England slump to 4th consecutive defeat

Updated: March 29, 2012

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed a match haul of 12 wickets as Sri Lanka dished out a 4th consecutive defeat to the no.1 ranked team in world cricket. England have problems against spin especially on the Sub Continent, and this loss in the first Test highlighted that.This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by coach Andy Flower if England want to hold onto that top spot. To do this he will know that they have to learn to win series both at home and away.

The 34-year-old grabbed six wickets in each innings as the tourists, chasing a stiff target of 340 runs, were bowled out for 264 soon after tea on the fourth day at the Galle International Stadium to lose by 75 runs.

Jonathan Trott kept the tourists afloat with a defiant 112 before the last five wickets fell for just 12 runs.

The second and final Test will be played at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo from April 3.

Sri Lanka 318 (M Jayawardene 180, Anderson 5-72) and 214 (P Jayawardene 61*, Swann 6-82) beat England 193 (Bell 52, Herath 6-74) and 264 (Trott 112, Herath 6-97, Randiv 4-74) by 75 runs