A century from wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow helped England reach 279/6 on the close of Day 1 in the 3-match test series against Sri Lanks at Lords.
England captain Alistair Cook had got the home side off to a perfect start, with a knock of 85, before he was bowled lbw by Nuwan Pradeep. However, his partners weren’t so proficient. Alex Hayles went for 18, Nick Compton went for a solitary run before Joe Root also went lbw, this time to Suranga Lakmal.
England looked in real trouble when James Vince was clean bowled by Pradeep, to leave England on 84/4.
But in came Bairstow to steady the ship. Cook and Bairstow combined for 80 runs before Cook’s dismissal, and Moeen Ali helped to keep things ticking along with 25. Ali helped Bairstow settle into his rhythm, and Bairstow showed real quality to reach 107 not out by the end of the day’s play.
Chris Woakes ended the day on 23 not out, as England can look forward to a good nights rest before player resumes in the morning.
Bairstow said on his century, “It’s an amazing feeling to be here at Lord’s and to score a hundred is something every boy dreams of so it was a really special moment and I’m sure you could tell it was quite emotional.”
“On 95 I was thinking ‘Please just bowl me a half volley to get to 96!'”
“I’m in a good place, I’m enjoying my cricket, hopefully people are enjoying watching me play. We’re very fortunate to do what we do and it was a special day.”