Rain washes out England’s warm-up match | Sunday Observer

Rain washes out England’s warm-up match

10 January, 2021

England’s intra-squad warm-up match in Sri Lanka was abandoned after heavy rain prevented a ball from being bowled on the second and final day at the MRICS Hambantota yesterday.

Captain Joe Root hit 74 not out on day one before his side declared on 184-2 off 50 overs.

Jos Buttler’s team struggled in reply, despite an unbeaten 58 from Ollie Pope, and were due to resume on 120-6, trailing by 64 runs.

But persistent rain meant no play was possible in Hambantota on Saturday. On a surprisingly green pitch, James Anderson missed a hat-trick on the first day, having had Bairstow caught behind and bowling Buttler first ball.

England will now head to Galle for the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, starting on Thursday.

All-rounder Chris Woakes, who has been in isolation in his hotel room, will join the rest of the squad for training on Sunday or Monday.


Team Root 184-2 dec in 50 overs (Root 74 not out, Lawrence 46 not out, Crawley 46)

Team Buttler 120-6 in 38 overs (Pope 58 not out; Anderson 2-21, Leach 2-27, Robinson 2-15)