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Live Reporting

Stephan Shemilt and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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    So that, I think, is that. It's all rather deliciously poised for tomorrow with all four results quite possible.

    If only that pesky rain stays away. Join us from 10:00 to find out.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The two Sri Lanka openers played splendidly. Broad and Anderson beat them with the odd ball but you expect that. The quality of their batting was excellent."

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    So, with all the rain (more than a session lost to the wet stuff), the first part of the day was mainly about Alex Hales and Alastair Cook - they were the men who did the batting for England.

    When Cook decided enough was enough, Sri Lanka had 12 overs to survive, something the openers managed with aplomb.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When Hales finished in South Africa I said he can't open in Test cricket opening like that. All credit to the lad for being smart enough, thoughtful enough to work something out and let the ball come to him. He played really well.

    "He has shown he can play if he plays like that. What we don't want to see is that horrible slog in the first innings. If you read Bradman, the first thing he says about batting is concentration. Hales is getting better and better - full marks to him."

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    More from Alex Hales: "I felt OK so far this summer. It's been me making errors once I got in, which isn't a bad place to be, not feeling out of my depth.

    "I've got to show someone like Herath more respect. He's got 300 Test wickets and I was trying to slog sweep him from the second ball I faced.

    "I got a pretty decent delivery today. When it came up on Hawkeye it was I thought it would be. I could have maybe played with a straighter bat. It was a gutting moment."

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    England batsman Alex Hales on Sky Sports: "I'm really pleased, I would have definitely taken it after South Africa, where I had a tough time.

    "I've learned not to think about tempo, not to have any pre-conceived ideas how to play.

    "It was definitely the right move to have time off at the start of the series. Even if this series hadn't gone to plan, I would have looked back on that as the right decision."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    On the Sri Lanka protest over the no-ball that reprieved Hales: "It's childish. We used to play with the umpire's decision and no technology, and we had to accept it. We've gone and moaned in the dressing room but we haven't stuck the flag out."

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    So the end of a rainy old day at Lord's. I know exactly what I'll remember it for...

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    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "The highest successful fourth-innings chase in a Test at Lord's is West Indies' 344-1 against England in 1984."

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Let's hope some of the spectators come back tomorrow. It's £20 to get in. We know what England have to do."

  14. Close of play - SL 32-0

    That is it. Good work by Sri Lanka to get through those 12 overs at the end of the day. England will need 10 wickets tomorrow if they want to seal a whitewash. Should be a cracking day, if it doesn't rain...

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    LP: Love the declaration from Cook. Very attacking which people like/want. But, if we lose, people cannot shout down his throat.

  16. SL 32-0

    This crowd haven't seen much cricket, so still have plenty of energy. A diving stop by Nick Compton brings the second biggest cheer of the day - Cook's six was easily the biggest. Touch too wide from Woakes, Sri Lanka looking set to get through unscathed...

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    Paul Morgan: Would be really nice if this game could be played until gets dark. Make up for fans sitting through all the rain.

  18. SL 32-0 (target 362)

    Attacking from England, a slip, gully, short leg and that man Cook at silly point. Moeen starts too short, but then drifts the ball in to almost have Karunaratne playing outside it. One to go.

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    Hari Lehal: Got a 3-hour meeting in Fulham at 10am tomorrow. Praying it finishes early, the rain stays away and England win at 5ish.