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Live Reporting

Matthew Henry and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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    It has certainly been a memorable day for Bairstow.

    That's all from us on this page today.

    You can read all about Bairstow's innings in Jack Skelton's match report. Click here for that.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 4:15 GMT for day two.

    See you then!

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    SMS Message: I could cry for Bairstow. I'm that happy for him. Passionate and very very talented cricketer. I tipped him for number three last year by the way... from Joel, Birmingham
    Joel, Birmingham
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    England rode their luck at times today. Sri Lanka were unfortunate, although they didn't help themselves.

    The hosts wasted both of their reviews in the first session.

    That came back to haunt them when Stokes was given not out when replays showed he would have been out lbw had Sri Lanka reviewed.

    The same happened thing happened to Bairstow. First, when on 79, he seemed to get a thin edge through the wicketkeeper but the appeals were turned down.

    Then, shortly after reaching his hundred, Bairstow was hit on the pad and an lbw appeal was rejected. Replays showed it would have been out had Sri Lanka reviewed.

    And late in the day Moeen Ali was dropped twice and overturned two very marginal lbw decisions.

    Sri Lanka looked frustrated on a number of occasions during the day.

    Moeen Ali
  4. Did street cricket experience help Jonny & Moeen?


    So, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali have played a significant part in today's play in Colombo...but how did they (and Chris Woakes) get on when they rocked up rock up in Sparkhill, Birmingham to take on a group of young street cricketers at their own game?

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    Video caption: The Ashes: Can these England stars play street cricket?

    If you want to find out how to get into street cricket - or any other forms of cricket - take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

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    Andy Zaltzman

    The Cricket Social statistician

    It's a decent score. It's very hard to say that if they'd played with a more defensive mindset, would they have lost fewer wickets.

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    Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow

    Bairstow was supported by both Joe Root and Ben Stokes.

    He and Root put on 100 to help England recover from 36-2 before Root skied a sweep.

    Stokes looked out of touch early on but battled through the make 57 with a bit of luck.

    England were 253-3 before Stokes was out but when the all-rounder edged to slip it sparked a Sri Lanka fightback. Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes soon followed relatively cheaply while Bairstow was also bowled for 110.

    Moeen Ali could have been out three or four times late but he survived to reach 23 at the close.

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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on The Cricket Social

    England are in a brilliant position, largely down to a fantastic innings from Jonny Bairstow.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Colombo

    Given that he hasn't played for a month, in the heat and the sweat and everything else... But he has kept himself immensely fit, he's very focused. angry about the football injury. He knew this was a lifeline - and he has grabbed it.

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    Jonny Bairstow

    When Bairstow reached three figures he roared and his face was filled with fury.

    He lost his place in the team for the first Test due to injury and was left out of the second after Ben Foakes' excellent debut.

    He has now been handed the place at number three in the batting line-up, the first time he has batted in that position, but did not get his position as wicketkeeper back. The gloves stayed with Foakes.

    Number three has been a difficult position for England in recent years. No number three had scored a hundred for England in that position since November 2016.

    Bairstow ended that run was a fine innings. He was attacking early on before becoming more watchful later on as he struggled badly with cramp.

    After completing his hundred he dropped his bat, ripped off his gloves and screamed.

  10. 'A decent day, not amazing'

    England's Jonny Bairstow on Sky Sports: "It's been a decent day. I don't think it's an amazing day. A decent day. Sri Lanka's reviews probably cost them a couple of wickets later on. We've got two guys at the crease who can play in their own way tomorrow morning."

    On batting at three: "I'm happy with my start. But I've not given up my keeping - I want to make that very, very clear. It's still something I've worked hard on and something I want to do."

    Jonny Bairstow
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    "I am not giving up on my keeping. I have worked hard for the last nine years. I am not going to give up after two games you miss," says Jonny Bairstow.

    The frustration is still clear.

  12. 'I'm proud as punch'

    England's Jonny Bairstow, who made 110 on his return, on Sky Sports: "It means a lot. There's different things you go through, when you get castigated for being injured when they don't know what's going on.

    "I'm desperately proud. These last couple of weeks have been tough. People who don't see the hard work and the graft that's going on. I'm proud as punch of myself of everything that I've done for the last few weeks - because that injury could have set me out for eight weeks.

    "If you look at the challenges that have been put in front of me as a cricketer. I'd like to hope I've come through them all.

    "Two people I knew at home have passed away in the last couple of weeks, so it puts things in perspective. It just shows that we're playing a game of cricket."

    Jonny Bairstow
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    Jonny Bairstow's celebration after reaching three figures showed how much it meant to him.

    He's just speaking at Sky Sports now and you can tell he's been annoyed by comments since his injury and since he was left out of the team.

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    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport on The Cricket Social

    England should be in a stronger position, but will probably still win the Test match.

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    At one point England were 235-3 in the evening session. This is a good pitch. England should have been eyeing 400 or 450 from there.

    They end the day 312-7.

    Let's review the key moments of the day...

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Colombo

    It has been a very entertaining day but it's kind of a no-man's-land kind of score. it spun more since mid-afternoon. England play positive cricket. But at times that gives them a bit of a cop-out for not making the most of conditions. If you get 400 or 420 on the board by playing more circumspectly, that will win you the game.

  17. Close of play - Eng 312-7

    So that is the end of another fascinating day.

    It'll be remembered for a fine hundred from a fired-up Jonny Bairstow but the day ends with the balance of play pretty even.

    England could, and probably should, have ended the day in a better position. Sri Lanka have fought back well.

  18. Eng 312-7

    And in the time taken to make that decision the on-field umpires have decided the light has got worse.

    The players are being taken from the field.

  19. Not out

    I think that's the right decision. Moeen Ali survives yet again. Erasmus decides there was a tiny inside edge.