Sri Lanka elect to bat in first England Test

Published: Saturday, December 1, 2007, 10:44 [IST]
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Kandy: Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat in the first cricket Test against England at the Asgiriya stadium here on Saturday.

England awarded a Test cap to Ravi Bopara, preferring the 22-year-old Essex all-rounder to Owais Shah for the number six spot left vacant by the injured Andrew Flintoff.

The tourists also left out Steve Harmison to pick a three-man seam attack in Matthew Hoggard, James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom, with a lone specialist spinner, Monty Panesar.

Sri Lanka also chose three seamers, leaving out leg-spinner Malinga Bandara to play Dilhara Fernando.

Sri Lankan seamer Chaminda Vaas makes his 100th Test appearance while off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is five wickets away from surpassing Australian Shane Warne's world record tally of 708 wickets.


England: Michael Vaughan (capt), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Matthew Prior (wicket-keeper), James Anderson, Matthew Hoggard, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Michael Vandort, Chamara Silva, Jehan Mubarak, Prasanna Jayawardene (wicket-keeper), Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan.

Umpires: Alem Dar (PAK) and Asad Rauf (PAK)

TV umpire: Tyron Wijewardene (SRI)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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