Sunday 25 November 2007 

Harmison Injury Worry For England In Final Warm Up

Sri Lankan President's XI 298-9 (Tharanga 86) after 78 overs v
England in Colombo
Tour match - day one of three

A back injury to Steve Harmison overshadowed a good performance in England's final warm up game, a three-day match against a strong Sri Lankan President's XI, in Colombo.

England's bowling, led by Matthew Hoggard, enjoyed success against a side boasting six full Sri Lankan internationals.

Hoggard took the first wicket to fall, that of Mahela Udawatte for 18 before Harmison, Ravi Bopara and James Anderson picked up a wicket each.

Harmison pulled up during his 11th over, and left the field, leaving Anderson to complete the over. Monty Panesar, luckless until the final session, then picked up two wickets in two balls with the dismissals of Kaushal Silva (53) and Kaushal Lokuarachchi for a golden duck.

He added another before the close, as did Hoggard to leave the home side nine wickets down at stumps.

Upul Tharanga further reinforced his case for a Test recall with 86 while Jehan Mubarak hit an unbeaten half-century.

Sri Lankan President's XI: WU Tharanga, ML Udawatte, BSM Warnapura, TM Dilshan, J Mubarak, CK Kapugedera, JK Silva, KS Lokuarachchi, WRS de Silva, MKDI Amerasinghe, UWMBCA Welegedara

England: AN Cook, MP Vaughan, IR Bell, KP Pietersen, OA Shah, RS Bopara, MJ Prior, MJ Hoggard, JM Anderson, SJ Harmison, MS Panesar

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