TOP SPIN ON THE TEST: Kusal Mendis is on his way to write some unwanted history … while Stuart Broad almost feels like an all-rounder for domineering England
- England was dominant on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka
- Stuart Broad sent Kusal Mendis off for a duck – his fourth straight no score
- The hosts were held at their lowest total in the first innings ever in Galle by England
After a dominant first day in Galle for England, in which Sri Lanka recorded their lowest total in the first innings on the ground, LAWRENCE BOOTH looks at the action’s main takeaways …
When Sri Lanka’s number 3 Kusal Mendis shoved his second ball from Stuart Broad to Jos Buttler, it was his fourth consecutive test duck, after three in South Africa.
It means that Mendis has now dropped to five of the last 13 deliveries he’s experienced in Test cricket.
Another duck in the second innings, and he will match the Test record of five in a row, held by Bob Holland from Australia, Ajit Agarkar from India and Mohammad Asif from Pakistan.
Stuarty Broad celebrated with Captain Joe Root after removing Kusal Mendis for a duck
Sri Lanka’s 135 all-out was the lowest total in the first innings in a Test at Galle, beating their own 181 against Pakistan in 2000.
Sri Lanka’s 135 all-out was the lowest first-innings total ever in a Test at Galle
Three previous Tests in Sri Lanka had delivered Stuart Broad a total of three wickets at 83 each.
His marks of three to 20 on Thursday took him to 517 in Tests, just two behind West Indian legend Courtney Walsh, who is sixth in the all-time list.
Broad almost feels like an all-rounder on this side of England. His test total of 3,335 runs is the team’s third highest, after Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.
And on this side, his left-handedness makes him a quirk: for the first time since 1994, all the top six of the English Test are right-handed.
Broad almost feels like an all-rounder in this England team with a test total of 3,335 runs