Keith Fletcher once famously requested Bandula Warnapura to show him how his spinners will be gripping the ball and how it will turn or that he would instruct the ECB to not give Sri Lanka anymore one-off matches. As match-fixing was not an issue in those days, this was common practice and was acceptable in the Spirit of the game.
This shot shows Warnapura meeting this request prior to the toss. Fletcher later refused to shake Warnapuras hand because it looked ‘dirty’
Fletcher: Get that dirty thing away from me

sri lanka in england 2016

Sri Lanka have been par for the course so far . The performance at Chelmsford is likely to be the blueprint of what we are likely to see for the rest of this tour.

A mediocre first innings total. Bowlers that not being penetrative. And second innings disasters. The only reason Essex stopped the hurt is because of the enforced 100 over declaration rule by the ECB.

Sri Lanka have so far been a deer caught in the headlights. They expected early May cold and a pitch that seemed other-worldly with grass on it but so far the weather has been hot, the pitch flat but the challenge has still remained the same.


Undone by a school boy in the first innings. Andrew Beard didn’t do anything significant. But he did enough. And bowled in the proverbial corridor of uncertainty. That was more than plenty for Dimuth Karunaratne who just missed a straight ball and fell over with his technique. Maybe his eyes were still in a different time zone? Earlier Kaushal Silva edged one that nipped away.

Earlier Kaushal Silva edged one that nipped away. This can happen to an opener. It’s a red ball. It’s England. Silva is probably still dazed from that knock to his head. So this is understandable.

There was a bit of rebuilding by Kusal Mendis and Chandimal before Chandimal played an extravagant forward defense and edged behind. The ball really didn’t do anything here either. It was a straight ball for all intents and purposes.

Kusal Mendis had played well apparently but it all seems to have gone down when I dozed off with the BBC commentary in my ear. Dickwella made a case. Mathews played out a thirty. Siriwardene played to form.

The rest of the batting played out exactly as you’d expect. A whiff of resistance but an unceremonious lower order collapse.

In the end it was a bland, drawn out car crash in slow motion. I remained neutral emotionally as I listened to each wicket fall because it had an air of familiarity and homeliness to how reliably Sri Lanka faltered.



Death pays for life in A Game of Thrones.

Prasad’s shoulder paid for 4 wickets in 605 balls.

Sri Lanka’s tour could be over before it begins.

On a sunnier note Sanath Jayasuriya thinks Sri Lanka has the best attack in the world. And Thirimanne sorted out his visa problems.




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