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Summary

  1. Last wkt: Bairstow (48) - Eng 297-6
  2. Hales 83, Root 80, Bairstow 48
  3. Alastair Cook (15) stuck on 9,995 Test runs
  4. Eng: Woakes replaces injured Stokes
  5. Second Test, Chester-le-Street - Eng lead series 1-0

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Geoffrey has been wound-up for the day, TMS is off air. Indeed, when Geoffrey has no more to say, I feel that I have outstayed my welcome.

After an even first day it looks, as ever, that the first hour tomorrow will be important. Join us then.

On Vince and Cook

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"James Vince played nicely, I like the look of his footwork, he played some nice shots but he was teased by Siriwardena and he didn't play a cover drive or a slog - just a slap. Alastair Cook is still waiting for his 10,000th run, but he's going to play another two or three years so he should get 12,000 or 13,000 runs. Sri Lanka took him out of his comfort zone, made him play away from his body and once you get him like that, like Ryan Harris did for Australia, he's in trouble."

Sri Lanka all-rounder Milinda Siriwardana on Test Match Special: "It was a brilliant day for us. We got six wickets and the conditions are good. It's not easy to get wickets, so we're happy. We fielded really well. We took the half-chances.

"Joe Root is a good player, but we have good bowlers and we have plans.

"The conditions are better than the first game. It will turn and it's good for the batsmen.

"it was cold this morning. I had the hand-warmers in my pocket. It was the coldest I've played cricket in. 

"We are still improving and we'll see tomorrow how it goes." 

On Nick Compton's innings

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was a brilliant catch as he misread it. But I'm of the view that if you don't hit the ball in the air then they can't catch you, so it was a false shot. I don't think trying to hook like that is his game. If the selectors are picking him to play a certain way, that's the way he should play. That's how he makes runs in county cricket, that's how he played in Durban and helped win the Test. If you don't want him to play that anchor role, then don't pick him. England have tried to play more positively in the last couple of years, but if he tries to get sucked in like that, he'll lose his wicket. Somebody needs to have a word with him."

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#ENGvSL sub-par score from #england, #batsmen #gettingingettingout #bbccricket #puss not impressed

#ENGvSL sub-par score from #england, #batsmen #gettingingettingout #bbccricket #puss not impressed

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The live cricket continues on @5liveSport! We're at Headingley next for @YorkshireCCC vs @leicsccc in the #t20blast.

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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I liked Hales' honesty there. He didn't make excuses, he said he tried to hit the ball too hard, and he's got a great chance to make a spot in Test cricket. Root came in and played differently, he has a nice range of shots and he knocked the ball around for ones and twos, making it look easy. He never went for the big shots, he's just a touch player, but then he tried to work a ball from outside off stump to the leg side and it got big on him."

England opener Alex Hales on Test Match Special: "I'm pleased with the form I'm in. When you get in you want to make a big score, but I'd have taken it at the start of the day.

"It's was my own fault, I probably try to hit it too hard. Mathews, at slip, went a little deeper and took a brilliant catch.

"This is a better pitch to bat on than Headingley so I felt a little bit more fluent today. There's still things to work on and I feel like I'm improving every day.

"This has been a learning curve, enjoying being as good as I can in all three formats."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Sri Lanka's top order batting looks pretty ordinary and inexperienced, but I think he got it right by batting first. The ball didn't bounce and it was a low, ordinary bounce - the pitch might get more difficult later on. But if you want to sum up the day, it was the catching of Sri Lanka. Their bowling was tidy, but one or two indiscreet shots kept England in check. Angelo Mathews' catch of Alex Hales at slip was outstanding."

Themes of the day? England players missing out on big scores, Sri Lanka catching anything in a 10-yard radius, empty seats and Nick Compton. Watching him bat was a tense affair, ultimately ended by a poor shot and a stunning catch.

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Re 11.32 £5 ticket for tomorrow. Now can't make it. Happy (despite non transferable) to sell face value? #bbccricket

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I like the way the left-arm spinners have bowled, just teasing England outside off stump, and perhaps there were a few naive shots from England. Vince just had a slap at the ball and was caught. Nick Compton is going to be under a bit of pressure - people say he's stagnant and doesn't turn over the strike, and then when he does go for the big shot he gets caught by an absolutely brilliant catch."

View from the Wisden editor

A word for the Sri Lankans: superb catching, and serious discipline (not a single wide or no-ball, and only four extras)

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"There will be a few disappointed English batsmen on a day when they could have filled their boots, but Sri Lanka fielded brilliantly and that's kept them in the game as England gave a few soft dismissals away. Sri Lanka caught a couple of absolute rip-snorters, they've plugged away and got their reward."

The players are leaving the field in the brightest conditions of the day. The sun shines on Lumley Castle as Sri Lanka begin their warm-down on the outfield. They look pretty chipper.

Close of play scorecard

England 310-6 (90 overs, won toss)

Batsmen: Moeen 28*, Woakes 8*

Fall of wickets: 39-1 (Cook 15), 64-2 (Compton 9), 160-3 (Hales 83), 219-4 (Root 80), 227-5 (Vince 35), 297-6 (Bairstow 48)

Bowling: Eranga 19-2-67-0, Lakmal 18-3-58-1, Pradeep 19-3-69-3, Herath 24-1-74-0, Mathews 2-1-3-0, Siriwardena 8-0-35-2.

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Close of play

Eng 310-6

That's yer lot. Chris Woakes survives a streaky edge through the slips and England sleep on 310-6. Honours even? 310-6 seems about par when you've won the toss and batted first, while taking six wickets is a decent effort for a team asked to bowl. Having said that, Sri Lanka's batting in the first Test gives the very strong suspicion that England are well on top.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Most of the crowd have stayed to the end. You could have excused them for nipping off to the pub early."

Eng 306-6

Three balls to go. I'll be honest, it hasn't been the most thrilling final hour.

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Following our coverage of the Test @5liveSport we'll have #TMSt20 with @jamestaylor20 in our team again #bbccricket

Eng 306-6

This is some late effort from Nuwan Pradeep, banging the ball in to Moeen, who flays one through the off side, then almost hooks one down on to his own stumps. One over to come. 

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Alex Burgess: Can we not try reverse mockers? Or is that not how it works?

Eng 302-6

Woakes announces his arrival with a lovely straight drive, taking Eranga down town for four of the best. Eranga, though, responds with a rozzer, hitting the seam and nipping away to beat the outside edge. Two overs to go, where are we here? About even? Both teams reasonably happy? 

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Sion Regan: I'm sure this is the second wicket to fall to the commentators curse today. Root and now Bairstow.

Hugh Moxon: I think scientists need to start working on an antidote for the commentators curse because it's deadly.

Matthew Allatt: The Kiss of Death count on #bbccricket today is astounding. Please stop.  

Eng 297-6 (Pradeep 18-3-65-3)

Looking again, was there some low bounce there? Maybe it didn't quite get up as much as Bairstow thought it might, but is was probably still too close to cut. Chris Woakes is the new man. I think we're all relieved to see England opting not to protect their number eight with a nightwatchman.

WICKET

Bairstow c Chandimal b Pradeep 48 (Eng 297-6)

I'm sorry, Jonny. I really am. Just when we (I) were saying that Bairstow was cantering along, he falls on his sword. Innocuous delivery from Nuwan Pradeep, short and wide. Bairstow looks to cut, gets a big under edge and is taken behind by Dinesh Chandimal. Let's leave the commentator's curse stuff, shall we?

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"That's the shot of a man in imperious form. You shouldn't bowl there to Bairstow."

Eng 296-5 (Bairstow 48, Moeen 22)

We're easing towards the close. Meandering, if you will. Winding down towards the bank holiday weekend. Jonny Bairstow will surely sleep on another Test half-century. He reaches out to a wide one from Lakmal and biffs it through the covers for four.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Jonny Bairstow is a coach's dream at the moment as he's scoring so many runs but he's also running teams ragged."

Eng 291-5

It's fair to say that this second new ball has not produced the results Sri Lanka wished for. There's been some movement, but not a lot. This sixth-wicket stand is now worth 63. Bar a late clatter in these last five overs, it's been England's day.

not-outEng 287-5

That's a bad review. Up there with what Batman vs Superman received. Missing leg stump by a mile. Wouldn't have hit a second set. Move on.

Umpire review

Eng 287-5

No inside edge...

Umpire review

Eng 287-5

Now then. Jonny Bairstow. Hit on the pads. Aleem Dar says no. Angelo Mathews disagrees.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"A lot of cricket's in your head. You're the same player you were two weeks or six months ago. Sometimes you have to convince yourself you're in good form when you're not. When I was bowling, I used to just concentrate on 'how am I going to get this guy out' - then you don't worry about your body, your grip or your run-up, it looks after itself."

Eng 281-5

Who is that on the England balcony? The mystery figure has a hoodie over his whites, with the hood pulled down to obscure all but his eyes. James Anderson? A couple of seats down, Chris Woakes waits with his pads on. Six overs remain. We're in serious danger of finishing on time.

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Ben Garbett (Simon's brother), Bristol: "The million pound drop" . Allen Stanford saves English cricket by showering bank notes from a black helicopter at Lord's. Oh wait, hang on a minute...

Paul, Gloucester: Hole in the Wall. Members of the public test former India batsman Rahul Dravid's defensive technique.

Eng 280-5 (Bairstow 34, Moeen 21)

Dinesh Chandimal
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Sri Lanka, by the way, have about four other wicketkeepers in their squad. In this match alone, Kaushal Silva and Kusal Mendis are capable of donning the gloves. You can never have enough wicketkeepers. Hardest job in the team. Under-appreciated. Generally the best blokes to have around too. Everyone loves keepers. Chandimal is OK, by the way. 

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George Williams: Rotation Rotation Rotation - Swanny tours the world to find the biggest turning wickets.

Rob O'Malley: Down-a-Ton LB. if a player hasn't got a century in a long time, they can only be out LBW.

Paul Wheatley: Pontings Make Prizes. Artists compete to design different versions of Ricky. Winner obviously decided by the great man himself.