England's bowlers 'must improve'


Cricket fans who will be Rose Bowl hospitality guests when the venue hosts its first ever test match later this month may be hoping to see a better bowling performance than that which has been on display so far in the second test against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

Bowling coach David Saker has warned the attack they must raise their game if they are to secure a series victory following a lacklustre showing in the first innings over the weekend.

Much had been expected of the trio of Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn following the dismissal of the tourists for 82 to clinch an unlikely victory in Cardiff, but they have been underwhelming so far at Lord's, with the Sri Lankans finishing the third day's play on 372-3.

Saker stated: "We should be better than that. We set higher standards and just to lose one player and bowl the way we did ... I don't think that's excusable."

The missing man from the attack at Lord's is Lancashire swing bowler James Anderson, who will forced to withdraw injured after sitting out the second innings in Cardiff.

Posted by Liz Johnstone

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