England Makes Good Start Against Sri Lanka

The England Cricket Team seems to have made a good start to their new era in test match cricket as on the first day of the Lord’s test match against Sri Lanka, they managed to post a decent total on the board. At the stumps, they were 5 down for 344 with Joe Root and Matt Prior well set at the crease.

As usual, the Lord’s pitch was grassy and thus, it was an easy decision for the captain winning the toss to opt for fielding. Angelo Mathews did exactly that and his bowlers proved his decision right by rocking the English top order early, but, Joe Root and Ian Bell, who replaced Kevin Pietersen at no. 4 in the order, provided some steadiness to the innings with a good partnership and thereafter, Sri Lanka just kept chasing the leather in the remaining part of the day.

After the departure of Bell, Moeen Ali, one of England’s three debutants, supported Root and another good stand got built which pushed the score past 200.

Then, in the last session, the England wicketkeeper Matt Prior who had a horrible Australian tour also showed some good form and played some wonderful strokes to take England into a very, very strong position.

Considering the nature of the pitch if England manages to get past the score of 500 here, it would be very difficult for Sri Lanka to save the test match because they have got a lot of inexperienced players in their line up.

So, it’s important for the hosts to make sure that they don’t suffer a collapse in the first session tomorrow. They just have to see off that season with caution and they, in all likelihood, would find themselves on the driving seat.

Morgan Has Faith In Robson

Like most of the people in England, Eoin Morgan also believes that the man who deserves to go out there to open the innings for England in the first test match against Sri Lanka is none other than Sam Robson.

Morgan is Robson’s teammate at his county Middlesex and he is very impressed with the way the Australian born player has developed himself as a batsman in the last few years.

Robson should perhaps have got the opportunity to make his test debut last year itself as he was in brilliant form in domestic circuit, but, England preferred to go with Carberry and Root both of whom turned out to be flops.

Carberry and Root are still in the mix though and so is Nick Compton who had opened with Cook on the tours of India and New Zealand, but, it seems that Robson would be able to beat all of them this time around as far as securing a place in the test team is concerned.

Talking about Robson yesterday, Morgan said, “I haven’t played that much alongside him. In fact, we batted together for the first time ever in that game against Nottingham, but, I must say it was a treat to see him bat from the other end.”

“He knows his strengths pretty well and he just sticks to them. The other impressive aspect of his game is his ruthlessness. If he is out there at the crease, the scorecard will keep ticking over all the time.”

Robson, who is a right handed batsman, has played 66 first class matches for Middlesex in which he has scored more than 4000 runs at a healthy average of 42.29. He has got 12 hundreds and 16 half centuries under his belt till date.