...because the cricket threads are a bit parochial. This thread is for discussion of any international matches - which may or may not involve England. Let's start with Sri Lanka v India in Galle today, where on day one India are threatening to set a new world record for runs scored in a day. Not that I know what that record is but they are currently 280-2 after 54 overs though Dhawan has just got out for 190. And it's a good thing Sri Lanka are getting hammered. Because of this. Galle's covered exterior sparks spectator displeasure Galle is a lovely ground, surrounded about 2/3 by a road from which spectators have always been able (mostly always anyway) to view the cricket through a fence for free. Sri Lanka is a poor country and the people love their cricket. So the authorities have decided, with bullshit excuses, to erect sponsor hoardings and sheeting to block the view from the road. It's been a tradition to watch cricket from the road with your friends but now SLC have decided they want to be party poopers. I hope they get thrashed. When I was in Galle in 2014 there was no cricket on but there were still a couple of security guys on the gate. Being used to Lords et al I tentatively asked them if it was alright to have a quick look inside. I was given a guided tour and allowed to take as many pictures as I wanted. When the tour ended they explained their poor wages to me and asked for a tip for the tour. They explained this was the only way to make their wages up to even the most basic standard of affordable living. I'm guessing the blocking of the view from the road still isn't going to put any extra money in their pockets. 282/2 after 55 overs. Tea.