YB - an awesome set of reports. Thanks for the coverage; really enjoying it. Keep it up for the remaining Tests if you can, and in the meantime, enjoy your diving on wrecks (sounds like the sort of thing a young man would do in an expat nightclub...!).
And no, I am not in the least bit jealous that you get to sit in the verdant splendour of Kandy...
...while I get to drive a desk in rain-swept Britain...
Not sure I'll be able to do reports for Colombo, there don't seem to be any internet cafes open late.
Colombo is hot and humid and otherwise what I imagine Belfast to be (if you add in Southend seafront).
I think either Harmison or Swann will play, probably in place of Anderson. Tharanga would I imagine come in for the retired Jayasirayu. I still can't spell Sri Lankan names.
As for Matt's picture of Kandy, he obviously stayed in the posh bit of Kandy. I'll try and download my photos of monkeys when i find a decent internet cafe (or get home). In the meantime I'm off to find a curryhouse and then a bar.
Sadly, my only visit to Sri Lanka has consisted of an 7-hour stay in Colombo airport, waiting to change planes on the way to Madras. I'd love to go, though. I've a good chance of persuading the missus to go to Sri Lanka on holiday at some point, and I might just have to make sure it coincides with England's next tour there...he obviously stayed in the posh bit of Kandy.
Second test is drawn. The pitch was looking flat, but a thunder storm intervened before england could attempt to lose it.
Two things stick out from this game:
1. Our batsmen don't make centuries and you need to score tons to win games. bell has now been out 3 times this series between 50 and 100. cook and vaughan both twice, although they can consider themselves unlucky on at least one occasion. in contrast sri lanka have 3 centurions already and there's no way that vandort is better than any of the english batsmen. bell might average 45 but unless he starts turning 50s into 100s he isn't worth his place.
2. we've no threat with the old ball. sidearse has done well with the new ball, but harmy aside we never looked at all threatening once the ball was more than 10 overs old.
Thanks for the update, Matt. How's being in SL generally - enjoying yourself?!