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.