Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott both made centuries against Sri Lanka in the first Test here on Saturday as they carried on from where they left off in Australia. Cook was batting on 129 and Trott on 125 as England closed on 287 for two in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings 400 — a deficit of 113, at stumps on the third day in this opening match of a three-Test series.

Cook's hundred was also his second in as many Test innings following the 189 he made in the innings win against Australia in Sydney in January.

Meanwhile Cook and Trott's unbroken stand of 240 was their fourth century partnership in eight Tests, following 116 against Pakistan at The Oval, 329 in the Ashes opener against Australia at Brisbane and 173 in Adelaide.

Cook, 71 not out at tea, square cut seamer Suranga Lakmal for four to complete his 17th Test century, in just over five hours off 224 balls.

Trott, who averages more than 60 in Tests — only Don Bradman with 99.94 has a better mark among batsmen who have played at least 20 innings — was not far behind in reaching three figures. He completed a sixth century in just his 19th Test when, after Sri Lanka had taken the new ball, he cover-drove Lakmal for an eighth boundary — a shot that also raised a stand of 200 with Cook. — AFP

Sri Lanka — 1st innings:400

England — 1st Innings:A. Strauss c M. Jayawardene b Lakmal 20, A. Cook (batting) 129, J. Anderson c M Jayawardene b Mendis 1, J. Trott (batting) 125, Extras (b-5, lb-2, nb-5) 12; Total (for two in 90 overs) 287.

Fall of wickets:1-46, 2-47.

Sri Lanka bowling:Lakmal 19-4-54-1, Perera 14-1-53-0, Dilshan 9-1-27-0, Maharoof 15-1-56-0, Mendis 18-4-43-1, Herath 15-1-47-0.

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