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Joe Root and Rory Burns show encouraging form in drawn warm-up game

England 365 for 7 (Root 100, Moeen 60, Peiris 3-108) tied with Sri Lanka Board XI 392 for 9 dec (Kaushal Silva 62, Sarathchandra 59 *, Samarawickrama 58 , Priyanjan 50, Moeen 2-64)

Moeen Ali congratulates Joe Root for his century Getty Images

A disgusting blow to the head to Pathum Nissanka overshadowed the last day of the warming match England against one side of the board of Sri Lanka.

Fortunately, the player seems to have avoided serious injuries, but the game was still suspended for about 20 minutes after he hit the top of his helmet with a fierce shot from Jos Buttler.

The initial response to the incident was fun: the ball swelled in the air and was caught by Angelo Mathews in the slip of the leg to end Buttler's innings, but the mood quickly changed when Nissanka fell. on the ground, holding his head and the players realized the possible seriousness. of the situation.

In moments the England team doctor, Moiz Moghal, ran to the field to assess the situation. Nissanka remained motionless for about 20 minutes before being carried, on a stretcher and with an orthopedic collar, to an ambulance waiting for him. It is understood that he did not lose consciousness but complained of pain in his neck. Later, an MRI scanner confirmed that he was "out of danger", but will remain in the hospital for 24 hours for observation.

England also had a concern about injuries, although much less serious. Ben Stokes was forced to retire wounded, in 10, by having suffered a blow just above the elbow after losing an attempt However, he was able to resume the game later, and it is not believed to be a serious doubt of a injury before the first test in Galle that starts on Tuesday.

The highlight of the day from England's perspective was a fluid century from its captain, Joe Root. No problems with the pace or the turn, Root showed that his game was in order to reach his hundred of 117 deliveries before retiring to allow other players a chance.

Almost as impressive was the performance of Rory Burns. Having dismissed the sailors without problems or problems, Burns addressed the spinners with an encouraging success. Whether jumping the field to drive or swinging to cut, it seemed solid and fluid, while also playing Reverse-sweep effectively. There was also half a century for Moeen Ali, who clocked the ball perfectly, and 44 for Buttler, more and more fluently, before his strange dismissal.

Pathum Nissanka is removed from the field after being hit in the head

Joe Denly was less convincing. After surviving one leg before appealing the first ball to the seamstress Kasun Rajitha, he almost played his second, appearing hasty on both occasions despite the quiet pace of the terrain. Then he surpassed one inside a slip ace of the leg before losing a full and straight ball. He was also involved in Burns' exhaustion when he called him for a simple optimist. Suffice it to say that, having had a hard day with the ball on Tuesday, he did not especially reinforce his claims for a Test debut next week.

Keaton Jennings also did not enjoy a particularly good day. After reaching the mark with a fine-edged hook, he played from the inside edge while trying to run towards the third man.

There was also a little more encouraging news from Jonny Bairstow. Although it seems that the first test may come a little early for him, he was able to resume light training and was seen performing some maintenance and batting exercises on the networks. The fact that Ben Foakes reached the bat after Ollie Pope underlined the impression that England is more likely to give Buttler the gloves if Bairstow can not play at Galle.

Nishan Peiris, the viewer, was probably the most impressive of all. the bowlers He finished with three windows with Stokes stuck in the slip while trying to sweep in reverse (Stokes' reaction suggested he did not think it was a decision), before Moeen was hit by a turn and headed towards the goalie. [19659004] England starts another two-day warm-up game on Thursday at the Cricket Club in Colombo, just across the street from Nondescripts, where this match has been played. While no team has yet been named, both Jack Leach and Olly Stone will play as long as it is possible for Bairstow to be included at some point. It is likely that the game will again see 13 or 14 players involved in the England team.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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