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17/01/2021 13:52:13 1 0
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England only ever included Rashid in the subcontinent and never gave him a proper run in the test side. Rashid doesn't get on well with Root I believe. He doesn't play the longer game format any more so Rashid is not going to be the answer. Like you UrbanFox I would have loved to have seen him given a proper chance but I think that ship has sailed.
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17/01/2021 14:03:27 3 0
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Rashid convinced? He can’t bowl more than 10 overs every few days....
Chronic shoulder problem....
Well documented....
On here yesterday....
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17/01/2021 21:15:28 0 0
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Also - he seems to be having fun - smiling - not too up tight - perhaps a bit non-conformist (what about that interview with his dad? funky)
Just seems to have a good atitude, not getting too bogged down with too much self importance - might be the breakthrough for him - but cant see him getting in past Stokes.
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17/01/2021 12:54:19 11 8
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Sibley can't play spin for toffee.
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17/01/2021 13:07:35 11 0
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Stat wise he’s fine against off spin but averages only 19 against left-armers. To be fair he probably hasn’t faced much in county cricket at the top order. He might struggle in India
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17/01/2021 13:07:41 39 5
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Someone needs to have a quiet word with Sybil and tell him that until he works out where his off stump is then he shouldn't leave the ball. This isn't the first time he's done it and he has left plenty of others that have missed marginally. Needs sorting quickly.
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17/01/2021 13:26:15 8 1
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Posted on other thread sure Kallis be having a chat along with Bell giving him a call of support and coaching.
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17/01/2021 22:08:28 1 0
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I don't think he left it on line. I think he expected it to turn big. I do agree though that if the ball pitches in line you should always play. What the ball does once it pitches is in the lap of the gods.
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17/01/2021 13:03:17 7 17
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Time for Root to step aside, he's never been good enough to be captain, just doesn't make the right decisions and has no leadership qualities. OK as a bat but nothing else.
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17/01/2021 13:07:42 15 1
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He's just scored a test 200, England have not lost a home test series under his captaincy, and we have beaten Sri Lanka and S Africa away.

Not saying things couldn't be better, but they could be a whole lot worse.
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17/01/2021 13:08:17 22 1
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It just goes to show that chasing a very small target to win a test match isn’t always as straightforward as many would think. All well and good to say that it needed calm, but losing a couple of wickets can soon set the nerves jangling.
Would be surprised if England chase down the remaining runs without losing a wicket tomorrow.
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17/01/2021 13:13:35 10 11
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If we lose, it would be the lowest score that any team has ever failed to chase. That tends to suggest that it should be simple.

Sibley gifting his wicket away and Root being run out soon after make the unthinkable a possibility.
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17/01/2021 13:10:02 57 1
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Let’s have a bit of perspective. England haven’t played any competitive cricket for ages and are underprepared (as much due to circumstance) playing Sri Lanka who have played some meaningful cricket recently. There are pluses and negatives all round.

Questions remain about the spin bowlers, and batting, but give it another test before axing everyone.

A win away in Asia is always a good win.
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17/01/2021 13:19:51 9 19
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England haven't won yet.
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17/01/2021 13:41:44 2 10
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What planet are you from. England are the only team to have played most cricket in the last 6 months; series against WI, Pak, Aussies, and the SA. Whereas SL have only had the SA series within the last 6 months.
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17/01/2021 13:07:01 6 1
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Top order issues remain. Massive problem if losing openers in first 5 overs in India and Oz.
Bowling attack average. Can Stokes, Woakes, Anderson improve it enough?
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17/01/2021 13:10:03 7 1
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Pope and Archer to return also.
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17/01/2021 13:11:06 33 0
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Impressed by Lawrence's temperament coming in at a point of chaos and keeping calm. England will win from here and it's been much more interesting than it looked on day 1. Bess and Leach need the overs and experience and I'm already looking forward to the next game
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17/01/2021 13:16:31 22 1
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Lawrence reminds me abit of Marnus Labuschagne, similar technique. If he can start as well as Labuschagne did in test cricket then he has a lot of games ahead of him.
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17/01/2021 13:11:40 6 17
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I said yesterday I was still unsure about Sibley, he commits far too much to the leg side with shots, had a very poor game and more bad fielding today, take Jennings to India instead? Has a good record in Asia, both of his test hundreds.

My starting XI for India first test: -

Burns
Jennings
Crawley
Root
Lawrence
Stokes
Buttler
Bess
Broad
Leach
Anderson
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17/01/2021 13:19:47 7 0
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Not Jennings! That’s going backwards!

What about Pope? For me I would swap Jennings with Pope in your team and bat Pope at 6

Also broad AND Anderson? Only play 1!

Where is Bairstow, Moeen, Curran, Archer?

Those 4 can contribute valuable runs which may be the difference in India.
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17/01/2021 13:22:21 2 1
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Jennings has been tried, tried and tried again, and has failed, failed and failed again. He had a couple of good games in Asia, but that does not make him a spin specialist, its just a lucky one off tour.
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17/01/2021 13:22:44 0 0
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Why leave Pope out? Jennings is useless as well, regardless of what he did in India a few years ago.
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17/01/2021 13:32:05 0 1
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Where does Bairstow fit in then ?
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17/01/2021 14:00:56 1 0
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Lawrence has only played 1 test. I suspect he’ll be replaced by Pope.
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17/01/2021 17:35:10 1 1
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Good plan. Drop our second best player of spin after Root.

Why not drop Root as well, give the Indians a proper chance?
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17/01/2021 13:01:30 6 6
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Does anyone think we will win more than 1 test combined between India and Australia?
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17/01/2021 13:12:03 0 0
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The top teams can beat each other so I reckon England can win 4 or 5?
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17/01/2021 13:12:13 10 15
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If Sibley and Crawley are the answer, it must have been a really stupid question.
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17/01/2021 13:18:46 2 0
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Crawley is playing as opener because Burns isn't there. Sibley looks all at sea against spinners.
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17/01/2021 13:21:09 2 3
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Bit like Corbyn and abbott
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17/01/2021 13:07:23 14 1
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On a plus point, Lawrence looks the real deal.

Also pope to return and Burns. Just worried bout openers!

A needless shot (and lack of by Sibley) today, caused panic.

We should do it tomorrow morning, but by no means a perfect performance

Bowlers did well, Bess for me is a lucky bowler and sometimes you just need plain luck! So he plays for me in India, especially if Rashid can’t be convinced!
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17/01/2021 13:13:29 22 0
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Lawrence has been a big part of Essex’s recent successes which has added to his confidence. In addition to his obvious talent and flair, he has that unerring self-belief and cast-iron will to succeed - it will serve him well at this level and when the lean patches inevitably arrive.
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17/01/2021 13:08:17 22 1
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It just goes to show that chasing a very small target to win a test match isn’t always as straightforward as many would think. All well and good to say that it needed calm, but losing a couple of wickets can soon set the nerves jangling.
Would be surprised if England chase down the remaining runs without losing a wicket tomorrow.
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17/01/2021 13:13:35 10 11
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If we lose, it would be the lowest score that any team has ever failed to chase. That tends to suggest that it should be simple.

Sibley gifting his wicket away and Root being run out soon after make the unthinkable a possibility.
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17/01/2021 13:03:17 7 17
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Time for Root to step aside, he's never been good enough to be captain, just doesn't make the right decisions and has no leadership qualities. OK as a bat but nothing else.
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17/01/2021 13:13:41 2 0
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And who exactly do you suggest instead?
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17/01/2021 13:06:02 1 7
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Still hung up on the ashes? ??
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17/01/2021 13:14:41 7 0
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Yeah cos yr lot are doing well at home to India aren't they?
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17/01/2021 12:51:35 9 9
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Just like the bad old days of English cricket. Conceive of an improbable nightmare scenario and they can make it happen. Sibley gifts his wicket then our best player is needlessly run out. It’s unforgivable.

Take away Root’s first innings knock and this has been a pretty average showing against a weak SL side. Credit to them for showing that the fragility of English cricket is alive and well
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17/01/2021 13:15:04 3 1
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It's being so cheerful that keeps you going!
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17/01/2021 13:30:14 2 1
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Plenty of cheer when our international side doesn’t play like schoolboys. If you went away from following today’s play with a spring in your step, then good for you.
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17/01/2021 13:01:30 6 6
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Does anyone think we will win more than 1 test combined between India and Australia?
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17/01/2021 13:15:24 0 0
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Yes
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17/01/2021 13:04:15 72 3
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Im Welsh and find it difficult to understand we so many bad comments here about the English team. They are going to win. Be happy.
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17/01/2021 13:16:06 6 13
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Sibley looked out of his depths
YET AGAIN, as did Crawley.
What on earth was Little boy lost thinking when he went for that run, as equally calamitous as Sri Lanka’s first innings.
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17/01/2021 13:11:06 33 0
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Impressed by Lawrence's temperament coming in at a point of chaos and keeping calm. England will win from here and it's been much more interesting than it looked on day 1. Bess and Leach need the overs and experience and I'm already looking forward to the next game
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Jka
17/01/2021 13:16:31 22 1
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Lawrence reminds me abit of Marnus Labuschagne, similar technique. If he can start as well as Labuschagne did in test cricket then he has a lot of games ahead of him.
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17/01/2021 22:53:33 1 0
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I’ve seen a lot of Dan as I’m an Essex member. Huge talent but can lose concentration but hopefully that’s will improve. Seems to have been an important member of the Essex team for years but is only 23. Could have a long England future. Very good T20 player as well.
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17/01/2021 13:17:28 4 11
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I suspect Root has dropped the Man of the Match award.
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17/01/2021 13:23:47 6 1
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Still MOTM for me, without his runs we would be no where!

Tail is suddenly starting to look very long!

I’m glad we’re having our bad patch during this game and not against India!!

Let’s get this done and dusted tomorrow and then plan for future.
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17/01/2021 13:24:15 1 0
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I seriously doubt it.
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17/01/2021 13:28:07 1 0
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There is no way anyone else will be given man of the match.
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17/01/2021 12:53:04 25 6
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Its going to be a close finish, well done SL for msling a match of it
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17/01/2021 13:17:30 22 45
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"It's", not "Its".
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17/01/2021 13:36:25 13 4
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Inverted commas, not speech marks please. It doesn't matter though, they are making a comment on a board, not writing an essay.
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17/01/2021 13:36:41 6 5
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And how many test wickets have you taken?
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17/01/2021 13:58:33 9 3
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Zzzzzzzz
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17/01/2021 14:32:48 5 6
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This is our language, and the one spoken and written by the greatest purveyor of words in human history (that's Old Shakey, by the way, for those posters who've never heard of him), yet using it properly is frowned upon, it seems. I'm one of the 7 on your side, Doc.
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17/01/2021 15:39:48 1 0
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I agree.

But you missed out the the start ... which should have been .....

Correct!

It's "It's" not "Its".

:)
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18/01/2021 00:23:27 0 0
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So "msling" is OK then?
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18/01/2021 03:46:01 0 0
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concecrate on tha kriket
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17/01/2021 13:04:15 72 3
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Im Welsh and find it difficult to understand we so many bad comments here about the English team. They are going to win. Be happy.
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17/01/2021 13:18:28 146 5
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Why do England's test spinners get so much criticism and forensic analysis ? They don't bowl long spells in our first class competition because thanks to the 100 ball nonsense & the obsession with one day cricket it is not played in our driest months. If they do play they are encouraged to bowl defensively, thus not spinning it much. Then in tests they are expected to be Warne & Murali !!
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Stu
17/01/2021 14:01:39 32 3
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I don't think the SL spinners are any better than ours but our top order look light rabbits in headlights when the ball starts spinning: Sibley - leaving a ball that bowled him, Crawley going hard driving at a good length ball; Bairstow reverse sweeping for Pete's sake!
It's a test match and they have a full day left - need to show some application. Eng will win but not need to build confidence.
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17/01/2021 14:07:12 21 0
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I suspect those who seem to think spinners can just turn up and bowl brilliantly have never played the game at any serious level (including club county leagues).
They can’t understand that the more they bowl the better they get. Minor variations of flight, pace and spin all causing problems for good batsmen.
When Championship cricket was played in July and August, spinners were plentiful.
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17/01/2021 14:17:04 18 0
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Totally agree. This also has a knock on effect on batsmen who don't get anywhere near enough experience of playing against top class spin so when they do come up against it their technique is lacking.
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17/01/2021 16:06:13 6 0
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And when they are successful in the county matches, cue the predictable bleating about doctored wickets......
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17/01/2021 20:40:32 1 0
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And if a County prepares a pitch which helps the spinners rather than the usual seamer friendly norm,they are punished points for doing so.
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17/01/2021 13:12:13 10 15
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If Sibley and Crawley are the answer, it must have been a really stupid question.
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17/01/2021 13:18:46 2 0
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Crawley is playing as opener because Burns isn't there. Sibley looks all at sea against spinners.
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17/01/2021 13:04:15 72 3
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Im Welsh and find it difficult to understand we so many bad comments here about the English team. They are going to win. Be happy.
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17/01/2021 13:19:18 9 0
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Just be happy you're Welsh. Many English find it hard to be happy with their lot in life. I'd have taken a 2 or 3 wicket win at the start and am still of that inclination. Looking forward to a short final session tomorrow and a 7 wicket win.
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Jka
17/01/2021 13:11:40 6 17
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I said yesterday I was still unsure about Sibley, he commits far too much to the leg side with shots, had a very poor game and more bad fielding today, take Jennings to India instead? Has a good record in Asia, both of his test hundreds.

My starting XI for India first test: -

Burns
Jennings
Crawley
Root
Lawrence
Stokes
Buttler
Bess
Broad
Leach
Anderson
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17/01/2021 13:19:47 7 0
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Not Jennings! That’s going backwards!

What about Pope? For me I would swap Jennings with Pope in your team and bat Pope at 6

Also broad AND Anderson? Only play 1!

Where is Bairstow, Moeen, Curran, Archer?

Those 4 can contribute valuable runs which may be the difference in India.
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Jka
17/01/2021 13:30:06 1 0
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This is my starting XI for the first test only, I'm not suggesting Broad and Anderson play together for the whole series. Considering the amount of injuries India currently have winning the first game would be critical, why wouldn't we want to play our most successful bowlers?
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17/01/2021 13:19:50 5 9
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We need to stop picking so many bowling options, and get a proper top 7 of batsmen. Buttler should be 7 max, only one of him or Bairstow should be in the eleven. 3 fast bowlers in the team, bowling 49 of the 137 overs? Waste of at least 1 spot in the team that could have been occupied by another batsmen. When Stokes is back, Stokes plus 1 quick should be enough on dustbowls!
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17/01/2021 13:23:58 5 3
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Agree. Foakes for either Wood or Curran next game
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17/01/2021 13:33:52 1 0
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Given there’s no Stokes, Pope, Burns, Archer or Ali who would you have picked? There’s not exactly a wealth of options. First where would you get another batsmen in the line up? And you would go with just the 2 spinners and 2 seamers? Considering we have struggled to take 20 wickets when abroad in recent years, limiting the bowling options is obviously the way to go....
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17/01/2021 13:10:02 57 1
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Let’s have a bit of perspective. England haven’t played any competitive cricket for ages and are underprepared (as much due to circumstance) playing Sri Lanka who have played some meaningful cricket recently. There are pluses and negatives all round.

Questions remain about the spin bowlers, and batting, but give it another test before axing everyone.

A win away in Asia is always a good win.
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17/01/2021 13:19:51 9 19
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England haven't won yet.
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17/01/2021 16:40:43 0 0
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Fair point, perhaps I shouldn’t count chickens, but I very much doubt even England can throw this away.
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17/01/2021 17:08:05 2 0
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If you comment further I’m happy to offer you 1500-1 on SL. Your minimum bet needs to be £2000 though.
Interested?
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17/01/2021 13:07:23 14 1
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On a plus point, Lawrence looks the real deal.

Also pope to return and Burns. Just worried bout openers!

A needless shot (and lack of by Sibley) today, caused panic.

We should do it tomorrow morning, but by no means a perfect performance

Bowlers did well, Bess for me is a lucky bowler and sometimes you just need plain luck! So he plays for me in India, especially if Rashid can’t be convinced!
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17/01/2021 13:19:52 0 1
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Not so sure about the bowlers. SL threw a lot of wickets away in their first innings, we bowled without much discipline in the second
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17/01/2021 13:20:52 5 2
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Brilliantly bowled from Leach, after all he's been through with just 2 first-class matches in the year and puts in a real shift to take 5. Bess also bowled a lot better today. A few nervy moments at the end, but we should take it home comfortably tomorrow. Hats off to Sri Lanka for the fight back, but they will wonder what could've been in the 1st innings.
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17/01/2021 13:12:13 10 15
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If Sibley and Crawley are the answer, it must have been a really stupid question.
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17/01/2021 13:21:09 2 3
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Bit like Corbyn and abbott
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17/01/2021 13:48:10 2 0
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Keep your political views off of here. This is about cricket.
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17/01/2021 12:59:37 7 17
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This again is disgraceful from England they will win but question marks will remain which shouldn't
Idiot Removed
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17/01/2021 13:07:23 14 1
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On a plus point, Lawrence looks the real deal.

Also pope to return and Burns. Just worried bout openers!

A needless shot (and lack of by Sibley) today, caused panic.

We should do it tomorrow morning, but by no means a perfect performance

Bowlers did well, Bess for me is a lucky bowler and sometimes you just need plain luck! So he plays for me in India, especially if Rashid can’t be convinced!
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17/01/2021 13:22:20 0 0
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Burns is an opener. So would you stick with Sibley or Crawley? Neither them look effective against spinner. Have any of those 3 played in the sub-continent before. Well, there's only one way to find out....
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Jka
17/01/2021 13:11:40 6 17
bbc
I said yesterday I was still unsure about Sibley, he commits far too much to the leg side with shots, had a very poor game and more bad fielding today, take Jennings to India instead? Has a good record in Asia, both of his test hundreds.

My starting XI for India first test: -

Burns
Jennings
Crawley
Root
Lawrence
Stokes
Buttler
Bess
Broad
Leach
Anderson
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17/01/2021 13:22:21 2 1
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Jennings has been tried, tried and tried again, and has failed, failed and failed again. He had a couple of good games in Asia, but that does not make him a spin specialist, its just a lucky one off tour.
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Jka
17/01/2021 13:11:40 6 17
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I said yesterday I was still unsure about Sibley, he commits far too much to the leg side with shots, had a very poor game and more bad fielding today, take Jennings to India instead? Has a good record in Asia, both of his test hundreds.

My starting XI for India first test: -

Burns
Jennings
Crawley
Root
Lawrence
Stokes
Buttler
Bess
Broad
Leach
Anderson
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17/01/2021 13:22:44 0 0
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Why leave Pope out? Jennings is useless as well, regardless of what he did in India a few years ago.
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Jka
17/01/2021 13:34:12 1 2
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Because he's missed the chance here to get some experience on pitches that spin. Players that havernt featured in this series shouldt be picked right away againist India through lack of game time. He could feature later in the series though, its a long series.
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17/01/2021 13:17:28 4 11
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I suspect Root has dropped the Man of the Match award.
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17/01/2021 13:23:47 6 1
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Still MOTM for me, without his runs we would be no where!

Tail is suddenly starting to look very long!

I’m glad we’re having our bad patch during this game and not against India!!

Let’s get this done and dusted tomorrow and then plan for future.
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17/01/2021 13:19:50 5 9
bbc
We need to stop picking so many bowling options, and get a proper top 7 of batsmen. Buttler should be 7 max, only one of him or Bairstow should be in the eleven. 3 fast bowlers in the team, bowling 49 of the 137 overs? Waste of at least 1 spot in the team that could have been occupied by another batsmen. When Stokes is back, Stokes plus 1 quick should be enough on dustbowls!
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17/01/2021 13:23:58 5 3
bbc
Agree. Foakes for either Wood or Curran next game
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Pev
17/01/2021 16:55:38 1 0
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Buttler had an excellent game behind the stumps. He is a more than good enough wicket keeper and worth his place as a batsman as well, thus giving more selection options. Another bonus is that he is not a selfish miserable git (not a reference to Foakes of course!).
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17/01/2021 13:24:04 27 4
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Not good to run out your captain, even at village level.
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17/01/2021 13:27:25 18 10
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Had call Bairstow, as usual - he shares the same skills as Boycott in running out batting partners.
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17/01/2021 17:17:31 0 0
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Possibly worse, you might not be selected the next week.
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17/01/2021 13:17:28 4 11
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I suspect Root has dropped the Man of the Match award.
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17/01/2021 13:24:15 1 0
bbc
I seriously doubt it.
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17/01/2021 13:07:23 14 1
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On a plus point, Lawrence looks the real deal.

Also pope to return and Burns. Just worried bout openers!

A needless shot (and lack of by Sibley) today, caused panic.

We should do it tomorrow morning, but by no means a perfect performance

Bowlers did well, Bess for me is a lucky bowler and sometimes you just need plain luck! So he plays for me in India, especially if Rashid can’t be convinced!
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17/01/2021 13:24:59 1 0
bbc
Do hi the world of good to be there at the end tomorrow
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17/01/2021 13:06:04 3 13
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At the moment England are a second tier side, playing against a third tier side. It's an exciting game - and that's about it. No point lamenting about Australia or India.
Lay off the mind altering drugs mate, you are making yourself look a complete idiot Removed
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17/01/2021 12:52:16 3 16
bbc
Pub team cricket from the English. Funny!
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17/01/2021 13:25:11 3 3
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How would you know, on the article about Crawley you stated you wouldn't watch cricket as so boring.
So, either lying then, lying now or more likely just yet another anti England obsessive.
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17/01/2021 13:25:44 9 0
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You’ve got to remember this isn’t the full strength squad
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17/01/2021 13:25:48 16 1
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Well said Jack Leach - it only counts if you win
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17/01/2021 13:07:41 39 5
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Someone needs to have a quiet word with Sybil and tell him that until he works out where his off stump is then he shouldn't leave the ball. This isn't the first time he's done it and he has left plenty of others that have missed marginally. Needs sorting quickly.
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17/01/2021 13:26:15 8 1
bbc
Posted on other thread sure Kallis be having a chat along with Bell giving him a call of support and coaching.
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17/01/2021 14:43:21 3 0
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Let's hope he listens.
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Ken
17/01/2021 13:26:16 3 0
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Surely but surely. Was concerned when lost 3 in quick succession. Plenty of time but just need to but need bit of caution on this wicket.
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17/01/2021 13:26:46 4 9
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Sibley will be useless in India. Send him home.
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17/01/2021 13:24:04 27 4
bbc
Not good to run out your captain, even at village level.
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17/01/2021 13:27:25 18 10
bbc
Had call Bairstow, as usual - he shares the same skills as Boycott in running out batting partners.
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17/01/2021 17:19:20 1 0
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look forward to the careful statistical analysis that presumably underpins this comment
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17/01/2021 13:17:28 4 11
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I suspect Root has dropped the Man of the Match award.
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17/01/2021 13:28:07 1 0
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There is no way anyone else will be given man of the match.
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17/01/2021 13:28:19 20 0
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As both India and Australia have shown in their series, no test team is ever far away from a batting wobble. Makes for compulsive viewing though.

Fair play to Sri Lanka, they've fought hard, and they certainly showed how you bowl spin on that pitch.
Leech did well, and Best has decent figures again, but we've always had a weakness in spin bowling compared with Asian nations.
Enjoyable Test.
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17/01/2021 13:29:09 7 3
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If England win this tomorrow it will be the first innings stand between Root and Bairstow who did the hard work and laid the foundations.
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17/01/2021 13:31:10 3 0
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And I thought nostradamus was dead ??????
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17/01/2021 13:31:22 2 1
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I would say the stand between Root and Lawrence was more important.
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17/01/2021 13:29:51 5 5
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The only person who ran Root out was Root. Him and Bairstow have batted so many times before without similar happening Bairstow must have thought he would make it. If you think you can't (especially if you are the captain) you yell NO loud and clear and stay put and let the other bloke run himself out especially if you are the one who got 220+ in the first innings..
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17/01/2021 13:41:41 7 1
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Have you even played the game? The call belongs with the batsmen who has the best view of where the ball goes. All mix ups happen when both try and make the decision. You’re supposed to be able to trust your batting partner. Being captain when batting is utterly irrelevant in calling for a run.