Openers Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns enjoyed differing fortunes as England posted 104 for two on the second morning of England’s Test warm-up in Colombo.
After watching the Sri Lanka Board XI post 392 for nine – including three retirements – England had a first sight of their new look top order on Wednesday.
Jennings, retained for the tour after Alastair Cook’s retirement despite a lean summer, made an underwhelming 13 before dragging Shehan Madushanka into his stumps in the 14th over.
His reaction told a story, pivoting on his heel and swinging the bat in the direction of the stumps in clear frustration.
Burns, batting for the first time in England colours, enjoyed a much more impressive stay.
He made a fluent 47, including nine boundaries, and was seemingly set fair until a brief moment of miscommunication with Joe Denly saw him run out by a direct hit.
Denly reached lunch on 25 not out, surviving a handful of awkward moments early on to reach the interval, with captain Joe Root on 19no.
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