Kumar Sangakkara cracked a majestic 24th Test century for Sri Lanka against former MCC Young Cricketer Darren Sammy’s West Indies in Colombo.
The left-hander finished the second consecutive rain-affected day on 135 not out as his side reached 294-5 at the close of play.
Sri Lanka play a Test match and One Day International at the Home of Cricket next summer, including the first international action of the season in London.
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Sangakkara, currently second in the ICC World Test batting rankings to Sachin Tendulkar, steered the hosts recovery after a difficult start.
Kemar Roach and Sammy, in his second game since assuming the captaincy from Chris Gayle, reduced the hosts to 34-3 on the opening day.
A partnership of 170 with the dependable Thilan Samaraweera (80) stopped the West Indies in their tracks though as Sangakkara made batting look easy.
Few players can match the Sri Lanka skipper for fluency and textbook elegance. English spectators will be treated to the 33-year-old’s brilliance for what could be the final time in a Test match next summer.
Excelling with the bat
Since abandoning the wicket-keeping gloves full-time in Tests after the 2006 tour to England, Sangakkara has been frighteningly prolific with the bat.
Fifteen of his 24 centuries have come since he handed the 'keeping responsibility to Prassana Jayawardene.
Despite a record that reads two defeats and three draws at the Home of Cricket, Sri Lanka's batsmen have enjoyed their time at the famous Ground.
Five of Sangakkara's countrymen have reached the Lord's Honours Board since they first played here in 1984.
Sangakkara's teammate Mahela Jayawardene has two entries but Sangakkara will want to add his own name to the historic list.
Ricky Ponting and India's Lord's-bound Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag are also absent.
Sangakkara could become the first to etch his name on the boards next year at the Home of Cricket - though India visit later on in the season in what promises to be a scintillating summer.
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