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Sri Lanka v England Day Three: Hosts hit back after Joe Root double century

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Captain Joe Root had ended day one on 66, day two on 168 and marched onwards to 228 on the third morning.

Joe Root completed a masterful double century to keep England in control of the first Test against Sri Lanka, but the hosts responded with some belated batting resolve of their own in Galle.

Captain Root had ended day one on 66, day two on 168 and marched onwards to 228 on the third morning before he was last man down in the tourists' 421 all out – selflessly sacrificing a big not out.

It was an otherwise flawless effort from the skipper, who pursued and secured his fourth double hundred at this level with utter clarity and mild inevitability over the course of his near eight-hour occupation.

After a humbling 135 all out in their first innings, the hosts showed some much-needed steel to reach 156 for two by the close, reducing the arrears to 130 as they battled for a foothold in the match.

Big number

Number of days all-rounder Moeen Ali spent isolated from the squad after testing positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Hambantota. He was finally let out in agreement with the Sri Lankan authorities on Saturday morning, and within an hour he was back amongst his team-mates in training kit.

England batsmen with 8,000 Test runs

  • Sir Alastair Cook - 12,472
  • Graham Gooch - 8,900
  • Alec Stewart - 8,463
  • David Gower - 8,231
  • Kevin Pietersen - 8,131
  • Sir Geoffrey Boycott - 8,114
  • Joe Root - 8,051

Root joined an elite club as he scored his 8,000th Test run on Saturday.

Twitter exchange of the day

When the 'FlashScore Cricket Commentators' feed misspelt Kevin Pietersen's surname 'Peterson' in a post on the 8,000 runs statistic, it caught the former England batsman's eye and he put them right with a note of frustration. Rather than lead to a heated exchange, it instead led to a healthy donation for KP's favoured cause: rhino preservation.

Crucial for Kusal

Kusal Mendis avoided an unwanted record (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Kusal Mendis arrived at the crease on the back of four successive ducks in Test cricket, knowing a fifth would tie him to an unwanted world record. After six nervy balls he swept Jack Leach and hurried through for a tight single that allowed him to breathe a little easier having avoided the so-called 'Olympic rings'.

View from the dressing room

“I probably came up a little short. Length, line, pace, a bit of everything really. I'll be reflecting overnight and we'll go again in the morning.”
- Jack Leach's honest assessment of his bowling performance
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City26195252163662
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd26148453322150
3Leicester CityLeicester26154745301549
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
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9Aston Villa24123938261239
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
13Crystal Palace2696112943-1433
14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2677121834-1628
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2632211543-2811
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