Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field

Theres a line I didn’t expect to read on Cricinfo when I checked to see what the score was on Day 1 of the 3rd test, it’s almost as rare as seeing a Paul Collingwood century or Gile$ Clar£e turning down a large cheque for the long term benefit of cricket in England.

On further inspection, it wasn’t a major surprise to find that it was damp, overcast conditions in Pallekele, with plenty of rain in the air.

So far this series has been typical of Sri Lankan conditions with bat dominating ball too much again, with 2 draws from 2 tests so far.

There was also 2 draws from 2 tests in the Pakistan V South Africa series, 2 draws in the 3 match India V New Zealand series and the 1st Ashes test was also a batsman dominated draw.

I’ve banged on about the shortage of decent out-and-out fast bowlers on this blog before and will do so again. It’s no coincidence that there is none around and that so many of them have had to retire through injury lately.

These pitches are only going to make the situation worse. If ever any further proof were needed about just how one sided these pitches are, just look at the Gabba last weekend.

Alastair Cook beat a Don Bradman batting record there, need I say more!