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Stephan Shemilt, James Gheerbrant and Justin Goulding

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  1. Goodbye

    That's it from us today. Thanks for your company - and join us again for Test Match Special highlights from 10:00 BST tomorrow. In the meantime, there's some football happening in France which you might be interested in...

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    As you can see, there is some rain in the air on Sunday. But with a healthy lead, six wickets in hand and Sri Lanka needing to bat last on a pitch that is showing signs of unpredictable bounce and increasing turn, England will surely fancy their chances of wrapping up a 3-0 series win at some point over the next two days.

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    Alastair Cook, who was struck on the knee while fielding at silly point, is yet to bat, but England expect their skipper to do so tomorrow, presumably after an evening with an ice pack for company.

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  7. 'Very good day' for England

    More from England's Steven Finn: "We've had a very good day. Only taking one wicket yesterday, to come back and bowl them out for 288 was a very good effort. To be 237 runs ahead and the balls spinning a little bit...

    "If we can get far enough ahead and get an unassailable lead, we can put Sri Lanka under some pressure."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's fluctuated. I'd say Sri Lanka won that last session."

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    England's Steven Finn, who took 3-59, on Sky Sports: "We did speak about how we were going to take wickets, about not to get too disheartened, especially with the state of the pitch.

    "I've felt good in this game, back to normal. It's good to contribute again. I was maybe feeling for it a bit. Once I got into the spell I thoroughly enjoyed it."

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    The debate over England's top order continues, but coach Trevor Bayliss can be happy with how his bowlers performed on a far from helpful pitch, particularly after Sri Lanka resumed on 162-1 today.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I wouldn't go back to Bell. Keep Vince, they have to give a player a good chance. He's got a bit to do. Compton, sadly, they will have to pick somebody else. The selectors have to identify someone and say 'his chance is now'."

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There was too much of a revolving door in the 1980s, but at least you were picked on form. It takes forever for someone to get dropped from this England team."

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    So England ended the day leading by 237, although not without a couple of late scares...

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    Hales received assistance from the ever-resourceful Jonny Bairstow until the first-innings centurion fell late on for 32.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The England top order has failed. The middle-order batting and the bowlers get England their wins. It doesn't fill you with confidence. The ball to get Compton was straightforward line and length. He was late on it. The slope did for Vince, nipping back to take the top of off stump. He hasn't taken his chance." 

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    With Alastair Cook unable to bat because of this...

    ... it was left to opener Alex Hales to see England through to the close.

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    Cue England's predictable top-order collapse, as Nick Compton (again), Joe Root (again, sort of) and James Vince (again) failed. From 45-0, they were suddenly 50-3.

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    But Sri Lanka's last three wickets fell without addition to the score as Chris Woakes finished with 3-31 and Steven Finn 3-59.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Woakes was the best bowler yesterday, so they were smart enough to bowl him first this morning. England had a wonderful session, taking 5-56. It wasn't lucky, it was high-quality Test match bowling. But they got carried away with the new ball, straining to get through the lower order."

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    Kusal Perera offered Sri Lanka resistance...