England’s positive start on the first morning of the third Test was made in Yorkshire as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root continued their aggressive approach to run-making.
At 102-2 the two county and international teammates could be satisfied at a starting their work so well on a pitch that already looks like being the most batsman friendly of the series.
And that is why both openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings will be kicking themselves at their own disappointing failures when they had the day stretched out in front of them.
There was nothing but success though for Bairstow and Root who had 42 not out and 28 not out respectively after another session of bold shot-making.
Bairstow arrived in the middle following Burns’ attempt at cutting a ball from off spinner Dilruwan Perera that was missed and hit his off stump.
The former stumper, now forging a career as England’s latest No.3 drove his first ball for four through the covers and barely looked back.
He swept with the same force and enthusiasm as so many have in this series and was happy to pick off the singles when the boundary option wasn’t there.
Root joined him to continue his own fine form after Jennings turned the ball straight to leg slip off the face of the bat in a second tame dismissal.
And the England skipper was his usual busy self picking up plenty of easy runs as he worked the ball into gaps and kept the scoreboard rattling along.
With Bairstow picking up four fours as well as a slog-swept six over midwicket, there was little the Sri Lankans could do to stem the flow of runs.
But their shambolic use of the review system meant that both opportunities were burned within the first 22 overs of the innings thanks to the over enthusiasm of keeper Niroshan Dickwella who simply cannot be trusted to provide remotely useful advice to the captain.
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