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.