Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Some rain-affected draw!

On yesterday's blog "Not that it matters in this match, which is heading for a rain-affected draw." How wrong could I be!

It rained again in Cardiff yesterday morning. Play couldn't start until 3 pm. Andrew Strauss sent Ian Bell out to gather the two runs he needed to become the fourth centurion in the match. It seemed that no-one was taking the result seriously. 922 spectators turned up for the cheap last-day tickets to watch their heroes.

And what heroes! With plenty of time to spare England blew away the Sri Lankans, taking all 10 wickets for only 82 runs, winning by an innings and 14 runs.

Only a few weeks ago Sri Lanka beat England on the sub-continent in the quarter finals of the World Cup. It goes to show how different the one day game is from Test Matches. Test matches require the ability to concentrate for long periods. Exemplified particularly by Jonathon Trott's double century in Cardiff.

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