Andrew Strauss became the 234th player and 46th England batsman to aggregate 2000 runs in a test career when he reached three in his 1st innings score of 48. In the same innings, when Strauss’ teammate , Kevin Pietersen touched the 110 run mark during his swashbuckling innings of 158 he took his test career aggreaget to 1000 runs and became the 422nd player and 88th Englishman to do so. This test is the 25th for Strauss and 12th for Pietersen.
Playing in his 52nd test when Matthew Hoggard caught and bowled Farveez Maharoof in the 1st innings of Sri Lanka, he took his tally of test wickets to 200. He thus becomes the 10th Englishman and 51st overall player to have taken 200 test wickets in a career.
When Geraint Jones took the 4th catch in the 2nd innings of Sri Lanka to dismiss Jayawardane of the bowling of Flintoff became the 7th English player and 31st overall to account for 100 wicket keeping dismissals in a test career. Having already completed 1000 runs in test cricket Jones has also joined the 1000 runs & 100 dismissals wicket keepers club. Except Wally Grout of Australia and Junior Murray of West Indies all WKs who claimed 100 test victims have also aggreagated 1000 runs in a test career.
In 35 tests they played together, Muralitharan and Jayawardane produced a bowler/fielder combination for 53 dismissals thus eclipsing the previous record of 51 dismissals by Shane Warne and Mark Taylor combination. Incidentally Warne & Taylor’s record too was set in 35 tests they played together.