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England batsman Gary Ballance has announced that he is “over the moon” after having scored his maiden Test century against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the first Test at Lord’s.
With England struggling at 121/6, Ballance scored a vital century to help his side finish day four on 267/8.
“I can’t describe it,” Ballance told Sky Sports. “That was just brilliant, the feeling I have now is indescribable. I’m just over the moon at the moment. It’s the things you dream about isn’t it.
“We might still have a few overs out there tomorrow, I’m not so sure, but I was definitely looking to get it this evening.”
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews praised his bowlers for putting England under immense pressure early into their second innings.
“It’s a really good wicket but I think the bowlers bowled brilliantly in the second innings,” he said. “We put them under pressure but they’ve got a healthy lead.
“Until Ballance and Jordan got together we had our chances. I’m not saying we’re out of the game but we need to bat sensibly because they’ve got a healthy lead and the wicket is batting up and down.”
When asked if Sri Lanka would go for the win if England decided to declare overnight, Mathews said: “Tricky one. We’ve got to assess the conditions. It’s starting to spin, we’ve got to access the conditions first and then see how it goes.”