Sri Lanka removes Cook for 85, England 165-5 in 3rd test
LONDON (AP) Sri Lanka removed Alastair Cook for 85 on the stroke of tea as England faced some pressure at 165-5 in the third test on Thursday after choosing to bat first.
Nuwan Pradeep trapped the England captain lbw from around the wicket for the important breakthrough, leaving England facing a challenge to make a big first-innings score at Lord's.
Jonny Bairstow was 44 not out. He and Cook combined for an 80-run partnership to dig England out of more serious trouble at 84-4.
Cook and Alex Hales posted an opening stand of 56 until Hales lost patience and fell for 18. Nick Compton and Joe Root were then out cheaply to give Sri Lanka early momentum in the final test after it lost the first two games and the series.