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Summary

  1. England win three-Test series 2-0
  2. Rain allows 12.2 overs on final day
  3. Match abandoned at 17:10 BST
  4. Karunaratne 37*, Silva 17*
  5. Anderson takes only wicket of day

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By James Gheerbrant and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

With that, I leave you. A slightly soggy end to what has been a very good series for England. The next live cricket on the BBC will be on Monday, when we bring you the women's ODI against Pakistan from Grace Road. Join us then, but for now, au revoir.

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Pawan Kumar: @jbairstow21 is the man of the match and man of the series. Outstanding batting throughout the series.

'Bairstow has come of age'

England coach Trevor Bayliss on Sky Sports: "The form of Jonny Bairstow with the bat has been phenomenal. He's really come of age and looks like he belongs here.

"After the South Africa series people were calling for Alex Hales' head. He showed that he can play and it's unfortunate he couldn't get to a hundred.

"We'll discuss Nick Compton. It's always difficult when a player is struggling. He's a hard worker and he'll give himself every chance to score runs.

"Steven Finn looked out of rhythm in the first two Test, but looked better the longer he bowled in this Test. He's still not quite there, but we know how devastating he can be.

"Jos Buttler is the white-ball keeper. Jonny deserves his opportunity with the bat and will get his chance."

What next?

England play Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series starting with a day-nighter at Trent Bridge on 21 June, after the tourists face Ireland in ODIs in Dublin on 16 and 18 June.

Click here for the full tour schedule.

'There are areas of improvement'

More from England captain Alastair Cook: "I'm sure Broad and Anderson want to be in the ODI squad, but they will be fresh for Pakistan.

"Alex Hales has come in and done really well, I've been really impressed how he has worked out his game.

"There's other areas for improvement. We do bat deep, but the top order could contribute a few more hundreds."

'It would have been a really good day's cricket'

England captain Alastair Cook: "It would have been a really good day's cricket. It would have been good to see our guys under some pressure.

"We won one game by an innings and the other by nine wickets. There's always room for improvement. We've won one trophy and there's one more to go against Pakistan.

"I thought they might need some power hitting in the ODIs, so I put myself down the order to show the guys how it's done.

Captain's reaction

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "I thought we started off pretty poorly in the first couple of games. We came into the series in our second innings in Durham. It would have been an interesting chase today but the weather interrupted. We wanted to go for it. 

"We tried our best and trained really hard in these conditions. There are lots of positives even though we lost the series, all the bowlers bowled well and Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal batted well. 

"Now we've had a good month or so in England so hopefully we can come back and beat England [in the ODI series]."

Man of the series

Sri Lanka man of the series Kaushal Silva: "England have a quality fast-bowling line-up and from the second innings of the Durham Test I was trying to be positive. It paid off for me.

"In Headingley it was seaming a lot and showed uneven bounce at times. The wickets at Durham and here were good to bat on.

"It was challenging, but I enjoyed it. I've missed out on a hundred at Lord's three times, hopefully I'll get another chance next time."

Man of the series

Jonny Bairstow makes a catch
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Man of the match and England man of the series Jonny Bairstow: "To be back in England and hit the ground running was the main aim. I wanted to back up the form I've shown for Yorkshire.

"I wouldn't say it's been a conscious decision to stand up straight, it's something that's developed. It's never nice to get dropped, but that really spurred me on.

"I felt like I had a few people to prove wrong. This series and in South Africa I think I've done that.

"It's a pleasure to keep to Broad and Anderson. I was pleased, but disappointed to drop a couple. The hard work continues and we move on to the rest of the summer.

"I'm delighted to be back in the limited-overs squads. I feel like I'm striking the ball well."

Bairstow named man of the series

Jonny Bairstow is named man of the match and England man of the series...

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Number three, Compton, and Finn's bowling is up for debate. If Stokes isn't fit, Finn will survive. If Stokes is fit, Woakes has out-bowled Finn. Compton has two four-day matches for Middlesex and I don't know which way the selectors will go."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It's ideal to have some proper cricket leading up to a series. It gives the players the chance to play at their best. The older you get, the more match practice you need. Bowlers need to get something in their legs. Anderson has bowled very well."

James Anderson in action for England
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"When we got English conditions at Headingley and Durham, Sri Lanka were all at sea, but they have played decently since the second innings of the second Test. If we're being honest, I don't care who batted at Headingley, they would have had their hands full."

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"James Anderson has shown he is back to his best, at least in these sort of conditions. He looked back to his old self."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Alex Hales is a big plus. He has changed from South Africa, playing better defensively and showing patience against the quicker bowlers." 

Alex Hales in action
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So, let's pick the bones out of this series then, with Boycott and Aggers...

Well, there you go - what do we make of that then? Mills, Malan and Dawson in the T20 squad, Root and Hales rested. ODI squad pretty much as expected, I'd say.

England ODI and T20 squads

England ODI squad: Morgan (c), Bairstow, Buttler, Finn, Hales, Jordan, Moeen, Plunkett, Rashid, Root, Roy, Vince, Willey, Woakes.

T20 squad: Morgan (c), Bairstow, Billings, Buttler, Dawson, Jordan, Malan, Mills, Plunkett, Rashid, Roy, Vince, Willey.

Mills and Malan in T20 squad

Tymal Mills and Dawid Malan have been named in England's T20 squad for the match against Sri Lanka. Full ODI and T20 squads to follow.

Who says cricket doesn't move on quickly? Barely five minutes after the Test series has ended, we've got exciting news of England's ODI and T20 squads to bring you...

How's Stat?!

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"James Anderson finishes with a bowling average of 10.8, the best for an England bowler taking at least 20 wickets since Derek Underwood against New Zealand in 1969."

So, all in all a very good series for England - convincing wins in the first two Tests, followed by this rather frustrating, soggy end. As for Sri Lanka, well they grew better as the series went on, but they were outclassed by the likes of Anderson and Broad in English conditions, and on this evidence, they've got a long way to go yet before they shake off that 'transition' tag.

How's stat?!

This is Sri Lanka's first draw in 17 Tests and the first draw in 14 Tests played in England

Match drawn

Boys, I'm afraid your prayers were not answered. The match has been abandoned as a draw, meaning that England win the series 2-0.

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Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Nick Compton has played 16 Tests,  winning four series and drawing one. In the 80s and 90s, England players needed about a hundred caps for that sort of success."

Mendis sweeps Root for six

If Blowers's pessimistic prognostication is right, this could be the final ball of the series. Not a bad one to bow out on...

Mendis sweeps Root for six

Henry Blofeld

BBC Test Match Special

"It's still raining quite lightly but it is brighter. This match is running into the buffers. You wonder if there's any point taking the covers off."

Let's pretend, shall we, that you haven't all turned over to the Ireland v Sweden live text and are instead sticking with us in the hope of more play.

Well, I'll be honest, it's not looking entirely hopeful. But we'll keep you posted until we hear anything definitive.

Stephan, thank you. He's right you know, it is my final day at the BBC. I'm sad to be leaving, but excited to get started at Nasa.

That might be the end of the series, it might not. Either way, here's James Gheerbrant. This is his final day with the BBC, you know, so enjoy him while you've got him...

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Richard Kirk: Legged it to Lord's from work, saw one Joe Root ball, they walked off for rain. Love cricket.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It seems to me that from quite a low base, Sri Lanka have got better throughout the series. My impression is that their top three are learning fast."

The sky is actually reasonably bright, but there's no denying the wet stuff falling from the sky. If that is curtains, would it be the first time that the final ball of a drawn Test has been hit for six?

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It actually could have been quite an intriguing last day if we hadn't had any interruptions."

Rain stops play

SL 78-1

The rain has returned, perhaps putting an end to this series. The players trudge off, the covers come on. I'd be surprised if we see any more play today.

SL 78-1

It is Root, greeted by a slog sweep from Mendis, all the way for...six! Is that it?

SL 72-1 (39 overs remain)

It's just struck me that if (and it's a big if) the light improves and the rain holds, we'll be here for a very long time. No sign of turn for Mo, against the slope. Expect Joe Root from the other end.