England’s Jonathan Trott made a serene double century on day four of the first Test against Sri Lanka but Kevin Pietersen was left to answer some familiar questions after another failure against left-arm spin.
Having resumed on 125, Trott made a relentless 203, the highest score by an England batsman against Sri Lanka and his second double hundred.
But although a stumps score of 491 for five represents a lead of 91 the poor weather in Cardiff looks likely to ensure a draw.
Ian Bell also weighed in with an unbeaten 98, but Pietersen’s much-discussed problems with slow left-arm bowlers continued to confound him as he was pinned lbw by a Rangana Herath shooter for just three.
While Trott’s achievements are increasingly remarkable - he now has four scores over 150 and an astonishing average approaching 70 - Pietersen’s 19th Test dismissal to left-armers was perhaps the most discussed statistic of the day.
Rain again kept the players off until 2.30pm and forecasts suggest England will not have sufficient time to press for victory.
Trott and Alastair Cook, as they did several times during the victorious Ashes campaign, put on a mammoth stand of 240 yesterday.
Ceturies from Luke Wells and Murray Goodwin put Sussex in command after they had been put in by Yorkshire at Hove.Chris Nash and Joe Gatting fell in the morning session but Wells (143 not out) and Murray Goodwin (108no) batted through the afternoon and evening sessions.