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India v England: Alastair Cook run out case of after you Claude – David Lloyd

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: It's a case of 'after you Claude' for captain Cook but England can rely on their attack

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 7 December 2012

The Alastair Cook run out was a classic case of “after you Claude”.

It’s just a quirk of the game. As usual, the players didn’t know the law but it is very clear – if he had ever grounded his bat he would have been not out.

Umpire Rod Tucker knew straight away, Cook had never regained his ground so he had to go.

After you Claude: Cook was run out in bizarre fashion

After you Claude: Cook was run out in bizarre fashion

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India on the ropes

England are exactly where they want to be. That last session they really stepped on it and scored at four-and-a-half an over as India wilted in the field – their fielding was almost comical again.

England are now looking to get a lead of 250, which puts India out of the game.

This pitch will not get any better, there are already signs of wear and tear, and I fully expect England to go 2-1 up unless India can produce something extra special.

No comparison

I expect England to win because their bowlers are infinitely better than their Indian counterparts.

In terms of pace and bounce, India have nobody to match Steven Finn (and he will be a real handful now the bounce is uneven), Jimmy Anderson has completely outbowled Zaheer Khan in terms of swing and the spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann have simply been too hot for India.

Tall order: Finn offers far more pace and bounce than India's seamers

Tall order: Finn offers far more pace and bounce than India's seamers

For whom the Bell tolls

In terms of England’s batting, it’s big ticks for Cook, Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott, plus we had a little cameo from Kevin Pietersen.

But Ian Bell is a touch player and it is so hard to wander back in to Test cricket (after he went home for the birth of his boy) when you are in no form at all and to play well straight away.

Give Samit a good go

I’d really like Samit Patel to get a run in the side at No 6. I think he’s an excellent player and deserves to play ahead of Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan.

Six of the best: Patel deserves a good go

Six of the best: Patel deserves a good go

He scored 33 quality runs but he will know he has still not done enough. However, he should get a prolonged run and play the Tests here and in New Zealand. One thing he is not is an all-rounder. He’s a batter who can roll his arm over.

Shane gets a tonking

Anyone who watched the Big Bash cricket from Australia will have seen Shane Warne bowl two overs for 41! It was so funny.

Warne was miked up and was saying “I’m going to bowl the slider now”… and it disappeared 12 rows back! Next ball he said “right, I’m bowling the googly” and that went even further! Ever the showman he took his cap and said: “Think I’ll go and hide now.”

Maybe that Ashes comeback should be put on ice…

Newcastle players pose with snakes and spiders before bush tucker trials

Forget the celebs in the jungle, Newcastle start their very own bush tucker trials… before bringing out the snakes and spiders

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UPDATED:

17:07 GMT, 15 November 2012

Newcastle United players had their own bush tucker trials at the club training ground today.

In the latest theme day in the club restaurant, chef Liz Hornsby hosted her own I’m A Celebrity challenge, as a tribute to Toon fans ant and Dec.

The club’s younger players took part in a series of challenges and the senior players, and manager Alan Pardew, were introduced to a number of reptiles and tarantulas.

Team photo: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew coolly takes a snap of a tarantula on his arm

Team photo: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew coolly takes a snap of a tarantula on his arm

Act cool, lads: Steven Taylor holds a tarantula at the Newcastle training ground

Act cool, lads: Steven Taylor holds a tarantula at the Newcastle training ground

Groundsman Mick Curran bravely won
the competition, finding stars in a bucket of beetles, wriggling grubs
and underneath a tarantula. He also had a snake wrapped round his neck
and took a bite out of what he thought were kangaroo testicles (which
turned out to be pork balls). He also found a star in live maggots –
which turned out to be pearl barley.

Liz said: `The gaffer likes to hold
theme days once a month and this one was originally for Curtis Good but
he was on international duty and then I’m A Celebrity came on telly so I
thought it was a good idea to expand it.’

Experts from Arachnids R Us and
Dragons Den Exotics brought a number of animals in to the club and Steve
Taylor in particular had fun and games with his team-mates and
goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman.

The defender chased the former
Crystal Palace keeper out of the room with a tarantula and then
surprised Tim Krul as he was having a massage.

Sign him up, Alan The boss welcomes the spider

Regretting this Youth team kid Connor Newton holds a python

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Grass snake: Groundsman Mick Curran happily poses with the python at the training ground

Grass snake: Groundsman Mick Curran happily poses with the python at the training ground

The canteen's gone downhill: Curran endures his bush tucker trial in front of the players

The canteen's gone downhill: Curran endures his bush tucker trial in front of the players

For more images from the day, go to Newcastle's website

I"m a Celebrity 2012: Helen Flanagan and David Haye day two watch

Poor old Scott Sinclair… this is the worst time EVER to be Helen Flanagan's boyfriend

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09:27 GMT, 13 November 2012

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

Stick with Sportsmail Online for daily updates about what is happening in the jungle

I can tell you one footballer who is delighted about the international break: Scott Sinclair.

At least there'll be a few less lads at the training ground screeching, 'oh my god, oh my god' in his ear and fanning themselves manically with their hands.

This has to be the worst time EVER to be Helen Flanagan’s boyfriend. Day two in ITV's I'm A Celebrity… jungle and the soap star admitted she even has to 'psych (herself) up like it’s a task' to simply go to the dunny.

Water performance: Helen Flanagan showers off the bugs in the jungle after her latest Bush Tucker Trial

Water performance: Helen Flanagan showers off the bugs in the jungle after her latest Bush Tucker Trial

It's you: Helen discovers her fate of tackling more creepy crawlies

It's you: Helen discovers her fate of tackling more creepy crawlies

'Whenever you're on the loo, it's like oh my god,' she weeped.

I'm sure you'd already guessed that’s what it was like.

It was Helen who was voted for to take part in the first bushtucker trial, which was about to make a trip to the loo look like a walk in the park.

She was up against MP Nadine Dorries, who may be being derided for taking time away from her constituency, but has at least openly declared Snake Rock as a second home.

In she goes: Helen was reluctant to take up the daunting task

In she goes: Helen was reluctant to take up the daunting task

Head-to-head: Helen goes up against MP Nadine Dorries in a bid to win her team some tucker

Head-to-head: Helen goes up against MP Nadine Dorries in a bid to win her team some tucker

Helen admitted to Ant and Dec that, 'she
had been a pathetic wimp over the whole height thing,' having taken
nearly a month to cross a rope bridge.

'So it’s just height', asked Dec. No Dec, it isn’t.

Sent off to the trial with Brian Conley and David Haye singing the 'Rocky' theme ('she won’t do it,' muttered Brian as she walked out of earshot), Helen was confronted with being buried in the company of thousands of insects. She lasted, oh I don't know, three seconds.

Helping hand: David Haye guides Flanagan through some push-ups in the jungle gym

Helping hand: David Haye guides Flanagan through some push-ups in the jungle gym

Bum note: Heavyweight boxer Haye pleases the female television audience with his jungle strip

Bum note: Heavyweight boxer Haye pleases the female television audience with his jungle strip

Nadine also failed the task but did last
quite a few minutes and as she was shaking the bugs out of her shorts
and wotnot after, Helen looked on with a mixture of fear and envy and
announced 'I got a twig in my hair'.

So no tucker for the Croc Creek Crew
this time, but they did find some comfort in the situation. As they lay
quietly waiting for Flanagan to make her triumphant (well) return,
Linda Robson sighed and said ‘it’s quiet without Helen’. To which David
replied: 'like when the kids go to school'.

More quiet time tomorrow, too, Crew. It’s Helen and Nadine AGAIN for the bushtucker trial.

Oh. My. God!

England v South Africa second Test: Andrew Strauss and Alistair Cook dig in

England openers dig in as tourists set imposing first innings total

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17:02 GMT, 3 August 2012

England must follow the example set by Hashim Amla at The Oval and Alviro Petersen in the first innings here at Headingley, to bat their way back into the second Investec Test

The hosts at last shifted Petersen after almost nine hours, for a career-best 182 from 365 balls, in South Africa's 419 all out on day two in Leeds.

Then came their own turn to try to bat big and long – and Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook made an acceptable start with an unbroken stand of 48, in trying circumstances against a heavyweight new-ball attack.

Sticking around: England's Andrew Strauss ensured that no wickets were lost

Sticking around: England's Andrew Strauss ensured that no wickets were lost

Petersen, and JP Duminy with an unbeaten 48, made England wait two more sessions today before they could start their reply.

Even after Stuart Broad (three for 96) had the opener caught-behind, Rod Tucker's initial not-out verdict overturned on DRS, England had to battle through the tail this afternoon – with the last three South Africa wickets adding 66.

Petersen and Jacques Rudolph's stand of 59 had required plenty of hard work, and a little fortune too this morning.

James Anderson and Broad, starting with a ball only seven overs old, gave the sixth-wicket pair very little – and the result was six consecutive maidens to start the day.

On the run: Alastair Cook runs between the wickets

On the run: Alastair Cook runs between the wickets

There were plays and misses from both batsmen, Rudolph struggling most obviously against the moving ball and with cloud cover prevailing.

Petersen needed his second successful review against a Steve Davis lbw decision, having survived on 119 last night when Steven Finn was the bowler and then this morning before he had added to his overnight 124 – Hawkeye demonstrating that a delivery from Anderson would have passed high and wide of leg-stump.

South Africa had to be watchful – and even after a run-less first half-hour, progress remained slow from a start-of-play 262 for five.

Falling over: Alviro Petersen slips after hitting a shot

Falling over: Alviro Petersen slips after hitting a shot

But on a pitch compromising fluent batsmanship, and with those overhead conditions favouring the bowlers, every run was precious.

It was an irony lost on few, least of all Graeme Swann surely, that in the frontline off-spinner's absence for the first time in three-and-a-half years, part-timer Kevin Pietersen turned only his second delivery sharply and won a marginal third-umpire stumping decision to end Rudolph's 74-ball vigil on 19 runs and provide England's overdue breakthrough.

There was little doubt nonetheless that Petersen had ensured South Africa's advantage in a pivotal session, by batting through his fourth in succession.

He lasted only six overs of the next, before Broad found his outside edge pushing forward in defence.
Petersen might have gone in similar circumstances many times previously, of course, England's seamers regularly threatening the edge but creating a chance only once in his tour-de-force stay – when he was dropped at second slip by Cook on 19 early yesterday.

Petersen's great virtue was not the way he used the middle, as in a collection of commanding pulls among his 23 fours whenever England dropped short.

His skills also included a refusal to be undermined by imperfections, determination to stay put and patience to wait for mistakes from tiring bowlers.

England, 1-0 down already after their innings defeat at The Oval and therefore 'chasing' this three-match series, do not have that benefit of time on their side.

Even without interruptions from forecast bad weather over the next three days, it is perhaps already fanciful to dream up a method for home victory.

But Strauss and Cook knew too that they still had to provide a solid platform – a point proven by triple-centurion Amla, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis in the 637 for two declared which rewrote the script in London last week.

So it was that England's openers rightly took few chances as Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and finally Jacques Kallis all found enough in the pitch and through the air to beat the bat regularly.

Strauss and Cook were parted on nought and then two, in England's Oval misadventures, but redoubled their efforts here to defy South Africa – and increasingly awkward conditions – before bad light and rain brought an early close after just 18 overs of the home innings.

Tillekeratne Dilshan: I feel sure I didn"t edge it

Adamant Dilshan insists: I feel sure I didn't edge it

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21:56 GMT, 6 April 2012

Tillekeratne Dilshan said he was '100 per cent sure' he didn't edge the ball after he was controversially given out caught at slip off Graeme Swann.

Dilshan, who had already been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing on the third day of the second Test in Colombo, risked another fine on Friday as he lingered at the crease after third umpire Rod Tucker upheld Bruce Oxenford's decision to give him out on 35.

Controversy: Dilshan asks for a review as England celebrate and replays can't prove he missed the ball

Controversy: Dilshan asks for a review
as England celebrate and replays can't prove he missed the ball

Controversy: Dilshan asks for a review as England celebrate and replays can't prove he missed the ball

The Sri Lankan hurled his helmet to the ground as he crossed the boundary, and coach Graham Ford stormed into match referee Javagal Srinath's room to demand an explanation after replays suggested there was at least an element of doubt over the decision.

'I was disappointed after getting out,' said Dilshan. 'I threw the helmet further than I meant to. I can't control the decision of the umpires, but I think the DRS should have Hot Spot – then the umpires could reach more correct decisions.

'I feel 100 per cent sure I didn't edge it. That's why I went for a review. But you have to respect the umpires' decision.'

Dilshan insisted that Sri Lanka, who at stumps on the fourth day led by only 30 with four second-innings wickets in hand, could still win the game.

He said: 'England couldn't chase 145 in the UAE recently, and if we bat for a session tomorrow (Saturday), it won't be easy for them.'

But England wicketkeeper Matt Prior said they had learned from that defeat earlier this year when they were bowled out for 72 by Pakistan.

'The best way to exorcise those ghosts is to have the opportunity to do it again,' he said.

'We back ourselves to get whatever they set us.'

Failure to win would cost England their No 1 Test ranking, and Prior said: 'Everyone wants to stay at No 1. We want to prove we're the best. We want to win every Test we play.'

Sir Lanka v England – Much ado about nothing thanks to DRS – Lawrence Booth

Much ado about nothing thanks to the teeth-grinding DRS system

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11:04 GMT, 6 April 2012

Lawrence Booth gives his verdict for MailOnline from Colombo on day four of the second Test between Sri Lanka and England…

In the 36th over, Graeme Swann appealed twice. Tillekeratne Dilshan was given out, Kumar Sangakkara was not. Both Bruce Oxenford’s decisions were referred to third umpire Rod Tucker, who upheld the pair of them.

No harm was done, and the world remained steady on its axis. Yet for those who regard the Decision Review System as a blight on cricket’s good name, here was grist to the mill.

The argument went roughly like this: Dilshan probably didn’t hit it, so he should have been reprieved; and Hawk-Eye had the lbw shout against Sangakkara hitting the top of off stump, so he should have been out. Which misses the point spectacularly.

Waiting game: England's players hang around for the decision over Tillakaratne Dilshan

Waiting game: England's players hang around for the decision over Tillakaratne Dilshan

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The DRS exists, as if this really needs pointing out after nearly four years of its implementation, to eradicate the howlers. If you think howlers are acceptable in an era of technology, you won’t agree with me. But I don’t believe they are acceptable. And, by and large, technology makes them easy to spot.

Neither of Oxenford’s decisions were howlers. Tucker had to examine the Dilshan dismissal for about five minutes – which was way too long – before he could conclude that an obvious error had not been made. And when the ball is hitting the top of off stump, as it was with Sangakkara, then we are not in howler territory either.

(The Sangakkara lbw, incidentally, is yet another example of how umpires in the DRS era do not automatically raise the finger when the ball strikes the pad. But these examples generally get ignored: they don’t fit the template of the gripe.)

Anyway, the point is this: two perfectly understandable decisions were made, and the DRS, plus Tucker, upheld them. If they were wrong decisions, they were only marginally wrong. I don’t know about you, but I can live with that.

None of which is to say the application of the DRS by the ICC and its members hasn’t been a dog’s dinner.

The failure to apply the same tools across the board does cricket and its administrators no credit: batsmen in effect are facing different geometrical challenges depending on where they play.

Call it: Dilshan asks for DRS ask Graeme Swann prematurely celebrates

Call it: Dilshan asks for DRS ask Graeme Swann prematurely celebrates

For Indians, who refuse to countenance the DRS, the act of using a little more front pad in the forward defensive is less of a risk than it is for everyone else.

Equally, there must be a time limit to the third umpire’s deliberations. We can’t criticise the players for presiding over a slow over-rate, then watch them scuppered as officials strive for a perfection in their decision-making that is unattainable.

If a few replays fail to clear things up, the on-field umpire’s call should remain intact.

But the main problem with the DRS has been its failure to fulfil its original brief, which was to get rid of howlers. Players gamble on marginal calls, and thus we endure one hair-splitting debate after another. You can see why it irritates people.

The ICC would do everyone a favour if it limited teams to one incorrect challenge per innings. Then we might have been spared Friday’s ado about nothing.

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Sri Lanka v England: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wkt), Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene (wkt), Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Chanaka Welegedera, Suranga Lakmal.

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Rod Tucker (Australia). TV: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Referee: Javagal Srinath (India).

1st innings: Sri Lanka 318, England 193

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21st over: Sri Lanka 43-4 (Samaraweera 16, Chandimal 0)

Swann to continue this fine spell of spin bowling. Just one run from the over. A lot resting on the shoulders of the experienced Samaraweera now.

20th over: Sri Lanka 42-4 (Samaraweera 15, Chandimal 0)

Chandimal the new man in for Sri Lanka. He started brightly in the first innings but got out playing a daft shot to Patel. One from Panesar's over.

WICKET! Sangakkara c Anderson b Swann 14

Another crucial wicket from Swann, just as this pair were starting to up the run rate and look settled. He gets the ball to angle away from the left-hander and Anderson takes the catch at gully. England's glimmer of hope is getting brighter.

19th over: Sri Lanka 41-3 (Sangakkara 14, Samaraweera 14)

These two are starting to up the tempo and milk the spinners now.

18th over: Sri Lanka 36-3 (Sangakkara 10, Samaraweera 13)

A couple more singles in the offing for these two experienced batsmen off the bowling of Panesar… Four! Sangakkara sweeps hard and square and the ball races to the fence.

17th over: Sri Lanka 30-3 (Sangakkara 5, Samaraweera 12)

Single for Samaraweera to mid on. Sangakkara takes one for himself. This partnership building slowly, very slowly in fact, but surely.

16th over: Sri Lanka 28-3 (Sangakkara 4, Samaraweera 11)

Close! Samaraweera nearly chops one on from Monty. Just one from the over.

15th over: Sri Lanka 27-3 (Sangakkara 4, Samaraweera 10)

Edge! But it's wide of Anderson at slip. Sangakkara pushes a single into the off side. Swann has really got the bit between his teeth today.

14th over: Sri Lanka 25-3 (Sangakkara 3, Samaraweera 9)

Samaraweera breaks the run drought by flicking a single to midwicket. One more single added from Panesar's over.

13th over: Sri Lanka 23-3 (Sangakkara 2, Samaraweera 8)

Swann continuing… Another maiden. Pressure building.

12th over: Sri Lanka 23-3 (Sangakkara 2, Samaraweera 8)

Both batsmen don their caps as Panesar is brought into the attack. Good start. Maiden.

11th over: Sri Lanka 23-3 (Sangakkara 2, Samaraweera 8)

Swann to continue what has been a devastating spell. Sangakkara is on strike… Close! He just gets his bat down on one playing off the back foot – they scamper a single. Samaraweera advances and knocks one to mid on.

Key wicket: Jayawardene edges behind to Anderson

Key wicket: Jayawardene edges behind to Anderson

10th over: Sri Lanka 21-3 (Sangakkara 1, Samaraweera 7)

Broad has been struggling a bit with his injured ankle but he will continue. Samaraweera flicks two off his pads to square leg. Shot! Samaraweera leans into a cover drive that races away for four.

9th over: Sri Lanka 15-3 (Sangakkara 1, Samaraweera 1)

Samaraweera the new man in. It was a brilliant sharp catch by Anderson for Mahela's wicket by the way… Samaraweera is off the mark with a single, taking 22 balls less then he did to do so in the first innings.

WICKET! Jayawardene c Anderson b Swann 5

Huge wicket! Swann is back with a bang… he nicks Jayawardene's edge and suddenly England have the wind in their sails.

8th over: Sri Lanka 14-2 (Sangakkara 1, Jayawardene 5)

Jayawardene works Broad for a single. He looks to have picked up where he left off.

Got him! Swann and co celebrate the wicket of Jayawardene

Got him! Swann and co celebrate the wicket of Jayawardene

7th over: Sri Lanka 12-2 (Sangakkara 1, Jayawardene 4)

Lots of turn for Swann all of sudden… Four! Jayawardene gets off the mark straight away with a guide down to third man.

WICKET! Thirimanne b Swann 6

You beauty! That's more like the Graeme Swann of old, he turns it from middle stump to take the top of the left-handers off stump. Inspired move by Strauss to bring him on so early as he strikes with just his second ball.

6th over: Sri Lanka 8-1 (Thirimanne 6, Sangakkara 1)

Broad into his third over of the innings. Just one from the over.

5th over: Sri Lanka 7-1 (Thirimanne 5, Sangakkara 1)

Chance! Thirimanne was gone with a direct hit there. Patel missed the stumps by whiskers as Sangakkara scrambled his first run. Thirimanne works a single off Anderson into the leg side. Two from the over.

Bowled: Thirimanne loses his off stump

Bowled: Thirimanne loses his off stump

4th over: Sri Lanka 5-1 (Thirimanne 4, Sangakkara 0)

Broad into his second over. What a beauty that was from him to get rid of the dangerous Dilshan. Another maiden for Broad who is bowling with real ferocity. Sangakkara still on a pair.

3rd over: Sri Lanka 5-1 (Thirimanne 4, Sangakkara 0)

Thirimanne works Anderson into the leg side for one… and that's it from the over.

2nd over: Sri Lanka 4-1 (Thirimanne 3, Sangakkara 0)

Sangakkara is the new man in and he's on a king pair… He's off the king pair, but is still on a pair. Wicket maiden.

WICKET! Dilshan b Broad 0

What a jaffa! Broad clatters Dilshan's middle and leg stump with an inswinging full-length delivery. Beautiful bowling.

All over: Panesar's wicket signals the end of England's innings

All over: Panesar's wicket signals the end of England's innings

2nd over: Sri Lanka 4-0 (Thirimanne 3, Dilshan 0)

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Teeing off: Panesar hits Herath for four

WICKET! Panesar lbw b Randiv 13

The brave 10th wicket stand is over. That looked too high to me but no reviews left.

47th over: England 193-9 (Anderson 23, Panesar 13)

Randiv changes ends and replaces Herath… Monty picks up another single. Anderson works one to midwicket.

46th over: England 191-9 (Anderson 22, Panesar 12)

Randiv is replaced by the left-arm pace of Welegedera. Monty clips him off his pads for a single to midwicket. Signs of reverse swing for Welegedera, which will encourage Anderson. Shot! That will encourage Anderson too! He crashes a four through the covers.

45th over: England 186-9 (Anderson 18, Panesar 11)

Shot! Monty creams Herath over midwicket for another four. He tries to repeat the trick but it's well fielded and just a single this time. Anderson then adds two through the covers. Four! Jimmy times a drive well through the covers and it races away on this rapid outfield. 11 from that over.

Another one bites the dust: Graeme Swann is caught out

Another one bites the dust: Graeme Swann is caught out

44th over: England 175-9 (Anderson 12, Panesar 6)

Anderson sweeps Randiv fine for a single. Monty pushes a single into the off side with a prod that was nearly snared at silly mid off. Anderson then hacks two more into the off side. Four from the over.

43rd over: England 171-9 (Anderson 9, Panesar 5)

Shot Monty! Panesar shows how it's done by belting Herath back over his head for four. He then picks up a single to mid off. Shot! Jimmy joins the party with a reverse sweep for four. They then scamper a single, so Anderson will keep the strike.

42nd over: England 161-9 (Anderson 4, Panesar 0)

Four! Anderson sweeps Randiv powerfully to the square leg boundary.

WICKET! Bell b Herath 52

Bell gets a beauty from Herath. It pitched on middle and took the top of his off stump. Wicket maiden for Herath who now has six wickets.

Gone: Sri Lanka successfully appeal for the wicket of Prior

Gone: Sri Lanka successfully appeal for the wicket of Prior

WICKET! Swann c Dilshan b Randiv 24

Swann's cameo comes to an end as he hits it straight to Dilshan at short extra cover. It wasn't a great ball and it deserved to be punished, he middled it as well… good reactions from Dilshan.

40th over: England 157-7 (Bell 52, Swann 24)

Bell tucks Randiv into the leg side for a single.

39th over: England 156-7 (Bell 51, Swann 24)

Four! Herath offers Swann a bit of width and he crashes him through the covers. Shot! This time Swann sweeps in front of square for another boundary.

38th over: England 148-7 (Bell 51, Swann 16)

Randiv continues his spell and has Bell on strike. Shot! Bell brings up his 50 with a firm sweep to the square leg boundary.

37th over: England 144-7 (Bell 47, Swann 16)

Bell paddles Herath for three runs down to fine leg.

One man stand: Bell salutes his 50

One man stand: Bell salutes his 50

36th over: England 141-7 (Bell 44, Swann 16)

Four! Swann uses his feet well again as he hits Randiv to the extra cover boundary. Four more! Swann glances a wayward one from Randiv fine.

35th over: England 132-7 (Bell 43, Swann 8)

Bell works Herath for one to end a run of dots… Shot! Swann looking very comfortable against spin as he dances down the track and goes the aerial route for a four to midwicket.

34th over: England 127-7 (Bell 42, Swann 4)

Randiv to Bell, who works a single into the off side. Swann looks like something from the 1960s with his cap on.

33rd over: England 126-7 (Bell 41, Swann 4)

Shot! Swann is the new man in and he immediately comes down the track and hits Herath over long on for four.

WICKET! Broad lbw b Herath 28

It's being reviewed… out. The sweep was pre-meditated by Broad there and he got hit in front in a very similar dismissal to that of Strauss. the only issue was whether or not it hit the bat. A cloud of dust makes it impossible to tell on the replay but he probably didn't hit it, and as the umpire gave it in the first place, Bruce Oxenford leaves it with him.

Broad ambition: Stuart Broad's review was unsuccessful

Broad ambition: Stuart Broad's review was unsuccessful

32nd over: England 122-6 (Bell 41, Broad 28)

After conceding 27 runs in two overs, Lakmal is pulled out of the attack. Randiv comes on to bowl his spin, and he has Broad on strike. He paddles for one. Out! No… Bell survives after his sweep hits the grill of Thirimanne's helmet before landing in the keeper's hands. Just to clarify, if the ball hits the helmet, you can't be out… One from the over.

31st over: England 121-6 (Bell 41, Broad 27)

Herath continues to Bell. Another maiden.

30th over: England 121-6 (Bell 41, Broad 27)

Lakmal decides to come around the wicket to Broad after the battering he took in the last over. Four! Broad edges a drive behind square… they all count. Shot! Broad spanks that one square for another boundary. England have avoided the follow-on. That will be drinks.

29th over: England 113-6 (Bell 41, Broad 19)

Those fireworks have livened things up a bit… Herath now to Bell, who is looking solid in defence. Maiden.

Five-fer: Herath took apart England's batting line-up

Five-fer: Herath took apart England's batting line-up

28th over: England 113-6 (Bell 41, Broad 19)

Lakmal comes into the attack in place of fellow seamer Welegedera. Bell pulls a single. Shot! Broad drives on the up through extra cover for four. What a shot! Lakmal goes short to Broad and the big man belts him high into the crowd. Four! Broad gives a long hop the treatment with another pull this time for four to deep midwicket. And another! This time he drives off the back foot through the covers. Great display of counter-attacking from Broad.

27th over: England 94-6 (Bell 40, Broad 1)

This partnership is England's last hope of a decent score. Broad paddles a single first ball to get off the mark. Bell pushes a single off the back foot to point.

WICKET! Patel lbw b Herath 2

Oh dear. Patel gets done by the arm ball from Herath and they don't even consider the review it was that plum.

Counter attack: Bell cuts for four

Counter attack: Bell cuts for four

26th over: England 92-5 (Bell 39, Patel 2)

Patel picks up a single off Welegedara, who has tightened up his line after some wayward bowling to Bell earlier in the session.

25th over: England 91-5 (Bell 39, Patel 1)

Bell is watchful to Herath and allows the spinner a maiden.

24th over: England 91-5 (Bell 39, Patel 1)

Welegedera continues his spell. Bell prods a single to cover. Patel is happy to see off the rest of the over.

23rd over: England 90-5 (Bell 38, Patel 1)

Herath to Patel again. The Notts man gets his first Test run with a push to extra cover. Bell adds one into the off side. Two from the over.

Captain marvel: Jayawardene orders the successful review for Strauss' wicket

Captain marvel: Jayawardene orders the successful review for Strauss' wicket

22nd over: England 88-5 (Bell 37, Patel 0)

Shot! Welegedera gives Bell too much width again and cuts powerfully behind square for his seventh boundary of the innings. Four! Width again and Bell slaps it late behind square – make that eight boundaries.

21st over: England 80-5 (Bell 29, Patel 0)

Herath to Patel. Six dots, that's a maiden.

20th over: England 80-5 (Bell 29, Patel 0)

Welegedera has Bell on strike. Four! Bell drives square after being given a bit of width. Shot! Bell is showing his colleagues how it should be done, an elegant drive through the covers that Mahela would have been proud of.

WICKET! Prior lbw b Herath 7

I said Herath was average and I stand by it. That was just poor from Prior. He went back in his crease and was hit right in front. The only issue was height but the review shows it was hitting the top of middle. England in disarray and make no bones about it, this is not a top class Test attack they're facing.

Six: Bell launches one into the crowd

Six: Bell launches one into the crowd

19th over: England 72-4 (Bell 21, Prior 7)

Herath continues with Prior on strike. Four! Short and wide from the average Herath and Prior cuts to the rope. WICKET! It's being reviewed…

18th over: England 68-4 (Bell 21, Prior 3)

It's Prior and not Patel who comes in at No 6, and he immediately gets off the mark with a drive for three runs.

WICKET! Pietersen b Welegedera 3

Another one bites the dust. KP attempts the drive as Welegedera come around the wicket and gets an inside edge on to his off stump.

17th over: England 65-3 (Pietersen 3, Bell 21)

Herath to bowl the first over after lunch… Four! Herath goes too short and Bell cuts square. Shot! Bell dances down the track and hits Herath back over his head for a two-bounce four.

Big wicket: Welegedera celebrates the scalp of Pietersen

Big wicket: Welegedera celebrates the scalp of Pietersen

LUNCH ON DAY TWO: ENGLAND TRAIL BY 261 RUNS

Sportsmail's Paul Newman in Galle: 'That is a miserable and worrying session for England. To lose two soft wickets to Rangana Herath is inexcusable. He really is an average spinner and the wicket isn't too bad at all yet. Not sure whether Ian Bell's six was a confident shot or betrayed a hint of desperation but he is much better against spin when he knows which way the ball is turning, like here. England simply need Bell and Kevin Pietersen to bat throughout the afternoon session or they will be in trouble. If they concede a first innings lead I am afraid they have lost this match and their chance of winning this mini-series.'

16th over: England 57-3 (Pietersen 3, Bell 13)

This will be the last over before lunch and Welegedera will bowl it to give Lakmal a breather. KP sees him off. That will be lunch. Definitely Sri Lanka's session.

15th over: England 57-3 (Pietersen 3, Bell 13)

Shot! Bell dances down the track to Herath and launches Herath over the long on rope. Four! Another lovely stroke from Bell as he whips Herath through midwicket for four more.

Disarray: Strauss heads back to the pavilion

Disarray: Strauss heads back to the pavilion

14th over: England 47-3 (Pietersen 3, Bell 3)

Lakmal now into the seventh over of a lengthy spell. Good fielding from Randiv at fine leg saves a boundary after a strong pull from KP. Bell gets off the mark with a cover drive for three.

13th over: England 43-3 (Pietersen 2, Bell 0)

The two men in the most desperate need of Test runs for England are now charged with rescuing England's innings.

WICKET! Strauss lbw b Herath 26

Middle stump, half way up… England in deep trouble now. The impact with the pad was so soon after pitching the umpire would have been guessing at the amount of turn, but HawkEye shows it was going straight on.

13th over: England 43-2 (Strauss 26, Pietersen 2)

Pietersen keen to attack Herath here and he picks up a single after a good stop at mid on. Appeal! Not out. Sri Lanka take the review… Out!

Stumped: Trott fails to get back in his ground

Stumped: Trott fails to get back in his ground

12th over: England 42-2 (Strauss 26, Pietersen 1)

Lakmal to continue… Strauss adds a single. KP off the mark with a single to midwicket. Two from that one.

11th over: England 40-2 (Strauss 25, Pietersen 0)

KP to start against left-arm spin then… He survives.

WICKET! Trott st P Jayawardene b Herath 12

I spoke to soon, a bizarre wicket. Herath delivered a stinker of a delivery, Trott completely missed it and Prasanna Jayawardene whipped off the bails. The keeper then ran straight into an outstretched Trott as he celebrated, pole-axing England's No 3 who looked to have bent his neck forward quite badly. He's up though eventually and on his way back to the pavilion.

11th over: England 40-1 (Strauss 25, Trott 12)

Strauss tucks Herath for one to fine leg.

Double whammy: Trott lies in pain after a blow to the head following the fall of his wicket

Double whammy: Trott lies in pain after a blow to the head following the fall of his wicket

10th over: England 39-1 (Strauss 24, Trott 12)

Suranga Lakmal continues his spell… Strauss works a single to square leg. Two more singles added to the score. These two are settling things down nicely after that early wicket.

9th over: England 36-1 (Strauss 22, Trott 12)

Jayawardene decides it's time for some spin and it's the left-armer Herath to bowl. Strauss flicks two down to fine leg. Edge! But it beats the skipper at slip and runs away for three down to third man.

8th over: England 31-1 (Strauss 17, Trott 12)

Lakmal continues his spell… Wide given as Lakmal goes too short and too wide. Strauss punches two through the covers. He repeats the trick off the next ball, though this time picks up three runs. Six from the over.

High hopes: Sri Lanka made a strong start

High hopes: Sri Lanka made a strong start

7th over: England 25-1 (Strauss 12, Trott 12)

Short and wide again from Welegedera put a brilliant diving parry from Dilshan at point prevents the boundary. Shot! Trott ends a run of dots with a powerful clip past mid on for four runs.

6th over: England 20-1 (Strauss 11, Trott 8)

There's some movement in this pitch to encourage Sri Lanka's two seamers. Trott sees Lakmal off that time though. Maiden.

5th over: England 20-1 (Strauss 11, Trott 8)

Four! Short and wide from Welegedera and Strauss cuts a simple boundary.

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4th over: England 16-1 (Strauss 7, Trott 8)

Lakmal into his second over. Shot! Anything you can do, says Strauss as he eases Lakmal to the midwicket boundary with perfect timing. A leg bye is added to fine leg.

Strong start: Lakmal celebrates the wicket of Alastair Cook

Strong start: Lakmal celebrates the wicket of Alastair Cook

3rd over: England 11-1 (Strauss 3, Trott 8)

Strauss clips Welegedera through midwicket for three runs to finally get England off the mark… Cue Trott's pre-shot routine… Shot! Trott times a clip beautifully that races away to the midwicket rope. Four! Trott times another perfectly this time through the covers.

2nd over: England 0-1 (Strauss 0, Trott 0)

That brings Trott to the crease. Trott and Strauss scored unbeaten centuries together in one of the warm-up matches. Wicket maiden from Lakmal.

WICKET! Cook lbw b Lakmal 0

No need to review that one! What a start for Sri Lanka. An absolute jaffa from Lakmal as he pitches on off and gets the ball to straighten to the left-armer. HawkEye confirms it was hitting off stump. Not too much wrong with Cook's technique, just a brilliant piece of bowling.

2nd over: England 0-0 (Strauss 0, Cook 0)

Lakmal to share the new ball.

Early breakthrough: Lakmal celebrates

Early breakthrough: Lakmal celebrates

1st over: England 0-0 (Strauss 0, Cook 0)

Welegedera to open the bowling for Sri Lanka. He caused Strauss plenty of problems last summer, I seem to remember him getting the England skipper with the first ball of an innings at some stage in that series… Some swing early on for the left-hander. Maiden.

6.15am: Here come Strauss and Cook. This is the moment we've all been waiting for. Have England learned their lessons from the Pakistan series

Sportsmail's Paul Newman in Galle: 'And so ends a truly great innings from Mahela Jayawardene, even if he was dropped four times, and an excellent bowling performance from Jimmy Anderson. He used to need the ball to swing to be effective but he has so many more weapons now. He will go on and take at least 300 wickets for England now. For now Sri Lanka have scored a lot more than they should have done at 15 for three and 191 for seven. This is a bit worrying for England. They have to bat last on a pitch that will deteriorate. Really need a score of 400 plus now.'

Five-fer: Anderson salutes the crowd

Five-fer: Anderson salutes the crowd

WICKET! M Jayawardene c Prior b Anderson 180

How fitting that the innings ends with Anderson and Jayawardene taking centre stage. Mahela gets an absolute beauty from Jimmy – who picks up his fifth wicket – to end a sensational innings.

96th over: Sri Lanka 318-9 (M Jayawardene 180, Lakmal 0)

Broad has the new man Lakmal on strike… He gets one off the shoulder of the bat but there's no one at silly point. Broad didn't make Lakmal play enough there. Maiden.

95th over: Sri Lanka 318-9 (M Jayawardene 180, Lakmal 0)

Jayawardene looks like he could bat for five days out there at the moment… They take two down to third man. Four! Anderson strays down leg and Mahela helps it on its way.

Imperious knock: Jayawardene scored 180 for Sri Lanka

Imperious knock: Jayawardene scored 180 for Sri Lanka

94th over: Sri Lanka 312-9 (M Jayawardene 174, Lakmal 0)

That was the last ball of the over so Jayawardene is on strike to Broad. They turn down the single to third man. Four! Mahela mistimes a heave over long on but it lands safely and beats the fielders to the rope. Jayawardene keeps the strike with a single.

WICKET! Welegedera b Anderson 19

Gorgeous off-cutting slower ball from Anderson. Welegedera plays all around and says goodbye to his leg stump. Justice for Jimmy after taking an undeserved battering in the first over of the day.

93rd over: Sri Lanka 307-8 (M Jayawardene 169, Welegedera 19)

Welegedera gets off strike with a leading edge to cover. Lots of tinkering from Strauss in the field so far this morning as they try to come up with a plan to get rid of these two. Jayawardene scrambles a single to extra cover.

Five-fer: Anderson picked up the remaining two wickets on day two

Five-fer: Anderson picked up the remaining two wickets on day two

92nd over: Sri Lanka 305-8 (M Jayawardene 168, Welegedera 18)

Stuart Broad to bowl the second over of the day with this new-ish ball. Jayawardene turns down the single to square leg to keep the strike. Strauss is not happy as the field don't automatically come up to save the single after the fourth ball – England can't afford to be dozy again as they were in the evening session yesterday. Good start from Broad. Maiden.

91st over: Sri Lanka 305-8 (M Jayawardene 168, Welegedera 18)

Here we go then. Anderson to bowl the first over of another scorching day… Four! Leg byes down to fine leg via Welegedera's thigh pad. Four! A short ball flies off the shoulder of the bat and over the slips. Four! Poor Jimmy, who has now seen three decent deliveries fly to the boundary, this one deflecting off Welegedera's helmet over the slips. Four! What a start for Sri Lanka! This Welegedera gets bat on ball as he pulls Anderson in front of square. Expensive start – 16 from that over.

Chin music: Sri Lanka score four byes via Welegedera's helmet

Chin music: Sri Lanka score four byes via Welegedera's helmet

5.27am: Right, enough of my waffle… they're nearly ready to go out in Galle. Let's hope the first hour today is as dramatic as it was yesterday.

5.20am: If Sri Lanka could keep the tail wagging for an hour or so then they would really deal a psychological blow. After the start England had yesterday, they really should have had the hosts out for no more than 250. To get them out for under 350 though would be by no means a disaster on this tepid pitch.

5.15am: It will be interesting to see how England respond with the bat later today. Can they prove that the Pakistan whitewash was just a blip Big question marks remain over the form of Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen and, in particular, Ian Bell. Samit Patel is down to come in at No 7 but he may be elevated above Matt Prior into the No 6 spot vacated by Eoin Morgan.

Star of the show: Mahela Jayawardene

Star of the show: Mahela Jayawardene

5.10am: England will have to put the disappointment of those two drops yesterday evening by Monty Panesar behind them. The reprieves for Jayawardene saw England heads visibly drop and helped to put some gloss on what would have been a well-below par first innings score for the hosts.

5.05am: Before the start of play at 5.30am GMT, why not catch up on some essential reading by Sportsmail's team of writers… Paul Newman's report on day one is here. Lawrence Booth's look at the day is here. And James Anderson told Lawrence that England have to put Monty's dropped catches behind them here.

5.00am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the second day of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Galle. The match hangs in the balance after yesterday's proceedings after the hosts recovered from a shocking start to close on 289-8 thanks to captain Mahela Jayawardene's brilliant unbeaten 168.

Flying start: Anderson celebrates the wicket of Sangakkara as the Barmy Army watch on

Flying start: Anderson celebrates the wicket of Sangakkara as the Barmy Army watch on

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England v Sri Lanka: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wkt), Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene (wkt), Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Chanaka Welegedera, Suranga Lakmal.

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Rod Tucker (Australia). TV: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Referee: Javagal Srinath (India).

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96th over: Sri Lanka 318-9 (M Jayawardene 180, Lakmal 0)

Broad has the new man Lakmal on strike… He gets one off the shoulder of the bat but there's no one at silly point. Broad didn't make Lakmal play enough there. Maiden.

95th over: Sri Lanka 318-9 (M Jayawardene 180, Lakmal 0)

Jayawardene looks like he could bat for five days out there at the moment… They take two down to third man. Four! Anderson strays down leg and Mahela helps it on its way.

94th over: Sri Lanka 312-9 (M Jayawardene 174, Lakmal 0)

That was the last ball of the over so Jayawardene is on strike to Broad. They turn down the single to third man. Four! Mahela mistimes a heave over long on but it lands safely and beats the fielders to the rope. Jayawardene keeps the strike with a single.

WICKET! Welegedera b Anderson 19

Gorgeous off-cutting slower ball from Anderson. Welegedera plays all around and says goodbye to his leg stump. Justice for Jimmy after taking an undeserved battering in the first over of the day.

93rd over: Sri Lanka 307-8 (M Jayawardene 169, Welegedera 19)

Welegedera gets off strike with a leading edge to cover. Lots of tinkering from Strauss in the field so far this morning as they try to come up with a plan to get rid of these two. Jayawardene scrambles a single to extra cover.

92nd over: Sri Lanka 305-8 (M Jayawardene 168, Welegedera 18)

Stuart Broad to bowl the second over of the day with this new-ish ball. Jayawardene turns down the single to square leg to keep the strike. Strauss is not happy as the field don't automatically come up to save the single after the fourth ball – England can't afford to be dozy again as they were in the evening session yesterday. Good start from Broad. Maiden.

91st over: Sri Lanka 305-8 (M Jayawardene 168, Welegedera 18)

Here we go then. Anderson to bowl the first over of another scorching day… Four! Leg byes down to fine leg via Welegedera's thigh pad. Four! A short ball flies off the shoulder of the bat and over the slips. Four! Poor Jimmy, who has now seen three decent deliveries fly to the boundary, this one deflecting off Welegedera's helmet over the slips. Four! What a start for Sri Lanka! This Welegedera gets bat on ball as he pulls Anderson in front of square. Expensive start – 16 from that over.

Chin music: Sri Lanka score four byes via Welegedera's helmet

Chin music: Sri Lanka score four byes via Welegedera's helmet

5.27am: Right, enough of my waffle… they're nearly ready to go out in Galle. Let's hope the first hour today is as dramatic as it was yesterday.

5.20am: If Sri Lanka could keep the tail wagging for an hour or so then they would really deal a psychological blow. After the start England had yesterday, they really should have had the hosts out for no more than 250. To get them out for under 350 though would be by no means a disaster on this tepid pitch.

5.15am: It will be interesting to see how England respond with the bat later today. Can they prove that the Pakistan whitewash was just a blip Big question marks remain over the form of Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen and, in particular, Ian Bell. Samit Patel is down to come in at No 7 but he may be elevated above Matt Prior into the No 6 spot vacated by Eoin Morgan.

Star of the show: Mahela Jayawardene

Star of the show: Mahela Jayawardene

5.10am: England will have to put the disappointment of those two drops yesterday evening by Monty Panesar behind them. The reprieves for Jayawardene saw England heads visibly drop and helped to put some gloss on what would have been a well-below par first innings score for the hosts.

5.05am: Before the start of play at 5.30am GMT, why not catch up on some essential reading by Sportsmail's team of writers… Paul Newman's report on day one is here. Lawrence Booth's look at the day is here. And James Anderson told Lawrence that England have to put Monty's dropped catches behind them here.

5.00am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the second day of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Galle. The match hangs in the balance after yesterday's proceedings after the hosts recovered from a shocking start to close on 289-8 thanks to captain Mahela Jayawardene's brilliant unbeaten 168.

Flying start: Anderson celebrates the wicket of Sangakkara as the Barmy Army watch on

Flying start: Anderson celebrates the wicket of Sangakkara as the Barmy Army watch on

England v Sri Lanka, first Test, day one, Galle

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England v Sri Lanka: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wkt), Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene (wkt), Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedera.

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Rod Tucker (Australia). TV: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Referee: Javagal Srinath (India).

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4th over: Sri Lanka 15-3 (M Jayawardene 0, Samaraweera 0)

Thilan Samaraweera the new man in and Sri Lanka need a rescue job from their experienced middle order pair here. Four from the over.

WICKET! Dilshan c Strauss b Broad 11

Got him! The end of an ugly little innings from the enigmatic opener and Sri Lanka are falling apart here.

4th over: Sri Lanka 15-2 (Dilshan 11, M Jayawardene 0)

Dilshan is winging from the hip as if he's playing Twenty20… and he thick edges over the slips again for four. Lucky or plucky I'll let you be the judge, but it doesn't look pretty…

3rd over: Sri Lanka 11-2 (Dilshan 7, M Jayawardene 0)

Jayawardene survives the hat-trick ball… what brilliant bowling from Anderson, who once again proves he can swing it anywhere in the world. Double wicket maiden.

WICKET! Sangakkara c Prior b Anderson 0

Anderson on a hat-trick! A carbon copy as Sangakkara has a flirt outside off. What a start!

WICKET! Thirimanne c Swann b Anderson 3

Anderson continues his fine start by catching Thirimanne's edge. He's bowling a perfect length and Thirimanne had been struggling to read the swing… Swann takes a simple catch at second slip.

2nd over: Sri Lanka 11-0 (Thirimanne 3, Dilshan 7)

Dilshan gets Sri Lanka off the mark by pushing Broad through midwicket for three. Thirimanne flicks behind square for two more. Broad then oversteps and Thirimanne flicks him for one more… Close! Dilshan edges an ugly slash over where third slip would have been. Expensive start this for Broad, 10 from the over.

Sportsmail's Paul Newman in Galle: 'England waste a review in first over. Unlike them. Strauss normally urges caution but Anderson and Prior were sure. Good decision, Tucker.'

1st over: Sri Lanka 0-0 (Thirimanne 0, Dilshan 0)

Anderson to open the bowling for England, the left-handed Thirimanne on strike. Some early swing for Anderson but the pitch is very slow… Appeal! They're reviewing it… It looked pretty good in full speed but the replay shows it pitched just outside leg, it might have been going over the top as well. Dramatic start! Maiden.

Assessing the conditions: Monty Panesar takes a look at the Galle pitch

Assessing the conditions: Monty Panesar takes a look at the Galle pitch

5.29am: The players are out in the middle… here we go.

5.18am: Here's some reading for you with just over 10 minutes until the start of play… Paul Newman previews the day's action here. Nasser Hussain reminds us of the challenging conditions in Sri Lanka here. And Lawrence Booth takes a look at the hosts' attack here.

5.08am: It'll be interesting to see whether Prior or Patel come in at No 6 but he won't have to worry about that for a while. England have three genuine spin options with Patel's inclusion.

5.05am: Strauss confirms Patel starts in place of the dropped Eoin Morgan and ahead of Ravi Bopara, otherwise England are unchanged from the last Test against Pakistan.

5.00am: BREAKING: Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to bat.

4.57am: BREAKING: Samit Patel looks set to start ahead of Ravi Bopara for England as he is handed his first cap. I'll have the full team news for you just as soon as it's confirmed.

4.45am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportmail's live coverage of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka in Galle. This is only a two-Test series, so with a maximum of 10 days cricket to be played over the next couple of weeks, it's vital England get off to a strong start of they are to banish those memories of the whitewash in Pakistan.

Here we go: The captains Andrew Strauss (left) and Mahela Jayawardene pose with the trophy ahead of the two-match series

Here we go: The captains Andrew Strauss (left) and Mahela Jayawardene pose with the trophy ahead of the two-match series