England batsman Gary Ballance rued at not completing another hundred against India in the fifth and final cricket Test here while praising team-mate Joe Root for countering the visitors` efforts on day two.
England need six wickets on the final day to win the third test against India after a superb bowling performance helped them reduce the tourists to 112-4, still 333 runs short of victory, at the end of day four at Southampton on Wednesday.
They have snatched the momentum with a brilliant show on the dreaded Lord`s green-top and India`s in-form cricketers would now aim to take an unassailable series lead against a demoralised England in the third cricket Test starting here Sunday.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to retain an under-fire Alastair Cook as the captain for the third cricket Test against India at Southampton, starying July 27 despite calls for his ouster after the home team lost second Test at Lord`s against India.
Sri Lanka`s Lahiru Thirimanne on Thursday insisted the tourists would have no qualms about running out an England batsman backing up too far during their upcoming Test series, despite the furore over Jos Buttler`s dismissal at Edgbaston.
England captain Alastair Cook said he expected the controversial run out of Jos Buttler during the fifth one-day international against Sri Lanka to "spice up" the forthcoming Test series between the teams.
Sri Lanka won the final one-day international in Birmingham by six wickets, a game that will be remembered for the controversial run-out of England`s Jos Buttler, to triumph 3-2 in the five-match series.