The hosts are bitter for the remainder of the tour, and say Sri Lanka "crossed the line" but rivals claim Mankading incident was only after enough warnings were given.
The England captain Alastair Cook expects the aggravation over Jos Buttler’s controversial run-out at Edgbaston to rage on into the Test series against Sri Lanka.
Cook said the tourists “crossed a line” on Tuesday when Sachithra Senanayake ran out Buttler, who was backing up at the non-striker’s end.
Captain Angelo Mathews and experienced batsman Mahela Jayawardene said they have no regrets – having been convinced Buttler was trying to steal yards unfairly.
The tourists hope there will be no remnant ill-feeling, but Cook expects otherwise.
Asked if that might be the case in a Test series starting next week, after Sri Lanka won the Royal London Series 3-2, with a six-wicket win in the decider, Cook said: “Probably, yes. It will spice it up a bit – nothing wrong with that.”
England were all out for 219 in 48.1 overs, with Sri Lanka easing to victory. Cook said of Sri Lanka’s approach: “It’s just important you let your cricket do the talking as well, and you back up words.
“If he [Mathews] says he’s going to do it again, it’s up to him. As captain of your country, there are certain ways you want your team to operate.”
Senanayake, reported after Sri Lanka’s series-levelling win at Lord’s for a suspect action, will play no part in two Tests because he has not been selected.
It remains to be seen whether the as-yet-uncapped Buttler will be involved for England.
Either way, Jayawardene is hoping there will be no more repercussions. “We’ll play with good spirit, I think,” he said.
As for Buttler’s dismissal in Birmingham, Sri Lanka are unrepentant. “We gave him a fair chance twice – before the first warning as well, we told the umpires that they’re taking too much of a lead,” Jayawardene said.
“We had to do that, because they kept doing it. At Lord’s, they took 22 twos in the last 12 overs.
“Ravi [Bopara] and he ran riot, and most of the time they were taking starts, which was not legal by the written law.
“We warned the umpires – warned them. They didn’t listen to us, so we had to take the right steps. The umpires said they would handle it, but obviously didn’t.
“We have always tried to play in the right spirit. But if the other teams are not playing with the right spirit, by the law, we had to do this unfortunately.”