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England 2-0 Sri Lanka: Done & Dusted, With History Made

Well, that was pretty much a one-sided affair. England have already wrapped up the test series against Sri Lanka, winning the second match by nine wickets (having won the previous by an innings and 88 runs). There’s still a game left to go, as well.

Having been out for 91, 119 and 101, Sri Lanka finally found their gears and went forwards in their second innings of the second test, managing to score a vastly improved 475 – but with a third consecutive poor innings prior to that, England’s target was a measly 79 – reached with ease, losing just one wicket in the process.

The big story however was that of Alastair Cook – the Englishman became just the twelfth man in test cricket history to reach 10,000 career runs, and the youngest ever to achieve the feat, beating Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record set eleven years ago.

Starting on England’s second innings, Cook needed just 5 runs to reach the milestone. It was achieved in quick fashion as he went to 47 not out in the quick run to winning the match.

“It’s a very special moment for me. You forget about all the hard times you have as a cricketer. It’s certainly driven me personally, to score 10,000 runs was one of those goals. It’s those seven o’clock nets with Goochy, the hard yards away from today that you put in to get here.”

For Sri Lanka, their second innings will prove to be exactly what they needed heading in to the third and final test to avoid an England whitewash and recover some pride.

Ashley Redman

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