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Summary

  1. Hales 71*, Bairstow 54*
  2. England recover from 83-5
  3. Rain prevents play after tea
  4. Cook 16 - 20 short of 10,000 in Tests
  5. Debutant Shanaka takes 3-1 in 8 balls

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By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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But that, quite literally, is for another day.

Proceedings have come to a rather soggy end on the opening day of the Test summer, one that saw England wobbling, then stabilised by Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow.

More of the same tomorrow, or Sri Lanka to take control? Join us to find out.

What's the weather forecast for tomorrow?

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I think that might be the live text's first order of business tomorrow, addressing whether or not the security guards have been made to stay out there all through the night.

Speaking of tomorrow...

I've just seen some shots of a very dark, very wet, very deserted Headingley. One hopes that isn't a sign of things to come for the rest of the match. The stewards who are forced to stand on the outfield, guarding the covers, remain. Do they have to stand there all night?

That's one helluva stat, isn't it? When Bairstow gets to 50, he goes big. That's a reason to be excited about tomorrow. 

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"The supporters here deserve a medal - they've come here wrapped up in scarves and overcoats."

The forecast? Mixed. Definite threat of rain, but seemingly more likely to be overcast than wet. Spectators might not need the suncream. The joy of a Leeds Test match in May....

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Jonny Bairstow is in the form of his life, so confident he's almost over-confident.

"Ben Stokes played a poor shot. He hit three fours then spooned one to mid-on.

"I'm really pleased for Hales because his footwork was more in South Africa. He got his head down and worked."

It's all set up for a rather intriguing first session tomorrow, no? Game in the balance, if not slightly tipped towards Sri Lanka. Two England batsmen starting again, one looking for a maiden ton, the other after his first ton at home.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Sri Lanka bowled rubbish in the first hour - rat pace, wide - then suddenly they pitched it up. Headingley will repay you if you bowl fullish.

"Compton didn't do anything especially wrong - it wasn't a bad shot to a ball around off stump, a fairly fullish length. It will put more pressure on him - but you've got to handle it.

"Vince's wasn't a great shot - he was playing on the up and it just did a tiny bit."

More from Dasun Shanaka on TMS: "It's a great honour to get the wickets of Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

"We are still in a good position. If we get early wickets in the morning we can keep them to a low total.

"I'm a batting all-rounder. I can swing the ball, but mainly I'm a batsman."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Ryan Harris caused Cook all sorts of problems by bowling full and wide outside off stump. He gave him none of that - get him out of his comfort zone. That's what Shanaka did - he got him driving at a wide one. You go driving on the up, early on, you're a gonner."

Sri Lanka seamer Dasun Shanaka, who ended the day with 3-30, on TMS: "I'm delighted because it's my debut. There were suitable conditions for me and I'm very happy about that.

"When the captain gave me the ball I was nervous. In two or three balls I got the rhythm.

"I saw video clips of the England batsmen and wanted to bowl the driving length."

More from Alex Hales on TMS: "So far, I'm very happy. I knew I had to dig deep and bat for the rest of the day.

"It was a combination of good bowling and bounce from the wicket. We'll be ready for that and hopefully our bowlers will get it right.

"In South Africa I was tentative outside off stump. I've worked on leaving and playing with intent, looking to be more decisive.

"The first hour in the morning will be massive in shaping this game. It's delicately balanced, but we have the momentum."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Alex Hales was the success of the day - the restraint, to work hard, not just to play crash-bang-wallop shots. Today he played a couple of those early on, but then he reined himself in. He changed his way of playing. It wasn't always pretty."

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"I have questioned his opening credentials, but to see him fight hard was a really good effort."

England batsman Alex Hales on TMS: "It's been a tough day. The ball swung and seamed throughout.

"It was fantastic from Jonny to counter-attack in that manner. It was just good, strong cricket shots. That's the way he plays - looking to put pressure back on the bowler.

"They bowled fuller in the second hour. When they adjusted the length it was tough work. Once they attacked the kneeroll it became a lot harder."

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"It's disappointing for it to end like this. We expected it, then play was called off quite quickly."

Geoffrey Boycott has just arrived in the TMS box to give his thoughts on the day. It might not make great listening for England's top order.

England, in case you need reminding, were 83-5 before Alex Hales was joined by Jonny Bairstow. 88 runs later and they have been dragged back into the day. The rest of the batting? Not great. Debutant Dasun Shanaka ripped through the top order with three wickets on his Test debut, helped by a couple of poor shots from Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

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Favourite cricket board game? Surely it has to be Michael Atherton's Test Match Cricket!! #howzat #bbccricket

Favourite cricket board game? Surely it has to be Michael Atherton's Test Match Cricket!! #howzat #bbccricket

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"The Bairstow decision could be a big turning point for England. He knew he was out of his crease."

Hmmm, might England be disappointed not to have batted after tea? Bairstow and Hales were going well before the break. Now, Sri Lanka will come fresh in the morning.

Close of play

Well then, there you have it. Play has been abandoned for the day - the rain has won. England close on 171-5. Not great, but much better than it could have been.

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Prashant Kumar: Is there anything more English than spending a rainy summer day reading BBC cricket updates?

I like this, Sam. Cricket-ball throws as a unit of measurement. How far is one?

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Sam Jobson: The Fentiman Arms - best pub south of the river and just 3 cricket ball throws away from the Oval.

Much rain upwind of Headingley....Only a matter of time before 'stumps' is called on Day 1 John H

Much rain upwind of Headingley....Only a matter of time before 'stumps' is called on Day 1 John H

A century of cricket board games

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Ever played table cricket? The Test Match board game? Armchair cricket perhaps? Have a listen as Stumped reporter Hannah Sander visits a Lord's exhibition of cricket games before Alison Mitchell and the team have a good old nostalgia-fest about the games of their youth.

What were your favourite cricket games?

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Ally Reid: Hannover Arms the best pub next to the Oval, The Kennington also good.

Ewan Mackenzie Smith: Fentiman Arms 5 minute walk from Oval. Brilliant beer garden and serious burgers.

Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer at Headingley

"Looking grimmer with each passing minute in Leeds, the earlier brightness fading into mist and clouds all around. With further covers being dragged on and the hills in the near distance obscured by incoming fug, we could be looking at the end of play for this first day."

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#bbccricket The Ship Inn at Elie overlooks one of the finest pitches in the country.

#bbccricket The Ship Inn at Elie overlooks one of the finest pitches in the country.

Speaking of Surrey, what are the best pubs near The Oval? The terrace on that ground, just next door to the media centre, is a brilliant place for beer and cricket. 

Breaking off slightly from the pubs near cricket grounds chat, have a look at this from Surrey's Jason Roy. More specifically, listen to the sound of the ball coming off the bat. It's like someone is firing a gun.

Shot, shot, shot, shot, shot, shot and shot @JasonRoy20 @NatWestT20Blast - middled just from the noise snpy.tv/1Vb1hSM

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More covers coming on at Headingley. Pretty soon the entire outfield will be under those green sheets. Gaps in the clouds seem to be getting filled by more clouds.

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#bbccricket Bat & Ball at Clanfield by Broadhalfpenny Down ground - cricket since 1753, once home of @HambledonCC...

#bbccricket Bat & Ball at Clanfield by Broadhalfpenny Down ground - cricket since 1753, once home of @HambledonCC...

Jonny has taken it up a notch there, a pub that is actually in the field of play. If your pub happens to be across the road from the pitch, you're not close to winning this one. 

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#bbccricket Surely Thornton Watlass CC in Nidderdale League, where beer garden is (or was) actually in play #genuine

#bbccricket Surely Thornton Watlass CC in Nidderdale League, where beer garden is (or was) actually in play #genuine