Cook, Trott steady England

Cook, Trott steady England

Opener Cook was 71 not out while Trott was on 49 with England trailing Sri Lanka by 252 runs.  Nightwatchman James Anderson (1) was the only wicket to fall when play finally started after the morning session had been washed out.

England need to bat until at least late into Sunday and they set about their task with relative comfort following Anderson's dismissal.  The tailender, diagnosed with a side strain that will prevent him from bowling any further in the match, was caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardene off Ajantha Mendis attempting an ugly slog in the third over of the day.

It took England 22 balls to score their first runs in the day, when Cook on-drove Suranga Lakmal through midwicket for two after a misfield. They scored just 30 runs in the first hour but thereafter the runs came much more easily.  Cook's leg glance for two off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath brought him his 25th Test half-century off 112 deliveries.

The 100 was raised by an elegant off-drive from Trott which slowed in the damp outfield and brought him three runs.  Later an attempted quick single to extra cover off Farveez Maharoof earned Trott five runs as Lakmal's errant throw went for four overthrows.
Anderson won’t bowl

England suffered a setback after their pace spearhead Anderson was ruled out from bowling further in the match due to a side strain.  The Lancashire bowler felt the pain on Friday and was forced to leave the field after picking three wickets.

England’s medical team said Anderson has a grade one strain and will require two to three weeks of rest. That means he will be doubtful for the second Test starting on June 3 at Lord’s.

“Obviously, it’s a huge concern for us,” said fellow fast bowler Stuart Broad, who also suffered a similar injury that cut short his stay in India during the 2011 World Cup.

“I know what side injuries are all about after this winter, and when you get a little bit of pain it is not great.”

“It is one of the frustrating injuries as a bowler. Hopefully, it will just be a little tightness,” Broad was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

“With my side-injury I could do pretty much everything but bowl. An extensive pull-shot might strain it or something, but we don’t really see Jimmy playing a huge amount of them; he is more of a clip-to-fine-leg man,” he said.