first_imgBut Herath struck with just his fourth ball he had Hales But Herath struck with just his fourth ball he had Hales (18), slogging across the line of a ball that turned, caught by Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews at slip. By his own admission, Nick Compton was playing for his Test place. But Englands number three, on his Middlesex home ground, fell for one when he was caught behind off a gentle Lakmal away-swinger. Lakmal struck again when he had Joe Root (three) lbw, hitting across the line. Pradeep got in on the act by bowling James Vince for 10 and England were now 84 for four — the fifth time in their last seven Test innings they had lost four wickets before reaching 100. Left-handed opener Cook was closing in on his 29th Test century when, shortly before tea, he was plumb lbw to Pradeep, bowling from around the wicket. Cook faced 173 balls, including nine fours. Moeen Ali, fresh from his Test-best 155 not out at the Riverside, followed Hales in falling to the Herath/Mathews combination for 25. Bairstow, strong off his pads and on the drive, cut Pradeep for four to go to 94. He then equalled his previous Test-best at Lords of 95, made against South Africa in 2012 before a single off Herath saw him to a 160-ball century. AFP KHS KHSlast_img read more

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