Player of the Match
Player of the Match
1388dThe Report by David Hopps

Anderson strikes but rain rules

Kaushal Silva was the first Sri Lanka wicket to fall as a mere 3.4 overs were possible up to tea on a rain-wrecked final day at Lord's

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

JM Bairstow
JM Bairstow
167(251) 18x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 46 runs
  • 7x4 - 0x6
18 12 18 19 44 19 10 27
AD Hales
AD Hales
94(179) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 27 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
10 15 11 2 15 8 9 24

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
HMRKB Herath
CR Woakes
CR Woakes

Match Details


England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

England won the 3-match series 2-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

Match days

9,10,11,12,13 June 2016 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

ENGLAND 416(128.4 OVERS)


ENGLAND 233/7d(71 OVERS)

SRI LANKA 78/1(24.2 OVERS)

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Andrew Miller

5.50pm So, that's the end of that. A damp squib on the day, but a fun Test in between whiles. Read David Hopps' soggy missive from today's action, and tune in later for the series round-up from Jarrod Kimber, George Dobell, Melinda Farrell, Andrew Fernando and, of course, Mahela Jayawardene. From myself, Andrew Miller, and my colleagues, Andrew McGlashan and Alan Gardner, cheerio, see you for the one-dayers.

5.36pm Right, here we go with some presentations. Medallions for the match officials ... except they aren't in the pavilion, so scratch that! Instead, the Man of the Match award and the Man of the Series award goes to Jonny Bairstow

"Very pieasing to back up my form for Yorkshire in an England shirt," he says. "I wouldn't say it's been a conscious decision to [change by batting stance] but being dropped spurred me to get back in the side and prove people wrong. The people who say you aren't good enough, you want to say I am."

"I was disappointed to drop a couple but pleasing to get 19 catches in the series. Now we move onto the rest of the summer. I'm delighted to be back in the [one-day squads]. I feel like I've done okay and will put on a show."

Sri Lanka's man of the series, with honorable mentions for Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep, the honour goes to Kaushal Silva.

"They've got a really quality fast bowling line-up but from the second innings at Durham I have tried to be positive and it's paid off for me in this Test. Especially Headingley, it was seaming a lot and uneven bounce at times. But the skills they have as fast bowlers is remarkable. But I enjoyed the challenge. I have missed out on a hundred three times now at Lord's but next time hopefully I will go on."

Angelo Mathews: "We started off pretty poorly but came into the series in the second innings at Durham. It would have been an interesting chase, and a result, but unfortunately the weather had the final say. We wanted to go for it, we'd rather lose 3-0 while trying to win the game."

"There are lots of positives even though we lost the series., Rangana was brilliant, 38 and going strong, and lots of positives with Kusal Mendis and Karunaratne and Chandimal ..."

On the no-ball. "It was a human error, unfortunately we were on the receiving end but we have to move on."

Up comes Alastair Cook: "It would have been a good day's cricket, would have been good to see our guys under pressure but the English weather got in the way. Pretty good three games, two wins by an innings and a declaration, but always room for improvement."

On the top order: "Alex Hales has come in and done really well, from what happened in South Africa, a real desire to play Test cricket has been seen in those two 80s and a 90. There is always room for improvement, but one of our strengths is we do bat deep. We've scored the runs but our top order have struggled in tough conditions."

Pakistan is now the one Test trophy that England don't hold, because off goes Cook to pick up the one that eluded him against Sri Lanka in 2014. Fair to say he's feeling significantly more chipper than he was at Headingley two years ago ...

5.24pm So, what do we make of all that? Don't forget to badger Jarrod and George with your #PoliteEnquiries ... they will be recording as soon as they can find somewhere warm and dry... and don't forget the hashtag!

Jonas: "David Malan! Are the selectors having a laugh? " He was impressive for the Lions in the UAE this winter. His leggies were useful too ...

5.19pm Andrew Brooks: "Unbeaten in 25 years if one way of putting it. Never won a test doesn't sound quite as impressive" Alright, no need to split hairs. England would settle for that sort of a record at the WACA.

5.16pm Some news before the presentations. England have included Jonny Bairstow in their limited-overs squads, and Tymal Mills, Dawid Malan and Liam Dawson have all been picked for the T20 squad. Full report to follow...

5.13pm Match drawn That is the end of that. The weather is too minging and the contest too meandering so the captains have shaken hands.

Chanuka Damz: "So Sri Lanka is unbeaten at Lords for past 25 years and it will continue??" That, of course, is the real story of today's limp finish. It is an incredibly proud record that they have built at the world's grandest venue.

5.04pm Marc: "How about using the D/L method for the 4th innings in a test match, based on the minimum overs left? That'll put the cat among the pigeons...." Pigeons? Blowers would have a fit!

Pelham Barton: "I have seen the Mousetrap. The murderer did it." You swindler!

Richard O'Hagan: "Absolutely chucking it down here in Bucks. If you get any more play today I will buy Doris a port and lemon." You've got to be careful about making rash promises in this Test. Doris can tell you that...

4.52pm Well, this is a whole lot of rubbish.

Yorkie Dave: "If you'd posted my comment of 2 minutes ago your readers would have known that rain was going to happen !" Why ruin the surprise? I bet you're the type of guy who would tweet whodunnit in The Mousetrap ...

david: "(@4.40 pm) - Long time since I saw the word 'japes' in modern usage. Cripes, Bunter! You're back in fashion! " What ho!

RamG: "See, I already told that it will rain at 5. Even though European weather model isn't as accurate as US's, it's still pretty reliable. Let's packup guys." Aww... but we're only just getting started...

4.46pm Oh pants, rain stopped play again. Short and to the point from the Sri Lankans in that session. Good positive intent to thwart England's advances.

And as Gnasher points out, if that is curtains, then the final ball of the match will have been a Sri Lanka six! Quite the moral high ground to take into the ODIs ... in which they will trail 10-2 in the Super Series...

Root to Mendis, SIX runs, thumped! Down on one knee, a violent flog across the line, and there's more top edge than not in that shot, but it's clean into the Tavern Stand!

Scott: "In this game Cook has hit a six, played a reverse sweep, and played a scoop shot. I wouldn't put it past him to bowl some toe-crushing yorkers to continue the unpredictability!" Valid

Root to Mendis, no run, slip, leg-slip, short leg. Tossed up and tapped to the latter

24 | (maiden) | SL: 72/1

  • Dimuth Karunaratne37 (66b)
  • Kusal Mendis11 (28b)
  • Moeen Ali2-1-4-0
  • Stuart Broad11-4-27-0

Andy: "Bring on Alex Hales!" Wheeeeeeee! [Plop]. Nope, it's going to be Root

Ali to Karunaratne, no run, angled jab out to point, thoughts of a single, but nothing doing
Ali to Karunaratne, no run, tossed up and pushed back down the ground

Pelham Barton: "BlackJack: It would be a draw." That's what I was going to say, but thought it was a trick question!

Ali to Karunaratne, no run, tapped to short leg
Ali to Karunaratne, no run, driven back to the bowler

SL batsmen find form


Century stands for Sri Lanka in this series - 116 between Chandimal and Herath in Durham, and 108 between Karunaratne and Silva in this Test

Silva's love for Lord's


Fifty-plus scores for Kaushal Silva in three Test innings at Lord's - 63, 57, 79*. Among Sri Lankans, only Mahela Jayawardene has more 50+ Test scores here (4)

Quick wickets


Wickets lost by Sri Lanka within the first ten overs of the third day. They were 162 for 1 at the end of Day 2.

Chandimal races to 2000


No. of SL batsmen, out of 15, who completed 2000 Test runs in fewer inns than Chandimal (49 inns) - Sangakkara (46), Jayasuriya (47) & Jayawardene (48).

Session of wickets


Sri Lanka's batting efforts in the first session of Day 3; reduced from 162/1 to 218/6. Anyways, they have managed to avoid follow-on for the first time this series.

Recovery yet again


Runs added by SL's 7th wicket in the 2nd inns of the last Test by Chandimal & Herath. K Perera and Herath have added 50+ runs for the same wicket in this Test.

Sri Lanka involved again


Last time both teams had 50+ stands for the 7th wicket in their first innings of a Lord's Test - Eng & SL. The same teams have featured in this Test as well.

Anderson ends drought


No. of balls bowled by Anderson without a wicket at Lord's, before dismissing Perera. In the last Lord's match, he didn't take any wicket conceding 137 runs in 33 overs.

Long time ago


Last time two right-handed batsmen opened the innings for Eng in Tests - Key & Vaughan v Ind, Leeds, 2002. Compton & Hales opened in 2nd inns today.

Hales in form


80+ scores for Hales in 5 innings in this series; in 8 Test innings in South Africa, his highest was 60

A rare six


Test innings between sixes for Cook; his last one before today was in December 2012, v India, when he made 190 in Kolkata

Stranger at No. 7


Instances in Tests that Cook had batted below No. 3 before today. He had opened the batting 218 times, and batted at No. 3 12 times

Unfamiliar for Anderson


The last time before today that Anderson didn't bowl the first over of an innings; he bowled first change v West Indies at Lord's in May 2009

Tough for SL


Instances of teams scoring more than 310 in the 4th innings of a Lord's Test in the last 30 years: by Australia (406 in 2009) and India (397 in 2002)

Draws galore


Consecutive drawn Tests between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's - in 2002, 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2016