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Cricket : Sri Lanka v England tour Jan 2021


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It has been confirmed that the planned Sri Lanka v England games will go ahead, first match starting on 14th January 2021. Will wait until nearer the scheduled starting date to post the details, as plans may need to be modified yet.
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ECB announced today that there will be two Sri Lanka test matches , then the England cricket team will tour India in February/March 2021, all being well.

03/01/21 Confirmed schedule for Sri Lanka tour

Test series - both games in Galle, 0430 GMT start

14/01/21 1st Test Sri Lanka v England (Eng won by 7 wkts)
22/01/21 2nd Test Sri Lanka v England
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Not a great start to the tour - Moeen Ali has tested positive for Covid today , so will miss the first Test. No other Covid cases identified in the England team/staff at the moment. Woakes now has to isolate, but if ok can play in the first Test.
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I heard that on the four o'clock news on the radio - depending how close they are living together I suppose as if to anyone else gets it.


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Day One

First Test underway. Live BBC commentary on internet and Radio 4 longwave. Yorkshire's Root, Bairstow and Bess are all playing for England. Sri Lanka won the toss, batted first and are 121-6. Bess has taken two wickets so far.

Update 1 -Tea : Sri Lanka 135 all out. Some careless shots from Sri Lanka, plus a dash of bad luck. Bess finished with 5-30. Bairstow was hit hard on the ankle, by a shot which was then caught by Buttler, and Bairstow then had to go off for treatment.

Update 2 - England 10-1 . Bairstow is now batting, so injury not serious.

Update 3 - Bairstow and Root have put on over 50 for third wicket. England now 77-2

Update 4- Fifty up for Root, 100 up for England... 100 partnership now...
Finished with England on 127-2, Bairstow 47 n.o., Root 66 n.o.
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Day Two

Bairstow (47) was dismissed quickly but Lawrence (making his debut) and Root have taken the score to 247-3. Fifty up for Lawrenece, ton for Root.

Update 1 - Tea : England 320-4 (Lawrence 73) Root still there on 168 n.o., Buttler 7 n.o.
Just started to rain.

Update 2 -No further play after Tea due to rain. England 185 ahead.
Starting 15 mins earlier tomorrow (0415 GMT) to make up some of the lost playing time.
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Day Three

England 421 all out.. Root was last man out for 228, as England collapsed in the morning session.
Sri Lanka 37-0

Update 1 - Tea : Sri Lanka 2nd innings - looking fairly untroubled so far at 90-0

Update 2 - Close of play : Sri Lanka are digging in their second innings and finished the day on 156-2
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Day Four

Stubborn resistance from Sri Lanka continues. Bess has picked up a couple of wickets. 266-5 now.

Update 1 : Tea score 302-7 . Another wicket for Bess - eight in the match so far for him.
Started spotting with rain.

Close of Play (Bad light): Sri Lanka 359 all out. Defiant innings from Thirimanne (111) and Mathews (71) . Best England bowlers : Leach 5-122 , Bess 3-100
Shaky 2nd innings start by England. Both openers soon dismissed and then Root was run out for 1 . England finished on 38 -3 (Bairstow 11 n.o., Lawrence 7 n.o.) . England need 36 more runs to win. Think start is scheduled for 0415 GMT again tomorrow.

A bit more on Lawrence. I saw him play in the Essex v Yorks County Championship game in 2018, when Yorks were bowled out for 50 first innings, but came back to win. Lawrence took some shifting in that game - Essex top scorer first innings, second top scorer second innings, in . He looked useful, even back then. Luckily for us, the other Essex batsmen were not quite as good! Brook scored a ton for Yorkshire in that game, but hasn't really matched that level of performance since.
I spent a great couple of days in Chelmsford watching that match.
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