Michael Vaughan described Sri Lanka’s batting performance on day one of the first Test in Galle as ‘utter garbage’ as England skittled the hosts out for 135.
Yorkshire spinner Dom Bess claimed his second Test five-wicket haul and England great Stuart Broad took three wickets as the tourists bowled Sri Lanka out in 46.1 overs.
Sri Lanka would have been confident of posting a substantial first-innings total after winning the toss but produced a woeful display in familiar conditions which Vaughan blasted as ‘atrocious’.
‘Those 46.1 overs have been the worst possible advertisement for Test Cricket. It’s supposed to be the pinnacle, that was utter garbage from Sri Lanka,’ Vaughan posted on social media.
‘England have been very, very good so far today. The complete opposite can be said of Sri Lanka, the batting has been atrocious.’
Speaking on BBC Test Match Special, the former England captain added: ‘I don’t think the pitch has been treacherous. It’s turned a little and it’s stopping a little bit.
‘You only have to look at the wickets – they have been a lot of poor strokes. Too many players today have taken on the high-risk option.’
After bowling Sri Lanka out cheaply, England lost openers Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley early but Jonny Bairstow and captain Joe Root steadied the ship.
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