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How much fire will we get at Headingley?
Waddup? Welcome to the Live Report for Test #3 folks. One of the big questions leading in to the Test is whether England can bounce back after being decked so dramatically on day five at Lords. They went into that final day thinking they had a good chance of winning the Test. Then Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami – who were on the end of some hostile bowling early in the day – put on a rapid partnership to knock the wind out of England’s chest. Then they bowled the hosts out.
The last three days of that Test saw words being exchanged between various England and India players. At the end of day three, James Anderson was involved in tense discussions with Bumrah in particular, as they went off the ground. Over the last few days, Anderson has conceded that perhaps the rancour from day three had influenced some poor decision-making from England on day five – when they tried to unsettle Bumrah with bouncers, rather than get him out.
“When Joe [Root] touched on getting a few things wrong I think potentially the minute Bumrah came in he brought Mark Wood on and took me off. I think that’s the sort of thing he was talking about as in letting the emotion get the better of us.
“That was the sort of, ‘right, it’s time for him have a taste of his own medicine’ type of thing rather than trying to get him out. You could keep me on and just me trying to just get him out normally and see if he plays any big shots whereas he went with Mark Wood straightaway.
“They are a passionate side, they use emotion differently to how we use it. They channel it well. We saw it on the last day. So that’s something we’ve got to think about going into the last three games.”
Is there more tension in store for us at Headingley? What’s a Big Three series these days without big-ego histrionics?
We’ll have the toss for you shortly, anyway.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf