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Live Reporting

Stephan Shemilt

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    But that is your lot from me today. It's been a belter for England, runs and wickets giving them entire control of this first Test match.

    Join us tomorrow, but bring a waterproof and an umbrella. Enjoy your Friday night.

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    Right then, a couple of things to point you towards. Our match report is live while our cricket page has plenty of highlights from the day's play. A little later, Pint-Sized TMS will be live. Keep your eyes peeled because it's outstanding.

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    Phil Harper: You look away from the cricket for a couple of hours and...bang. Never dull supporting England!

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bairstow feels he can hit every ball out of the middle because his confidence is so high. It was a superb performance, it was much more difficult than Cape Town. The thing with England's middle-order players is they can take the game away from the opposition."

  5. Anderson flying high

    Leading Test wicket-takers graphic
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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Hales couldn't get any rhythm this morning, he was struggling to get any momentum into his batting. He went leg-side of the ball to try and get inside-out over cover - he should have gone over the top over mid-on."

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    Tomorrow? More of the same? If it's dry. The worry for England is that the forecast is wetter than a haddock's bathing costume. Surely, though, there's not enough rain to save Sri Lanka in this one.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The follow-on was a no-brainer. Most captains I played with wouldn't have even asked anybody - they'd just have said, 'You're batting.'"

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Anderson and Broad are two high-quality bowlers, and they get enough balls in the right area to create pressure. At Headingley, in these conditions, Greenidge and Haynes would have struggled to stay in."

  11. Close of play

    SL 1-0 (trail by 206)

    Umpires measure the light

    In case you needed it confirmed, we are done for the day. England have bossed it to move into a position of total control. Jonny Bairstow's hundred-making heroics, followed by nine wickets between James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Sri Lanka on their knees, but weather around in the next couple of days.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It just proves how important it is for the international players to play county cricket. Anderson has played three County Championship matches and bowled over 100 competitive overs. He's learnt what we know, that the older you get, the more you need to bowl. He's got all the rhythm, he had the conditions and he got the ball in the areas he wanted and made it move."

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    In the kerfuffle of the end of the Sri Lanka first innings and the follow-on, I'm not sure we showed you the final wicket. Here it is. Shades of Kasprowicz at Edgbaston in 2005. Sort of.

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    There's a few complaints about bad light ending play in this way. I'll tell you now, it's very dark out there. Seems more than fair to have taken the players off.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think there's total relief for the Sri Lankan team. I'm not surprised the umpires have brought them off and I think it's fair and right."

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    The umpires are still out in the middle with the groundstaff, but the players have departed. It's hard to see how we'll have any more cricket this evening. Graham Ford, the Sri Lanka coach, dons his ceremonial headdress and leads his men in a super-sized let-it-rain-for-three-days dance.

  17. Bad light stops play

    SL 1-0

    Players leave the field

    The boos tell you all you need to know. We're going off, Sri Lankan relief palpable. I think - and this really is a guess - if we're not back on by 18:43 that will be it for the day.

  18. SL 1-0

    Two balls in, the umpires are getting together. Fear the lightmeter...

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    The bell rings, England stomp down the stairs, Alastair Cook chews gum with the relaxation of a man who doesn't think he will bat again in this match. It's still darker than an outhouse at Headingley - maybe the light will save Sri Lanka at some point. James Anderson, 4-1 in his last spell, has the ball once more.

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    The roller is chugging up and down the track. That will do three-quarters of nothing. With the overheads as they are, batting will remain fraught with danger.