England’s batsmen were undone by Sri Lankan spin on the second day of the first Test in Galle, after being bowled out for 193. Ian Bell was the only Englishman who offered some sort of real resistance, hitting 52 runs off 87 balls.
The third and final Test between New Zealand and South Africa gets underway on Thursday evening in Wellington, and whilst New Zealand cannot win the series, a good performance here will serve as a strong concluding note to the southern hemisphere summer.
Ahead of this afternoons second T20 clash with Pakistan, England could still be reflecting on the first match of the three-match series against Pakistan. A match they feel they should have won rather than stumble to an eight-run defeat.