Alastair Cook: Lord’s wicket supported Sri Lanka rather than England
England captain Alastair Cook said on Monday that the pitch at the Lord’s ground supported the touring side Sri Lanka more than the hosts. The two sides played out a thrilling draw as Sri Lanka managed to save the game with only one wicket in hand towards the end of the day.
England captain Alastair Cook will hope a return to the scene of his last Test hundred sees him back among the runs after a thrilling series opener with Sri Lanka ended in a draw at Lord’s. Cook saw England pile up 575 for nine declared in the first innings at Lord’s on the back of 23-year-old Joe Root‘s unbeaten 200 not out and then be bailed out second time around by a maiden Test century from Gary Ballance — Root’s 24-year-old Yorkshire colleague.
Ballance’s hundred enabled Cook to declare before Monday’s final day and set Sri Lanka 390 to win. However, Sri Lanka just did enough to cling on for a draw at 201 for nine after last man Nuwan Pradeep saw out the final five balls of the match from Stuart Broad, AFP reported.