|Jonesy the Duck. He's from Wales, he's named after Simon!|
As the covers in the background behind Jonesy show, the Welsh weather was not as kind to me as it was when I had travelled down from Suffolk to watch Ipswich lose 4-1 to Swansea.
Finally though, the skies do clear and the ground is left to dry out. An early lunch had been taken and there was much stale bread and people to feed it to the players around and about. Various England players made their way onto the balcony to enjoy the weather and soon the pitch was clear of any remaining covers and both the England and Sri Lanka teams came out for a warm up.
|The England squad come out for a jog. Swann cheats by not running the full length and Tremlett enjoys his flankerchief!|
|Anderson and Cook begin the day very watchfully, playing out four maidens before...|
|Jimmy gets frustrated and attempts to cut Mendis...|
|Only for the ball to end in Mahela Jayawardene's hands...|
|Beginning, quite possibly, the slowest waddle back to the pavilion I have ever seen.|
|In a massive case of deja vu over the past few months, Trott joins Cook at the crease and sets about rebuilding as England are in a slightly dodgy position of 48-2. He and Cook play watchfully too, hitting the occasional boundary.|
|Cook cuts to reach his 50.|
|50 for Cook, a sight all too familiar to Australian blue-beaked duck's eyes.|
|Trott cuts and it goes for two thanks to a misfield...|
|Meaning Trott also reaches a 50. Again, a sight all too familiar to our Australian duck friends.|
|Cook has a scare as he clips one around the corner to short leg...|
|Only for the hero of day one to spill the chance.|
|The drop allows Cook to carry on where he left off Down Under. He cuts for four...|
|And reaches yet another ton.|
|Trott soon joins him on three figures with a cover drive.|
|Trott celebrates as the cries of Bob Willis echo around the ground.|
|Overall a good day for England, as Sri Lanka, like Australia before them, find it difficult to get rid of the two batsmen who've been England's stodgiest.|
Apologies for the fact it's about 5 days after the actual events, but I've got Hamlet quotes and Salman Rushdie floating around in my head. Should have the other days up before the second Test begins on Friday!