TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Kusal Mendis is on course to make a piece of unwanted history

TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Kusal Mendis is on course to make a piece of unwanted history… while Stuart Broad almost feels like an all-rounder for dominant England

  • England were dominant on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka
  • Stuart Broad dismissed Kusal Mendis for a duck – his fourth successive no score 
  • The hosts were held to their lowest ever first-innings total at Galle by England  

 After a dominant first day at Galle for England, in which Sri Lanka recorded their lowest every first-innings total at the ground, LAWRENCE BOOTH looks at the main takeaways from the action…

When Sri Lanka’s No 3 Kusal Mendis edged his second ball from Stuart Broad through to Jos Buttler, it was his fourth successive Test duck, following three in South Africa. 

It means Mendis has now fallen to five of the last 13 deliveries he has faced in Test cricket. 

Another duck in the second innings, and he will equal the Test record of five in a row, held by Australia’s Bob Holland, India’s Ajit Agarkar and Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif.

Stuarty Broad celebrated with captain Joe Root after removing Kusal Mendis for a duck

Stuarty Broad celebrated with captain Joe Root after removing Kusal Mendis for a duck

Sri Lanka’s 135 all out was the lowest first-innings total 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

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 brought Stuart Broad a grand total of three wickets at 83 apiece. 

His figures of three for 20 on Thursday took him to 517 in Tests, only two behind West Indies legend Courtney Walsh, who is sixth in the all-time list.

Broad almost feels like an all-rounder in this England side. His Test tally of 3,335 runs is the team’s third-highest, behind Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow. 

And, in this side, his left-handedness makes him an oddity: for the first time since 1994, all England’s Test top six are right-handers.

Broad almost feels like an all-rounder in this England side with a Test tally of 3,335 runs

Broad almost feels like an all-rounder in this England side with a Test tally of 3,335 runs

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