Jonathan Agnew

Cricket correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our cricket correspondent

About Jonathan

Now one of the regular voices on BBC's Test Match... Read more about Jonathan Agnew Special, Jonathan first came to note as a seam bowler of genuine pace.

In a first-class career spent entirely with Leicestershire, Jonathan took more than 650 first class wickets, including a best of 9-70 and represented England in three Tests and a further three one-day internationals.

After retiring from playing in 1990 aged just 30 (although he would return for one match two years later as Leicestershire suffered an injury crisis), Jonathan began to pursue a career in broadcasting and joined the TMS team in 1991.

Now the senior member of BBC's cricket team, Jonathan is a regular on the radio and BBC Sport website and also fronted the television coverage of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

Jonny Bairstow

'Pugnacious Bairstow grabs his chance'

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The opportunity to bat at number three in the final Test against Sri Lanka was a dangling thread of a chance for Jonny Bairstow to make a swift return to the England side.

Though that was something he denied after making a fine century of the first day in Colombo, the fact is that playing a specialist batsman coming in at the fall of the first wicket was the only vacancy Bairstow could have filled.

England celebrate against Sri Lanka

'England's attacking approach pays off'

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For England to come to Sri Lanka and beat them at their own game is a huge achievement.

Winning the first two Tests to seal the series with a game to spare is impressive, especially given their very poor record overseas recently, which included being badly beaten in India and drawing with Bangladesh in similar conditions as well as the Ashes defeat by Australia.

England spinners Adil Rashid (left) and Jack Leach (right) talk during the second Test against Sri Lanka

'Spinners need more consistency to wrap up England win'

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England should win the second Test but worries remain that their spinners do not have the consistency to put Sri Lanka under pressure.

Moeen Ali, Jack Leach and Adil Rashid are all Test bowlers and are playing in extremely favourable conditions so they should have the wherewithal to bowl out the hosts on day four in Pallekele.

England batsman Jos Buttler raises his bat to acknowledge the crowd after reaching fifty against Sri Lanka

'Clever Buttler took initiative away'

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Although Sam Curran was more explosive, Jos Buttler was the standout performer on day one of England's second Test in Sri Lanka with a really clever, modern innings.

England were 89-4 and looking very vulnerable but Buttler held it together then took the initiative back from bowlers who were dominating on a turning pitch in Pallekele.

England celebrate win

'A significant win with lots of positives'

Read full article on Sri Lanka v England: Tourists' Galle win special and significant - Jonathan Agnew

The fact England have beaten Sri Lanka here in Galle inside four days and recorded their first overseas win in 13 Tests makes this a really special and significant victory.

Whenever you win somewhere overseas for the first time it is always very special - but before this game nobody expected England would triumph here because they had had virtually no preparation.

James Anderson & Alastair Cook share a moment

'Bang… middle stump out of the ground' - why Anderson's record-breaking feat was special

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It couldn't have been scripted any better: James Anderson, bowling for the final time with his close friend Alastair Cook on the field, knocking the middle pole out of the ground to wrap up an emphatic victory and become statistically the world's best pace bowler.

What a way to break Glenn McGrath's record of 563 wickets, seal a 4-1 series win and send your mate into retirement.