England v Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka fight back as Joe Root records maiden double-century

Root guides England to declare on 575-9 as England's tail final gets in the runs

Joe Root's maiden Test double-century underpinned England's highest total against Sri Lanka, but the hosts soon discovered there is unlikely to be any fast track to victory at Lord's.

Root added another 98 runs on day two of the first Investec Test to finish 200 not out as England posted 575 for nine declared, improving on their 551 for six against these opponents here eight years ago.

But after Sri Lanka replied with 140 for one at stumps, Kaushal Silva making an unbeaten 62 on a pitch offering little encouragement to any bowlers yet, England appeared to be engaged in a long haul to consolidate their advantage.

Root's 298-ball innings lasted almost eight-and-a-half hours, contained 16 fours and came on the same ground as his previous-best 180 against Australia last year.

He first took guard at 74 for three, with England still seeking a foothold at the start of their new Test era after last winter's Ashes whitewash, and went on to share four stands in excess of 50.

The highest was for the sixth wicket with Matt Prior (86), which ended on 171 after a change of tactics from the Sri Lankans on another sunny morning.

Root was subseqently joined by free-scoring trio Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad and Liam Plunkett, then finally James Anderson in an unbroken last-wicket partnership which closed only when the 23-year-old Yorkshireman paddle-swept Rangana Herath for the two runs he still needed for his 200.

Shaminda Eranga had bounced out Prior and Jordan as England nonetheless passed the Test benchmark of 400 - something which had proved beyond them since March 2013, in Wellington.

Prior had a largely uncomfortable experience, after Sri Lanka went short at both him and Root with an uncompromising leg-side field in place.

The aggressive approach, in keeping with captain Angelo Mathews' pre-match promise, paid off after 45 minutes in which Prior could add only 10 runs.

He did go past 4,000 in Tests in the process, before Eranga - round the wicket, with six leg-side catchers - produced a delivery he could only fend into the hands of short-leg.

Prior's departure brought England's third debutant to the crease, and Jordan soon looked at home - off the mark against Eranga with an all-run four through vacant mid off and then up the wicket to time Herath wide of mid on for a boundary.

He hooked Eranga tantalisingly over the head of long leg and next ball brought up that elusive 400 in style with a back-foot punch past point for another four.

Eranga got his revenge in the same over, Jordan bailing out of another pull only to somehow loop a simple catch behind to Prasanna Jayawardene.

But Broad quickly joined in with a spree of five boundaries in nine balls - three in Nuwan Kulasekara's first over of the day.

His carefree attack brought him 41 runs in the 50 stand and allowed Root to tick over at his own pace - until Broad holed out pulling Nuwan Pradeep (four for 123) just before lunch.

Plunkett had an early escape, dropped at midwicket on only two off Pradeep, and Anderson also had a couple of scrapes - a tight lbw call and a missed chance at slip.

Root returns to the pavilion among a standing ovation for his double-hundred Root returns to the pavilion among a standing ovation for his double-hundred

But the tail did enough to help Root to his notable landmark.

If England did not already realise wickets would be hard-earned, seven overs with the new ball before tea gave them further insight.

Dimuth Karunaratne had two close calls.

He was given out initially lbw to Anderson on five, only for DRS to simulate the ball clearing leg stump, and then edged Broad at catchable height between second and third slip.

The opening stand with Silva therefore reached 54 before first-change Jordan struck with only his third ball in Test cricket.

A full length outside off stump was the simple formula for Karunaratne's edged drive behind, a regulation dismissal which hinted falsely that others might follow.

They did not.

Kumar Sangakkara, in perhaps the final Lord's appearance of his outstanding career, took advantage when Jordan welcomed him by twice over-pitching on to his pads.

Thereafter, the former Sri Lanka captain was in no-risk mode - and the nearest England came to disturbing his and Silva's second-wicket partnership was when Broad thought momentarily he had the opener caught-behind on 39 only for the third umpire to rule the outside edge had not carried.

Instead, Silva had a half-century to his name by the close - reaching the milestone when he edged Anderson just short and then past second slip for his ninth four.

PA

Arts and Entertainment
Gregg Wallace in Summer's Supermarket Secrets
tv All of this year's 15 contestants have now been named
Sport
The giant banner displayed by Legia Warsaw supporters last night
football Polish side was ejected from Champions League
Arts and Entertainment
Could we see Iain back in the Bake Off tent next week?
tv Contestant teased Newsnight viewers on potential reappearance
News
i100(and it's got nothing to do with the Great British Bake Off)
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
news It's not just the world that's a mess at the moment...
News
Angelina Jolie with her father Jon Voight
peopleAsked whether he was upset not to be invited, he responded by saying he was busy with the Emmy Awards
News
Bill Kerr has died aged 92
peopleBill Kerr appeared in Hancock’s Half Hour and later worked alongside Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers
Life and Style
A picture taken on January 12, 2011 shows sex shops at the Paris district of Pigalle.
news
Sport
footballPremiership preview: All the talking points ahead of this weekend's matches
News
Keira Knightley poses topless for a special September The Photographer's issue of Interview Magazine, out now
people
Voices
The Ukip leader has consistently refused to be drawn on where he would mount an attempt to secure a parliamentary seat
voicesNigel Farage: Those who predicted we would lose momentum heading into the 2015 election are going to have to think again
Arts and Entertainment
Cara Delevingne made her acting debut in Anna Karenina in 2012
film Cara Delevingne 'in talks' to star in Zoolander sequel
News
i100
Sport
Mario Balotelli pictured in his Liverpool shirt for the first time
football
Life and Style
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone