England captain Alistair Cook fell for 17 as Sri Lanka left the hosts at 98-3 at lunch on Thursday’s opening day of the first test at Lord’s, after the tourists won the toss and elected to bowl on a green pitch.
Debutant Sam Robson departed for only one run, caught by Prasanna Jayawardene off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep in the fourth over. Cook went when he chopped the ball onto his stumps trying to cut a Nuwan Kulasekara delivery.
Gary Ballance, up to third in the batting order, was caught behind for 23 for Pradeep’s second wicket of the day.
At the interval, Ian Bell was unbeaten on 41 with Joe Root on 6.