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Live Blog: England v Sri Lanka (Day 2) June 21 2014

— 21 June 2014

Hello and welcome to Day Two of the 73rd Test Match at Headingley and the first ever Test between England and Sri Lanka to be played at Yorkshire’s home ground.

Keep up-to-date with all the news and live scores as Alastair Cook’s men aim to win the Investec Test series against Sri Lanka.

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  • END OF PLAY England 320-6 (Prior 3 Jordan 4)

    Chris Jordan is dropped at short cover just before the close of play, that would have really topped off Sri Lanka’s session.

    All in all I think it’s been a fairly even day, England are 61 runs ahead but considering the position they were in at one point then Sri Lanka will be really happy with how they’ve fought back. We all know how England’s tail can play and tomorrow could either be a flurry of runs or a quick tumble of wickets. Very well poised!

    Read our full report of the day

  • 18:15pm WICKET Ali ct Chandimal b Eranga 2

    Moeen Ali follows up a sumptuous drive for two with a nick behind. He goes for 2 and it’s now 313-6…very close all of a sudden.


    Two wickets in the space of an over for Sri Lanka, as Ian Bell is caught down the legside for 64 before Root feathers a catch to Chandimal to depart for 13.

    All of a sudden England are 311-5 and Sri Lanka have a sniff here. You sense this is a crucial period before the close of play because a couple more wickets would completely change the game.

    50 for Bell

    71 balls, 6 × 4

    Bell has reached his 50 and it seemed inevitable from the moment he walked out to bat. He looks in great touch, could he get to 100 before the close of play tonight?

    17:29pm England 289-3 (Bell 49 Root 6)

    England have taken the lead by the way, I somehow missed that. They now lead by 32 runs.

    WICKET Robson b Pradeep 127

    Pradeep gets the breakthrough! Robson drives loosely at one that maybe just nips back a bit and clips the off stump. Great innings from Robson who walks off to a standing ovation. England are now 278-3.

    16:56pm England 266-2 (Robson 121 Bell 39)

    The new ball has been taken by Sri Lanka but Ian Bell is looking in top form and the harder ball is suiting the two batsmen. There’s one delivery from Prasad that takes off from a length and Chandimal takes it well above his head, but in truth it was far too good for Bell. The innings run rate is up to 3.17 thanks largely to Bell.

    16:32pm England 244-2 (Robson 116 Bell 22)

    England are definitely accelerating a bit here, Robson has hit Herath for six over his head and Bell has just had two boundaries down to third man. The 50 partnership is up off just 73 balls and marks a definite increase in tempo, mainly down to Bell who looks in good touch as he always does.


    220 BALLS, 11 X 4

    We didn’t have to wait long after tea for Robson to get there. He’s done it in just the second over with a punch through the covers for two. He raises his arms in relief and salutes the White Rose Stand.

    Well batted sir.


    It wouldn’t be a Saturday afternoon in Headingley without people in fancy dress would it!

  • 15:40pm TEA England 211-2 (Robson 98 Bell 8)

    Robson threatened to get to 100 just before tea, with a beautiful cover drive for four to take him within one shot of three figures. He must have an old head on those shoulders however, he refused to be drawn in to playing a big shot and goes in to the break just two runs shy of his maiden Test century.

    WICKET Ballance ct Chandimal b Mathews 74

    Ballance is finally out as he nicks a ball from Angelo Mathews straight through to Dinesh Chandimal. Partnership of 142 is over and Ian Bell walks to the crease in his 100th Test.

    15:15pm England 187-1 (Robson 84 Ballance 73)

    England just accumulating runs here, not huge amounts to report back except that the beer snakes have started in the crowd.

    Ballance is quickly catching Robson up, who will be first to 100?

  • 14:42pm England 161-1 (Robson 73 Ballance 58)

    The players have taken a drinks break and it’s certainly deserved for the England batsmen. By my calculations England have scored 55 in the 15 overs since lunch, by no means lightening but it’s a significant improvement on the scoring rate from this morning.

    14:31pm 100 Partnership

    A no-ball brings up the 100 partnership between Robson and Ballance. The Yorkshire batsman has been the dominant of the two but Robson has shown signs of aggression since lunch, particularly against Herath.

    14:25pm 50 for Ballance

    116 balls, 7 × 4

    Ballance has looked in a bit more of a rush since suriving that LBW appeal and he reaches his 50 with two boundaries behind point off the bowling of Pradeep. Welcome home Gary! Greeted by big cheers from the White Rose Stand as you’d imagine.

    14:00pm Engand 115-1 (Robson 59 Ballance 34)

    Ballance has survived a close LBW call since lunch. He was actually given out but on review it was given not out with the ball sliding down the legside. Out of nowhere really, with Ballance just trying to work the ball away.


    Well lunch is almost over and I think I saw about as much entertainment from the kids playing kwik cricket than the England batsmen. They were smashing it mind you.
    It was a proper session of Test cricket though, and England will be hoping to push on from here.

  • LUNCH England 106-1 (Robson 55 Ballance 30)

    That’s lunch. A good morning for England who have consolidated their position but nothing more. The two have batted well this morning but there is plenty to be done this morning, you would imagine they will try to push the scoring rate on in the afternoon session.

    12:40pm 50 FOR ROBSON

    102 balls, 8 × 4

    And that’s a maiden Test Match half-century for Sam Robson with an edgy four through the slips. He’s batted well so far following the disappointment of his debut at Lords last week. It’s been more of a stubborn innings than anything else but he has rarely looked like getting out.

    12:30am England 92-1 (Robson 48 Ballance 23)

    Robson has become somewhat becalmed of late and is slowly advancing through the 40s towards his first international half-century however a glorious cover drive finds the boundary and he’ll feel a lot better for that.

    Ballance meanwhile is quietly accumulating in a Trott-like manner, just showing signs of upping his tempo which has resulted in Herath being removed from the attack. England are well placed here.

    12:10am England 71-1 (Robson 40 Ballance 11)

    First over of spin today and there’s quite a lot of turn for Rangana Herath there as Robson gets a leading edge past slip for two runs, encouraging signs for the Sri Lankans.


    You can see the disappointment on Cook’s face after being dismissed by Prasad but the skipper had a good day yesterday and his side remain in a good position at 63-1.

    It’s been a good first hour here, Sri Lanka haven’t lost their discipline but the English batsmen have shown good application so far. They haven’t been able to bat with the same tempo as they did at Lords so it will be interesting to keep an eye out on the run rate for the rest of the day.

  • England 58-1 (Robson 35 Ballance 4)

    Robson looking in good touch here, a nice push down the ground brings him four which is met by pictures of a bunch of Dickie Bird’s in the stand. The fancy dress is out in force today.

    WICKET! Cook ct Sangakkara b Prasad 17

    No big innings for the England skipper today. The first ball he’s faced from Prasad this morning and he’s nicked it straight to first slip where Sangakkara makes no mistake. Very similar to the disputed catch last night, it looks like he might be trying to defend the ball towards cover, rather than straight back down the ground. England now 49-1

    11:04am England 46-0 (Cook 14 Robson 31)

    We’re up and running today and the first runs go to Sam Robson who gets a thickish outside edge that flies over the slips for a two bounce four, followed by another boundary down to fine leg, he moves on to 31, a good start for him.


    Jerusalem plays out as the players and umpires walk out to the middle. The lyrics appear on the big screen, not sure anybody sings along though if I’m being totally honest.

    Let’s hope you’re right, StefoLadd!


    The youngsters are in today and have already got one autograph to treasure, former England coach David Lloyd taking the time out from his Sky commentary duties

  • 10:00am

    It’s a beautiful day here today and I’m loaded up with my morning pastries and ready to go. We’re expecting a big crowd today, I’m looking forward to hearing the White Rose Stand in full voice later on.

    In terms of the cricket, we have an hour to go until the start of play so what can we expect from the day’s play? Alastair Cook looked determined to stick around last night and it could be a big day for the England skipper given what’s been said in the press over the last week.

    Joe Root scored his first Test century here last year, can he do the same following on from his fantastic double last week?


    Nice to see Paul Farbrace, England Assistant Coach, popping into the office. He is one of life’s good people. He’ll do a great job with England and will get the team believing in themselves.

  • 7.30am

    At Headingley, during the lunch interval, Yorkshire Post cricket correspondent and author Chris Waters will be signing copies of his new book – 10 for 10 Hedley Verity and the story of cricket’s greatest bowling feat. The signing session takes place in the East Stand Long Room – 1pm-2pm.

  • 6.27am

    It was certainly Liam Plunkett’s day on the opening day taking his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket and Stuart Broad became the third Test player to take a Hat-Trick at Headingley following in the footsteps of Peter Loader and Jack Hearne.

    Today, is yet again, to be a glorious day at LS6 with wall-to-wall sunshine expected and let’s hope the England batsmen, including our own Joe Root and Gary Ballance, can get some big runs on the famous Headingley pitch.

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