The first of two tests between England and Sri Lanka has started this morning at Lords. Sri Lanka won the toss snd sent England in to bat.
Robson first to fall for 1 - England 14 for 1,
Cook next out for 17 , England 22 for 2.
England's first target will be to get above 45 runs to avoid their lowest ever test score.
England passed the 45 runs level.
Ballance out for 23, England 74 for 3.
No further wickets fell today. At close of play England are 344 for 5 with Joe Root on 102 and Matt Prior on 76.
Plunkett was out for 39 with England on 547 for 9.
Since then Joe Root has just reached his double century.
And England has declared on 575 for 9, Joe Root on 200 and James Anderson on 9 being the not out batsmen.
Chris Jordan in his first over gets a wicket - Karunaratne out for 38, Sri Lanka 54 for 1.
No further wickets fell by close of play leaving Sri Lanka on 140 for 1.
At half way through the match Sri Lanka are 256 for 2. The most exciting thing at present is that the Radio 5 Live transmission was interuppted by a power outage at Lords so the commentators have had to move. They think that the floodlights which are on are draining the batteries and that the electronic score may stop working.
At this point in the match it looks as if the result will be a draw or that Sri Lanka get a lead over England in their innings and then skittle England out when England bats again.
England strike with the new ball, Jayawardene out for 55, Sri Lanka 277 for 3. Sangakkara is currently on 106.
Jayawardene out for 6 and Kulasekara for 7.
At close of play Sri Lanka are 415 for 7 with Mathews on 79 and Herath on 0 being the not out batsmen.
England are 160 runs ahead so will feel they are ahead but with Mathewss still in that could change.
Herath out for 2, Mathews for 102, Pradeep for 4. Sri Lanka all out for 453. Eranga on 5, the not out batsman.
England have a lead of 122.
I'm delighted that the chaps are rallying a bit and getting some confidence back after the nightmare 'down under'
(Hope I haven't put the mockers on them now)
Root out for 15, Moeen out for 4, England 102 for 5, lead of 224.
Prior out for 16, Jordan for 35, Broad for 24.
At close of play England are 267 for 8 with Ballance on 104 and Plunkett on 2 the not out batsmen.
England have a lead of 389 so the expectation is that they will declare and see if they can bowl Sri Lanka out tomorrow though it is not impossible for Sri Lanka to get those runs in one day.
Karunaratne out for 16 - Sri Lanka 25 for 1
Currently Sri Lanka 45 for 1 after 12 overs.They need 390 runs within 90 overs to win.
Silva out for 57, Sri Lanka 123 for 2 after 42.1 overs.
At this stage it looks as if a draw is the most likely outcome.