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Third Test: England vs Sri Lanka

Southampton became the newest test centre when it hosted the test match between England and Sri Lanka. Southampton became the tenth ground in England to host the tests. Others are - Lord's, The Oval, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Chester-le-Street, Cardiff and Sheffield. Southampton became the 105th ground to host a test match in the annals of test cricket.

 

 

England won the toss and inserted the opposition in this test. This act provides the 78th occasion of England doing so in tests and also the fifth occasion of England doing so against Sri Lanka in tests. The other four occasions are - at Lord's in Aug 1984, at Lord's in Aug 1988, at Birmingham in May 2002 and at Galle in Dec 2007.

 

 

Sri Lanka capped HDRL Thirimanne for this game. He became the 116th Sri Lankan cricketer to appear for Sri Lanka in tests. He is the 23rd Sri Lankan cricketer to make his test debut against England. He is the third Sri Lankan opening batsman to make his test debut against England. He is also the 16th Sri Lankan opening batsman to make his test debut against various oppositions.

 

 

KC Sangakkara led Sri Lanka in the absence of regular captain TM Dilshan. KC Sangakkara was leading Sri Lanka for the 15th occasion. He became the sixth captain to lead Sri Lanka in 15 or more tests. Others are - A Ranatunga {56}, ST Jayasuriya {38}, DPMD Jayawardene {28}. LRD Mendis {19} and MS Atapattu {18}. This test also provides the first outing for KC Sangakkara as captain against England.

 

 

Sri Lanka was dismissed for 184 in the first innings of this test providing the 29th occasion of it being all out against England in a test innings. Sri Lanka's 184 all out in this test provides the 12th occasion of being dismissed all out while batting in the first innings of a test against England.

 

 

Sri Lanka's team total of 184 in the first innings did not contain any fifties. The highest score was 43 by wicket keeper batsman HAPW Jayawardene.

 

 

CT Tremlett captured six for 42 in this test to provide the 238th occasion of an England bowler capturing six or more wickets in a test innings against various oppositions. His six for 42 in this test provides the 136th occasion of an England bowler capturing exact six wickets in a test innings against various oppositions.

 

 

CT Tremlett captured six for 42 in this test to provide the fourth occasion of an England bowler capturing six or more wickets in a test innings against Sri Lanka. The other three occasions are - 6 for 33 by JE Emburey at Col-PSS in Feb 1982, 6 for 90 by IT Botham in Aug 1984 and 7 for 70 by PAJ DeFreitas at Lord's in Aug 1981.

 

 

CT Tremlett registered his test career best innings figures when he returned with 6 for 48 in this test. It was an improvement over his previous best innings figures of 5 for 87 against Australia at Perth in Dec 2010. His 6 for 48 in this test represents his second five wicket haul in a test innings.

 

 

AJ Strauss was leading England for the 35th occasion in this test. He became the fifth captain to lead England in 35 or more tests. Others are - MA Artherton {54}, MP Vaughan {51}, N Hussain {45} and PBH May {41}.

 

 

AJ Strauss with his 35 captaincy assignments for England became the 25th captain in the annals of test cricket to lead a country in 35 or more tests.

 

 

AN Cook registered his sixth consecutive fifty in a test innings when he made 55 in the first innings of this test. His sequence of fifties read thus - 82 vs Australia at Melbourne in Dec 2010, 189 vs Australia at Sydney in Jan 2011, 133 vs Sri Lanka at Cardiff in May 2011, 96 vs Sri Lanka at Lord's n Jun 2011, 106 vs Sri Lanka at Lord's in Jun 2011 and 55 vs Sri Lanka at Southampton in Jun 2011.

 

 

AN Cook's feat of six fifties in consecutive innings provide the 25th occasion of a batsman scoring six or more fifties in consecutive innings in the annals of test cricket - ED Weekes-{07}, A Flower-{07}, S Chanderpaul-{07}, J Ryder-{06}, EH Hendren-{06}, GA Headley-{06}, A Melville-{06}, GS Sobers-{06}, ER Dexter-{06}, KF Barrington-{06}, KD Walters-{06}, GS Chappell-{06}, GR Viswanath-{06}, Zaheer Abbas-{06}, AR Border-{06}, MA Taylor-{06}, R Dravid-{06}, JH Kallis-{06}, Mohammad Yousuf-{06}, MEK Hussey-{06}, KC Sangakkara-{06}, PA Jaques-{06}, S Chanderpaul-{06}, Misbah-ul-Haq-{06} and AN Cook-{06}.

 

 

AN Cook became the fourth England batsman to score six fifties in consecutive innings. Others are - EH Hendren, ER Dexter and KF Barrington. It is interesting to note that it took 48 years for an England batsman to perform this feat. KF Barrington had performed this feat in 1963 and AN Cook performed the feat in 2011.

 

 

IR Bell scored five fifties in consecutive innings with his 119 not in this test. His sequence of fifties read thus - 115 vs Australia at Sydney in Jan 2011, 103* vs Sri Lanka at Cardiff in May 2011, 52 vs Sri Lanka at Lord's in Jun 2011, 57* vs Sri Lanka at Lord's in Jun 2011 and 119* vs Sri Lanka at Southampton in Jun 2011.

 

 

IR Bell's feat of five fifties in consecutive innings provide the 60th occasion of a batsman scoring five or more fifties in consecutive innings in the annals of test cricket.

 

 

AN Cook and KP Pietersen added 106 runs for the third wicket in this test providing the 28th occasion of England batsmen positing a century partnership against Sri Lanka. This stand also represents the eighth occasion of England batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the third wicket against Sri Lanka.

 

 

IR Bell and EJG Morgan added 137 runs for the sixth wicket in this test providing the 29th occasion of England batsmen positing a century partnership against Sri Lanka. This stand also represents the second occasion of England batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the sixth wicket against Sri Lanka. The first such occasion was the 101 runs partnership between EJG Morgan and MJ Prior at Lord's in Jun 2011 - the second test of the ongoing test series.

 

 

Thus the 137 runs partnership between IR Bell and EJG Morgan in this test represents the record partnership for the sixth wicket by England batsmen against Sri Lanka.

 

 

England's innings contained four fifties - AN Cook {55}, KP Pietersen {85}, IR Bell {119*} and EJG Morgan {71} providing the seventh occasion of four or more England batsmen scoring fifties in an innings against Sri Lanka.

 

 

AN Cook's 55 represents his 26th half century and 44th fifty, KP Pietersen's 85 represents his 23rd half century and 40th fifty, IR Bell's 119 not out represents his 14th century and 42nd fifty and EJG Morgan's 71 represents his second half century and third fifty.

 

 

MJ Prior scored a duck in this test to provide the 143rd occasion of an England wicket keeper batsman scoring zero against various oppositions. His duck also provides the sixth occasion of an England batsman scoring a duck against Sri Lanka.

 

 

MJ Prior collected the eighth duck of his test career when he failed to open his account in this test. He became the seventh England wicket keeper batsman to score eight or more ducks. Others are - TG Evans {17}, AJ Stewart {11}, AFA Lilley {10}, RW Taylor {10}, APE Knott {08} and RC Russell {08}.

 

NLTC Perera returned with figures of 2 for 101 in this test providing the 22nd occasion of an England bowler conceding 100 plus runs in a test innings against England. It also provides the 201st occasion of a Sri Lankan bowler conceding 100 plus runs in a test innings against various oppositions.

 

 

RAL Lakmal conceded 99 runs in this test providing the 132nd occasion of a bowler conceding exact 99 runs in a test innings. It also provides the ninth occasion of a Sri Lankan bowler conceding exact 99 runs in a test innings and also the first such occasion against England.

 

 

RAL Lakmal conceded 99 runs in this test providing the 29th occasion of a bowler conceding exact 99 runs in a test innings against England.

 

 

KC Sangakkara scored 119 in this test providing the 34th occasion of a Sri Lankan captain scoring a hundred against various oppositions. His knock also provides the sixth occasion of a Sri Lankan captain scoring a hundred against England. The other five occasions are - 111 by LRD Mendis at Lord's in Aug 1984, 119 by DPMD Jayawardene at Lord's in May 2006, 195 by DPMD Jayawardene at Col-SSC in Dec 2007, 213* by DPMD Jayawardene at Galle in Dec 2007 and 193 by TM Dilshan at Lord's in Jun 2001.

 

 

KC Sangakkara scored 119 in this test providing the 188th occasion of Sri Lankan batsmen scoring a hundred against various oppositions. His knock also provides the 23rd occasion of Sri Lankan batsmen scoring a hundred against England.

 

 

KC Sangakkara scored his 25th hundred of his test career when he made 119 in this test. He became the second Sri Lankan batsman to score 25 or more test hundreds after DPMD Jayawardene. DPMD Jayawardene has scored 28 test hundreds.

 

 

KC Sangakkara with his 25 test hundreds joined the select band of 13 other batsmen who have scored 25 or more test hundreds and became the 14th batsman to perform such a feat in the annals of test cricket. The complete list read thus - SR Tendulkar {51}, JH Kallis {40}, RT Ponting {39}, SM Gavaskar {34}, BC Lara {34}, SR Waugh {32}, R Dravid {31}, ML Hayden {30}, DG Bradman {29}, DPMD Jayawardene {28}, AR Border {27}, GS Sobers {26}, Inzamam-ul-Huq {25} and KC Sangakkara {25}.

 

 

KC Sangakkara's 119 in this test represents his second hundred against England, the first being his 152 at Kandy in Dec 2007. His 119 in this test represents his first hundred against England in England.

 

 

KC Sangakkara {119} and TT Samaraweera {87*} scored fifties respectively in this test providing the 81st and 82nd occasion of Sri Lankan batsman scoring fifties against England. KC Sangakkara's 119 represents the 23rd occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman scoring a hundred against England, while TT Samaraweera's 87 not out represents the 59th occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman scoring a half century against England.

 

 

KC Sangakkara's 119 represents his 25th hundred and 59th fifty, while TT Samaraweera's 87 not out represent his 27th half century and 39th fifty.

 

 

KC Sangakkara and TT Samaraweera added 141 runs for the fifth wicket in this test providing the 31st occasion of a century stand by Sri Lankan batsmen against England. This partnership also represents the fifth occasion of a three figure partnership for the fifth wicket by Sri Lankan batsmen against England.

 

 

KC Sangakkara and TT Samaraweera added 141 runs for the fifth wicket in this test providing the 212th occasion of a century stand by Sri Lankan batsmen against various oppositions. This partnership also represents the 38th occasion of a three figure partnership for the fifth wicket by Sri Lankan batsmen against various oppositions.

 

 

AN Cook's run aggregate against Sri Lanka at the end of this test read 855. He became the second England batsman to total 600 plus runs against Sri Lanka after ME Trescothick. ME Trescothick has an aggregate of 957 runs against Sri Lanka.

 

KP Pietersen's run aggregate against Sri Lanka at the end of this test read 648. He became the fifth England batsman to total 600 plus runs against Sri Lanka. Others are - ME Trescothick {957}, AN Cook {843}, MP Vaughan {755} and GP Thorpe {699}.

 

 

AN Cook's 55 represents his eighth fifty against Sri Lanka. He now holds the record for most fifties by an England batsman against Sri Lanka. He went past ME Trescothick who has scored seven fifties against Sri Lanka. IR Bell registered his seventh fifty against Sri Lanka when he scored 119 not out in this test.

 

 

AN Cook registered his fifth half century against Sri Lanka when he scored 55 in this test. He now holds the record jointly with IR Bell {05} for most half centuries by an England batsman against Sri Lanka.

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