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England v Sri Lanka: second Test, day one – live!

3rd over: England 5-0 (Cook 3, Hales 2) Gosh, the crowd looks a bit rubbish. Oh well. Sales are better for tomorrow, promises Athers. Just the one run from this over. As Cook defends, leaves, then defends again before knocking into the covers off the back foot for his third single. 17 to go. Hales defends the last two from Eranga.

John Starbuck has been in touch about being a proud county fan. “As one of those beleaguered Notts supporters,” he writes, “I appreciate the dilemma every county fan faces: Notts would undoubtedly be better as a team if Ball, Broad, Hales, Patel and Read were all playing, but then again pride in one’s county can be boosted by international selection. All one can really hope for is a sensible fixture list but we all know that isn’t going to happen.”

2nd over: England 4-0 (Cook 2, Hales 2) Lakmal and his slightly curious hairdo - poor commitment to the mullet - from the other end. First ball, Cook’s on the back foot pushing into the offside for one. 18 away. Yes, I am going to do this for every damn run. The second is the first ball of the match to really bounce, and it goes nicely through to Chandimal. Hales is away next ball, picking up 2 two to deep square. Three very uneventful dots to finish.

Dan Lewis also thinks I’m a very sad man, because I watched cricket on my day off. “ave you considered Guardian Soulmates? It’s full ‘of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly folk who would never normally dream of going out with you. And don’t forget, it’s not the rejection that kills you, it’s the hope.’” He’s probably got a point.

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