Ian Bell was the only batsman not to be toss today. He said:
“We all know we have to get better at playing in the subcontinent. It’s a long-term goal and it isn’t going to just happen overnight.”
This is a shame, because England will almost certainly be batting again tomorrow. After that, they’ll be halfway through the series and most likely unable to win it. If they can’t improve overnight, they could certainly do with improving before next week.
On the plus side, England’s batsmen have been giving all the bowlers a rest. They’ve given Sri Lanka’s bowlers a rest, obviously, by only keeping them in the field for three quarters of an hour, but they’ll also be giving the England bowlers a rest by contriving to lose the first Test inside three days. That’s like getting a bonus weekend. Who wouldn’t want that?