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Day two, results, score, Joe Root, Mickey Arthur, cricket news 2021

Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur was spotted fuming after a DRS call in the first Test against England, but his reaction has confused the cricket world.

On day two in Galle, England captain Joe Root attempted a reverse sweep off Sri Lankan spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, which spooned up and was caught at short leg.

The hosts appealed to no avail, before captain Dinesh Chandimal called for the DRS.

However, replays clearly showed Root had bottom edged the ball into the turf, and the on-field decision was not overturned.

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But Arthur was seemingly not impressed with the outcome, throwing his arms in the air in an animated dummy spit.

The 52-year-old was also seen talking with match officials moments after the ordeal.

“My goodness, he’s lost it,” Roshan Abeysinghe said in commentary.

“I’m not sure why Micky Arthur is upset,” former England cricket Owais Shah responded. “It was pretty clear.”

Arthur coached the Australian national team between 2011 and 2013 before he was replaced by Darren Lehmann ahead of the 2013 Ashes series in England.

Root said he wants England to be “ruthless” after his unbeaten 168 took the team’s lead to 185 over Sri Lanka on a rain-hit second day.

England were 320 for four when rain halted play in Galle. Root and Dan Lawrence, who scored 73 on his Test debut, built a 173-run partnership after the tourists resumed the day on 127/2.

Root hit his 18th Test ton and kept up the pressure on the home bowlers despite losing overnight partner Jonny Bairstow for 47 early in the day.

“I think the things could happen very quickly as the game moves forward, generally does here,” Root told reporters. “It is really important that we make the most of this first innings lead that we have got now.

“We will be really ruthless. I have spoken about this ahead of the series and make it count and put them under pressure. That way try and bat just once.”

It was Root’s highest Test score in more than a year after going through 2020 without a century and said he felt “good” to make it count.

“Generally when I get a hundred I make it really count,” Root said.

“I have got a good record past 100. Tomorrow I will try to make another really big one and drive the game forward from there.

“I felt I really got in a good mindset throughout this game so far. Will try and take that forward into the rest of this winter tour and beyond.”

England will tour India for a full series including four Tests after the two matches in Sri Lanka as part of a hectic cricket calendar in 2021.

– with AFP

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