By the end of the first Test’s opening day, Sri Lanka’s coach puffed out his cheeks and pulled down his cap to hide his face.
“Awful”, “diabolical”, “farcical” were three adjectives used by stunned commentators.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan went further.
“The batting display from Sri Lanka is right up there with the worst we’ve seen,” he said, speaking on Test Match Special.
Some expected England to find things tough during the two-Test series in Sri Lanka.
Instead, a remarkable first day ended with a beaming Stuart Broad describing it as “an absolute dream-world day” for the tourists.
Sri Lanka were bowled out for 135 before tea on day one – the lowest first-innings total recorded at the famous Galle International Stadium. By the close, England were 127-2, just eight runs behind.
Pundits, viewers and listeners alike were stunned as Sri Lankan wickets fell through some of the most inept batting ever seen.
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