Ha, isn't that the sad truth? In my mind England had hardly had a chance to unpack their suitcases from their last tour of SL, but it was over two years ago now.That's because you're getting old mate. The years start to fly by.
I saw those two stats too. I just wondered about the first time we've won 4 away on the bounce since 1957, as I thought we won a couple of tests in Bangladesh at the tail end of 2003 before winning 3 in the Caribbean in the spring of 2004. But maybe we lost in SL between those series. And I am old enough to remember the 1982 test; it was SL's inaugural test actually, which we were well on the way to royally ****ing up until they helpfully collapsed in their second innings to Emburey or Underwood.Ha, isn't that the sad truth? In my mind England had hardly had a chance to unpack their suitcases from their last tour of SL, but it was over two years ago now.
Anyhoo, pleased with the win, apparently it's the first time we've won 4 away tests on the bounce since 1957 and the first time two of our spinners have taken Michelles in the same test since 82, so that's nice.
Slightly concerning that Sibley and Crawley both looked a bit pants starting against spin though. One imagines Messrs Shastri and Kohli will have noted this too.
I think the fact they were probably bowling at their best come the end of the Lankans 2nd innings, is a little encouraging. Lucky they were too, as not sure we'd have chased down 170 odd.I didn't get to see any of the match other than on highlights but a nice win for England. Was like a total inverse of our normal overseas tours - feels England have had a few matches in recent years which follow the template of 'rolled cheaply in the first innings, fight hard in the second but it's not quite enough.' Usually they're on the losing side though.
Root making big runs obviously a huge positive. Bairstow doing well in Sri Lanka again is nice I guess but I wouldn't trust him in the top order vs India if they have any sort of seam attack left fit to play us. Also a good sign that both Bess and Leach acknowledged themselves that they hadn't bowled particularly well despite taking a bag of wickets each and stressed they need to improve. Hopefully they find their rhythm in the next Test.