2nd try, day 3: Root the rock as England frustrates Sri Lanka | Cricket News

GALLE: Joe Root became the first England batsman to score over 150 in consecutive tests in 16 years as he tormented Sri Lanka and led his team to 339 in their opening nine innings at the end of the game in the third day of the second and final test in Galle.
However, the tired and cramped England captain was sacked in the day’s final for 186, exhausted after cutting the ball to Oshada Fernando.
Root’s weariness didn’t allow him to get into his crease after pushing forward after playing the shot.
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England are still trailing by 42 points and will be looking to erase the deficit with Jack Leach and James Anderson at the crease on morning four, although Sri Lankan spinner Lasith Embuldeniya has been excellent with his career best numbers of 7-132.
Root followed his 228 in the first test to match the feat of Marcus Trescothick, who scored 194 and 151 in consecutive tests against Bangladesh in 2005.
Root’s innings were again built around the impressive use of the sweeping stroke, which he made to attack Sri Lankan bowlers.
He had failed to score a century of testing in 2020, the first time in his career he was going a calendar year without a ton, and his return to form will be welcome as England head to four tests in India right after this series.
The Tourists resumed the day in the 98-for-two having lost their cheap openers for the third time in as many heats in this series.
Jonny Bairstow never seemed settled and fell on 28, an inside edge on his mat from the dangerous looping Embuldeniya to short-legged Fernando.
Dan Lawrence was impressive on his debut in England’s seven-wicket win in the first test, but only made three as he edged out Embuldeniya to Lahiru Thirimanne on the slip.
At 132 for four, England were teetering, but Root and Jos Buttler (55) stabilized the ship with a 97 fifth gate before the latter attempted a reverse sweep that went straight into his boot and bounced off a short leg, offering a first Test Gate for beginner spinner Ramesh Mendis.
Sam Curran (13) was absent from the final of the afternoon session, trapped, before Dom Bess (32) made a vital 81 with Root for the seventh wicket.
Bess and Mark Wood (1) were also caught in the briefs by Thirimanne off Embuldeniya, the first time a Sri Lankan outfielder had taken five catches in one set.

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