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Live Reporting

Amy Lofthouse and Callum Matthews

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye!

    Catch up on the day's action here and the Test Match Special podcast will be available shortly.

    We'll be back at the extra early time of 4am tomorrow to see what day three has in store.

    In a bit...

  2. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    This year is a big year for Joe Root as a captain.

    This is his chance. This is his moment. He's been building for this.

    In first two years in the job the focus was on white-ball cricket and winning that World Cup but now the focus is about competing in Australia in 11 months' time.

    Australia will still be clear favourites, but England are getting themselves in a better position by the way they played last year and in South Africa and they are playing the right style of cricket.

  3. Post update

    Russel Arnold

    Former Sri Lanka all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    It's going to be hard for Sri Lanka - it's going to come down to approach, application and mentality and the Sri Lanka batsman of late haven't shown that.

    The lead is going to grow to at least 300, and I think it's going to be really tough for Sri Lanka to take it to the fourth and fifth day.

  4. Play to start at 04:15

    So we'll start 15 minutes earlier tomorrow to squeeze in the time lost today.

    Make sure you adjust your alarm. It's a Saturday, what else have you got planned?

  5. 'Lawrence looked like he belonged out there'

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Dan Lawrence looks confident in his game.

    He doesn't look overcoached - it looks natural. He's got the gift of being able to time the ball.

    There will be bigger hurdles but the first challenge in Test cricket is looking like you belong there, and can play at that level, to be able to mix it with the likes of Joe Root.

    From what we saw Lawrence looked like he belonged out there.

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    SMS Message: 5 years from now: Burns (35) Crawley (27), Lawrence (28), Root (35), Stokes (34), Pope (28). Looks like a pretty good top 6... then Buttler (35). And how good will Sam Curran be by then (27)?! from Huw, Bristol
    Huw, Bristol
  7. Post update

    Sri Lanka bowling coach David Saker on Joe Root: "Joe is a seasoned player and has a really good game-plan. He understands how to play spin really well. He is always putting pressure on the bowler. Our guys haven't been good enough to combat him. That has been frustrating."

  8. How's stat?!

    Andy Zaltzman

    Test Match Special statistician

    Today was Joe Root's 18th Test century.

    He's failed to go from promising starts recently. He has batted at least 30 balls and gone past double figures in every innings, but then failed to go past 70, so this is welcome return to large scoring form.

    It's only his second first-innings century in his last 40 Tests. Before that he'd scored 12 first-innings hundreds in his first 58 Tests.

  9. Post update

    Joe Root will rock up tomorrow in search of his fourth Test double century.

    His last double ton was actually his last century before today, in the drawn Test against New Zealand back in 2019.

  10. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Former England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    I think England have too many already. They still have all the time in the world.

  11. Post update

    I think we'll be setting our alarms that little bit earlier tomorrow.

  12. Close of play

    And that, I'm afraid folks, is that.

  13. Post update

    Joe Root's having a chat with the umpires on the dressing room stairs. This might be it...

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    SMS Message: Re: Andrew Neill. Sachin played 200 Tests in 24 years. Root has nearly half that (his 98th here) in just 9 years. With more matches in modern calendars, it isn't inconceivable he might pass Tendulkar's 15,921. from Matt Baker, Leeds
    Matt Baker, Leeds
  15. Post update

    Stay tuned for the TMS podcast after the day's play, Stefan. It's worth it.

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    Stefan Dzisiewski-Smith: So everyone on #bbccricket and @bbctms seems to be saying how great the interview with Dan Lawrence's dad is. What time was it so I can scroll back on BBC Sounds?