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Anderson's wickets not enough for England

James Anderson terrorised Sri Lanka’s openers on the first day of the Test series in Galle. One batsman wasn’t cowed however, and the captain Mahela Jayawardene defied everything the England attack could throw at him to make a majestic century.

Remarkably Jayawardene’s heroics meant Sri Lanka had the advantage after the first day, despite being 15 for 3 at one stage. Anderson’s bowling, aided by Stuart Broad, had looked likely to tear through the Sri Lankan batting order, until the captain steadied his team.

Anderson was England’s star, taking 3 wickets to take his Test total up to 252. He would have had another had Monty Panesar not dropped a drive from Jayawardene. Panesar compounded the error by doing exactly the same when the Sri Lankan skied a Stuart Broad ball shortly afterwards.

England toiled in the heat of the afternoon, and the Sri Lankans mounted a counterattack, finishing the day on 289 for 8. It’s a ground where England have never managed to score more than 250, so that score already looks ominous.

After the bowlers, particularly Anderson, acquitted themselves well, attention will turn to the state of England’s batting. Much will be expected of openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook.

With the pitch already showing signs of cutting up, it will also be an opportunity for Kevin Pietersen to address concerns that he struggles against quality spin bowling. He might like to take a few lessons from Jayawardene, who despatched England’s spinners to the boundaries with cool timing on the opening day.

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